Ride to Port Credit with High Park climb, Fast Friday Edition

Expect something loopy and out of the regular routine for this non-standard High Park and Port Credit ride

Join us for our weekly evening workout ride through picturesque High Park and along the scenic Waterfront Trail.

This is a workout ride with some steep climbs and a good deal of distance, especially for a week night! Fantastic for keeping in shape and steadily increasing your cycling ability.

Make sure to dress for the cooler evening weather and have a light on your bike since it will be well after dusk when we return.

We'll start south of the Princess Gates, go along the watefront, do a lap of Climbing High Park before journeying on to Port Credit along the waterfront trail.

Important notes:

 

Starting Location: http://goo.gl/maps/M8DST

Average speed: We'll tailor the speed to the abilities of the participants, with a minimum average speed of 25km/h. I'd prefer to aim for 30km/h. The overarching goal is for everyone to enjoy participating in the ride, and for some people that means going fast.

Average meaning that we'll predominantly go above the given speed and sometimes below it; with stopping and starting we'll average at least 25km/h. If 30km/h is a top speed for you, then this ride may be too challenging for you. If riding only 25km/h is frustrating for you, then this ride may be too slow for you. Our aim will be for a 30km/h average, with a 32-35km/h cruising speed. Yes, we'll need to ride in formation along Lakeshore to achieve this.

Route: We'll ride along the Waterfront Trail to High Park, do the loopy High Park route and then ride along Lakeshore to Port Credit.

The ride is about 60km round trip, including the High Park segment: http://goo.gl/qUsKl

Terrain: The High Park section is very steep at times. Some riders may need to dismount and walk to the crest of a couple of hills. The rest of the ride is extremely flat, since it follows the shore of the lake.

Road Surface: The rides through High Park and to Port Credit are completely on paved roads.

Weather: The ride will proceed unless it is already raining steadily at start time. If there are intermittent showers that will not stop the ride. Please be aware that frequently a 40% thunderstorm forecast in the morning turns into a shower after 11pm forecast by 4 or 5 in the afternoon. Don't bow out too early otherwise you'll miss too many rides on perfectly good days. It is possible that the road surface will be still be wet in some parts of trails so please don't wear your newest all-white cycling outfit if you don't want it getting dirty.

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  • Andrea M.

    They say to get better ride with guys who can kick your ass. Andy kicked my ass today !

    July 27, 2013

  • Andy Z.

    Looks like an amazing evening for a ride! Get ready to go fast!!

    1 · July 26, 2013

    • David B.

      Fun ride, it was hard to keep up with Andy and Dave. Maybe it was a good idea I didn't do the hills today. I learned how important drifting is, looking forward to the next ride!

      July 26, 2013

    • David B.

      I meant drafting *

      July 26, 2013

  • Dave M.

    Looking forward to climbing!

    July 26, 2013

  • Paul

    Sorry guys

    July 25, 2013

  • Jane

    Sound challenging to me!

    July 25, 2013

  • Mike

    Wish I could go, but I'm heading to Tampa for a few days.

    July 24, 2013

  • Andrea M.

    Wanna try the High Park climb

    1 · July 23, 2013

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