Ride to Port Credit with High Park climb

Returning visitors report that this ride gets easier every time they do it. Especially the Ellis Park switchback! : )

Now with a new dirt-path-free route! We trade an extra km or so for a smooth paved 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 20km/h. I'd prefer to aim for 25km/h and last year we had some groups that did 30km/h, but the overarching goal is for everyone to enjoy participating in the ride.

Average meaning that we'll predominantly go above the given speed and sometimes below it; with stopping and starting we'll average at least 20km/h. If 20km/h is a top speed for you, then this ride may be too challenging for you. If riding only 20km/h is frustrating for you, then this ride may be too slow for you. Our aim will be for a 25km/h average.

Route: We'll ride along the Waterfront Trail as much as possible. The High Park section is very steep at times. While going along Lakeshore Rd through Mimico would be faster, the trail is more scenic.

The ride is about 57km 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 ride is completely on paved roads and is suitable for all types of bikes. The most important thing is to have your bike be in good working order, smoothly shifting and brakes not sticking. However, if you have knobby tires you should expect it to take a great deal more effort to make the trip out to Port Credit than those people on road bikes or hybrids.

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. 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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  • Philip

    Surprised that it took me almost 1 hr less than last time to back to the end point. Andy is right, it's getting easier every time you ride. But the climb still a bit challenging to me tho.

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Robert

    Thanks for the chance to ride with you guys, your great cyclists

    August 6, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      Hi Robert, I'm very sorry that we dropped you tonight. Before I realized it we had already turned several times since I last saw you and I just didn't know where to start looking for you. I normally try my best to keep the group together, so this was out of the ordinary for us. I hope you aren't discouraged to try the ride with us again. After the climbing it gets much easier.

      1 · August 6, 2013

    • Robert

      I would have liked to do a better job of keeping up, I think I'll try working up to the challenge on my own, at least I've learned about those climbs and I'll use them in my rides, thx anyway

      August 7, 2013

  • Mike

    Small group last night, which turned into a quick ride. I was home earlier than usual. :)

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • David B.

    Good ride guys! That was fast, I had a hard time to keep up!

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys! We'll make it the next time around - ended up having to work late. Cheers.

    August 6, 2013

  • Shahid

    I did the Oakville ride today, so I'll take a break tomorrow

    August 5, 2013

  • Shahid

    I would like to avoid waiting for 45 minutes, so is it ok if I get to the Colborn Lodge sign on Lakeshore at say 7.30, which is about the time you guys return from High Park

    August 1, 2013

    • David B.

      Should be fine. Come try the hills sometime, they're not too bad in lowest gear.

      August 1, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      Shahid, that's no problem at all. I'd say 7:20 just to be safe. But, as David said, try the hills sometime. You might surprise yourself.

      August 3, 2013

  • Joey S.

    Meetings, bloody meetings! Well, I can't be a noodnik, without attending some of this things. ;-)

    August 2, 2013

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