Century ride from Niagara Falls to Toronto 25 km/hr

What could be more fun than 100 miles on a bike?  (Rhetorical question)

We will be taking the 9 am GO train from Union to Niagara Falls Station and biking back to Toronto. 

Meet on the concourse in between the ticket counter and the stairs to the platforms.  I will be wearing a black and yellow cycling jersey and have my red & black Norco Road Bike.  As soon as the train is announced we'll board the car closest to the engine. (8:30/8:45 am)  I will post the train car number in the comments for those getting on at a different station.   Look for us on the train.

Most likely we will split into two groups depending on speed. We'll pause at major turns to regroup.  If anyone has to drop out, there's an hourly go-bus from St. Catherines that will take you to Burlington GO station where you can catch the train back to Toronto.  The next drop out point would be Burlington, after that GO stations abound.  

Weather - Looks fantastic for now, if forecast gets to 50% chance of rain, ride will be cancelled.

Terrain - Mostly Flat, one stupendous downhill.  We'll stick to the roads, but switch to paths if traffic is heavy.

Speed - 25km/hr (30 km/hr for the first leg)  You must be able to sustain 25 km/hr so we can get back to Toronto in good time!

Length -  [masked] km

http://bit.ly/14CJbRq

Items to bring - Spare tube(s), pump, tools, sunscreen, $21.00 for train fare, Lunch $$$, WATER/Liquids, Helmet.

Skill Level - If you can do Andy's ride to Port Credit and still feel like you could keep riding afterwards, you'll do fine.  Road Bike recommended as we will be traveling at 25km/hr for 160 km.

Schedule -
09:00 am Leave Union on Niagara Train 
11:00 am Arrive Niagara Falls VIA station and head off for Niagara-on-the-Lake
12:00 am Be at Little Red Rooster / Tim Hortons for lunch and head head towards Port Dalhousie 
1:45 pm Arrive Port Dalhousie - rest and recharge at Tim Hortons 
2:00 pm Head to Toronto with rest stops every 1.5 hours etc.  
?:?? pm Hutch's rest-stop & possible super greasy food
8:00 Arrive at Humber Bridge. Burgers and Beers?

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  • Andrea M.

    Thanks to Joey and Micheal C. for the help. Thanks to Ted and P.J. for coming back to check on us. Also thanks to whomever gave me a spare tube. So we crawled back to Grimsby on that bad tire and took the go bus. At Union i swaped tires and put the bad one up front, rode home. Managed to do 96 k its not a century but still had fun!!! Once again thanks to the above mentioned people!!!!!!!!

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • Ben B.

      Damn crappy giant wheels and tires. Dura Ace or go home! Lol.

      August 11, 2013

    • David B.

      Andrea, that sucks. Hopefully you get that fixed. Ben, I don't know dura ace, I guess those don't get flat easy?

      August 12, 2013

  • Iva

    I've beat my record and met awesome people! this was definitely a memorable experience! Mike thanks for organizing and leading, hope you enjoyed that cold beer in the end also for us, when I got home I passed out.. but had beers the next day to celebrate. Joey thanks as well for having absolutely every supply needed. I look forward to doing another ride with this group (maybe a shorter one next time) ;)

    3 · August 12, 2013

  • Judy P

    so what was the average pace in the end? just so so I know if I could keep up and come along some time.

    August 11, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Hi Judy, one group was 35+ km/hr, the other was 25-30 km/hr.

      August 11, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Thank you all who came. It was a great ride despite some mechanical difficulties! A special thanks to Joey who went above and beyond helping out with the flats, and making sure that the faster group got back safely. Andy, thanks for your help in sweeping as well. I'm planning on reversing this route 2 weeks from now, and make it more of a party at the end in Niagara Falls!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Philip

    Great ride with great scenic, great experience. Thanks for Mike's good hard work.
    Can't believe that I made it to the end with my old hybrid...

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Joey S.

    Ended up with the fast group, and that made my day, as we really hammered it from Lincoln onwards. Really enjoyed the 38 km/h average between Burlington and Oakville.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    long and tiring ride

    August 10, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Just got home can't feel my arse , and hopefully the back will straighten out by Monday but very nice ride should do it soon again. Thanks for organizing :)

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Leaving port Dalhousie shortly!

    August 10, 2013

  • Jordan L.

    Ahh, something came up with work and I couldn't make it. Wish I was there! Either way I'm going to get a ride out today!

    August 10, 2013

  • Michael C.

    We're on car 2733 second last car

    August 10, 2013

  • Michael C.

    I'm here at union with Joey!

    August 10, 2013

  • Jordan L.

    Never rode a 100mile ride but I look forward to it!

    August 10, 2013

  • Philip

    Hey Michael, I will get on from Exhibition Place stn. Will text you for the train car # before 9. Look forward to it.

    August 9, 2013

    • Al

      I will be getting on at the Ex aswell

      August 9, 2013

    • Philip

      see you guys at EX

      August 10, 2013

  • Michael C.

    I've changed the map and itinerary. Because we're such a large group, I'm skipping Niagara-on-the-Lake Downtown, (Impossible to get 20 ppl in and out of the Epicurean in good time), we'll stop off at the Tim Horton's beside the little red rooster restaurant. We'll also be taking the Oakville trail as it's a much nicer ride than lakeshore in that area. Corrected Map: http://bit.ly/14CJbRq

    August 9, 2013

    • Joey S.

      We can still make a stop in Niagara on the Lake, but I'll go to Starbucks, as they can handle a crush. It should only be a 15 minute stop, not a full meal stop, just like the Port Credit Run. Either eating a full meal in Hamilton, or Oakville makes the most sense. I would suggest Hamilton, since it is roughly at the halfway point.

      August 9, 2013

  • Joey S.

    I'll be bringing cue-sheets and maps. I'll distribute them when we are on the train. If you have a map holder on your handlebars, you won't need a GPS to navigate the route, as the cue sheet will have the important turns and stops. But it does really help if you have an odometer/speedometer on your bike, as that will help you gauge how long to the next turn. Also, if you do have a GPS, it's a good backup.

    1 · August 7, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Hey Joey, Please take a look at the route I've posted to make sure yours is the same. I'll bring foldouts with the directions as well.

      August 9, 2013

    • Joey S.

      I already sent my maps and cue-sheets to the printers. We can still make a stop in Niagara on the Lake, but I'll go to Starbucks, as they can handle a crush. It should only be a 15 minute stop, not a full meal stop.

      August 9, 2013

  • David B.

    I got to work Saturday, can't join. Have fun guys.

    August 8, 2013

    • Philip

      too bad

      August 9, 2013

    • David B.

      Too bad, hopefully we do another Niagara trip sometime! Have fun!

      August 9, 2013

  • Mike

    Can't believe I'm missing this epic ride :( Have fun all! Ride fast and ride safe.

    August 9, 2013

  • albert

    Hi, Sounds like fun, but I'll be getting on at the Port Credit GO stn and look for u.

    August 2, 2013

    • albert

      Also, the GO train arrives Port CR at 9:18am.

      August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, I'm good for tomorrow. Can't wait for the challenge.

      1 · August 9, 2013

  • Prab

    Thanks for organising Mike. This sounds great. I'll be there with bells on

    August 9, 2013

  • Gillian

    I have to see if I can change plans I already have but really want to join you!

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Gillian

      I will be there for sure!

      August 9, 2013

  • Teddy

    Hey guys,

    First time on this site and joining one of these rides. I've biked out to burlington with an average speed of 25km/h with a couple stops so I think I'll fit right in. I'll be getting on at Union. I've wanted to do this ride for a while so I hope I end up getting up early enough...

    See you guys on Saturday!
    Ted

    August 9, 2013

  • Al

    do we need to bring a lock for this ride, seems to be a few places were stopping.

    August 8, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Probably a good idea. Most of the stops should have the bikes in our line of sight.

      August 8, 2013

  • Cynthia C.

    I'm tentatively :) joining in.

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Cynthia C.

      Sorry but have to cancel due to a death in the family.

      August 8, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Cynthia, I'm so sorry to hear. My condolences. Our thoughts will be with you.

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi guys, can I join in on this? would love to do it? I can hop on the Go Train at port Credit.

    let me know,
    thanks
    Nash

    August 7, 2013

    • Joey S.

      Sure, but bike rack space may be very limited.

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, would love to join in.

    August 7, 2013

  • Iva

    Love cycling!.. always wanted to do this one! Look forward to it ;)

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Michael C.

    To get an idea of the pace I'd like to keep, feel free to join the Thursday port credit run. No hills, just a warm-up for Saturday!

    August 3, 2013

  • Judy P

    I need to know are you talking about average of 25 kph, or just the riding speed on the flat terrain??

    August 2, 2013

    • David B.

      I'm pretty sure he means 25km riding speed, not 25km/hr average. I biked with mostly everyone here, maybe 20km/hr average will be the speed. The pace will be slower than Andy's port credit I believe.

      August 2, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Hopefully our riding speed will be 25 km/hr or higher.

      August 3, 2013

  • Philip

    I want to join this but not sure if I can make it.
    For Andy's ride to Port Credit, I could keep riding afterwards but did slow down.

    August 1, 2013

    • Michael C.

      I think you'll do fine. We may split into a couple of groups, and make sure that people have contact info

      August 1, 2013

    • Philip

      great, I m in.

      1 · August 1, 2013

  • Joey S.

    I'll be going on a slightly different route, as I want to stop at the Brock monument, as I usually pass it on my way to Niagara on the Lake. The only other difference is that the bike path sucks, as it's full of pedestrians, so I'll be riding on the road. After that, my route will be exactly the same as Michael's. Included with the link, are links to TCX and GPX files, for those folks with GPS units or apps on their phones. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2874937?privacy_code=JS9voSX0d2OOXFL5

    August 1, 2013

    • Michael C.

      We'll be taking the road to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Big Hill for the win.

      2 · August 1, 2013

  • Judy P

    are you saying you will average 25 kph or that you will ride at 25 kph. its not a very hilly ride, so I hope I can avg 25 kph, but not sure for that length, but have no plans that day and will let nothing interfere, would love to come.

    July 31, 2013

    • Joey S.

      Here's a link to the GO service. We'll be riding down on the Niagara train that makes limited stops along the way. http://www.gotransit....­

      August 1, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Dropping out at st. Catherine's, it's pretty easy to catch a go bus to Burlington and to go train back to Toronto. Having biked with many of you before, I don't foresee any problems like that though.

      August 1, 2013

  • Joey S.

    Here's the GO Service map. The Niagara Train makes only a few stops along the way. I would recommend that if you do not already have a Presto Card, get one. It will save you a significant amount of time at Union Station. If you can't make it to Burlington, the only other train station available on this route after Niagara will be St. Catharines. There are two GO bus stops before Burlington if you can't make it after St. Catharines. http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/schedules/sysmap.aspx

    1 · August 1, 2013

  • David B.

    Not sure if I can make it. Just wondering what is average speed?

    July 28, 2013

    • Michael C.

      I'd like to keep it at or just above 25km/hr

      July 28, 2013

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