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 We depart at 6:45pm, no later.

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 at only 25km/h is frustrating for you, then this ride may be too slow for you. Our aim will be for a 25km/h or better 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.

We sprint along the Martin Goodman recreational trail until Ellis Ave (~5km) at 30+ km/h, then on the High Park segment (~12km) we average about 16 km/h or so, slowing significantly on the climbs. The ride out to Port Credit (~20km) goes at around 26 to 30 km/h through the paths and side streets of the Waterfront Trail. Then the return trip from Port Credit (~16km) is an all out drag race where we splinter off into different groups based on performance. The slowest group would go about 26 km/h, the fastest about 36 km/h, on the way back. We regroup before and after High Park, at the Starbucks in Port Credit and finally on the Humber bridge at the conclusion of the ride, so slower riders can easily catch up. If you can average over 25km/h you should be okay on this ride.

The ride is about 52km, including the High Park segment: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3101461

Here is a cue sheet: http://files.meetup.com/1476202/High%20Park%20Port%20Credit.pdf

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.

Recommended items to bring:

• LIGHTS! We finish the ride between 9:30 and 10:00pm, at which time it is dark out, and you still need to get home safely.

• Jacket/arm warmers! It gets cold fast at night; shivering on your way home feels miserable.

• Clear glasses! It might be evening/dusk/night, but that doesn't mean there aren't swarms of mosquitoes so thick you can cut them with a butter knife. Also bad when inhaled, these bugs are très un-fun when they lodge themselves in your eye socket.

• Snack/money! We push the pace a little bit, so you may want to fuel up at the pit stop.

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  • Andy Z.

    A reminder for everyone attending that you will really not want to forget your lights. It gets super-duper dark basically from the get-go now! However, the weather forecast looks great as long as you have enough layers to keep you warm. I'm eagerly looking forward to doing the ride after the hiatus last week. See you all out there!

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Margarita

      Mhmm, in that case, I will TRY to make it tonight. I still have to go find a light, go home, walk the dog, grab a bite and get ready to meet you guys. If I don't manage, there's always next time!

      October 1, 2013

    • Andy Z.

      I do hope you make it out, as we're always glad to see new faces, but if not there is always next time. You'd be eligible for a multi tasking award if you do manage all that, I think--definitely worth striving for!

      October 1, 2013

  • Neale

    Why don't you just do the whole ride on the road, and not bother with "sprinting" on the bike paths which are multi-use trails with a speed limit of 20 km/hr?

    September 30, 2013

    • Tim

      So why bother posting if you're just going to complain about a ride that you'll never do?

      October 1, 2013

    • Neale

      Oh it looks like someone got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning.

      October 1, 2013

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