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! : )

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 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.

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. Being wet and cold and shivering is doubly miserable.

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

• Glasses and/or face mask! Yes, there are mosquitoes. Millions of them. You will definitely eat several. (Clear) glasses will help you keep them out of your tear ducts, unless you enjoy that sort of thing.

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  • Hyedie H.

    I was cold riding back from High Park ... how did you guys do, Andy, Mike, Isaac, Mark and David (plus one guy I didn't officially meet)???

    That was the wettest condition I've ever ridden in!!

    1 · June 25

    • David B.

      My back tire was full of water, I don't know why and not the front tire. I had to take the tire off the rim to get all the water out. And I was cold for just a minute when we were riding back from Starbucks. It was cold at high park definitely when we stopped for a few minutes.

      June 26

    • Isaac

      Yea the pools of water on the road were epic! And the dodgy visibility lol. But it wasn't too bad overall. Wettest ride ever for sure.

      1 · June 26

  • Erika R.

    Hi, I am new member , this will be my first event . Though I am used to ride by myself this is the first time I'm doing a long circuit. I think I'll be fine with the distance but not in the steep portion. Any help and patience will be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to it :)

    June 24

    • Mike

      Hi Erika, sounds good. It was crazy rainy but kept going! Hope to see you out again.

      1 · June 25

    • Erika R.

      Thank you mike . I will do my best to get ready for the next ride.

      June 26

  • Mike

    WET!

    1 · June 25

  • Vanessa

    I am running late and I see the rain has just arrived. Due to lack of appropriate eyewear, I'll going to abandon. Have fun!

    1 · June 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not feeling well, next time.

    June 25

  • Amit

    I have to drop. Stuck at work.

    June 25

  • Desmond R.

    caught up at work,, will strill try

    June 25

  • Al

    Hey Andy,

    probably going to join ya for the ride out to port credit, what time do you figure you will be heading out.

    June 25

    • Andy Z.

      Al, I figure between 7:30 and 7:45 at the cafe parking lot in high park

      June 25

  • Desmond R.

    I have never ridden this distance before, I would like to try and push myself, however if I cant manage it would it be ok to drop off in between.

    June 24

    • Hyedie H.

      For sure! Just shout out at one of us to let us know when you leave so we don't worry.

      June 24

    • Hyedie H.

      Also, I will be co-leading this same ride but at a slower speed (20-25km/hr) and less hill climbs with Denise, next week if you want to join that ride instead. Check out the list of upcoming rides.

      June 24

  • Joey S.

    Ugh!!, a meeting just came up. Won't be attending.

    June 24

  • Joey S.

    As usual, I'll meet you at Ellis, I hate cycling through the MGT at that time of night: too much pedestrian traffic on the trail.

    June 24

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