I know a lot of people enjoy climbing, so how about an approximately 67-kilometre ride featuring some of Scarborough's best hills? Here's the route I have planned:
Stage 1: 10.1 kilometres from East end of Martin Goodman Trail at Silver Birch Avenue to South end of Brimley Road via Waterfront Trail with a side trip on Fallingbrook Crescent/Drive/Woods.
Stage 2: 14.7 kilometres from South end of Brimley Road to Highland Creek via Waterfront Trail.
Stage 3: 11.5 kilometres from Highland Creek to East end of Twyn Rivers Drive via Highland Creek Trail, Old Kingston Road, Military Trail, Conlins Road, Gatineau Hydro Corridor, and Sheppard Avenue.
Stage 4: 7.9 kilometres from Twyn Rivers Drive to Waterfront Trail via Sheppard Avenue and Port Union Road.
Stage 5: 22.9 kilometres back to the event's starting location via Waterfront Trail.
All the hills on this route are paved, but there are a few short sections of bumpy unpaved flats. Wide and/or studded tires shouldn't be needed, but feel free to bring whatever type of bicycle you wish.
My hybrid will limit my ride average to a maximum of about 25 kilometres per hour. I'm perfectly content riding slower, and anyone wanting to go faster is free to break apart from the group. This isn't a race, and I plan to do a head count atop each hill to ensure we haven't lost anybody.
Everyone is responsible for supplying their own bicycles, helmets, sunscreen, food, refillable water bottles, et cetera. There are several bathrooms and drinking fountains along the route, plus other amenities like transit stops and places to buy food. I'll point these out on the ride, but feel free to request a stop at any time. It's a very scenic route, so photography stops are welcome too.
We'll meet at 10:00 (10:00 AM), and then begin our ride at 10:30 (10:30 AM). This should give everyone plenty of time to do mechanical checks and use the facilities. Depending on a number of factors, I'm guessing the ride will finish around 14:00 to 15:30 (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM).
For anyone needing to leave early, we will be near Rouge Hill GO Station at the end of stages 2 and 4. A single-ride adult GO train ticket from Rouge Hill to Danforth GO Station costs $5.45, or $6.25 to Union Station. Danforth GO Station is about 3 kilometres North of the starting location, and less than 300 metres South of Main Street TTC Station.
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