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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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  • Andy Z.

    Hey vinh we lost you. Meet us at colborne lodge Dr and Queensway if you can

    August 27, 2014

    • Vinh

      I hope I didn't keep you waiting to long. This will be a lot better once I upgrade my bike

      August 28, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      Vinh, LOL no we didn't wait for you at the very end. I posted this the first time we lost you before we left high park. On the Humber bridge the max we can wait is about ten minutes before it starts getting too cold.

      August 28, 2014

  • Joey S.

    Meeting bloody meeting. Last minute too. Won't be going on the ride. Have a good one.

    August 27, 2014

  • Vanessa

    Hate to drop out last minute but still a mountain of work to get through. Have fun!

    August 27, 2014

  • Andy Z.

    Thanks for the heads up Julian. Last week it was pretty gnarly already. I think this week well just do the seven hills of hell instead.

    1 · August 26, 2014

    • Vinh

      what the heck is the seven hills of hell? it sounds terrifying and I'm new to road cycling =( please take it easy on the new guy!!

      August 26, 2014

    • David B.

      The 7 hills are not too bad. Might actually be easier than the usual route. And everyone waits at the top of the hills so don't worry. Just make sure your brakes work for going down the hills and you have lights if you plan on staying for Port Credit part.

      August 27, 2014

  • Julian

    I'm not going on this ride, but be warned that at the top of the Colborne Lodge hills (at the restaurant) in High Park work crews have torn up the pavement. I suspect they will be re-paving the whole thing like they have done with the hill itself.

    1 · August 26, 2014

    • Joey S.

      High Park will be a disaster zone until at least the end of September. They are currently repaving the east side with northbound traffic and parking. They'll soon be doing the side that goes south towards the Grenadier cafe. When they do, the only entrance will be from Colbourne Lodge Rd or Centre Rd. The Bloor entrance will be closed, likely in about two weeks.

      August 26, 2014

  • Vinh

    Hi, I'm new and I was wondering if we need a helmet for this ride because I do not have one as of yet.

    August 23, 2014

    • David B.

      It's not required but recommended. Andy had an accident and cracked his helmet, if he didn't have a helmet it could have been bad.

      August 23, 2014

    • Vinh

      Okay good because im still waiting for my helmet to arrive from eBay.

      August 23, 2014

  • Leona

    I'm curious - what would you say is the most difficult hill portion of this ride?

    August 22, 2014

    • Leona

      Thanks - I didn't know Ellis was uphill going south. I've only done the Colborne lodge hill. I'm going to try the route on my own first.

      1 · August 22, 2014

    • David B.

      Ok, have fun on it. It's a little steep at first, then when you turn the corner it gets steeper lol. Maybe just a little tougher than Sunnybrook Hills

      1 · August 23, 2014

  • Warza

    Very tempted to join this ride. I usually ride alone and always on almost non-traffic roads or parks, excepting people and dogs :). Question(s): What kind of car traffic should I expect as I'm not comfortable riding along car? A road bike should be OK? As this may be my first group ride .. what if I can't keep the pace?
    I'm comfortable with 25km/h and 50km range but I don't know the route and better to be prepared :)

    August 21, 2014

    • David B.

      The car traffic is not bad on this route. And we stay in the trail most of the ride.

      August 21, 2014

    • Warza

      I'm in :) I will take a look at the route those days just to have an idea about it.

      1 · August 22, 2014

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