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Note: The weather for Sunday is questionable. Check the status of the event at 8:30am before leaving home.
This week's Sunday Morning Social Ride (SMSR) will head to Fairy Lake in Acton. The route will explore the Halton Hills area along the quiet country roads of the Niagara Escarpment. We will stay in relative proximity to the start location in case it rains.
Here is the ride video (courtesy of Imran Aziz):
Please DO NOT RSVP if you are unsure of your attendance. To maintain a good track record, please respect your RSVP; arrive 30 minutes early; do not cancel on the day of the event, and stay with the group during the entire ride.
Aim to arrive by no later than 9:45am (earlier if you are new) for a prompt 10:15am departure (or earlier if everyone present is ready). This means that if you hope to arrive at 10:20am you will be 35 minutes late; we'll be long gone!
Everything You Need To Know:
COVID-19: Social distancing is applicable. A mask is required indoors (eg. to use a washroom).
Pace: 22-30km on the flats; overall average of 20-22km.
Duration: 4.5 hours (approx).
Terrain: All paved.
Free Parking: Sufficient.
Ride Rules: Must be a team player! Participants must make every effort to depart, ride, and return together as a group. So, no riding far ahead beyond 0.5km. Regrouping is mandatory at the top of big hills, major intersections, all turns and traffic lights (especially after the break!). Stronger riders must reduce their pace to accommodate slower riders within reason since excessive stop-and-go inhibits momentum leading to premature fatigue for everyone.
Map: The map shown is an approximation. The exact route is determined during the ride.
Rest Stop: After 34km for 15-20 minutes at the park of Fairy Lake.
Toilets: Don't count on any other than the bushes along the route. Last checked earlier this week, the public washroom at Fairy Lake was still available. The wooded areas of the route are always an option.
Skill Level: Intermediate. Not a beginner's or endurance ride but most riders are at peak fitness by this time of year.
Recommended Bike: Road or hybrid in good condition. This is not the place to demonstrate the viability of old clunker bikes! Most riders use lightweight road bikes. Mountain bikes are not recommended because they are heavy and slow up hills. Bike weight affects rider performance and fatigue.
Helmet: Mandatory! No helmet, no assistance. It's your head; if you don't care, no one cares. You're on your own!
Relative Workout Ranking: 1.5 out of 5 compared to other SMSR rides offered from the Halton, Caledon, or Newcastle areas.
Waiver: "I agree:" https://goo.gl/Rg1Arh