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Climbing High Park

Hi Everyone, let's have ourselves a work out! Forget riding leisurely along flat rec trails, how fun can that be? I'm talking about climbing! Climbing is fun and way more challenging than it sounds. You'd be amazed how much more quickly you're all out of energy when you're tackling a 30 degree incline, and that's what this ride is all about. We'll be riding in the residential areas surrounding high park, especially those streets just to the west of the park which have very sharp inclines and also right through the middle of the park. The idea is to climb a little, then coast back down and repeat. It is a work out, but the great thing is that the course will be a relatively short loop, so you can't get left behind, regardless of your speed. This is a great opportunity to build some muscle and increase your endurance in high-output situations. There is no speed minimum to be able to participate in this ride, however it is intended to be a strenuous work out, not a leisurely ride. REVISED MAP
Here is a handy map of the route. Total Length: 11km Total Climb: 210m I hope you join us! - Andy PS. Also look forward to a more extreme version of the Climbing ride coming soon, where we'll tackle the rise and falls of the Niagara Escarpment in Halton Hills.

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  • Andy Z.

    Good stuff. It definitely seemed easier this time than last week. At this pace, we'll be ready for the Halton Hilly 100 in no time.

    August 7, 2009

  • Thomas

    Good fun and exercise - but I was exhausted after only one round. :-)

    August 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a drill and a thrill. :) Thanks for all the helpful hills climbing advice! I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'd it again.

    August 7, 2009

  • RobG

    Definitely a challenging ride, but I'm glad it's happening every week, I noticed self improvement this week over last!

    August 7, 2009

  • Andy Z.

    Hey Kamal, good on ya for doing the ride anyway! Let us know what you think of them hills!

    August 6, 2009

  • Andy Z.

    Awesome :) see you there

    August 6, 2009

  • Andy Z.

    Mary, I haven't done this myself, but I think the stair climber on the highest setting might do it. Try to keep up the highest setting you can manage for about 90 seconds. (It should start getting difficult after about 30 or 40) And... repeat! Or, get out on your bike a day or two early and try just one of the hills (like the one on Ellis Park Rd) and see how you do. The key to this is stamina. It's a combination of strength (to get up the hill) and endurance while going all out.

    August 4, 2009

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