The good weather is back and so are our weeknight runs to Port Credit.
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.
If the entire group feels up for it, we'll throw in a lap of Climbing High Park before journeying on to Port Credit.
Forgot to mention these important notes:
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 overall 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.
Route: We'll ride along the Waterfront Trail as much as possible. While going along Lakeshore would be faster, the trail is more scenic.
The "Climbing High Park" traditional route is here: http://files.meetup.com/1476202/highparkclimbingloop_r2.pdf Since we're starting on the Lakeshore trail we'd adjust the beginning and end of this accordingly.
The ride itself, from the start to Port Credit, is about 45km round trip: http://goo.gl/maps/D2VhI
Road Surface: The ride to port credit is completely on paved roads. If we choose to do the High Park option, there is a 500m section of hard-packed unpaved road. I readily navigate this on my skinnies, but I know some people prefer not to put their delicate road machines through such abuse.
Weather: The ride will proceed unless it is already raining steadily at start time (weather report looks like it should be clear). If there are intermittent showers (unlikely) that will not stop the ride. It is possible that the road surface will be still be wet in parts so please don't wear your newest all-white cycling outfit if you don't want it getting dirty.