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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! : )

Now with a new dirt-path-free route! We trade an extra km or so for a smooth paved ride.

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

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.

The ride is about 57km round trip, including the High Park segment: http://goo.gl/qUsKl

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.

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  • Andy Z.

    Thanks everyone for coming out! I had tons of fun. See you all next week (and also this Sunday morning, if you can make it)

    August 1, 2013

  • Leah C.

    Great ride! Thanks to Joey for keeping me on track

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Fantastic high speed run. Fun times as always.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Philip

    Thanks Andy, great ride last night. Nice to see everyone too. A bit challenging for me to keep up on the way back, but definitely will try again.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Mike

    Quick riders tonight! Nice meeting some of the new people joining us. Weather was perfect :)

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Hyedie H.

    Thanks for another great ride everybody!

    Sadly, I'm working on a contract for next few weeks so I'll see you guys again in September.

    3 · July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really want to join this ride, am visiting from out of town and am trying to get my hands on a womens road bike. I've been checking with bike shops for rentals, but if anyone has any tips, please let me know!

    1 · July 28, 2013

    • Andy

      i vouch for Batemans they're pretty good

      July 29, 2013

    • David B.

      Hey Christine, I'm just curious, was it $30 to rent the bike for the day and did they include all the accessories like helmet and the jacket or was that extra?

      July 31, 2013

  • Philip

    hope I m okay with the climb. look forward to it.

    2 · July 29, 2013

  • David B.

    I'm probably watching a movie later but I'll join for the highpark climb :)

    July 27, 2013

  • Mike

    Ugh, I have a conference call at 6pm. I will still ride down later. Andy, I'll send you a text to see where you are along the route. Maybe I'll catch you somewhere on the way to Port Credit.

    July 25, 2013

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