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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 rain or shine unless there is a significant risk of thunderstorms. Please consider not only the weather during the ride, but also your own trip back home when deciding whether the weather is safe for cycling.

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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  • Henry

    Great job on Coe Hill everyone. We're freaking dominating that KOM leaderboard now! Should rename it TBM segment :)

    1 · September 5, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      I see some gaps in there that we can still fill in! But we are definitely are in control of that hill. Next up Olympus?

      September 5, 2014

    • David B.

      Maybe do Olympus later I'm 300+ on that hill. The highpark loop when it is nice and paved should be able to get in the top 10 or the zoo hill should be easy to get top 10.

      September 6, 2014

  • Fred

    Lots of good riding last night, fantastic climbing. Like I said Andy, either you're getting stronger or I'm getting weaker. Something is definitely going on there. See everyone next time.

    2 · September 5, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      I was going to say the same about you, Fred! It's like you turned on your warp drive after finding our pace line too slow. Oh and your 45kmh attack on the way back from port credit took Dave and my full effort to contain. Glad to ride with you again!

      1 · September 5, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      I just saw your KOM on Coe Hill/Waller, way to destroy that!

      September 5, 2014

  • Isaac

    Can't make the ride tomorrow:( tire still not fixed and work! Sounds like that hill will have a new QOM/KOM tomorrow!

    September 3, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      Tyler, you have a definite chance of getting a PR and having a good time doing so!

      September 4, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      Hyedie, I think your QOM is safe. I'm looking forward to getting knocked down a peg from my current #4 spot.

      1 · September 4, 2014

  • Justin

    First time joining a Meetup ride — looking forward to it.

    September 4, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      Awesome! Glad you're coming and looking forward to meeting you.

      September 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Andy, I like your plan and your route; but I don't like the dark. Will there be a faster group that can finish your route before 8:30PM? If not, would you be offended if I sped away at the 34 or 36 marker (located on your strava map)?

    September 3, 2014

    • Joey S.

      This time of the year its dark by 7:30, sunset is 7:49.

      1 · September 4, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      Yeah we don't make it out of High Park before 7:30 normally. If you're averse to riding after sunset then I don't think you'll get to even start in the direction of Port Credit. There are still plenty of weekend rides happening, but I think from this time of year on, the weeknight rides will be an after-dark affair.

      1 · September 4, 2014

  • Andy Z.

    Looking forward to this ride with all of you. As an extra incentive, I'm giving away a FREE entry to Halton Epic Tour http://www.meetup.com/TorontoBikeMeetup/events/191177192/ to the person who makes it up the Coe Hill / Windermere climb the fastest!

    2 · September 3, 2014

    • Tim

      I probably can't make it tonight, but I'm curious - there is a difference between getting the fastest time on the segment and making to Waller first. Which is it?

      September 4, 2014

    • Andy Z.

      You should end up with the fastest time on the segment if you get there first, as long as you're on Strava. However, non-Strava users can win this prize, too. Also KOM/QOM's generally take a very good run at the hill, while I'll be slowing the group so that everyone can make it around the corner before people take off uphill.

      September 4, 2014

  • Ming C.

    What time do you guys finish the climbing portion and begin the Port Credit run at top of Ellis? I can't make it for the start time but would still like to join.

    September 3, 2014

    • Hyedie H.

      I think we finish around 7:45ish? 7:30 at the earliest. But maybe someone else can confirm!

      September 3, 2014

    • Joey S.

      I think we usually leave for Port Credit from the Grenadier Cafe at approximately 7:45 p.m., so it's already dark by then.

      1 · September 4, 2014

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