Let’s try this route again. We’ll head South on what should be some very scenic roads to Waterdown and explore a couple categorized climbs. We’ll stop for refreshments at the Copper Kettle Cafe in downtown Waterdown, before making our way back along First Line back to Arkell.
UPDATE: Ride cancelled due to rain.
Let’s head South on what should be some very scenic roads to Waterdown and explore a couple categorized climbs. We’ll stop for refreshments at the Copper Kettle Cafe in downtown Waterdown, before making our way back along First Line back to Arkell.
As Gabhan said in his post, it’s looking like a slight chance of rain, but hopefully it’ll hold off for us. Final call to be made by 8am the day of.
Should be a fun route with a little bit of everything. We’ll go West to some familiar, but not as frequently-visited roads, followed by a return to the East and then up the Col and the ‘Berg. In keeping with Stage 9 of the Tour earlier this week, there is gravel on this route. Two sections, in fact! (See the route map for details – they are short and fun).
The B ride will keep it civilized and work together to maintain the typical 30-32 km/h pace. The A ride will no doubt be less civil, but will likely stick together for roughly the first half of the ride before the attacks begin.
Well, looks like the weather may actually cooperate this time!
A nice 80km loop from the library back downtown exploring the gravel roads up to Fergus, the rail trail over to Elora (with a coffee stop, if so desired!), and then the gravel roads and the G2G rail trail back into Guelph.
Should be a great day to explore the lesser-paved routes. Lower that tire pressure and get ready to grind the gravel.
RIDE IS ON! Might be slightly damp as we head out, but the radar looks clear past 9am! Looks sunny after that!
Will we be able to finally have our first official club gravel ride? Time will tell! (Final call to be made by 8am Saturday morning).
Could be a little damp and chilly in the morning, but it should warm up quickly. Dress appropriately and plan on getting a little dirty (it is a gravel grind after all…) and you’ll be fine.
Get out your wider tires, lower those pressures, and let’s get set to explore some non-paved routes. Gravel/’Cross bike recommended, but any drop bar bike that can take some rougher roads will do.
Fun little loop up to West Montrose via the rail trail, and then looping back through some very scenic and fun gravel roads. With a brief foray through the GORBA trails on the way out from the library, and an adventure up the Edinburgh fire “road” up to the Marden Tract to get to the rail trail. Should be a good time!