EDIT #3. Scrap the Watson Twins. Forget about Mini-Loops. Construction and road closures have doomed my previous route. The new route takes us around Eden Mills and the surrounding back-roads and then home via the Watsonberg. Let’s ride!
Tell your loved ones that tonight–it’s all about the bike! The longest day of the year = the longest Thursday ride of the year. This route takes us down some nice roads past Puslinch Lake, Chilligo Road and Maryhill. Take care when crossing Highways 6 and 7. There is short gravel “secteur” just north of Hwy 7. Check the map–it’s slightly different than last year. We’ll have maximum daylight, but the B Group will be pushing 32 kph to make it back in decent time. Bring lights.
The conditions are perfect for riding an expensive bicycle with your friends. Let’s head out on a few of our favourite roads and hills. The A Ride will quite likely involve spirited attacks and tomfoolery (32+ kph), but don’t let this stop you from giving it a go. The B Group will stay together at a steady pace (30 – 32 kph) and pick up dropped riders. Bring flashers.
It looks like it will be windy, but the rain may hold off and the temperature is edging upwards. We’ll take it!! The route has a few hills and a convenient bail-out point coming back on Hume at Watson if your winter legs are complaining. The finishing circuit loops down to the Watsonberg to allow the A riders to attack each other in earnest. B riders will soft pedal after hills to regroup.
RIDE IS CANCELLED. Weather Alert: Some scattered green clouds heading our way on the radar. It might rain a bit.
We’ll let the A Group go for the stage win while the B’s sip champagne and celebrate with a “tour” of some of our favourite roads of the season. The route is rather short due to the waning daylight, but still bring lights. We’re heading over to the Wooly afterwards for a few beers, team food and tales of what could have been.
NOTE: I was body checked by a Nissan Rogue on my way home from work today and hit the deck pretty hard. All is well with bike and bod (and the driver was charged), but as I type this, my limbs are feeling the effects of breaking the fall. Chris has offered to take over as ride leader so you’re good for a great ride. Thanks Chris.
UPDATE: No, not rain…Campbellville Rd underpass under the 401 is out. The alternate is Left onto Appleby from Campbellville, Right onto Limestone, Right onto Canyon, Left onto Campbell and continue with the ride. This one’s for Gabhan. He tried to make this ride happen a few times this season but it rained. Major decent down 6th Line. Bring lights.