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ROUGE VALLEY 55 KM

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SPRING TRAINING

APRIL 10, 2020

START TIME9:00 am
DISTANCE55 km
ELEVATION +611 m

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Map of Rouge Valley 55 km

NOTE: The blue sections are bike paths.

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ROUTE DECRIPTION


The right turn out of the parking lot will have you heading due north on flat and easy roads that are bordered on both sides by a mixture of scrubby forest and open farmers fields. The traffic is moderate so you might think about single file for the next 2 km until you get to 14th Ave. where you'll turn right. You'll now be treated to open sky where fun be can found on the shallow rollers that slowly make there way eastward towards the pending crux of the day. You'll continue on roads that are quiet and slightly rolling for the next 5 km until you get the little Hamlet of Whitevale; population 255. As you cycle through the village you'll see signs that the road ahead is closed. It might be for cars, but for us cyclists we can easily walk around the barrier and continue our on way eastward. I'm not entirely sure why the barriers are there, but one has to assume it's to keep the peace of the village. To get up and out of Whitevale a good sized climb will need to be negotiated. Once around the barriers you'll shoot straight east for the next 7 km on easy rolling roads. The first 15 km is the perfect warm up for the climbing that's still to come.

Just before the 15 km mark you'll come to Church Rd. which is the start of the toughest section of the route. You'll first enjoy a downhill run on a small dark road that eventually bottoms out at a bridge that crosses a small creek. Just ahead is a good sized climb, but the good news is you're only going half way up before you turn left onto Greenwood Rd. As you head north on Greenwood it'll seem like you're cycling on a small cottage road. The tarmac is broken, the road is quiet and you'll be surrounded by deep forest dotted with homes hugging the side of the road. Most of this road is uphill, but the gradients are easy. The first real test of the day comes as you turn right onto Concessions Rd. 6 and into the little town of Greenwood. The climb starts almost as soon as you make your turn and will continue all the way past the stop sign and ends when you see open fields on both sides of the road. You'll be able to get some rest for the next 4 km until you turn back onto Concession Rd. 5 where the fun begins again with a few good sized climbs. You'll retrace the inbound route where the last climb of this section starts on the other side of the small bridge that you passed on the way in. Once you top out from the dark roads below you'll get back to Church Rd. where easy cycling can be found for the next 15 km.

The trip around the Toronto Zoo and the Rouge National Urban Park start when you head south on Beare Rd. and ultimately a right turn onto Plug Hat Rd. You really have no idea that the city is so close as you cycle the very picturesque country roads. As you get to the hard left sweeping bend you'll come to a very rustic one lane railway underpass where a small climb on the other side will be required. Not too far up the road you'll come to another one lane steel bridge that goes over Little Rouge Creek. A small climb on the other side is, once again, required. Once you get to Old Finch Rd. look for a bike path just to your right. You are now entering the urban part of the ride so for your safety please use the bike path. As you get close to Sheppard Ave. you'll come to Hedge End Rd. Look for a bike path that hooks sharply to the right. This is the start of the Gatineau Hydro Corridor Trail. You'll be on bike paths for the next 4 km with the exception of a small stint on city roads on the southern edge of the route. At the 45 km mark you'll come to Old Finch Rd. where you'll turn right and onto the last test of the day.

The amazing thing about the next 2 km is how close you are to the city yet it feels a world away. You'll be treated to a good downhill run into the valley below where a quick turn on the right comes upon you quickly. Don't miss it. Just up the road you'll come to a stop light that literally pops out of nowhere. The light is for the one lane steel bridge that spans the Rouge River. You can't see the other side so please pay attention to the light not only for your own safety, but also for the cars that use the bridge. Be careful if it's damp. It could be slippery. As soon as you cross the bridge you'll now need to tackle the last climb of the day. The climb is less than 1 km, but it does have some steep gradients. Once you see the sign for Reesor Rd. you have topped out. The only thing left to do now is punch your way north for 3.5 km back to the cars.

TRAINING RIDE # 2

ROUGE VALLEY 55 KM

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SPRING TRAINING

DateApril 10, 2020
Start Time9:00 am
Approx. Finish11:30 am
Distance55 km
Elevation +611 m
Cat. ClimbsN/A

VIEW ROUTE

START LOCATION

Map of Rouge Valley 55 km

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

CAT.LENGTHELEVATION +CLIMB NAME
N/A
N/A
N/A

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The right turn out of the parking lot will have you heading due north on flat and easy roads that are bordered on both sides by a mixture of scrubby forest and open farmers fields. The traffic is moderate so you might think about single file for the next 2 km until you get to 14th Ave. where you'll turn right. You'll now be treated to open sky where fun be can found on the shallow rollers that slowly make there way eastward towards the pending crux of the day. You'll continue on roads that are quiet and slightly rolling for the next 5 km until you get the little Hamlet of Whitevale; population 255. As you cycle through the village you'll see signs that the road ahead is closed. It might be for cars, but for us cyclists we can easily walk around the barrier and continue our on way eastward. I'm not entirely sure why the barriers are there, but one has to assume it's to keep the peace of the village. To get up and out of Whitevale a good sized climb will need to be negotiated. Once around the barriers you'll shoot straight east for the next 7 km on easy rolling roads. The first 15 km is the perfect warm up for the climbing that's still to come.

Just before the 15 km mark you'll come to Church Rd. which is the start of the toughest section of the route. You'll first enjoy a downhill run on a small dark road that eventually bottoms out at a bridge that crosses a small creek. Just ahead is a good sized climb, but the good news is you're only going half way up before you turn left onto Greenwood Rd. As you head north on Greenwood it'll seem like you're cycling on a small cottage road. The tarmac is broken, the road is quiet and you'll be surrounded by deep forest dotted with homes hugging the side of the road. Most of this road is uphill, but the gradients are easy. The first real test of the day comes as you turn right onto Concessions Rd. 6 and into the little town of Greenwood. The climb starts almost as soon as you make your turn and will continue all the way past the stop sign and ends when you see open fields on both sides of the road. You'll be able to get some rest for the next 4 km until you turn back onto Concession Rd. 5 where the fun begins again with a few good sized climbs. You'll retrace the inbound route where the last climb of this section starts on the other side of the small bridge that you passed on the way in. Once you top out from the dark roads below you'll get back to Church Rd. where easy cycling can be found for the next 15 km.

The trip around the Toronto Zoo and the Rouge National Urban Park start when you head south on Beare Rd. and ultimately a right turn onto Plug Hat Rd. You really have no idea that the city is so close as you cycle the very picturesque country roads. As you get to the hard left sweeping bend you'll come to a very rustic one lane railway underpass where a small climb on the other side will be required. Not too far up the road you'll come to another one lane steel bridge that goes over Little Rouge Creek. A small climb on the other side is, once again, required. Once you get to Old Finch Rd. look for a bike path just to your right. You are now entering the urban part of the ride so for your safety please use the bike path. As you get close to Sheppard Ave. you'll come to Hedge End Rd. Look for a bike path that hooks sharply to the right. This is the start of the Gatineau Hydro Corridor Trail. You'll be on bike paths for the next 4 km with the exception of a small stint on city roads on the southern edge of the route. At the 45 km mark you'll come to Old Finch Rd. where you'll turn right and onto the last test of the day.

The amazing thing about the next 2 km is how close you are to the city yet it feels a world away. You'll be treated to a good downhill run into the valley below where a quick turn on the right comes upon you quickly. Don't miss it. Just up the road you'll come to a stop light that literally pops out of nowhere. The light is for the one lane steel bridge that spans the Rouge River. You can't see the other side so please pay attention to the light not only for your own safety, but also for the cars that use the bridge. Be careful if it's damp. It could be slippery. As soon as you cross the bridge you'll now need to tackle the last climb of the day. The climb is less than 1 km, but it does have some steep gradients. Once you see the sign for Reesor Rd. you have topped out. The only thing left to do now is punch your way north for 3.5 km back to the cars.

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