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ANCASTER 78 KM

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SPRING TRAINING

MAY 03, 2020

START TIME8:30 am
APPROX. FINISH11:30 pm
DISTANCE78 km
ELEVATION +645 m
CAT. CLIMBSN/A

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Map of Ancaster 78 km
CATEGORIZED CLIMBS
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ROUTE DECRIPTION


First order of business, turn right out of the driveway onto Jerseyville Rd. It's not exactly a country road, but the traffic is meager and slow making it safe for riding. About 1 km up the road you'll come to Shaver Rd. where you'll turn left and drop straight south. You're still in the community of Ancaster as you head along Shaver Rd., but as you pass Garner Rd. the density of homes and businesses start to give way to local agriculture. The country truly starts to show itself as you pass Book Rd. At this point you'll be surrounded by working farms including the odd hint of manure indicating the presence of fertilized fields and hefty livestock. As you head south on Shaver Rd. there are a few quick "left turn, right turns" where the road is offset so be careful not to go the wrong way. When you get to Sawmill Rd. turn right.

The next 14 km is an absolutely beautiful collection of roads that snakes its way through some stunning rural country side. Due to the amount of turns it can be a challenge to follow if you're not paying attention. You'll find the roads here are quiet and primarily traffic free where working farms dominate the view on all sides. Most of the roads here are completely exposed so if its windy you're going to have to work. The terrain is on the flatter side which is unusual for a route with this many turns and curvy roads. Usually routes that are this curvy are quite hilly. I find the more difficult the route is to follow the more picturesque it happens to be. This section of the route will not disappoint. At the 28 km mark you'll get to Jerseyville Rd. and the back half of the route. Just like the front half the next 20 km are, once again, on very picturesque roads, but the top have tends to have a bit more vegetation covering the side of the road to protect you from the wind. Farm country still rules on this section of the route.

Soon you'll get to Governors Rd. where you'll turn right and then a fairly quick left onto Harrisburg Rd. where you'll begin your journey back to the cars. At your furthest point north you'll go around a large downhill bend that pops out the valley on the other side and turns into Concession Rd 2. If the wind is at your back you'll have a fast and furious shot back to your car. This road is perfect for pace-line work as it's flattish, punctuated by the odd small roller, and goes perfectly straight for just over 10 km's. Once you get to Inksetter Rd. you'll turn right for a quick downhill joy ride on beautiful country road towards a short turn on Old Governors Rd. After the bend you'll get to Governors Rd. where you'll turn left and then just up the road a quick right will put you firmly onto Old Hwy 99. It is here where the real fun begins.

Before long you'll turn right onto Binkley Rd. for a downhill run into the valley below. Binkley will end at Mineral Springs Rd. where you'll turn left. The road winds itself through the valley where trees converge overhead providing shade on hot days. You might even see deer as the area you are cycling is, for the most part, protected conservation land. It's one of the nicest roads to cycle in all of Southern Ontario. As you are entering from the north the road turns upward and can be a long climb with fairly easy gradients. Stay on Mineral Springs until it turns into Sulphur Springs at around the 71 km mark. When Sulphur Springs takes a left turn, stay straight and head south on Lovers Lane...yep...that's right Lovers Lane. Within minutes you'll be back on Jerseyville Rd. where you'll turn right and cycle 1.5 km back to the community centre.

TRAINING RIDE # 5

ANCASTER 78 KM

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SPRING TRAINING

DateMay 03, 2020
Start Time8:30 am
Approx. Finish11:30 pm
Distance78 km
Elevation +645 m
Cat. ClimbsN/A

VIEW ROUTE

START LOCATION

Ancaster 78 km

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

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

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

First order of business, turn right out of the driveway onto Jerseyville Rd. It's not exactly a country road, but the traffic is meager and slow making it safe for riding. About 1 km up the road you'll come to Shaver Rd. where you'll turn left and drop straight south. You're still in the community of Ancaster as you head along Shaver Rd., but as you pass Garner Rd. the density of homes and businesses start to give way to local agriculture. The country truly starts to show itself as you pass Book Rd. At this point you'll be surrounded by working farms including the odd hint of manure indicating the presence of fertilized fields and hefty livestock. As you head south on Shaver Rd. there are a few quick "left turn, right turns" where the road is offset so be careful not to go the wrong way. When you get to Sawmill Rd. turn right.

The next 14 km is an absolutely beautiful collection of roads that snakes its way through some stunning rural country side. Due to the amount of turns it can be a challenge to follow if you're not paying attention. You'll find the roads here are quiet and primarily traffic free where working farms dominate the view on all sides. Most of the roads here are completely exposed so if its windy you're going to have to work. The terrain is on the flatter side which is unusual for a route with this many turns and curvy roads. Usually routes that are this curvy are quite hilly. I find the more difficult the route is to follow the more picturesque it happens to be. This section of the route will not disappoint. At the 28 km mark you'll get to Jerseyville Rd. and the back half of the route. Just like the front half the next 20 km are, once again, on very picturesque roads, but the top have tends to have a bit more vegetation covering the side of the road to protect you from the wind. Farm country still rules on this section of the route.

Soon you'll get to Governors Rd. where you'll turn right and then a fairly quick left onto Harrisburg Rd. where you'll begin your journey back to the cars. At your furthest point north you'll go around a large downhill bend that pops out the valley on the other side and turns into Concession Rd 2. If the wind is at your back you'll have a fast and furious shot back to your car. This road is perfect for pace-line work as it's flattish, punctuated by the odd small roller, and goes perfectly straight for just over 10 km's. Once you get to Inksetter Rd. you'll turn right for a quick downhill joy ride on beautiful country road towards a short turn on Old Governors Rd. After the bend you'll get to Governors Rd. where you'll turn left and then just up the road a quick right will put you firmly onto Old Hwy 99. It is here where the real fun begins.

Before long you'll turn right onto Binkley Rd. for a downhill run into the valley below. Binkley will end at Mineral Springs Rd. where you'll turn left. The road winds itself through the valley where trees converge overhead providing shade on hot days. You might even see deer as the area you are cycling is, for the most part, protected conservation land. It's one of the nicest roads to cycle in all of Southern Ontario. As you are entering from the north the road turns upward and can be a long climb with fairly easy gradients. Stay on Mineral Springs until it turns into Sulphur Springs at around the 71 km mark. When Sulphur Springs takes a left turn, stay straight and head south on Lovers Lane...yep...that's right Lovers Lane. Within minutes you'll be back on Jerseyville Rd. where you'll turn right and cycle 1.5 km back to the community centre.

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