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TERRA COTTA 79 KM (SHORT OPTION)

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SPRING TRAINING

MAY 31, 2020

START TIME8:00 am
DISTANCE79 km
ELEVATION +726 m

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Map of Terra Cotta 79 km

NOTE: The blue section is where the shorter route deviates from the standard route.

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS
CATEGORYSTARTLENGTHSTART | ENDELEVATION +AVG. GRADECLIMB NAME
category 4 symbol 36.8 km8.6 km266 m | 433 m167 m2.0%Olde Base Line Rd.
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ROUTE DECRIPTION


This moderately challenging route starts out on scenic King. Rd. As Terra Cotta sits in a deep valley surrounded by Caledon Mountain a climb out is required. The twists and turns of King Rd. will give way to a climb that tops out at 9%. Once across Mississauga Rd. you'll have one more little climb which is preceded by a fast downhill section so a coast up the other side is all you'll need. Once out onto the open roads flat farmland is the terrain you'll find. A good flat easy warm-up for the next 20 km can be expected. Old School Rd. is one of those roads that is made for cycling. It's relatively flat allowing for easy group riding. The prevailing winds are usually from the west so the eastward shot across Old School is usually fast and furious. This all comes to an end with a left turn onto Bramalea Rd. As you point your nose northward you'll most likely be treated to a cross or head wind. The road side is void of trees or shrubs so the wind can pick up speed and roar unfettered across the well manicured farmers fields.

As you cycle north on Bramalea Rd. it does a quick shimmy with a right then left turn onto St. Andrews Rd. One of my favourite farms is perched on the left where cows graze the open field barely noticing the cyclists as they speed their way north towards Caledon Mountain. The farm used to have a beautiful stand of evergreen trees near the fence line, offering shade for the cows in the summer, but for some reason they cut them all down. I was kind of sad when I saw it for the first time, but it is a commercial farm after all. They know what's best. St. Andrews does have a general uphill gradient all the way to the Grange Side Rd. Just before you make your left turn onto the Grange a good little ramp will need to be negotiated. It's not long, but it will put some hurt into the legs. Once up on the Grange you will be treated to one of the best roads Southern Ontario has to offer. It bisects the lower flanks of Caledon Mountain and crosses all the big climbs. This road has it all. Good climbs, fast descents, fantastic views and it is primarily traffic free. It really is a wonderful road.

Once you get to Hwy 10 you'll need a bit patience to cross this very busy road. Don't worry, you'll get your chance. Once you have made it safely across you'll head west and cross a little one lane bridge over a river where often fishermen are perched on the small banks rod and reel in hand. A left hand turn onto McLaughlin will bring you into the small village of Inglewood. A good steep climb to get up and then down into the town will be required. A right hand turn onto Olde Base Line Rd. will having you climbing almost immediately. This is your first category 4 of the day. The climb starts at the corner of McLaughlin and Olde Base Line Rd. and will continue for 4 km until your right hand turn onto Mississauga Rd. You are not done yet. The climbing will continue on Mississauga Rd. for the next 3 km until you turn left onto the Grange Side Rd. A total of 7 km. The highest gradient you will experience will be 11% and that will be at the beginning of the climb near the bottom of Olde Base Line Rd.

The big climbing of the day is primarily done once you turn left onto the Grange Side Rd. at the 43 km mark. That's not to say you won't see any hills, because you will, but they will be short, some of them sharp, pitches that will be over even before they begin. You will go through the quaint villages of Limehouse and Glen Williams on your return journey home. You'll get a sense that a climb out will be required after your quick descent into Glen Williams. Follow the cue sheet closely here as it's easy to make a wrong turn. Once through the village the winding road will place you at the bottom of a good leg stinger, especially this late into the route. The max gradient here will reach 11%. After getting to the top of the climb it won't be long until you are speeding down Winston Churchill Blvd. reaching speeds of over 65 kmph. A good finish to a good ride.

TRAINING RIDE # 8

TERRA COTTA 79 KM (SHORT OPTION)

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SPRING TRAINING

DateMay 31, 2020
Start Time8:00 am
Approx. Finish12:30 pm
Distance79 km
Elevation +726 m
Cat. Climbs1 Cat. 4

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Map of Terra Cotta 79 km

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

CAT.LENGTHELEVATION +CLIMB NAME
category 4 symbol 8.6 km167 mOlde Base Line Rd.
N/A
N/A

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This moderately challenging route starts out on scenic King. Rd. As Terra Cotta sits in a deep valley surrounded by Caledon Mountain a climb out is required. The twists and turns of King Rd. will give way to a climb that tops out at 9%. Once across Mississauga Rd. you'll have one more little climb which is preceded by a fast downhill section so a coast up the other side is all you'll need. Once out onto the open roads flat farmland is the terrain you'll find. A good flat easy warm-up for the next 20 km can be expected. Old School Rd. is one of those roads that is made for cycling. It's relatively flat allowing for easy group riding. The prevailing winds are usually from the west so the eastward shot across Old School is usually fast and furious. This all comes to an end with a left turn onto Bramalea Rd. As you point your nose northward you'll most likely be treated to a cross or head wind. The road side is void of trees or shrubs so the wind can pick up speed and roar unfettered across the well manicured farmers fields.

As you cycle north on Bramalea Rd. it does a quick shimmy with a right then left turn onto St. Andrews Rd. One of my favourite farms is perched on the left where cows graze the open field barely noticing the cyclists as they speed their way north towards Caledon Mountain. The farm used to have a beautiful stand of evergreen trees near the fence line, offering shade for the cows in the summer, but for some reason they cut them all down. I was kind of sad when I saw it for the first time, but it is a commercial farm after all. They know what's best. St. Andrews does have a general uphill gradient all the way to the Grange Side Rd. Just before you make your left turn onto the Grange a good little ramp will need to be negotiated. It's not long, but it will put some hurt into the legs. Once up on the Grange you will be treated to one of the best roads Southern Ontario has to offer. It bisects the lower flanks of Caledon Mountain and crosses all the big climbs. This road has it all. Good climbs, fast descents, fantastic views and it is primarily traffic free. It really is a wonderful road.

Once you get to Hwy 10 you'll need a bit patience to cross this very busy road. Don't worry, you'll get your chance. Once you have made it safely across you'll head west and cross a little one lane bridge over a river where often fishermen are perched on the small banks rod and reel in hand. A left hand turn onto McLaughlin will bring you into the small village of Inglewood. A good steep climb to get up and then down into the town will be required. A right hand turn onto Olde Base Line Rd. will having you climbing almost immediately. This is your first category 4 of the day. The climb starts at the corner of McLaughlin and Olde Base Line Rd. and will continue for 4 km until your right hand turn onto Mississauga Rd. You are not done yet. The climbing will continue on Mississauga Rd. for the next 3 km until you turn left onto the Grange Side Rd. A total of 7 km. The highest gradient you will experience will be 11% and that will be at the beginning of the climb near the bottom of Olde Base Line Rd.

The big climbing of the day is primarily done once you turn left onto the Grange Side Rd. at the 43 km mark. That's not to say you won't see any hills, because you will, but they will be short, some of them sharp, pitches that will be over even before they begin. You will go through the quaint villages of Limehouse and Glen Williams on your return journey home. You'll get a sense that a climb out will be required after your quick descent into Glen Williams. Follow the cue sheet closely here as it's easy to make a wrong turn. Once through the village the winding road will place you at the bottom of a good leg stinger, especially this late into the route. The max gradient here will reach 11%. After getting to the top of the climb it won't be long until you are speeding down Winston Churchill Blvd. reaching speeds of over 65 kmph. A good finish to a good ride.

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