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TERRA COTTA 100 KM

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SPRING TRAINING

MAY 31, 2020

START TIME8:00 am
APPROX. FINISH12:30 pm
DISTANCE100 km
ELEVATION +986 m
CAT. CLIMBS2 Cat. 4

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Map of Terra Cotta 100 km
CATEGORIZED CLIMBS
CATEGORYSTARTLENGTHSTART | ENDELEVATION +AVG. GRADECLIMB NAME
category 4 symbol 34.4 km8.7 km289 m | 447 m158 m1.8%St. Andrews Rd.
category 4 symbol 56.9 km8.6 km266 m| 433 m167 m2.0%Olde Base Line Rd.
N/A

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 shot across Old School is usually fast and furious. This all comes to an end with a left turn onto Innis Lake Rd. 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 farmer fields.

Once you reach the little village of Caledon East you'll cross over Airport Rd. en route to Mountainview Rd. where you'll quickly find yourself cycling in the dark shadows. About 1 km up the road is The Grange Side Rd., one of my favourite roads in all of Southern Ontario. Your first solid test of the day will come as you make a right turn onto St. Andrew Rd. The highlight of the climb is a very picturesque low stone wall that seems more likely to be found somewhere on the Scottish moors than it does on the roads of Southern Ontario. In my opinion, the climb tops out at the intersection with Escarpment Side Rd. making this climb just shy of 3 km. Technically this is the top because a small descent follows but, after the small descent you are climbing again all the way to Charleston Side Rd. and then you'll keep climbing on Charleston Side Rd. all the way to Horseshoe Hill Rd. This makes for a combined total of about 7 km of climbing with two small dips in between. It's slope are not too steep as the steepest section tops out at 8%. Regardless of how you look at it, this is a long climb.

A left turn brings you onto Horseshoe Hill Rd. where not too far up the road you will free wheel down the same slopes you have just climbed. Don't be too happy just yet because soon you will have to climb it all over again. The combined descent of Horseshoe Hill Rd. and The Grange will give you a chance to rest for another good series of climbs to come. Your left hand turn onto McLaughlin will bring you through 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 second 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 64 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 100 KM

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SPRING TRAINING

DateMay 31, 2020
Start Time8:00 am
Approx. Finish12:30 pm
Distance100 km
Elevation +986 m
Cat. Climbs2 Cat. 4

VIEW ROUTE

START LOCATION

Map of Terra Cotta 100 km

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

CAT.LENGTHELEVATION +CLIMB NAME
category 4 symbol 8.7 km158 mSt. Andrews Rd.
category 4 symbol 8.6 km167 mOlde Base Line Rd.
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 shot across Old School is usually fast and furious. This all comes to an end with a left turn onto Innis Lake Rd. 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 farmer fields.

Once you reach the little village of Caledon East you'll cross over Airport Rd. en route to Mountainview Rd. where you'll quickly find yourself cycling in the dark shadows. About 1 km up the road is The Grange Side Rd., one of my favourite roads in all of Southern Ontario. Your first solid test of the day will come as you make a right turn onto St. Andrew Rd. The highlight of the climb is a very picturesque low stone wall that seems more likely to be found somewhere on the Scottish moors than it does on the roads of Southern Ontario. In my opinion, the climb tops out at the intersection with Escarpment Side Rd. making this climb just shy of 3 km. Technically this is the top because a small descent follows but, after the small descent you are climbing again all the way to Charleston Side Rd. and then you'll keep climbing on Charleston Side Rd. all the way to Horseshoe Hill Rd. This makes for a combined total of about 7 km of climbing with two small dips in between. It's slope are not too steep as the steepest section tops out at 8%. Regardless of how you look at it, this is a long climb.

A left turn brings you onto Horseshoe Hill Rd. where not too far up the road you will free wheel down the same slopes you have just climbed. Don't be too happy just yet because soon you will have to climb it all over again. The combined descent of Horseshoe Hill Rd. and The Grange will give you a chance to rest for another good series of climbs to come. Your left hand turn onto McLaughlin will bring you through 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 second 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 64 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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