THIS EVENT HAS BEEN
Leave your car at home. Take the GO train to Mount Pleasant station, (west Brampton).
Day 1, starting about noon on the Thursday, after leaving your luggage with the support vehicle, you'll ride west passing over the Niagara Escarpment and through the scenic Halton Hills. Continue west from Georgetown and end your day at the Holiday Inn, Guelph for your first overnight. This will be a short 50 km ride. Dinner is not included but there is an in-house restaurant and several others a short walk away.
There's no formal ride leader. You'll be free to travel at your own pace. Most days your ride distance shouldn't require more than four hours to complete. Get an early start and you'll have half the day left to explore your destination town. Or, relax over your included breakfast, make a later start and fill up your day checking out the sites and attractions along the way. Your pace - your choice.
Ride Level and Geography Expectations:
This tour is geared to riders who fall within the TBN Tourist class conditioning and experience level. Tourist Class distance ranges from 50 – 100 km, a riding pace of 18 – 26 km/h and capable of operating on terrain with some hills. People used to the TBN Wednesday Wheelie or Country Cruise rides should have no difficulty with the challenges of this tour.
Riders on this tour should be capable of maintaining a minimum average pace of 18 - 20 km/h for 4 hours of riding. You should know how to change or repair a flat tire and carry with you the tools and equipment necessary to do so.
Days 1 and 4 are shorter distance and riding time wise but because you are passing through the Niagara Escarpment, the terrain for much of your day will be rolling. This means there are small but numerous up and down grades. You will encounter sections with short but relatively steep upgrades ranging at times as much as 4-6 % upgrade for 50 – 100 meters. Fortunately, many of these are preceded by a downgrade allowing you to use momentum for the climb. There are however 3 or 4 significant upgrades coming through and out of the Georgetown area on Day 1 and again on Day 4 through the Ancaster and north west Hamilton area. As a treat, you will get to coast down the famous 2+ km long Ancaster hill. If you choose the rail trail option on Day 4 you'll miss most of the hills.
Caution: If you are not capable of, or have the endurance to ride at least 75 km or 4 hours in a day, you may wish to avoid this tour.
Friday Day 2, after your included breakfast, enjoy a pleasant ride through Amish farm lands, a lunch stop while passing through Waterloo then continue west into the heartland of Southwestern Ontario. Continue riding through more scenic farm country to finish your day at the Festival Inn, Stratford. Distance about 80 km.
Sorry, we weren't able to arrange a group package to a theater play or an autograph session with Justin Beiber but there is always the Beiber exhibit at the museum. Oh, and there's Demetre's Restaurant where we did manage an included group dinner. The rest of the day/evening you're free to explore downtown Stratford and its bike friendly streets. You can even stop to mingle with the swans along the Avon River.
Saturday Day 3, after your included breakfast, you'll cut south across country, pause for a lunch stop in Woodstock then turn east past the town of Paris, Ontario. TBN's birth place! It was in this very town where, back in 1983, on a paper napkin in a local cafe, Richard Aaron first shared his idea with Norm Myshok. Together, they co-founded the Toronto Bicycling Network.
From Paris you'll have the option of a road course or a screen stoned surface rail trail for the run to Brantford. You'll play footsies with the Grand River before finishing your day at the Best Western, Brantford, Wayne Gretzky's home town. Note: This will be a full day of riding (100 km). This is why we took you through Woodstock and Paris to allow you an extra rest period. We've also arranged for an included buffet dinner right at your hotel. Your evening is still free if you wish to check out the bike paths along the Grand River or even try your luck at the Brantford Casino.
Sunday Day 4, after your included breakfast, once more you'll have the option of a screen stoned surface rail trail or road course. Either route will offer you the scenic views of the Niagara Escarpment as you pass through Ancaster and skirting the Tiffany Falls Conservation area. As you drop down off the escarpment, you'll parallel the lower side of the escarpment ridge, passing by the Hamilton basin wetlands before cutting over to end your tour at the Aldershot GO station. Here your support vehicle will be waiting to return your luggage before you catch your GO train back to Toronto.