NEW START POINT
A quiet 69km ride starting from the north east of the big city, with an opportunity for a coffee stop at the always popular Tin Can cafe in Uxbridge.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a 2km stretch of smooth, well-packed gravel on Ashworth Rd beginning at kilometre 28.4.
Alternatives are along often-busy Sandford Rd to the south, cutting off a few km, or along Zephyr Road to the north, an extension that adds several km to the route, as well as a few significant hills.
Meet for an 8:30 am departure at the parking lot a block to the east of Stouffville Arena. To reach the lot turn north on 9th Line in Stouffville, and then right at the lights onto Millard Street. Turn right again at the first stop sign (this is technically Edward Street, but the only sign that's easy to spot is one for Bramble Crescent on your left). The lot is on your left.
Two things to note:
Bramble Crescent is a d-shaped road -- you will turn right at the east end of the crescent, which is the second time it intersects with Millard Street.
You can't reach the lot from the south by car from Main Street. You do need to approach it from Millard Street.
Bonus: The parking lot is a short walk (or a very short ride) from the excellent Red Bulb coffee shop, which opens at 530am on weekdays, and makes a perfect pre- or post-ride stopping place. Walk south from the parking lot until you get to the coffee shop, which is on the intersection of Main Street and Edward Street.
Map and cue sheet link
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(PLEASE NOTE: START POINT HAS CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR'S FREEDOM FRIDAY RIDES.)
Ride leader: Janet Guttsman
Remember: Ride leaders will not bring maps and cue sheets to the Freedom Friday rides. Please print and bring your own, or ask a friend to print them for you. Or you can download the route to your smartphone or your GPS device.