Ancaster 61 km
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ZONE 3:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistanceElevationCategorized Climbs
ViewAncaster61 km428 mN/A
ViewAncaster113 km807 m4 - Cat. 5
ViewMillgrove102 km856 m1 - Cat. 5
ViewMillgrove104 km768 m2 - Cat. 5
ViewMillgrove131 km1024 m2 - Cat. 5

ANCASTER 113 KM

Ancaster

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End ElevationAvg. GradeMountain Name
47.4 km 2.8 km 210 m | 271 m 61 m 2.2% Main St.
91.6 km 8.3 km 92 m | 236 m 145 m 1.7% Main\Sydenham
104.5 km 2.0 km 163 m | 205 m 41 m 2.1% Govenors\Binkley
108.1 km 5.1 km 183 m | 257 m 74 m 1.5% Sulphur Springs

ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Robert E. Wade
  •     Ancaster Community Park
  • Distance: 113 km
  • Elevation Gain: 807 m
  • Washrooms: Inside the Centre
  • Food on Route: St. George | Dundas

Emergency Services:

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 later 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. Be careful not to go the wrong way. Be sure to stop and gaze at wide and vast view across the undulating farm landscape. It will remind you of a simpler time. Everything is quite and slow on the working fields of Ancaster.

At the 10 km mark you'll make a sharp left turn onto Regional Rd. 52. Things will get slightly confusing for the next couple of km's so please be sure to follow your map. Several turns later, on very quiet and mostly flat roads, you'll turn left onto Thompson Rd., which happens to be one of the quietest roads on the entire route. I find the more difficult the route is to follow the more picturesque it happens to be. The previous 14 km proves that theory correct. Soon you'll find yourself on Alberton Rd. heading north. This is one of those necessary link roads; it sees little traffic, but it lacks a certain amount of beauty. Not to worry, you won't be on it for long. Just 4 km's up the road puts you back on Jerseyville Rd. where quaint country roads await your arrival.

A few easy turns later and you'll be cycling north on Field Rd. where fragile country roads are yours to enjoy. Once you get to Powerline Rd. you'll turn left. The next 16 km's are on good quality tarmac that rolls through working farmland where the cars are few and the scenery is stunning. The landscape is full of shallow rollers where, most of the time, you won't even need to change gears to get up and over. There is allot of newly laid tarmac in this area so the cycling is enjoyable and easy. Your first goal of the day is to get to St. George at the 50 km mark. You can get water here. Turn right onto Hwy 5 (don't worry it has "in town" speeds) and just up on the right is a gas station where you can fill your water bottles.

As you head north out of St. George you'll have to negotiate a little climb out of town. The road is a bit busier than you would want but you are only on it for about 2 km before you turn right onto McLean School Rd. The next 22 km is breath taking. There are a few more climbs to deal with on this section, but the rolling views go on for as far as the eye can see. Don't be surprised if you find yourself sharing the road with large scale farm equipment. Everyone seems polite in this area. I've never been buzzed or heckled at while riding in this region. The beauty and fun temporarily end with a left turn onto Concession Rd. 4. The next 7 km is on an uninteresting road with little in the way to keep your attention. Get in the drops, keep your head down and get to Millgrove Side Rd. as fast as you can.

As you start to head south again you'll come to a very busy Hwy. 5. There is plenty of room on the shoulder and a wide center turning lane. You are on the road for less than a couple of 100 m. There is always a break in the traffic to make your turn. Just be patient. Soon you'll find yourself on Rock Chapel Rd. literally falling off the mountain descending towards the pretty town of Dundas. Be careful if you are uncomfortable with high speeds as you can you can reach speeds close to 70 kph if you let it rip. You'll find yourself at the bottom of the valley where you can find water if you need it. At the 93 km mark you'll turn right onto Sydenham Rd. for the highlight climb of the day. It's a 2 km climb with breath taking views over your right shoulder. The gradients will be sustained between 7 - 9%. This climb is nicknamed Clara's climb after Clara Hughes, one of Canada's most celebrated Olympians. She used to do hill repeats on this climb. The upper left bend has a small parking lot where a plaque has been erected to commemorate her accomplishments. Once at the top you'll cycle west along Crooks Hollow Rd. This road is beautiful and scenic and passes some ruins on the way to the last highlight of the day.

Before long you'll turn left 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 will wind itself through the valley where trees converge overhead providing shade on hot days. You might even see deer on the road as the area you are now 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 but with fairly easy gradients. Stay on Mineral Springs Rd. until it turns into Sulphur Springs Rd. at around the 109 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's back to the community centre.

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