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ZONE 6

Zone 1 Map Zone 6 offers some of the most challenging routes this site has to offer due to both their length and elevation gain. This zone is bordered to the north by Hwy 89, to south by Hwy. 7, to the east by Hwy, 10 and to the west by Hwy. 6. Two of the most striking features of Zone 6 are Caledon Mountain and Hockley Valley. The terrain throughout this region is mostly rollers through forest and open pasture land. There are many conservation areas and small towns and villages to visit along the way.

There are two starting points in this zone. One is in the village of Terra Cotta and the other is in the Hamlet of Cheltenham. Terra Cotta is located in a small valley so a climb out will be required. It is not that difficult. Cheltenham starts on hill where a 10 minute climb will gain you summit. Some of the best riding is along Old Base Line and The Grange Side Rd.

The road quality in this area tends to be quite good. The best road up Caledon Mountain for surface quality is Heart Lake Rd. The prettiest road up Caledon Mountain has to be St. Andrews Rd. where you pass a golf course with a long, low stone wall that looks like it belongs somewhere in the Scottish country side. The long road through Hockley Valley is well surfaced, but it can be quite busy. There is a very wide shoulder so the traffic will not pose any issues.

ZONE 6:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewTerra Cotta49 km469 mN/A
ViewTerra Cotta64 km584 m1 - Cat. 4
ViewTerra Cotta91 km715 mN/A
ViewTerra Cotta94 km807 m2 - Cat. 4
ViewTerra Cotta150 km1688 m2 - Cat.4, 1 - Cat. 5
ViewHockley Valley98 km1062 m1 - Cat.5
ViewHockley Valley121 km1103 m2 - Cat.5

HOCKLEY VALLEY 98 KM

Map of Hockley Valley

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
Category 3 icon 22.3 km 13.0 km 291 m | 342 m 51 m 1.7% Centerville Creek Rd.
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Cheltenham
  • Distance: 98 km
  • Elevation Gain: 1062 m
  • Washrooms: None
  • Supplies: Cheltenham
  • Food on Route: Caledon, Hockley, Orangeville
  • Rating: 9/10

  • NOTE:
  • Parking for this route is at the Caledon Trailway parking
  • lot. If that is full you can park at Charles Hains Park on
  • the south side of Cheltenham. Go up and over the hill.
  • It's approximately 1.5 km south.
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This route is probably one of the more difficult routes on this site. Due to its length and the amount of elevation gain most people will find Hockley Valley 96 km to be a challenging day in the saddle. You'll start in the small Hamlet of Cheltenham. This little community is located half way up Caledon Mountain so you will start climbing as soon as you saddle up. It's no that far to the top. Within about 10 minutes you'll turn left onto Olde Base Line. Once on Olde Base Line the routes takes a decidedly downward trajectory off the mountain. I love that road. Olde Baseline will continue with its big rollers until you hit Heart Lake Rd. Normally you would continue northward on Heart Lake Rd. to get to the top of Caledon Mountain, but on this route you will turn onto The Grange Side Rd. about halfway up the mountain. The Grange is a great road as well. It has continuous rollers all the way to Moutainview Rd.

That's the first 20 km. The rolling hills and climbing will continue pretty much all day long. At the 45 km mark you'll turn onto Hockley Valley Rd., the namesake of the route. From the point where you turn onto Hockley Valley Rd. to where it merges with Sideroad 5, the road will go steadily uphill for the next 20 km. It's not a true 20 km climb, just a 20 km false flat really , with a steeper section of a category 5 climb thrown in at the end of the valley near Orangeville. If you have a Garmin unit, or some other device showing gradient values, you'll see a steady 2 - 3 % incline for the entire length of the valley. Check out the profile below. Hockley Valley Rd. can be fairly busy, but there are very wide shoulders the entire distance of the valley floor. You will feel safe. It's a very pretty road so don't forget to look up and see what's around you. The sides of the valley are treed with the occasional field thrown in to give it some variety. If you like long, slow climbs, you'll like Hockley Valley Rd.

The end of the Valley will bring you towards Orangeville. A busy town that has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. You'll get through this town fairly quickly and get back to the serenity of the open countryside soon. Your journey back down south will take you along Shaws Creek Rd. which has some nice rollers. By the time your reach Bush Rd. you are very close to finishing the route. It's only 11 km to go from here. The remaining distance of the route is relatively flat and should not give you any trouble.

Overall, this route will give you everything. It has open farmland, good fast descents, good climbs and forested valleys. You will also ride through, and close to, some pretty little towns. Take the time and have lunch in one of these quiet little spots. You won't regret it. The quality of the roads are good as well. Even though Hockley Valley is not located inside Zone 6, it's entirely within zone 7, it is the major feature of the route so I have included a "quick link" for the Hockley Valley Nature Reserve if you want to find out more about the area.

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