Routes - Zone 3
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Zone 1 Map The northern edge of zone 3 follows the 401 while the southern edge lies just north of the sandy shores of Lake Erie. The eastern edge follows Upper James/Hwy 6 and the Grand River while the western edge lies just west of Ingersol.

The landscape in this area is mostly flat to rolling farm country with the exception of the areas that surround Dundas, Ancaster and the northern edge of Hamilton. It is here where the escarpment shows its true form. Climbs up Wilson Rd., Rock Chapel Rd., Sydenham Rd., Snake Rd., and Old Ancaster/Old Dundas Rd. are all worthy climbs even for the experienced cyclist. One of the prettiest roads in Southern Ontario can be found in this area as well. The beautiful combination of Mineral Springs and Sulphur Springs Rd. is a duo that cannot be missed. There are only two ways into this beautiful forested valley. If coming from the south you will drop into the valley and enjoy mostly downhill riding through tree lined roads with long sweeping corners that melt into the slopes of the forest. If you are coming from the north you will be met with a different challenge; climbing. This unique area is largely protected on all sides by Dundas Valley Conservation Area and, as such, will remain protected for a long time to come.

The rest of the area provides much agricultural support to the residents of Ontario and beyond. During the summer months you will be treated to sweeping views of corn, wheat, tobacco, ginseng and whole host of other fruits and vegetables. This is Ontario's garden. The roads are quiet and generally in good repair.

If you are just starting out in the sport of cycling this area has plenty of possibility. The flat nature of the landscape allows a cyclist to get some distance in their legs before they hit the hills that are prevalent in other zones. Ancaster 61 km is a great starter route as it is relatively flat, with the exception of the finish, and contains little traffic. The Tour of Norfolk and the Three Port Tour all take part in this zone.


Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewAncaster61 km428 mN/A
ViewMillgrove102 km856 m1 Cat. 5
ViewMillgrove104 km768 m2 Cat. 5
ViewMillgrove131 km1024 m2 Cat. 5


Map of Balls Falls


StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
cat 14.0 km 5.7 km 165 m | 259 m 94 m 1.6% Inksetter Rd
cat 38.5 km 2.4 km 211 m | 269 m 58 m 2.1% Main St.


General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Millgrove Community Centre
  • Distance: 131 km
  • Elevation Gain: 1024 m
  • Washrooms: During summer there is a porta potty on site
  • Supplies: Off Hwy. 6
  • Food on Route: St. George | Cambridge

Emergency Services:


The start location for this route is the Millgrove Community Centre. It's more of a parking lot with a baseball diamond and a small library which never seems to be open. You start off by turning right out of the driveway and head towards the brow of the escarpment. Instead of taking the thrilling ride down Sydenham, you will tun right onto Harvest Rd. which rolls over the farmland providing rural of the local working farms. After getting to Greenville you will go straight onto Crooks Hollow Rd. This is a perfect road for cycling. It's quiet and small and goes past some old ruins and several waterfalls. There is one good downhill section which, of course, is followed by a good sized out of the saddle climb. A short while later you will descend Wiers Lane on a fast and twisting lane way like back-road dumping you out onto Governors Rd. Use caution on Governors as this road can get a bit busier than most cyclists prefer. Soon you'll turn off at Old Hwy. 99 and eventually to Inksetter Rd. where you will climb all the way to Concession Rd. 2.

Concession Rd. 2 is a very straight road containing many small rollers for about 12 km. When the road starts to twist and turn a small downhill section on a narrow road will cross over a small picturesque bridge. A small climb out of the valley will be required. A few turns later and you will be in the town of Saint George. The one thing you will notice when you get to St. George is the hill heading north out of town. And yes, that hill needs to be climbed. Once gaining the crest of the hill you are back into farm country. The next 20 km exhibits some of the best cycling this region has to offer. The roads are very quiet, so quiet that you will probably see quite a few farm vehicle sharing the road with you. This section really does have some great country riding, with very little in the way of elevation gain.

The easy nature of the route is rudely interrupted by your turn onto Foreman Rd. There are a few little bumps that need to be negotiated as you head towards Concession Rd. 10 which is the approach road to the outer limits of Cambridge. The route then heads straight through the downtown core. Off to the west is the Grand River where most of the old town shares its banks. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, this would be the place to do it. The way out of town is not the best so please be careful. It is just like any other busy town with all the usual trappings found at the edge of town. Soon you will find yourself back into the country when you merge with Gore Rd. Your homeward journey begins.

You will cycle east along Gore Rd., which happens to be fairly quiet, until you turn onto Valens Rd. Just up the road will be the Valens Reservoir which begs you to stop to take a shot for Instagram. You will keep twisting through the country side eventually coming to Safari Rd. At this point you will have about 110 km in your legs. It is also at this point that you need to get over two good sized climbs. After surviving Safari Rd. the route has one more little surprise about 1.5 km up Westover Rd. It's a pretty tough climb to be stuck almost at the end of the a 130 k route, but I couldn't resist. Once you reach the top of the climb it is only 15 k back to the car on fairly flat roads.

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