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ZONE 5:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistanceElevationCategorized Climbs
ViewHalton Hills41 km204 mN/A
ViewHalton Hills65 km412 m1 - Cat. 5
ViewMilton72 km797 m1 - Cat. 4, 1 - Cat. 5
ViewMilton95 km875 m1 - Cat. 4, 2 - Cat. 5
ViewMilton101 km1149 m3 - Cat. 4
ViewActon53 km404 mN/A
ViewCarlisle58 km397 mN/A
ViewCarlisle74 km616 m1 - Cat. 5
ViewCarlisle115 km1094 m2 - Cat. 5, 1 - Cat.4
ViewGeorgetown55 km490 m1 - Cat. 4
ViewGeorgetown67 km520 m1 - Cat. 4
ViewGeorgetown76 km676 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown83 km673 m1 - Cat. 4
ViewGeorgetown93 km817 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown111 km1060 m1 - Cat. 4
ViewCampbellville44 km305 mN/A
ViewCampbellville47 km410 mN/A

MILTON 101 KM

Map of Milton

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End ElevationAvg. GradeMountain Name
13.0 km 3.4 km 185 m - 274 m 89 m 3.4 % 1 Side Rd.
39.5 km 3.6 km 96 m - 229 m 133 m 3.5% Old Ancaster/Dundas Rd.
55.5 km 2.1 km 92 m - 212 m 120 m 6.8% Sydenham Rd.

ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Mattamy National Cycling Centre
  • Distance: 101 km
  • Elevation Gain: 1149 m
  • Washrooms: Available in Centre
  • Food on Route: Kilbride

Emergency Services:

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

There is no better setting to start a ride than the Mattamy National Cycling Centre. The centre is modern, spotlessly clean and always seems to be open which is a good thing if you want to use the facilities. The location of the velodrone makes it an ideal jumping off point as good quality roads are literally just around the corner. As you stand in the parking lot you'll understand why this area is so good for cycling. If you turn your gaze to the west you'll see the massive bulk of the Niagara Escarpment dominating the skyline. Now imagine all the roads that zigzag up and down its flank. There are also plenty of little river valleys, rolling roads and working farms that contribute to the regions beauty. As you leave the facility start with a right hand turn onto Tremaine Rd. on route to Britannia where you turn right. You are now leaving the suburban sprawl of Milton behind as you head onto some of the best roads Southern Ontario has to offer.

Your lazy right turn onto Britannia Rd. will lead you to a fairly quick left turn onto Bell School Line; just past the stop sign across a little bridge. You'll have a false downhill so speeds will feel fast, especially if you have a tailwind. That all comes to an end with a right turn onto Side Rd. 2. Keep your head up and enjoy a beautiful view of the escarpment poking its brow just above the horizon to the west. When you get to Appleby Line turn right and then make a quick left back onto Side Rd. 2; look for a small church on the left. Now the fun begins. You'll speed downhill into a dark valley on a gentle winding road that is almost completely covered overhead by the tree canopy. Once you cross the creek the climbing begins. The climb itself is not that steep but it does goes on for 2.2 km. You'll climb out of the valley with a sweeping left turn treating you to an outstanding view of the Escarpment. It may be beautiful, but the beauty won't take away from the fact you're still climbing. You'll keep climbing all the way Walkers Line, look for a tiny cemetery on the right. Turn left.

You are now heading south on good roads en route to 1 Side Rd. where another good test awaits. This playful climb is a series of rollers that gain elevation all the way to Guelph Line. Once you cross the busy road (there are lights) you will keep climbing all the way around the sharp corner to where it eventually flattens out at a hard left turn. You are now on the outskirts of Waterdown. Soon you'll be speeding down Snake Rd. as you make your way to the valley town of Dundas. Watch your navigation here. Things can get a little tricky. You'll weave your way through town and eventually start climbing on the beautiful combination of Old Ancaster and Old Dundas Rd. Be careful here. The roads are narrow and there is traffic. If you don't like sharing the road closely with cars look for Wilson Rd. and climb that instead. Both roads land up at Rousseaux St. Once you've gained the summit, you'll turn onto Wilson Rd. then make a quick right turn onto Sulphur Springs Rd. You'll drop down into a wide valley with woods hugging the edge of the road only to ascend it on the other side. This is a great road for cycling. It's a quiet winding country road that traverses some stunning terrain.

You'll pop out the other side onto Governors Rd. where you will easily glide the 5 km back into Dundas where a stiff climb awaits your arrival. At the 55 km mark you'll turn left 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 here. The upper left bend has a small parking lot where a plaque has been erected to commemorate her accomplishments. Once you reach the summit you'll keep heading north on relatively flat country roads for the next 14 km. The fun starts again as you turn onto Britannia Rd. at the 73 km mark. Britannia is full of deep set rollers, but our time spent here is short. About 1.5 km up the road you'll turn left on Cedar Springs Rd. You are climbing once again. The climbing is fairly easy. Look for Side Rd. 8 on your right part way up the climb. As soon as you make your turn a stiff, but short climb sits directly in front of you. Once at the top you'll have 14 km of easy and enjoyable country riding. Your next destination is Appleby Rd.

Your right turn onto Appleby will have you climbing almost immediately. You can't see the top from where you turn as it's a lazy left, then right bend to gain the top. The hardest parts are all on the bends especially near the last right hand bend before what you think is the top. That section is about 500 m long, but it will have sustained gradients into the double digits with gradients reaching into the teens on the bends. During the Epic Tour Halton this climb, just like this route, comes right at the end. I think more people walk this hill than cycle it. As you reach the top it turns out to be a false summit. This brings you to the second, but much easier, section of the climb. The road still angles upward, but the gradient is so much easier. You'll climb an extra 3.5 km from the false summit all the way to 14 Side Rd where you'll turn left. This is also where the climbing ends and the fun begins. As they say, what goes up must come down. You'll cycle on a mainly flattish road for about 1.5 km until you get to Bell School Line. This is where you start your steep descent off the escarpment into the outskirts of Milton. A great finish to great ride.

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