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Zone 5 Map Some consider this zone to be the heart of cycling in Southern Ontario. The north is bordered by Hwy. 7, the south hugs the shores of Lake Ontario, the east follows Hwy. 6 and the west follows Hwy 10. I have chosen four locations as starting points. Hornby Park is the kick off area for the Halton Hills, Gellert Community Center is the start for routes out of Georgetown, Campbellville is the start for routes in that area and the Carlisle Community Center is the starting location for routes out of Carlisle. The routes in all four of these areas often criss cross each other and will sometimes use the same roads.

Some of the steepest climbs in Southern Ontario are found in the Halton Hills. The road up to Rattlesnake point reaches gradients of up to 25%. You won't find this hill on any of the routes....yet. The escarpment in this area is steep enough for rock climbing so it is reasonable to expect climbing on steep gradients. The roads here tend towards the "tar and chip" variety which is fine after a season of settling. Be cautious of cornering during the first season of resurfacing as there will be lots of loose gravel at the side of the road and on the corners.

One of my favourites rides is along 15th Sideroad out of Georgetown. Here you will find steep, out of the saddle climbs, but fairly short. This road is very rural and has enough twist and turns to add some extra excitement.

ZONE 5:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewHalton Hills41 km204 mN/A
ViewHalton Hills65 km412 m1 Cat. 5
ViewMilton72 km797 m1 Cat. 4, 1 - Cat. 5
ViewActon53 km404 mN/A/
ViewCarlisle58 km397 mN/A
ViewCarlisle74 km616 m1 - Cat. 5
ViewCarlisle115 km1094 m2 - Cat. 5, 1 - Cat.4
ViewGeorgetown55 km490 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown67 km520 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown76 km676 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown83 km673 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown93 km817 mN/A
ViewCampbellville44 km305 mN/A
ViewCampbellville47 km410 mN/A

MILTON 72 KM

Map of Milton

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
9.3 km - 11.5 km 2.3 km 159 m - 212 m 53 m 2.4% Side Rd. 2
13.7 km - 20.5 km 6.8 km 160 m - 258 m 98 m 1.5% Britannia Rd.
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Mattamy National Cycling Centre
  • Distance: 72 km
  • Elevation Gain: 797 m
  • Washrooms: Available in Centre
  • Food on Route: Kilbride
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

There's no better place to start a ride than at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre. It's a legacy project of the Toronto Pan Am Games and is the only velodrone of its kind in Canada and only the second in North America. Please use the big parking lot on the east side. As you leave the parking lot you'll turn right onto Pan Am Dr. and then veer left onto Louis St. Laurent Ave. Soon you'll be at the roundabout, of which there are many on Tremaine Rd., so make sure you turn to the right and head south. It's flat and fast as you head towards Britannia Rd. where you'll turn right and most likely into a head wind. All the fun and games and the beauty of the country will meet you on Bell School Line. Once you reach Side Rd. 2 you'll turn right and then about a km up the road you'll come to the Appleby Line where you'll turn right. The first turn of the day that's easy to miss is the left turn back onto Side Rd. 2 a couple hundred metres up the road. When you see the small church, be prepared to turn.

First you'll enjoy a quick dip into the forested valley below then, upon reaching a small bridge, you'll start the bounce back up the other side. It's a good little climb that gets steeper the higher you get. As the road disappears around the corner the end is near. Your reward is a breath taking view of the Niagara Escarpment. It's a picture perfect moment. The fun continues as you keep heading west towards the escarpment on an incline that feels much harder than it looks. The closer to the escarpment you get the steeper the inclines become. As you veer to the right the climbing continues all the way to Side Rd. 4 where you'll turn right. Gravity will now work in your favour almost as soon as you make the turn. Be careful in the early season as the road is sometimes covered with sand especially the hard left corner at the bottom. I've been caught here myself. Almost hit the guard rail. Around the corner the valley opens up and twists its way back up and out of the valley and back onto Appleby Line. Soon you'll turn left onto Britannia Rd. where 1.5 km up the road you'll descend down towards a "T" intersection. Make sure you turn left where you'll have to negotiate a little test that climbs up towards Walkers Line. At the top be sure to turn right. It can be a bit confusing here. Just be sure to stay on Britannia.

You are now treated to a great stretch of road that rips up and down the rollers mostly guarded from the wind. Once you reach Cedar Springs Rd. you'll turn right and head north. Once again, the road turns down into a small dip and then climbs back up the other side. The tarmac is good and the inclines are fairly easy. Just before you top out you'll turn right onto Side Rd. 8 on towards Twiss Rd. where you'll turn left. Most of the hard climbing for the day is now done. At about the 27.5 km mark, on Twiss Rd. you'll come to a sharp downhill with blind corners. Be careful here. I've seen people negotiate this section too fast and have landed up on the hood of a car pulling out of the small parking lot around the blind corner. From here it's a small effort up a hill where flattish country riding rules the day.

The next turn comes at Side Rd. 3 where you'll turn left. This is a small cottage road that is completely covered by the foliage over head. As you cross the railway tracks you'll turn right onto 1st Line. From here it's a fast punch north on good quality roads. As you cross over Hwy. 401 you'll turn right onto Side Rd. 10. You are now heading east and back toward your car. For the next 20 km's you'll pass through quiet country roads that roll with the landscape with nothing too difficult to cause any concern. The only caution on the road comes on 6th Line. Once you see the quarry on your left and right you'll come to a small rise and then a very quick descent down towards Campbellville Rd. It's a straight drag race down where you can reach speeds of up to 70kph. Soon you'll be back onto Tremaine Rd. for your final push back towards the car. Be mindful of the roundabouts. As you near the end you'll see the Mattamy National Cycling Centre just off to your right and your finish line for the day.

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