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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
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 95 KM

Map of Milton

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End ElevationAvg. GradeMountain Name
9.3 km 2.3 km 159 m - 212 m 53 m 2.4% Side Rd. 2
13.7 km 6.8 km 161 m - 258 m 97 m 1.4% Britannia Rd.
83.5 km 4.8 km 257 m - 324 m 67 m 1.4% Appleby LIne

ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Mattamy National Cycling Centre
  • Distance: 95 km
  • Elevation Gain: 875 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 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 past the right turn onto Walkers Line, look for a tiny cemetery on the right, and then all the way to Side Rd. 4. where the climbing ends. You'll make a right turn where, once again, you'll fall into a lovely little valley and climb out the other side. You should be a little cautious when descending Side Rd. 4 as there is often loose sand left from winter sanding operations that can make things a bit slippery. Take it easy and you'll be fine. After climbing out of the valley you'll turn left onto Appleby Rd, then a left on Britannia Rd. onto one of the nicest roller roads you can find.

Britannia will not disappoint. It's five km's of good tarmac, sweeping curves and deep set rollers. You'll have a blast working your way towards Cedar Springs Rd. Once there you'll turn right and climb all the way to Kilbride St. where you'll turn left. You've now have 8 km's of easy riding through forest covered roads en route to your next challenge of the day; Mountsberg Rd. There are two short, stiff climbs that need to be negotiated. The first climb starts almost as soon as you make the turn. This is the harder one of the two. Once you crest the top you'll plunge down the other side and pop up and over the second. It's the solid downhill run in that makes the second climb easier. The first climb starts from a stand still. Before you know it you'll cross Hwy. 6 where you'll find the nature of the terrain starts to change. You're in Flamborough country now and things are certainly a bit flatter on the west side of the highway. For the next 25 km's you'll weave in and out of conservation areas and preserves on route to Concession Rd. 1 where you'll head back east and start your drive toward the finish line. You'll still need to negotiate a few hills, but the cycling will seem so much easier on this section of the route.

After you cross Hwy. 6 you'll enjoy the rolling terrain on Leslie en route to Watson Rd where you'll turn right. You'll have to climb a moderate hill where at the top you'll enjoy a fantastic sweeping view. The descent is rather serpentine so take it easy on the corners. You only have 25 k to go once you turn left onto Campbellville Rd. About 4 km's up the road you'll come to First Line where you'll turn right. It's not far until your find yourself turning left onto Side Rd. 3 where you'll have to climb the cottage like road all the way to Twiss Rd. You'll turn left on Twiss and be thankful for a slight downhill before you turn right back onto Campbellville Rd. You'll breath easy for the next 6 km where at the junction of Limestone Rd. and Appleby Line your last challenge of the day awaits.

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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