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Zone 1 Map The best place to ride in this zone is north of Hwy 407. The city of Toronto is also in this zone and can hold some good rides on the Waterfront Trail and the valley system. Perhaps in the future I may include some Toronto routes, but for now, all of the routes in this zone will be concentrated on country riding located north of the aforementioned highway.

The best area for hill climbing is on Concession Rd. 3 and 4 south of Davis Dr. There is also a category 5 climb on Ashworth; please refer to the route "Uxbridge 71 km" for more route info. The terrain in this area is rolling and is dotted with equestrian facilities and farmland. The roads are in good condition and are basically of the paved variety with a few "chip and tar" sections in between. The traffic tends to be fairly light on the back roads, but can be heavy on the main roads. I have attempted to stay away from the main roads as much as I can, but sometimes you will need to use these roads as links to quieter sections.

I did not include any quick links for the Toronto area except for a link to The City of Toronto tourism website and a link for Toronto General Hospital. To include all the possibilities in this area goes beyond the scope of this site. All of the cycling is done north of Hwy. 407, so those are the links I have included within the routes below.

ZONE 8:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewUxbridge71 km605 mN/A
ViewUxbridge85 km907 mN/A
ViewUxbridge94 km878 mN/A
ViewMount Albert72 km431 mN/A
ViewKing City102 km1048 mN/A

MOUNT ALBERT 72 KM

Map of Mount Albert Area

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Mount Albert
  • Start Location: Ross Family Complex
  • Distance: 72 km
  • Elevation Gain: 431 m
  • Washrooms: Occasionally, when the Centre is open
  • Food on Route:
  • Rating: 6/10
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

As the name of the route suggests, this route starts on top of Mount Albert. It's more of a hill really than a "mount", but it is elevated and that means it is surrounded by hills. When I first came up with the idea for this route I wanted a flat route for my team; a kind of break from the constant hilly terrain they are frequently forced to suffer through. Well...nothing seems to work out as planned. The first part of the route turned out to be quite hilly. There was even a slight chuckle when I turned right onto Queensville Side Rd. and saw a formidable obstacle starring down at me. Not the flat route I was counting on.

That being said, the route does, in fact, flatten out considerably once you cycle north of Ravenshoe Rd. That means you only have to contend with hills for the first 14 km's of the route. And even then, most of the hills are just outside of Mount Albert itself. The idea for this route was the pancake flat road that goes along the shores of Lake Simcoe, aptly name Lake Dr. This road is on the most northern end of this route and hugs the shores of Lake Simcoe for about 11 km. Nobody ever believes me when I say there are no hills, I think I've lost a bit of credibility in that department, but I can assure you that there are NO HILLS on Lake Dr. It is a quiet country, cottage road that is frequented by local cyclists from the surrounding community.

The trip north follows mainly farmland, country roads where, as is the norm in Southern Ontario, agriculture dominates the landscape. There is one tricky part of the route that needs mentioning. When you are on Glenwoods Ave. you are supposed to turn right onto Mount Pleasant Trail. Your instinct will tell you to turn right onto Kennedy, which is not more than a couple of hundred feet ahead of where you are supposed to turn. I know, I did the same thing. Once on Mount Pleasant Trail you cut back to the east, diagonally, on very quiet roads towards Catering Rd. which basically drops you off at the foot of Lake Dr. So please pay attention navigating the route between the intersection of Glenwood Ave. & Mount Pleasant Trail to where you turn left onto Dalton Rd.

When you start to head back down south to the complete the route, you cycle through farmland roads on route to Kennedy Rd. This is where you'll drop straight down south for about 13 km on a road that is not quite country, but it's not that busy either. There are several options to get south, Warden, McCowan, Kennedy and Woodbine. Do not take Woodbine, that's the worst. Warden can be a little busier, but the best choices are either McCowan, which you will use to cycle north, and Kennedy, which is in my opinion is the best option. The hills will come again as you get near Mount Albert, but they will be short lived as they only start up again with about 8 km left to go.

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