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ZONE 1:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistanceElevationCategorized Climbs
ViewNiagara80km267 m1 - Cat.5
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NIAGARA 80 KM

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CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End ElevationAvg. GradeMountain Name
cat21.2 km5.2 km 87 m | 175 m88 m1.7%Escarpment
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Grantham Lions Park (Port Weller)
  • Distance: 80 km
  • Elevation Gain: 267 m
  • Washrooms: Port-a-potty during summer months
  • Supplies: Anywhere on Lakeshore Rd.
  • Food on Route: Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The routes starts out flat in an easterly direction along the shores of Lake Ontario. While on this road you will cycle through many orchards and vineyards. If you happen to catch the spring blossoms you will not be disappointed. Almost every tree and bush is alive with various white, pink and red flowers. The air smells absolutely wonderful after a very long winter. You will start to veer south after you pass through the historic town of Niagara on the Lake. This is a full service town as well as one that offers a high end flare. If good food and first class accommodation is what you seek you will find it here. It has a much slower pace than its famous neighbour, Niagara Falls. The route will now follow the Niagara River in a southerly direction where you will pass the whirlpools and many other attractions that the Niagara area has to offer. The biggest, and really the only climb of the day, will happen at the 25.4 km mark where you will ascend the escarpment on a cat. 5 climb. Once on top of the escarpment the route flattens out.

The highlight of this route is Niagara Falls. This can be found at 34.9 km mark. The roads here are very busy, but control is maintained by traffic services. Although this is a high traffic area, the traffic is slow and easy to navigate. You will find many hotels that will cater to every budget. You will also find a wide variety of food choices. Everything from fast food to high end dining is found in Niagara Falls. There is no doubt that Niagara Falls has a lot to offer. There are many attractions for you to enjoy. If you are going to spend any time at the Falls a good sturdy lock will be required for locking up your bike.

Continuing south will take you out of the Niagara Falls area onto roads that are a little less busy. At the 56.2 km mark you will start your journey north back towards the finish line. The roads are flat and easy to cycle. You will turn left onto Glendale Rd. at the 71.5 km mark where you will soon cross a bridge that will take you over the historic Welland Canal. You will follow the canal all the way back to the finish line at Port Weller. Along the entire route you will see signs for wineries and their various tastings. I encourage you to get off route and enjoy the many wineries that are found along the way. Many of these wineries have restaurants and almost all have tastings. This is not a route to be done when you have minimal time. You will want to take the time to enjoy everything this wonderful region has to offer.

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