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STAGE 7 - DURHAM COUNTY 89 KM

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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Bowmanville
  • Start Location: Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
  • Distance: 89 km
  • Elevation Gain: 890 m
  • Washrooms: On-site at the recreation centre
  • Food on Route: Burketon, Blackstock, Enniskillen,
  •     Tyrone, Hampton
  • Rating: 8/10
  • DOWNLOAD PDF CUE SHEET AND MAP

Emergency Services:

  • Lakeridge Health Bowmanville
  •     47 Liberty St. S. | 905-623-3331
  • Lakeridge Health Oshawa
  •     1 Hospital Court, Oshawa | 905-576-8711
  • Lakeridge Health Port Perry
  •     451 Paxton St., Port Perry | 905-985-7321

  • Bowmanville Taxi | Bowmanville (905-623-4422)
  • Hiland Taxi | Port Perry (905-985-0407)
  • Island Taxi | Port Perry (909-985-8294)

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This route is a shorter version of a route I did while riding the Durham Gran Fondo for the United Way. The original route is 162 km long with over 1800 meters of climbing. The accumulated elevation gain surprised me a little as you don't usually get 1800 meters of climbing over 160 km in Southern Ontario. Even routes that go up and down the escarpment near Blue Mountain do not have this much climbing unless you do hill repeats. It was definitely a hard day in the saddle. This route is quite a bit shorter, but it still has lots of climbing and uses many of the same roads as its longer "daddy" route. The route starts off in downtown Bowmanville, but you quickly reach the country by way of Maple Grove Rd. One of the reasons I chose Bowmanville as the starting location was due to the close proximity of country roads to the access road of Hwy 401. Several turns later you'll find yourself on Solina Rd. where some small rollers will need to be negotiated. At this point there is no real climbing to be done, but don't rest too easy; it's on its way

The constant climbing generally happens north of Concession Rd. 3. It's here where the fun begins. You will be surrounded by open farmers fields where, depending on the time of year you cycle the route, will either be brown and bare clearly showcasing the rolling terrain where you can see for many miles, or the crops will be high and green and offer a small respite on windy days. The hills come at you hard and fast. You are usually either going up or down with very little flat ground in between. This really is country riding at its best.

Soon you'll get to Old Scugog Rd. which will lead you north towards the upper section of the route. Here you will cycle around a box like route and return back to Old Scugog Rd. for your journey south. This upper "box" section provides some of the biggest hills on the route. If you need food or water there are a few places to meet your needs. Refer to the PDF link associated with this route. Old Scugog Rd. will lead you back towards Regional Rd. 3 where you will cycle slightly to the east and traverse back to the west towards your final push south and back to the car. The hills are constant, but relief will come soon once you reach the town of Hampton. The final push south of this town is fairly flat where you will cycle back towards the urban roads of Bowmanville.

The first time I did this route I was surprised at how hilly the terrain was. I had cycle all over Southern Ontario and thought I pretty much covered all the areas where hills could be found. And then I found out about the eastern edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine. It has become one of my favourite routes due to both the quiet country roads, hilly terrain, easy access to food and water and the overall rural nature of the environment. You'll be surprised to know that there is not one categorised climb on this particular route. That goes to show how consistent the hilly terrain must be.