Routes - Zone 2
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ZONE 2:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistanceElevationCategorized Climbs
ViewBalls Falls85 km597 m1 - Cat.3
ViewBalls Falls100 km643 m1 - Cat.5   |   1 - Cat.3
ViewStoney Creek50 km269 m1 - Cat.4
ViewStoney Creek108 km646 m1 - Cat.5  |   1 - Cat.4
ViewStoney Creek140 km847 m2 - Cat.5   |   1 - Cat.4

STONEY CREEK 50 KM

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End ElevationAvg. GradeMountain Name
cat14.7 km9.52 km 84 m | 206 m122 m1.3%Niagara Escarpment
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Winona Park - Stoney Creek
  • Distance: 50 km
  • Elevation Gain: 269 m
  • Washrooms: Gas Stations on Fruitland Rd.
  • Supplies: Stoney Creek
  • Food on Route: None
  • Rating: 5/10
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This short ride is good for a beginner with some experience or a standard routine ride for an experienced cyclist. It does have a category 5 climb up the mountain, but it's fairly small. It also provides one of the easiest routes up the mountain that gain access to the famous Ridge Rd, a highlight of the ride. The route starts off following the shores of Lake Ontario before turning sharply south towards the escarpment. As the route heads towards the climb you will be surrounded by orchards and vineyards. If you catch the spring blossoms just right, the scenery will be absolutely beautiful. After about 2 km you will cross King St. It is here where you will see the climb ahead of you. It starts off easy then ramps up to its maximum gradient of 12% near the top. The hardest part is now done. After a few turns on relatively flat roads you will turn onto Ridge Rd.

Ridge Rd. sits on the brow of the escarpment and will provide views over Lake Ontario and the towns below. You will enjoy country riding with small rolling terrain. Cross winds from the south often find their way onto Ridge Rd. Open farmland provides little protection here. On most occasions the winds are mild and are not a bother. On other occasions I have experienced cross wind gusts of up to 60 kmph. It seems large gusts are more common in the spring. There is one little steep gradient when you turn left onto Mountain Rd. from Ridge. For most it's an out of the saddle effort. At the top of the short, steep climb you will quickly turn right back onto Ridge Rd. Please be careful crossing Mountain Rd. as it can be quite busy.

After a bit of time on Ridge Rd. you will turn left onto 50 Rd. This is a steep, switchback descent where caution should be noted. The road surface is cracked, especially after the first switchback, and can be very slippery in wet conditions. All corners are blind. You will gain speed very quickly and the corners will come at you fast. Keep feathering your brakes and ride at a speed for your own abilities. This downhill can be thrilling, but short. Enjoy it, but please be careful.

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