Routes - Zone 8
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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.


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


Map of Uxbridge


StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name


General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Town of Ballantrae
  • Start Location: Ballantrae Community Centre
  • Distance: 71 km
  • Elevation Gain: 605 m
  • Washrooms: Occasionally, when the Centre is open
  • Food on Route: Zephyr
  • Rating: 7/10

Emergency Services:


This route starts off on some busy roads. As you turn right out of the parking lot it won't be long before you are turning right onto Hwy. 48. This road can be busy, but it has a small shoulder that provides a bit of protection. This section is only 3.3 km long which has a long downhill section, so your time spent here is minimal. Once you turn onto Cherry St. you will feel you are now riding in the country. This road is short, but it offers some small climbs amidst the rolling terrain. The fun really begins when you turn right onto McCowan Rd. This road offers 8 km of solid rollers. If you have a tailwind the ride down McCowan can be great fun. You will see views of horse farms and farmers fields as you speed your way along the hilly landscape.

The left hand turn onto Herald Rd. will bring into a slightly forested area, again, traversing terrain that is rolling through nature. At the end of this road is Warden Rd. This is a section of road that tends to get more traffic than you would want, although it's not that bad. This can be a grind uphill, but a great place to elevate your heart rate and push your limits. After 8 km of mainly uphill and false flats you will get to Holborn Rd. From here the roads are flat and will offer some respite.

The hills starts again as you turn onto Ravenshoe Rd. where the first hill is right in front of you. Once you crest the first hill, the second hill is in close succession. It's a great one two punch for the climbing legs. These two climbs span a distance of 4 km. At the top of the second climb you will turn right onto Concession Rd. 3/Regional 39. The road here is generally downhill until you reach the town of Zepher. There is a good climb out of town. Further down the road at the 39.3 km mark the road splits. Stay on Concession Rd. 3, which is straight. Do not turn right. Further up the road you will turn left onto Ashworth where a category 5 climb will be close at hand. It will have a max gradient of about 12% near the top.

At the top of the climb you will turn right onto Concession Rd. 4. and then 2.1 km later you'll turn right onto Sandford Rd. The best road is next...Concession Rd. 3. I love this section of road. If climbing up one hill, speeding down the other side and up again is for you, you will have a fantastic time climbing in this area. This will last for about 7 km. After you turn right onto Wagg Rd. the end is near, only 5 km left to go. Although the end is near, the hills keep coming. Be a little cautious on this road as there tends to be gravel trucks servicing the ugly gravel pit in the area. By and large this pit is fairly well hidden.

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