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ZONE 4:   CYCLING ROUTES

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WATERLOO 128 KM

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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: University of Waterloo
  • Distance: 128 km
  • Elevation Gain: 1026 m
  • Washrooms: inside University buildings if open
  • Supplies: On route to the University, just off the hwy.
  • Food on Route: None
  • Difficulty Rating: 10/10
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Don't let the area fool you as it did me. This route is from a race called the "Tour de Waterloo" (check out the home page for more information). I came into the race thinking the area was flat farmland. I was right about the farmland part, but not about the flat. This particular route is the long version of the "Tour de Waterloo". There are two other distances as well; one is 70 km and the other is 40 km.

Once you start cycling you will reach open farmland very shortly after leaving the University of Waterloo. The one drawback to open farmland is the wind. The day I did the route it seemed to be a head wind for the entire ride. There must have been a shift in the wind because it seemed relentless. I did this race on an extremely hot summer day. The high for the day was somewhere near the mid 30's. It would have been difficult to complete the entire route in 35 degree Celsius heat if the race organizers did not have water stations along the way. There is no where to get water if you do this route on your own. So be sure to bring all you think you'll need. This route is best done on a cooler day when you don't require as much liquid. You could not carry enough to fill your needs in the middle of the summer at this distance.

The route is rolling all the time as you can see from the profile below. The landscape is pretty and the roads are in excellent condition. You'll be sharing the road with horse and buggy as this is Amish country. Most of you will more than likely pass these buggies, as they are not that fast, so please give the horses lots of room. The Amish also don't like having their picture taken so please respect that as well. The climbs on the route are not that big and are not overly steep, but there seems to be quite a few of them. The quality of the roads and the unique environment developed by the Amish make this a truly wonderful ride.

You will see many place names on the motion profile below. These are not towns or villages. The names more than likely refer to an area family or a very small community. I included them in the profile because they are on the map and I thought it might help you in your navigation if using a hand map or GPS device. At first glance, you might think the type of road you are cycling on are main roads, as they are well looked after, but they are not. The traffic in this area is minimal.

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