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Oh yeah, don't forget to post some pictures. I want to see some proof!
I don't usually stop for pictures, but here's one from my first century ride (from Toronto to Barrie).
Toronto, like Vancouver does have access to lots of quieter, rolling and rural roads 50km or so out of the city. Despite being generally flat as pancakes, both cities also have some steep hills a stone's throw away. It's just my personal opinion that BC can be more scenic, yet it seems to rain more frequently but doesn't get too cold in the winter. I'd give Vancouver the advantage in the end.
2012 Cannondale CAAD10
I can also roll out the front door and hit two 12+ km mountain climbs within an hour from me. Nothing remotely comparable in TO. Flat and rolling terrain is accessible in the Fraser Valley, and many more mountains await in the rest of BC.
The best part of Toronto riding is the variety, IMO. I can pick any direction and come up with a fairly scenic ride (relatively speaking, of course).
What are you finding in the way of hills around here? Looking for some hard climbs to get ready for a trip out to Cali I've been planning.
Those 12+ KM climbs do make me a bit jealous, I must admit....
Yonge St. can be a pain if you're using a heavy commuter bike, carrying a heavy briefcase and dressed up in a suit.
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But yeah, again did I say Toronto sucks for cyclists?
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I had a terrible spill on Queen St. last year, I swerved to avoid a door prize, front wheel got caught in a streetcar track and I landed face first on the pavement. That was pretty painful.
2012 Cannondale CAAD10
There are some nice pockets of riding but you will find yourself spending a lot of unpleasant time getting to it unless you live north/east/west of the city.
Vancouver is not the best cycling city I've lived in but still has some amazing roads within minutes of downtown. Other than the climbs folks have mentioned there is also the relatively easy access to remote feeling roads that are somewhat quiet on the north shore or richmond. You just don't get that anywhere around Toronto until you've ridden to King City, Oakville or the like..... aprox. 50KM north. I always found the donut ride hilarious. You spend most of it rolling into and out of Toronto and crank it up for 30k in the middle....
Vancouver by mile. That's how I see it.
Caledon, King, Mono, Burlington/Dundas, Milton, and a few other areas are my usual go-to spots for a ride.
Within the city it is pretty hard to find big enough hills that are alos long. There are some decent hills for repeats, but nothing very long. Even if you go to Dundas, or Caledon, most you will find are Cat. 4 climbs. Probably the biggest climb is going to be Scenic Caves road (Cat. 3) in Collingwood. There are a few others around there too.
One of my fav rides for a Sunday morning is to get right out of the city nice and early from my place in Etobicoke and drive to Coronation Park in Oakville. Warm up along the Lakeshore, do the Snake Road climb up to Dundas St, and work my way out to Ancaster via the Crooks Hollow/Sulphur springs climb, and back through Dundas. Stop at Cafe Domestique for a snack, and then up Syndenham, and do another loop up Snake Road, and down Waterdown road working my way back to the Lakeshore. Route ends up being around 100km and lots of good scenery.
Stayed in North Vancouver last summer for 1 1/2 week. Beautiful riding there, BUT all the nice roads leed to a dead end. I did not find any clean "loop" ride to do. A popular ride they call is the Triple Crown; up and down these three hills during a same ride: Mt. Seymour Rd., Mountain Highway, Cypress Bowl Rd.
You can do the (Vancouver-Whistler-Pemberton-Lillooet-Hope-Vancouver) loop, but it takes several days. There is a nice hill between Pemberton to Lillooet (14% for 5km).
They say Victoria Island is supposed to be the best road ridding in Canada. Although Highway 99 (Vancouver to Whistler) is breathtaking, it really is, and the shoulder is wide. Last 50km to Whistler is lightly uphill so when you come back it is easy to speed at 45km/hr (average) and hit 80km/hr down some other. Marine drive (North Van) is nice for a warm-up.
nspace wrote:I did a ride with cross-tires right in the thick of the winter where it was -8 celcius...all you could hear was the snow falling.
Yeah, what a nice, pastoral scene you paint! The problem is, it is usually -22 with a 20-knot gale. When it is -40 in Calgary and 9 in Vancouver, I wish I was there...
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