Route Descriptions

The following are the up to date 2017 route maps and directions.

**NEW** You can now find downloadable GPS routes for both Strava and RideWithGPS posted below some of our route descriptions.

NEW - 50 and 76 km. Gravel and Trail Routes. 8:45 a.m.

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we have added a long gravel and trail route along with a shorter version. These routes will appeal to gravel, cross, hybrid and mountain bikes with tires >32 mm width. There are some pavement sections required as connectors between gravel roads and trails. The rides follow the Cambridge-Paris rail trail south to Footbridge Road where you cross the Grand River. South on West River Road up a steep hill to Brant Waterloo Road/Lockie Road. West on Brant Waterloo Road/Lockie Road to Shouldice Side Road. North on Shouldice to Beke Road and then left (west) to Spragues Road. Left on Spragues and a quick right on Wrigley Road to the Bannister Lake rest stop. Continue west on Wrigley Road to Reidsville Road. Left (south) on Reidsville Road to the Brant-Waterloo Road. Right (west) on Brant-Waterloo Road, past Ayr Road to Nith Road. Left (south) on Nith Road, right/left jog at Drumbo Road and continue south on Nith Road. Left (east) on West Dumfries Road, past Ayr Road to West River Road South. Left (north) on West River Road South to Glen Morris Road West. Right (east) across the Grand River to East River Road and turn right (south). To do the shorter 50 km route, you will follow East River Road to Forbes Street and turn right to the Cambridge-Paris trail. At the trail you will turn right (north) and follow the trail back to the crossing of Water Street ( Hwy 24) into Churchill Park and the finish and lunch at the Arena. To continue on the longer 76 route, you will take the first left off East River Road to Princess Street. Continue south, straight onto McPherson School Road, past McLean School Road, past Scenic Drive and past Blue Lake Road to Clarke Road. On Clarke Road past German School Road to Governors Road East. Right (west) on Governors Road East and right (north) on Kitchen School Road. North on Kitchen School Road and left on German School Road to East River Road. Right on East River Road to lunch at Braeside Camp. After lunch proceed out of Camp, turn left (south) onto East River Road past German School Road, and past Green Lane. East River Road becomes Willow Street. Sharp right onto the Cambridge-Paris rail trail and head north on the trail. Follow trail approximately 18 km back to the crossing of Water Street (Hwy 24) into Churchill Park and the finish at the Arena.

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50-72km Route Map

10 and 15 km. Routes. Flat trail, Hard Packed Gravel. 10:30 a.m.

The 10 km and 15 km rides follow the Cambridge-Paris rail trail and go south along the rail trail to a halfway point and then return to the Arena on the same trail. Riders who want to ride 20 km can continue further along the rail trail and distances will be marked.

It is intended for novice riders, families with young children and others who wish to avoid being around vehicular traffic. It is a scenic route along the Grand River.

There will be a rest stop at the halfway point with water and food. There are also portable toilets at this rest stop.

Skill Level - novice riders; be able to ride in a straight line on gravel surface; slow rate of speed; and be able to ride in groups with many other riders.

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10-15km Route Map

25 km Route. Mostly flat. Three Gravel Sections. 10:00 a.m.

The 25 km ride goes north along the bike lane on Water Street, turns right at Ainslie Street and then left at Concession Street. Over the Concession Street Bridge, right at Grand Avenue and continues north along paved bike trails and the hard packed gravel on the Grand Trunk trail, towards the Village of Blair. The rest stop is located in Blair, on Fallbrook Lane. It is a spectacular property complete with gardens and a lake which you are invited to tour. This rest stop also serves other routes so you will have a chance to socialize with lots of other riders. The rest stop has portable toilets, water and food.

There is also a bike mechanic available for minor repairs.

From the rest stop, the ride continues along Langdon Road to Whistlebare Road (gravel) to Roseville Road. East on Roseville Road back into the City, south to West River Road, across the Grand River to the Cambridge-Paris rail trail (gravel), north on the trail to the entrance to Churchill Park and back to the Arena.

Skill Level - more experienced riders; somewhat comfortable riding with vehicular traffic on city and country roads; able to ride up long hill (Langdon Drive) on gravel road; able to ride at 12 to 15 km per hour for 25 km and be able to ride in groups with many other riders.

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25km Route Map

40 km Route. Mostly flat. Paved Roads. 9:30 a.m.

This route goes east of Cambridge along Clyde Road, south on Shellard Road, east on Morrison Road, north on Sheffield Road and Village Road to the rest stop in Clyde. The rest stop has portable toilets, water and food. From the rest stop the route heads east on Gore Road, north on Wellington Road 35 and west on Concession 1, south on Townline Road, west on Saginaw Parkway to Elgin Street and south on Elgin Street, west on Champlain Blvd., south on Christopher Drive back to the Arena.

Skill Level - more experienced riders; comfortable riding with vehicular traffic on city and country roads; able to ride up long hill (Clyde Road); able to ride at 15 km per hour for 40 km and be able to ride in groups with many other riders.

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40km Route Map

50 km Route. Mostly Flat. Paved Roads. 9:30 a.m.

This route is similar to the 40 km route. It goes east of Cambridge along Clyde Road, south on Shellard Road, east on Morrison Road, south on Cooper Rd., east on Safari Rd., north on Seaton Road and then north on Sheffield Road and Village Road to the rest stop in Clyde. The rest stop has portable toilets, water and food. There is also a bike mechanic available for minor repairs. From the rest stop the route heads east on Gore Road, north on Wellington Road 35 and west on Concession 1, south on Townline Road, west on Saginaw Parkway to Elgin Street and south on Elgin Street, west on Champlain Blvd, south on Christopher Drive back to the Arena.

Skill Level - more experienced riders; comfortable riding with vehicular traffic on city and country roads; able to ride up long hill (Clyde Road); able to ride at 15 to 20 km per hour for 50 km and be able to ride in groups with many other riders.

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50km Route Map

60 and 72 km. Routes. Rolling Hills. Paved Roads. 9:00 a.m.

The routes go south of Cambridge on Branchton Road to the Village of St. George. Right in St. George at Highway 5, across Highway 24 at the stoplights and then continue west along Blue Lake Road. Continue along Blue Lake Road and at East River Road turn right to the Village of Glen Morris. In Glen Morris turn left across the Grand River bridge to Spragues Road. Turn right at Spragues Road and then left at Wrigleys Road to the rest stop. The rest stop has portable toilets, water and food. There is also a bike mechanic available for minor repairs.

After the rest stop, turn right on Dumfries Road #47. At Greenfield Road, the 60 km riders continue straight and the 72 km riders turn left to the Village of Ayr. This section that the 72 km riders do is the 12 km difference in the routes. Continue along Dumfries Road #47 to Roseville Road. Take a short left-right jog to Whistlebare Road and then continue to Dickie Settlement Road. Left on Dickie Settlement, right on Old Mill Road, right on Blair Road, right on Fallbrook Lane to the rest stop. The rest stop is located in Blair, off of Fallbrook Lane. It is a spectacular property complete with gardens and a lake which you are invited to tour. This rest stop also serves other routes so you will have a chance to socialize with lots of other riders. The rest stop has portable toilets, water and food. There is also a bike mechanic available for minor repairs.

Back to Blair Road and south towards the City of Cambridge. In the City, continue to Cedar Street, turn left and cross the Concession Street Bridge. Turn right on Water Street, south to the police crossing at the park entrance. Back into Churchill Park and along the pathway to the Arena.

Skill Level - experienced riders; comfortable riding with vehicular traffic on city and country roads; able to ride up several long hills; able to ride at 15 - 20 km per hour for 60 or 72 km and be able to ride in groups with many other riders.

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100 km Route. Rolling Hills. Paved Roads. 8:30 a.m.

This route is more suited to very experienced riders able to ride at a much higher speed than the riders on the shorter routes. The route will also separate the shorter routes from the longer routes.

The route goes south of Cambridge on Branchton Road to the Village of St. George. Right in St. George at Highway 5, across Highway 24 at the stoplights and then continue west along Blue Lake Road. Continue along Blue Lake Road and at East River Road turn right to the Village of Glen Morris. In Glen Morris turn left across the Grand River bridge to Spragues Road. Turn right at Spragues Road and then left at Wrigleys Road to the rest stop at Bannister Lake Conservation Area. The rest stop has portable toilets, water and food. There is also a bike mechanic available for minor repairs.

After the rest stop, turn right on Dumfries Road #47. At Greenfield Road, turn left to the Village of Ayr. At Reidsville Road, turn left and then right at Wrigley Road to the second rest stop at the Ayr Fire Hall. After the rest stop follow Wrigley Road to Main Street / Stanley Street and turn left. Left at Swan St. / Ayr Road to Drumbo Road. Left on Drumbo Road and left on Pinehurst Road / Highway 24A. Right on Glen Morris Road, right on East River Road, past Blue Lake Road for 1km to your Lunch Stop at Braeside Camp on East River Road just before German School Road. After lunch, right on East River Road for 1km back to Blue Lake Road. Right on Blue Lake Road through stoplights at Highway 24 along Highway 5 to Sager Road. Left at Sager Road to Patrick Road. Left at Patrick Road and right at Branchton Road. Follow signs back to Arena.

Skill Level - very experienced riders familiar with rules for riding in groups; comfortable riding with vehicular traffic on city and country roads; able to ride up several long hills; able to ride at 20 to 30 km per hour for 100 km and be able to ride in groups with many other riders at higher speeds.

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100km Route Map

160 km Route. Rolling Hills. Paved Roads. 8:00 a.m.

This route is more suited to very experienced riders able to ride at a much higher speed than the riders on the shorter routes. The route will also separate the shorter routes from the longer routes.

The route goes south of Cambridge on Branchton Road to the Village of St. George. Right in St. George at Highway 5, across Highway 24 at the stoplights and then continue west along Blue Lake Road. Continue along Blue Lake Road and at East River Road turn right to the Village of Glen Morris. In Glen Morris turn left across the Grand River bridge to Spragues Road. Turn right at Spragues Road and then left at Wrigleys Road to the rest stop at Bannister Lake Conservation Area. The rest stop has portable toilets, water and food. There is also a bike mechanic available for minor repairs.

After the rest stop, turn right on Dumfries Road #47. At Greenfield Road, turn left to the Village of Ayr. At Northumberland Street turn right and follow over Hwy 401, past stoplights at Cedar Creek Road to Roseville Road. Turn left on Roseville Road and left on Trussler Road. South on Trussler Road past Cedar Creek Road, along Hwy 401, left on Township Road 11, over Hwy 401 onto Greenfield Road. At Northumberland Road turn right and then left on Greenfield Road to Reidsville Road. Right on Reidsville and right on Wrigley Rd. Follow Wrigley Rd to the rest stop at the Ayr Fire Hall. After rest stop follow Wrigley Road to Main St./Stanely Street and turn left. Left at Swan St./ Ayr Rd. to Drumbo Rd. Left on Drumbo Rd. and left on Pinehurst Rd. / Hwy 24. Right on Glen Morris Road, right on East River Road, past Blue Lake Road for 1km to your lunch stop at Braeside Camp on East River Road just before German School Road. After lunch, right on East River Road for 1km back to Blue Lake Road. Right on Blue Lake Road through stoplights at Highway 24 along Highway 5 to St. George. Continue straight through stoplights along Highway 5 to Harrisburg Road. Right at Harrisburg Road. Continue on Harrisburg Road to Governors Road. Right on Governors Road to Bethel Church Road and keep left on to Powerline Road. East on Powerline Road to Lynden Road. Left on Lynden Road past Governors Road past Highway 5 to Concession 4W. Right on Concession 4W to Woodhill Road. Right on Woodhill Road past Highway 5 to Concession 2W. Right on Concession 2W to Lynden Road. Straight on Concession 2W to Harrisburg Road. Right on Harrisburg Road, past Highway 5 onto Sager Road and continue to Concession 4W. Right on Concession 4W to Lynden Road. Left on Lynden Road to Concession 5W. Left on Concession 5W to rest stop. After rest stop, continue west on Concession 5W to Sager Road. Left on Sager Road to Patrick Road. Right on Patrick Road to Branchton Road and turn right. Follow signs and route maps carefully back to Arena.

Skill Level - most experienced riders familiar with rules for riding in groups; comfortable riding with vehicular traffic on city and country roads; able to ride up several long hills; able to ride at 25 to 30 km per hour for 160 km and be able to ride in groups with many other riders at higher speeds.

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160km Route Map

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