Ride Review: Kawartha Classic Fall Cycling Tour
AKA: My first century ride
AKA: My warped logic is very logical
Is this ride for you? Here's an overview of what to expect if you sign up for the Kawartha Classic.
What the organizers say:
This community non-competitive cycling event is a great experience for everyone. There are 25km, 50km, 100km, and 160km routes ensuring that there is something for everyone.
$25 early bird, $30 race day. Your registration fee goes to A Place Called Home.
Cambray, Ontario (2 hours from Toronto)
Mostly flat with a few small hills. Ironically the town of Uphill we rode through is flat. Rural with paved roads, some in excellent shape. Few paved shoulders. There is one small convenience store at the 60K mark if you need to refuel. The course is well marked if you are paying attention.
Promotional material described the ride as fully supported. This could wrongly be interpreted as a buffet and mariachi bands at the rest stops. Rest stops are stocked with bottled water, orange slices and fabulous home made cookies. If you use gels or electrolytes or anything other than cookies and water, you'll need to pack it. Because my routes take me in the middle of no where, I had packed enough gels, granola bars, sandwiches, nuun and Honey Stinger waffles to feed the entire ride should we have been stranded.
The SAG wagon, equipped with a mechanic, checked on riders regularly. Because we were so
There is 1 public rest room along the route, in Kirkfield. Any other business needs to be taken care of in the bushes - pack accordingly. There were honey buckets along the highway belonging to who knows who, but I took my chances with the poison ivy and open quarries (yes, there were signs warning of the danger of open quarries where I was trying to pee).
Because we were about an hour behind the other riders (and two hours behind when the meal was served) we were worried that the food would have been packed up. We were happy to find that there was lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, coffee, water, cookies, salads and sandwiches waiting for us.
Whether you're a speedster looking for a nice flat course or like me, wanting to complete your first century ride, the Kawartha Classic Fall Tour is a must for your fall calendar.