Sunday September 14 – Riding Up The Escarpment

Next Sunday I am signed up to ride the 100 kilometre route in the Tour de Mississauga.  Last year I did the 60 kilometre route on my hybrid bike.  This year I have a road bike, but fell off it and hurt my knee on my first ride with clipped in shoes.  I bruised the bone and it still has not recovered more than a month later.  Fortunately, I can still ride but I had to take several weeks off and it messed up my training schedule.  Yesterday I decided to do 70 kilometres as my last long training ride.  I also decided to ride up the Niagara Escarpment as there will be nothing that difficult in Mississauga.

I rode for 16 kilometres before stopping to stretch which is the longest I have gone on my road bike before a stretch.  That put me at the bottom of what I though was a 4 kilometre long climb, but turned out to be six kilometre climb up onto the Escarpment.

I stopped to catch my breath and take a picture at the top of the first hill.


While the ride is generally up hill, for every hill I crested there was another hill to ride down again giving back some of the gain before riding up hill once more.

At the beginning of the second or third hill I accidentally shifted up when I should have shifted down and I lost my chain.  With some fiddling I got it back on, but ended up with fingers covered in chain grease.  I cleaned the grease off my hands as well as I could but I needed to eat before I got to soap and water.


This is looking south where I just came from.  I thought, as I rode up to where this picture was taken that I would be done when I crested the hill.


Turns out I still had this hill to go.


There was a lovely row of trees bordering a farm on the Escarpment where I stopped to have a snack.


I had planned to cycle 1.5 kilometres along Highway 9 to the Tim Hortons on Airport Road, but when I got a look at Highway 9 I decided it looked too dangerous.  Fortunately, I took some snacks with me in case I needed them.

I saw this pretty scene just south of Highway 9.


Coming back down the Escarpment I hit the highest speed I have ever gone on a bike – 56 KPH.  I headed back south to Caledon East for lunch at Subway where I treated myself to chips and half a litre of chocolate milk in addition to a sandwich as I had burned 1100 calories at that point.  Since I hadn’t had my coffee in the morning, I did a 10 kilometre roundtrip east of Caledon East then came back to Gabe’s Country Bakeshop for coffee and a cookie.  The ride back home is mostly downhill and put me just over 71 kilometres for the day for my longest ride this year.  It was also the second longest ride I have ever done.  Back in 2008 Patti and I rode from Cataract to Elora and back over the course of a day.  It was 93 kilometres on aggregate and I was never so glad to get back to the car as I was that day.

I am still not sure that I will be able to ride the 100 kilometres next week, but I am going to try my best.




About Lisa Stokes

I am a stay-at-home mother of four whose hobbies include photography, quilting and cycling. I have recently started to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in my community. I am the photographer at the Brampton Quilters' Guild.
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