DURHAM: The Epic Lake to Lake Adventure is a must ride for cyclist in the Durham Region.
Participants will have the opportunity to ride from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario, along Durham Region’s section of The Trans Canada Trail.
“The course is amazing, and the event is celebrating two amazing Canadian things. The Canada 150 as well as the Trans-Canada trail,” according to Dave Barton, Ward 3 Councillor. “The Trans-Canada trail is going to be fully connected this year”
As well, this will be the first organized bike ride event from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario.
Organizer of the event and Director of Public Works in the Township of Brock, Nick Colucci said, “This is the first lake to lake event. We completed the construction of the lake to lake trail connection, so this is the first event on that, and it’ll be something to remember.”
The ride starts at the Beaverton Harbour and works its way through the Trans Canada Trail, until the cyclists reach Uxbridge. In Uxbridge, participants will receive a complementary lunch at Second Wedge.
“That’s a fairly mild ride, probably around 45 km to Uxbridge but it’s a pretty mild 45km. It’s not very hilly,” Councillor Barton explained. “Between Beaverton and Uxbridge is a beautiful introduction to riding.”
He said the first half of the ride can be done easily by novice riders and shouldn’t be a problem for any older kids or adults who are interested in the event.
Cyclists can stop in Uxbridge and call it a day if they’ve had enough riding or they can continue the ride, from Uxbridge, through the Oak Ridges Moraine, ending at Lake Ontario.
Councillor Barton says the ride is great opportunity to see wildlife and get some exercise.
“Every time I ride that section of the trail I see great blue herons, almost every time I see a beaver, and there’s an awful lot of wildlife along that section,” he said.
The event was made possible through a grant from the Trans Canada Trail in partnership with the Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge, Pickering, and Ajax townships, as well as Durham Region and Cycle Durham.
Through the grant and funding from the townships, the ride is at a relatively low cost for participants.
“This event is highly subsidized. Typically, an event like this would cost anywhere between $45 and $100. But because of the funding and all of the labour for this being volunteer. The cost is a very minimal $20,” Councillor Barton added. “Most of that $20 goes [for] the lunch at second wedge.”
A T-shirt is also included in the price of the ticket, making this event very cost effective for participants, according to Councillor Barton.
Riders who wish to take a bus from the Ajax to the start of the ride, at Beaverton Harbour, can pay an additional $25 and will be picked up from the Ajax Community Centre, the morning of the ride.
The ride begins at 9:30 a.m., and stops at 12:00, for a lunch at Second Wedge. At 1:30 a.m., riders wishing to cycle the full 95km trail will continue and finish around 3:30 - 5:30 a.m., where there will be an end of ride photo, refreshments, and a medal presentation.
Those interested in participating in the event can register online, at www.townshipofbrock.ca/L2L. Anyone interested in volunteering for the ride can find additional information on the website as well.
Councillor Barton said, “Come out, enjoy this beautiful trail and have a great lunch at Second Wedge.”and have a great lunch at Second Wedge.”