From Toronto to Durham...this summer?

cow-housesWell!  I've been trying to bike around Toronto more and more, finally making it to the Lakeshore path and to the Toronto-Etobicoke bridge!  What a ride!

My goal is to build up my endurance enough to do an epic ride from Toronto to Durham.  While it seems so far away to properly do this (I was thinking Summer 2010), and opportunity came in my inbox and I don't think I can pass it up!

The 2009 Tour de Greenbelt is a bike ride of EPIC proportions!  Registrants can choose where to ride from and to, but essentially it will encompass the Greenbelt in all its splendor with four major rides.

  • Saturday, September 12 - St. Catharines - Niagara
  • Sunday, September 13 - Burlington - Halton
  • Saturday, September 26 - Newmarket - Simcoe
  • Sunday, September 27 - Toronto - Durham

I'm hoping to do the Toronto-Durham one, but am trying to figure out if I want to do 25km, 50km, or 100km!  I think I might wait until more route details are out...biking on a flat Lakeshore path is much different than biking the back roads of Durham Region...holy hills!  And I know, since I've ridden those Oshawa back roads many times.

This ride is hitting a chord with me, not only because it's a biking event (and I love biking), but also because it will allow participants to tour the Greenbelt, visiting farms and enjoying the local and fresh food along the way.  The Greenbelt is something I'll probably hit on in my thesis film about my family farm, but this ride might also motivate me to explore other local issues that would be great in a doc.

Anyway, I'll report back on this soon, and will also hopefully announce my participation.  Now to find a bike buddy! :D