Road Cycling


With stunning fall scenery, quiet back roads and services geared especially for cyclists, it’s no wonder that BruceGreySimcoe is set to be one of Ontario’s prime road cycling destinations. 
 
Across the region, cyclists will find starting points with parking, washrooms and water.  In addition, the number of certified Ontario By Bike businesses, restaurants and accommodation continue to grow in Bruce County-Southwest, Grey and Simcoe Counties.  On top of that, Grey is host to a strong Share the Road program while Cycle Simcoe makes it easy for on-the-go bike repairs with more than 15 outdoor repair stations along its cycling routes.  And, recalling her early days, Emily Batty loves to return and cycle here on the trails she grew up riding.  Check out this video to see where Emily rides when she’s in BruceGreySimcoe.
 
The country roads – many with bike lanes - of BruceGreySimcoe make riding both smooth and awesome.   Quiet, well surfaced and super diverse, they’re cycle-friendly, too. In addition to  Grey County’s “Share the Road” program, several of our communities have been awarded Bicycle Friendly Status by the Share the Road Cycling CoalitionThe Town of The Blue Mountains has achieved the Silver level, with the Town of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Saugeen Shores each awarded Bronze.  
 
New to the cycling mix is the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, a multi-use trail that follows the shores of Ontario’s Great Lakes, including a section along Lake Huron and Georgian Bay through BruceGreySimcoe.  Signs posted along the route make it easy to follow – note that the trail has both on-and-off road sections. 
 

Growing in popularity in BruceGreySimcoe is Cyclocross, which blends road cycling with cross-country as racers dismount from their bikes to get through barriers and obstacles on the course – the muddier and dirtier, the better.  Super-exciting this year is that the Silver Goose Cyclocross, the first ever Canadian host of the Pan American Cyclocross Championships in 2018, is host again for 2019. This event is being held in Midland on November 9th and 10th, 2019.  New this year is the addition of the Junior Women Continental Championship. To whet competitors and spectactors' appetite for this amazing sport are the Barrie Baseball Cross on October 6th and the Hardwood Cross on October 13th

New in 2019 for road cyclists in BruceGreySimcoe is the Fretori Fall Classic, a fully supported social cycling event taking place in Orillia on October 19th.

No matter which route you take, you’re in for some pretty spectacular scenery and cycling experiences from the Lake Huron Shoreline up through the Bruce Peninsula, along the Georgian Bay Coast and through the hills and dales of Simcoe County and a lot of cool routes in between.
 

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