Road Cycling

Ready to head to BruceGreySimcoe with your bike this fall?  Be sure to check ahead to make sure trails are open and, if planning to stay overnight, to book your accommodation ahead of time.  Due to COVID-19, new protocols are in place across the region as our outdoor spaces and tourism businesses slowly begin to open up.  

Plan ahead before visiting, as many operators are running at reduced capacity or are closed for the season due to COVID-19.  When in BruceGreySimcoe, follow social distancing protocols, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.

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.  Discover a whole new side to Bruce County on a multi-day tour with Humdinger Bicycle Tours.


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.  Due to COVID-19, the Silver Goose Cyclocross, the first ever Canadian host of the Pan American Cyclocross Championships in 2018, is not running this year. Look for its return in 2020 along with other exciting cycling events, such as the Barrie Baseball Cross and the Hardwood Cross

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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