When the calendar turns to September, prime cycling season arrives here in South Eastern Ontario. The days are usually a bit cooler and there is less humidity than earlier in the summer, making conditions just right to hop on your bike and enjoy a ride.
Lennox & Addington offers some of the best road cycling routes in the province. Our County roads are in terrific shape, and many are equipped with extended paved shoulders that provide added safety to riders.
L&A's County Trails cycling network has been in place for nearly 15 years now and has been enjoyed by thousands of riders since debuting in 2005. The network encompasses 12 looping routes totalling nearly 600-kilometres of paved roadway that stretch from the shore of Lake Ontario north to Denbigh. Each loop offers a different look, with varying lengths and degrees of difficulty.
More details about each of the loops is available at www.CountyTrails.com. You can request detailed itineraries that include turn-by-turn directions and ideas about fun to things to do when visiting in the area.
We promote our road cycling opportunities in a number of ways, including online promotion, brochure distribution and a partnership with “Ontario by Bike”. Perhaps the most effective method is by hosting the Discover L&A Ride. 2019 marks the fourth annual installment of the event, which takes place on Saturday, September 21st. This year we expect upwards of 400 riders to participate.
The event is just as much about the stops along the way as it is about the cycling. Beginning at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company in Bath, the 58-kilometre tour encourages riders to enjoy the picturesque rural countryside, relax at the rest stops, and learn the County's history. There is live music at many of the stops and a large assortment of local food and drink will be available to sample.
The event is a great way to showcase not only our cycling routes, but local businesses and organizations as well. More than a dozen L&A businesses provide goods and services for the ride, with local wine, cider, beer, strawberries, baked goods and much more available to taste along the way. Some participants say the apple cider donut samples from Spring Meadow Orchards are well worth the price of admission. They’re not wrong.
Tickets to the Discover L&A Ride are only $30 and are available online at www.DiscoverRide.ca. It’s a great way to get active and discover Lennox & Addington County by bike.