The Big Loop
Kingston through the Thousand Islands to Brockville and back to Kingston (Total distance: 155km)
The start (and finish) of your our 100 mile (155KM) course is in downtown Kingston at the historic Woolen Mill, located at 4 Cataraqui St. <see picture> Situated along the Cataraqui River, where it meets Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. There is plenty of parking available, and a place to change.
Section 1: The Wake Up!
Kingston to Gananoque (35KM)
Under a police escort through the downtown section of Kingston, riders will head east up Fort Henry Hill, past the Kingston Canadian Forces Base. This section has a few climbs and should give your heart rate a wake up for the morning. (OK, so it is Eastern Ontario we are talking about –not the Rocky Mountains, but it’s what we’ve got). Riders will travel east along Hwy 2 beside the St. Lawrence River into the small town of Gananoque for the first pit stop of coffee, fruit, and other refreshments.
Section 2: The View.
Gananoque to Kingston via The Parkway (40KM)
From Gananoque, we will enter the newly paved and dedicated trails of the beautiful Thousand Islands Parkway. This could be the most beautiful ride in Ontario on Sunday morning in the fall. You will have a constant view of the St Lawrence River over your right shoulder. The parkway is quite flat, and we will follow it all the to the end where it finishes at the outskirts of Brockville. We will have our second pit stop 5KMs after we cross over the 401.
Section 3: Peaceful Country
Brockville to Marble Rock (40KM)
Riders will cross over a bridge over the 401 and ride onto our beautiful network of secondary country roads. Kingston is blessed with some of the best (read: quiet and fairly smooth) paved roads in the country. They are cycle friendly! Cows, llamas, chickens and a few sleepy old towns that have not changed in 100 years. Relax, draft off a friend or break some wind (you know what we mean!). We will see very little traffic on this section as we ride back to Gananoque.
Section #4: Take Me Home
Marble Rock to Kingston (40 KM)
The last stretch will take you from Marble Rock across Hwy 34 into the back roads of Kingston. It can be a windy stretch but minimal traffic as you pass endless cow fields before you see some signs of life at the Colonnade Golf and Country Club. No banquet party here yet but you are getting close to the finish as you head south on Joyceville back towards Hwy 2 into the home stretch. Riders will continue along Hwy 2 back into Kingston and the Woolen Mill finish area. There will be nothing better than the view coming back into Kingston from Fort Henry hill. It literally is all downhill from here. You did it. Now come and celebrate with a beverage, food, and music.