If only I will age quite as gracefully. At about kilometre 60 into the 100 km "Amazing Toronto Bike Tour" an older gentleman on his Canadian Tire road bike tells me that only last year he was hospital-bound with a broken hip from a cycling accident. And now he's biking 100 km in one day. Amazing.
Last Sunday I hosted the second 100 km ride, the "Amazing Toronto Bike Tour" (photos). We had about 25 people of various levels of ability. I was surprised that most of the participants were willing to tackle the daunting 100 km, and quite a few either biked the 100 km, or biked a lot more than what they were normally used to.
I commute a lot by bike but rarely do I bike that much in one day. It was a good way to work off some winter fat since it's so hard to take long bike rides in the frigid weather. I'm just lucky that I started commuting to Mississauga so I had some training coming into the ride.
The purpose of the Amazing Toronto Bike Tour is to show people that Toronto is accessible by bicycle and that it doesn't take much to bike a good chunk of it. The route has been designed to be almost entirely on trails and residential roads. This means there are a few fancy turns and carrying of bikes, but it makes for a peaceful, beautiful ride. Who knew you could get that in Toronto?
Not everyone might want to do an entire 100 km in one day or ride at a fast pace, so in the future we will likely split the tour into different ability levels, each led by a guide going at a different pace. We'll have the cafe latte group and the hardcore group, and the Goldilocks group (where the pace is just right).
I just see the older gentleman pushing his limits in the hardcore group.