Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another May hill ride extravaganza

The Bertrand is running strong, as usual.

Today's goal was to extend our usual ride into the lower left part of the map

We went back to our favorite hill ride area in Northern Lanaudiere, St-Jean-de-Matha.

The ride was the standard first half to Ste-Beatrix, then we explored a bit south of the town, doing a counter clockwise loop down to Lack Rocher and then up to the entrance Parc des Chutes at the Ste-Beatrix river-canyon entrance). From here we rode back to St-Jean de Matha, with a descent to the St-Jean-Matha entrance to the Parc des Chutes. And... back up the village. This is a great way to absorb any excess energy you have at the end of the ride. (You can also do a ride extension on Rang St-Guillaume like we did last week).

The ride was 88 km with 1175 metres of climbing (3850 ft). Conditions were good with some big wind gusts. When the gusts were favorable we would cruise at 40 km/h, which is a good speed to cruise when on a bicycle. The drive is 97 km from Montreal.

Conclusion: Another great ride in hill ride paradise.


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