Riding the Mont Royal stairs
We did not actually ride the Mont Royal stairs. But we have been doing laps going up using leg power to conquer these 256 steps. These stairs go up the side of Mont Royal forest between Peel street entrance and the Chalet/downtown lookout up top.
These steps are working magic to our quest to use the "spring time is time to get into bike shape time" phase of the bike season.
These stairs are amazing.
These stairs are highly recommended.
One step at a time, two steps at a time, at a fast pace or slow, with recuperative pauses or without, with motivational tunes or encouraging buddies or without, but surely with the feeling that I have reached my maximum and must now pause. Repeat, and again and again until ten laps are completed.
Why is this good: Because doing the stairs will make having fun on the bike a lot easier.
There is a bike stand at the bottom so you can ride there from Peel entrance or using Olmstead Road through the Mont Royal park and park the bike right at the bottom of the stairs.
Don't go thinking this is for the elites, because in fact it is for everybody. The variety of the people climbing these stairs is tres special and shows that it is an activity than anyone of any age or fitness or weight or gender or shoe size can perform.
Finally, don't forget to go up to the chalet/downtown lookout to enjoy the view: you have earned it.