"How fit must I be" is a common question. Our trips are designed to suit fitness levels of typical recreational cyclists. We assume that participants are weekend riders who enjoy regular exercise. Extra training is needed for longer rides and we provide participants with a suggested training schedule. Our rides are designed for good cycling on public roads, although Tour du Canada goes through sections of the country where choice of routes is limited and Tour Arctic includes the unpaved Dempster Highway. Route selection is based on the uniqueness of the scenery or the local culture or both. Generally, our trips are aimed at cyclists who are comfortable with rides of 80 kilometres (50 miles) or more.
Much of the toughness that is needed for any physical endeavor is mental, not physical.
Cyclists need the determination to do the distance and the perseverance to ride on when weather conditions are less than ideal.
On our across Canada rides cyclists encounter the full range of cycling conditions. Terrain includes tough hilly sections. There are several days of 160 kms (100 miles.) or more and those days may include steep hilly sections.
On our Cycle Canada Series rides terrain is challenging. Daily distances will be shorter in very hilly sections but there are some long riding days. Sections of the route are remote, especially on Tour Arctic but much less so on Tour Atlantic.
Tours in remote regions of Canada, typically unpaved roads and tracks. Camping with limited services.
Tours of one week duration are on terrain that is mainly quite gentle. Distances are designed to be easily achievable and you will find many local amenities in towns and villages along the routes. The Simcoe Circle has shorter daily distances with optional loops. Niagara Vineyards has shorter daily distances and most of this tour is on shared paths. Tour Vert and The Laurentides Ride have some more challenging days of hills. The Laurentides Ride is the most challenging of the one week tours and contains sections of unpaved trail to avoid some steep hills.
|Event||Daily Average||Total Distance||Riding Days/Rest Days|
|Tour du Canada||130 kilometres | 80 miles||7,650 kilometres | 4,725 miles||59 Ride | 11 Rest|
|Tour TransCanada||125 kilometres | 77 miles||7,500 kilometres | 4,625 miles||60 Ride | 11 Rest|
|Tour Pacific||106 kilometres | 66 miles||1,385 kilometres | 855 miles||13 Ride | 2 Rest|
|Tour Arctic||102 kilometres | 63 miles||1945 kilometres |1200 miles
||19 Ride | 2 Rest 3 Ferry|
|Tour Atlantic||110 kilometres | 68 miles||1340 kilometres | 825 miles||12 Ride | 2 Rest|
|Rocky Mountain||111 kilometres | 68 miles||1110 kilometres | 685 miles||10 Ride | 1 Rest|
|Haida Gwaii||TBA | TBA||TBA | TBA||TBA | TBA|
|The Cabot Trail||110 kilometres | 68 miles||775 kilometres | 480 miles||7 Ride | 1 Rest|
|Icefields Parkway||111 kilometres | 69 miles||890 kilometres | 550 miles||8 Ride | 1 Rest|
|CycleCanada Century Ride||100 kilometres | 100 miles||100 kilometres | or 60 miles||2 Ride | 0 Rest|
|The Simcoe Circle
(longer options also available)
|52 kilometres | 32 miles||260 kilometres | 160 miles||5 Ride| 0 Rest|
|The By-Cycle Ride||98 kilometres | 61 miles||495 kilometres | 305 miles||5 Ride| 0 Rest|
|Voyageur Route||109 kilometres| 67 miles||545 kilometres| 335 miles||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|The BiQue Ride||110 kilometres |
||660 kilometres | 410 miles||6 Ride | 1 Rest|
|Tour Vert||100 kilometres | 62 miles||500 kilometres | 310 miles||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|P'tit Train du Nord||102 kilometres | 63 miles||610 kilometres | 380 miles||6 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Niagara Vineyards||48 kilometres | 30 miles||240 kilometres| 150 miles||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Erie Shores||102 kilometres | 63 miles||515 kilometres | 320 miles||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Tour du Canada Time Trial||15 kilometres||15 kilometres||N/A|
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