"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 mi.) 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 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 km | 80 mi||7,650 km | 4,725 mi||59 Ride | 11 Rest|
|Tour TransCanada||125 km | 77 mi||7,500 km | 4,625 mi||60 Ride | 11 Rest|
|Tour Pacific||106 km | 66 mi||1,385 km | 855 mi||13 Ride | 2 Rest|
|Tour Arctic||102 km | 63 mi||1945 km |1200 mi
||19 Ride | 2 Rest 3 Ferry|
|Tour Atlantic||110 km | 68 mi||1340 km | 825 mi||12 Ride | 2 Rest|
(approximately 779 km (479 mi) is unpaved)
|109 km | 67 mi||1310 km | 810 mi||12 Ride | 1 Rest|
|Haida Gwaii||TBA | TBA||TBA | TBA||TBA | TBA|
|The Cabot Trail||110 km | 68 mi||775 km | 480 mi||7 Ride | 1 Rest|
|Icefields Parkway||111 km | 69 mi||890 km | 550 mi||8 Ride | 1 Rest|
|CycleCanada Century Ride||100 km | 100 mi||100 km | or 60 mi||2 Ride | 0 Rest|
|The Simcoe Circle
(longer options also available)
|52 km | 32 mi||260 km | 160 mi||5 Ride| 0 Rest|
|The By-Cycle Ride||98 km | 61 mi||495 km | 305 mi||5 Ride| 0 Rest|
|Voyageur Route||109 km| 67 mi||545 km| 335 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|The BiQue Ride||110 km |
||660 km | 410 mi||6 Ride | 1 Rest|
|Tour Vert||100 km | 62 mi||500 km | 310 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|The Laurentides Ride||109 km | 68 mi||550 km | 340 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Niagara Vineyards||48 km | 30 mi||240 km| 150 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Erie Shores||102 km | 63 mi||515 km | 320 mi||5 Ride | 0 Rest|
|Tour du Canada Time Trial||15 km||15 km||N/A|
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