Thursday, May 27th 2021, 5:00 am - This weekend is a success story for the cycling community with a very pleasant couple of days in store.
Okay, Friday is looking pretty rough for some GTA bike commuters, so pack a lot of waterproof attire and we’ll get through this. The good news is the rain will work to clear the roads of oil, dust and dirt, and help compact some of the mountain bike trails in the area. This will also help improve air quality, which has been in the moderate range at times this week.
The weekend is a success story for the cycling community. Very pleasant couple of days in store, arm warmers and leg warmers early in the morning is recommended for most.
The threat of showers we were tracking for Friday last Sunday have come to fruition, as temperatures will struggle to climb above the single digits. Looks like a good, prolonged soaking rain for southwestern GTA, with as much as 20 mm of much needed rainfall. If you have the luxury or privilege to take an off day, this is it. If you don’t, dress for organized rainfall.
Commuters, water-proof layers/windbreakers a necessity for Friday. Wind gusts out of the ENE in excess of 60 km/h down by the lake.
Well, we still have quite the brisk northwest wind, but it’s a 200 percent better day for riding than Friday. We’ll see some clearing and sunshine at times as Friday’s system departs southeastward. Think 14-15°C right by the lake, and upper teens inland with strong northeast winds continuing before easing in the evening.
Perfect by the afternoon. Pleasant dew points, temperatures near 20°C away from the lake with partly-to-mostly sunny skies in the forecast. The winds ease too, with all wind gusts likely below 40 km/h.
RIDE OF THE WEEK: PINE VALLEY
- Pine Valley Bliss - you wouldn’t believe the rolling country was just over an hour away by bike from Toronto.
- Pine Valley Road is a must ride, beautiful rolling hills and gorgeous scenery, plus the return route has a lovely gentle slope to it. It’s best to get the elevation gain out of the way the first half.
- Head north on your favoured route, such as Royal York, or Islington - or one of the several more quiet side roads.