Rides for the cycling enthusiast who really wants to sample everything that the region has available in the way of day routes. A compilation of some favourite rides we’ve done many times.
These are beyond the scope of the City Routes which are meant for the casual/novice rider in length and difficulty and are here mainly because it was a place for them to live before the Peterboroutes Map was even conceived of, let alone published.
Mixed Surface Rides
Asphodel-Norwood Loop 80 km
Ride to Norwood. Ride home. Detour for meat?
Ride quiet paved roads east to Norwood, a village working hard to be the next Warkworth, take gravel back. Many drumlins, zero butter tarts, 25% chance of F150s.
Chandos Lake Loop 50 km
Apsley to Apsley around Chandos Lake
Out of Apsley ON, a lovely little loop ridden for fall colour. Quiet roads and a great beach.
Going to See the Wind Gennys 84 km
84km of lovely hills, gravel and country roads
85 km of mostly quiet country roads, mixed surface riding with a generous amount of climbing as well. Not the most gnarly or climbiest route possible by any means, just a great afternoon out.
Millbrook Gravel Challenge 62 km
Whatever you’re looking for in a mixed surface ride, this is what you’re looking for.
730m of climbing in 60km. 4 gravel sections, great pavement, terrible pavement, forest roads, ski hills, wind gennies. Hills, then some more hills, then a few more hills just because. After that, a long climb on nasty fresh graded gravel. One of the most satisfying local rides ever.
The Trent Hills Triangle 60 km
Relentlessly climby, one short punch after another, leavened with long pastoral views, beautiful gravel and village cafes.
This 60k loop is almost as relentlessly climby as the one out by Millbrook but the hills are more consistently spaced and the pavement and gravel were excellent. Great Sweeping views, village stops, quiet roads.
Bethany - Solanum Way Hill Training 72 km
A paved loop with some serious evelvation gains, but with views to make it all worth the effort.
A great paved loop with plenty, perhaps even an excess, of climbing. Gets you out into the Bethany Hills on your road bike. The Bethany area has a ton of great gravel, but it’s also a sweet area for strictly asphalt riding too.
Omemee - Hayes Line Loop 53 km
A quick, intense hill training ride. Drumlins out and back. Views & Neil Young Trivia.
Another crazy hilly training ride for when time is limited. Also acts as a spine to many other great longer rides.
Riding Around Rice Lake 118-140 km
You'd be surprised at the number of ways there are to ride around Rice Lake. All of them are worth doing.
A local rite of passage, this ride can be tailored to provide all kinds of cycling experiences.
Stoney Lake Circle 109+ km
With new full shoulders on Hwy. 28, this great cottage country route is accessible to everyone.
A great ride destined to become an area classic. Be careful though, there are so many lakeside patios and cafes to stop at on this route that it might take all day and result in significant weight gain.