Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, Shimano Canada, the County of Peterborough and the City of Peterborough have partnered to create the area’s first official road cycling routes.
The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics are a series of three double-loop road cycling routes which were officially launched Wednesday (May 13th) at McCracken’s Landing, just outside of Peterborough.
Through extensive collaboration with avid local road cyclists, nearly 300 kilometres of scenic rural roads encompassing the three most dynamic and popular routes throughout Peterborough County now include approximately 160 way-finding signs. These routes take riders off of the beaten path—encouraging visitation to businesses throughout the region.
All routes start and end in downtown Peterborough at Millennium Park tying into a number of trail systems in the City of Peterborough.
The three routes are often enjoyed by many of the area’s local cyclists, but have yet to be discovered by visitors to the area. They have been divided into long and short loops and were named by their distinct characteristics and the length:
Route 1 – Lakes, Rivers & Cafes 60 & Route 1A – Lakes, Rivers & Cafes 45
Route 2 – The Cottage Country 100 & Route 2A – The Cottage Country 80
Route 3 – Hills, Views & Pastries 80 & Route 3A – Hills, Views & Pastries 65
Some tweets that came in from the official announcement...
In addition to the physical signage, the routes have been digitally mapped using MapMyRide and Strava—both popular online applications based on the use of GPS capable mobile devices used by cyclists to plan and capture routes and performance, which can then be shared online.
Route maps, highlights, places to stay and eat, and other cycling related information is available here.