February 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm #496515
Attention all West End riders (and those interested in riding in the West End)
Myself and some other West Enders have been throwing around the idea of a weekly ride in the West. There has been interest shown in organizing a weekly event for those who live a little further from ol’ Donny but still in the city. Plus, with no end to winter in sight we can always dream about the warm weather riding season to come.
The trail review written about the Etobicoke Creek (https://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/ontario-mountain-biking-trails-etobicoke-creek/) generated a fair bit of interest in the trails. There has also been a group of riders who have braved the Humber River trails this winter (viewtopic.php?f=61&t=37072). Furthermore, both the Humber River and Etobicoke Creek TORBA Social Rides saw excellent turn outs.
This post is an effort to gauge interest in a weekly ride. The idea for now would be to run a weekly ride, likely Wednesday nights. It has been suggested that we flip/flop on a bi-weekly basis between the two trail systems (E Creek and the South Humber) as this would create some variety and give a chance to showcase both riding locations. We can discuss logistics (meeting places and times) once we get an idea of numbers.
So what say you? Would you be interested?
**I have also posted this in the Humber Watershed Forum – Marc hope this is okay.**February 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm #523950
Count me inFebruary 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm #523949
I think it will be a great way to meet some more local riders.February 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm #523948
I’m going to to my best to make these rides as well. Great idea.February 13, 2014 at 2:10 am #523947
Not sure how many I’d be able to make it out for, but I’d be interested in taking part.February 16, 2014 at 3:44 am #523982
Sure sign me up. I would be heading over from the east side so a later (seven or seven thirty) start would be appreciated. It’s always interesting to ride new trails with someone who has been on them before.March 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm #523983
I’m in for this.April 23, 2014 at 2:11 am #523984
Tomorrow being Wednesday and all and the trails being good to go, I figured I would go for a ride.
Anyone interested in joining?
I plan on leaving around 7pm from the parking lot for the Etobicoke Valley Park (just off Westhead Rd.).
Not out for a terribly long ride but lights would be a good idea probably.April 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm #523985
Tried these trails for the first time on Sunday! Will definitely have to keep exploring them. It looks like there might be some fun looking trails on the West side of the creek too, has anyone on here tried those out?
In future I might park a bit further North than Marie Curtis park (although it’s a nice picturesque place to start and finish at, the trails get a lot more interesting a few km North). Any ideas on other entrance points?
Pretty great that these trails are in a spot I can get to in 10 minutes though…
Thanks for the write-up, never would have known this trail existed!April 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm #523986
Glad to hear you got out! I went for a ride last evening as well and it is amazing in there – glad I got out before the rain later this week.
I usually enter at the Etobicoke Valley Park, where the baseball diamonds are just South of the QEW bridge. There is a small parking lot there and you hit ‘dirt’ right away. Agreed, the ride up from MC is a nice warm up but really it doesn’t compare to what comes next.
Funny you ask about the Westside – I rode back down that side with another rider last night. Hadn’t been on it since last summer after the flood but I am happy to report it is good to go. I was even introduce to a new trail! I usually access the Westside from a Leash Free (not sure of the name) that is off Dundas then you can ride all the way down to the Historic Bridge that crosses the Creek at the end of Sherway Drive to complete the loop.
We should ride sometime soon. I would be happy to show you around, as I said above, I am still learning new trails in the area. Pretty great place to ride in the city especially since I live about 30 secs off the trail 🙂April 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm #523987
Sounds good I’ll try that trail head next time. In for a meetup for sure, email me at kris.somersATgmail.comApril 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm #523988
I’d be in for a few of these rides. How are the Etobicoke trails for cross bikes? I spoke with a couple of guys last Thursday on Annette St. who were on CX bikes and had just ridden the trails. I think they were saying that they’d be on MTBs the next time though… so I guess I just answered my own question…April 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm #523989
I’d say MTB over XC, but to each their own I guess. I think for most people they would have more fun on a mountain bike.April 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm #523990
I’d say MTB over XC, but to each their own I guess. I think for most people they would have more fun on a mountain bike.
I am sure that I would count myself among them, but only have the one bike for now. 😐April 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm #523991
I would agree with Somers.
While you could ride the Creek with a CX bike (I have a CX and have taken it up the Creek) it is MUCH more enjoyable on an MTB.
It is possible that the CX guys you met were in the Northern Section of the Creek which would (in places) be more suited to a CX bike. There is a gravel path that runs up past the airport along the bottom of the valley. There is also a group that sets up a CX course in the fall one night a week – but I haven’t ever joined in on that.
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