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TOUR DE GREENBELT ADDS 100KM ROUTES FOR SECOND CYCLING WEEKEND
“Canadian Century” routes back by popular demand for avid cyclists
Ontario’s Greenbelt, September 21, 2010 – The Tour de Greenbelt, an annual cycling event for riders to experience the beauty and offerings of Ontario’s Greenbelt, is set to kick off its second weekend in York and Durham regions with the addition of a 100km route on each day due – back due to popular demand from past riders.
“The addition of the 100km routes is really exciting for those cyclists who have been cycling all summer and are looking for a challenge to test their legs at the end of the season,” says Peter Hart, Director of the Tour de Greenbelt. “We’re still very much a family event, but sometimes some members of the family want to do more, while others want to do less, so this way we’re able to offer something for everyone.”
The first weekend of the Tour (held Sept 11/12 in Niagara region) was an enormous hit with the families in attendance, “I had a terrific time cycling through the Greenbelt with my son in his bike trailer,” said participant Allison Decker. “My little guy loved exploring the conservation area and picking apples at the rest stops along our route. It was a great way to start teaching him about protected spaces and where our food comes from.”
Switching gears from the lush vineyards of Niagara to gentle, rolling hills of York and Durham, the Tour will explore some of the trail systems in and around the eastern areas of the Greenbelt. The ride in York region takes place on Saturday, September 25 and includes the Nokiida Trail. On Sunday, September 26, riders in Durham region will get to experience the beauty of Uxbridge – the “Trail Capital of Canada”.
Experiential stops on the Tour include the opportunity to pick sweet corn from a Greenbelt farm, explore the 10-acre Uxbridge Maze – one of the biggest corn labyrinths in Canada, and a stop at Musselman’s Lake where riders can cool off after a hot ride. In addition to the 100km routes, the Tour de Greenbelt offers 100% traffic-free family routes that range from 1-10km, a meander route of up to 25km and a long-haul route of up to 45km. The registration fee of $45/person includes free registration for two kids under the age of 12 and a post-ride party where riders can enjoy the bounty of the Greenbelt
with a BBQ made from local food.
For more information and promotional material about the Tour and to register, please visit www.TourdeGreenbelt.ca. Online registrants can save $5 by using promo code 951595. For more information about Ontario’s Greenbelt visit www.greenbelt.ca.
Peter Hart, Director, Tour de Greenbelt peterh-at-tourdegreenbelt.ca or 647-224-0634
Elissa Hermolin, Special Events Manager, Greenbelt Foundation ehermolin-at-greenbelt.ca or 647-280-3593 (mobile)
Diana Crosbie, Crosbie Communications Inc. diana-at-crosbie.on.ca or 416.360..6625