Road Routes (40 and 75 kilometres)
The Food Cycle Ride road event consists of two routes, a 75 km paved circular route and a shorter 40 km circular route both on paved roads. Both the 70 km and 35 km courses start and finish at the Elora Public School.
70 km Route
- The 75 km course elevation gradually drops to its lowest level approximately half way and then gradually rises back to the start level.
- From the start/finish location the route proceeds in a clockwise direction East, passes through Fergus, then turns south, crossing the Grand River and a long run down County Road 22 and the southern end of the course.
- The course then proceeds west mostly along Marden Road and County Road 30 until it reaches Maryhill.
- From there, another straight run west along St. Charles St. to the Sawmill Parkway. The Marden Library location features the route’s first rest/water stop (with facilities).
- A short distance along Sawmill Parkway to reach Katherine St. N. turning east to get to River’s Edge, leading to the iconic covered bridge in West Montrose, the site of the second rest stop (again with facilities).
- The riders then turn back east and travel Middlebrook Road until the Eighth Line, where they recross the Grand River and follow County Road 21 back to Elora. The beauty masks a subtle, but challenging uphill grade that lets riders know they have had a good workout.
- The Finish Line is a welcome sight and there the riders will enjoy the live entertainment and a delicious meal prepared by the Centre Wellington Food Bank.
- Click here to download a map of the 75 km route. Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer is required to access this file.
40 km Route
- Starting from the Elora Public School, the 40 km route departs loops around Elora and heads South West along County Road 21 toward West Montrose.
- While traversing County Roads 21 and 23, a rectangular loop is encountered to give the riders a little more distance.
- The run south west ends at Rivers Edge, leading to the covered bridge at West Montrose, the site of the one rest/water stop on the route.
- From there, riders cross the river on the covered bridge, ride Middlebrook Road to Eighth Line, turn right and cross the river again, then return to Elora on County Road 21.
- This brings the rider back to Elora, the finish line, entertainment, and a delicious meal prepared by the Centre Wellington Food Bank.
- Click here to download a map of the 40 km route. Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer is required to access this file.
Elora-Cataract Trailway (20 and 40 kilometres)
The 20 km and 40 km Trail Route uses the Elora-Cataract Trailway, which is an old railway line that has been converted to an all-purpose, recreational trail. This trail is accessed about one kilometer northeast of the start/finish area and runs southeast toward the Forks of the Credit. A turnaround at the Shand Dam Conservation Area, results in a 20 km ride, while continuing on the trail to the east end of Lake Belwood at County Road 26 results in a 40 kilometre round trip. You can turn around at any point to ride a distance suited to you. Click here to download a map of the Elora-Cataract Trailway routes. Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer is required to access this file.
It is a very scenic and relaxing ride where recreational and family group riders can take their time to enjoy the scenery and fresh air of the rural countryside. Water and snacks and rest room facilities will be provided at both turnaround points.