It’s a GO!!! Today is the 3rd Annual Tour de Mississauga. I registered for the 60 km “Signature” course that featured off-road trails & on-road routes within the NW quadrant of Mississauga. The start and finish line were both at Streetsville Memorial Park.
I woke up early today because departure was at 9:30AM. It was such a great turn-out…..over 1000 people! Events like these make me feel so proud of being part of the growing biking community. After gathering my pre-ride goodies (coupons, t-shirt), we gathered at the starting line for some encouraging speeches by the one & only Hurricane Hazel!
Then we were off!!!! Those riding the 100km road-only “Challenge” route were off first (my brother!), followed by the 60km participants (Me!). It was initially a traffic jam as everyone tried to squeeze through the bridge out of the starting line (see picture above). I was separated from the main group about 12km into the ride because my water bottle flew out of its cage when I went over a huge bump on the trail. There was a guy that stopped for me (thank you!) and we rode a couple of km together before a huge group caught up with us from behind while we were waiting for the traffic light to turn green.
At the half-way point, a lemonade stand was set up for us. I’m not much of a juice person, but after working up a sweat, I needed some nice cold drink…..and a quick rest.
A free BBQ greeted us at the finish line. I had a burger, a scoop of pasta salad, a granola bar, & water. yum yum.
Thank you MCAC for organizing such a successful event today! For those who enjoys biking, make sure to register next year! There are different routes/distance available for every level!
Next year, if they are still offering the 100km road course, I will definitely give that a try. I am hoping to purchase a road bike by then!