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Are you looking for your next cycling challenge? Do you need an ambitious goal to help focus your training? Look no further!

The Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour has four routes for the fit and "soon-to-be-fit" cyclist. With total weekend distances ranging from 224 to 420 kms, it will add plenty of mileage to your odometer!

All rides end in Kingston, a vibrant city on the shores of Lake Ontario. You overnight at the historic Queen's University campus with vine-covered, limestone buildings and sprawling lawns. Then wake up Sunday and retrace your tracks.

All routes are available in GPS through the website RideWithGPS.  

RLCT Supported Routes

  • dedicated police (motorcycle and/or cruisers)
  • support and gear (SAG) vehicles
  • mobile mechanical support
  • roadside Amateur Radio Emergency Service operators
  • Tour Officials at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Conlon Farm, Perth and Queen's University, Kingston.
  • Route Marshals will be cycling along the route and may be available to respond to incidents. 
  • the Route Marshals will also be encouraging safe cycling behaviour.
  • official rest stops are  user-pay except juice at Last Duel Park. Some rest stops support the local community.

All Support services and Tour Kit Pickup end at 6 PM at Queen's on Saturday and 6 PM at Algonquin on Sunday. 

cen The Century Plus: 112 km each day (supported)

The shortest route of our tour is a back-to-back metric century plus 10km. It's a great introduction to the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour. All the fun with fewer saddle sores!  The Century Plus is the only route that starts in the town of Perth, nestled beside the Tay River.  

The 112km 'Century Plus' now goes through Rideau Ferry showcasing Lower Rideau and Big Rideau Lakes! We think riders will enjoy these roads and will not notice the small increase in distance!   At present, there are three construction projects underway on this route, one should be finished by the Tour, another is alternating one-way traffic, the third is approximately 4.3 km of road work.   The RLCT is in contact with the county and the contractor to minimize the difficulty for cyclists.

A highlight will be the rest stop in Toledo. The church members put on a mean spread of baked goods, sandwiches...and even soup, if it's cold! All money raised goes to the community. 

There are 3 official rest stops on both Saturday and Sunday for toilets (St. Andrew's United Church, Toledo, Rideau District High School, Elgin and  Ormsbee's), with other convenience stores on route. This route begins at Conlon Farm in Perth with plenty of free parking.

Ascent: ~ 300m each day

cla The Classic: 171 km each day (supported)

This is the granddaddy route. The original RLCT that's been going strong since 1972. 

You ride from Ottawa through the towns of Ashton and Perth to the infamous Westport hill. On Saturday enjoy the long steep descent (obey the speed limit), with great views of the village and Upper Rideau Lake. On Sunday, conquer the climb! 

Just north of Westport, you'll be joined by the die-hard riders on the Challenge route. Together you'll make your way through North Crosby, Perth Road Village (United Church) and on to Kingston. 

There are 5 official rest stops on both Saturday and Sunday for toilets (Ashton Park, Last Duel Park (Perth), North Crosby Community Centre, United Church (Perth Road Village) and Valley Cookery (Inverary), with other convenience stores along the route.   

Ascent: ~650m each day

RLCT Unsupported Routes:

  • These routes are for the experienced and independent rider. 
  • Route Marshals will be cycling along the route and may be available to respond to incidents. 
  • The Route Marshals will also be encouraging safe cycling behaviour.
  • Official rest stops are user-pay. 

cru The Cruise: 186 km each day (unsupported)

In the late 1990's, a group of intrepid riders broke away from the pack and created this route. We made it official in 2000, giving riders  a new challenge with new scenery. Now many self-sufficient cyclists ride the quiet country roads through Merrickville, Athens, and Brewers Mill to join the Century route at Sunbury.

This southerly route appeals to more independent cyclists as much of the ride is unsupported. Let your detailed map and navigational skills guide you.

A highlight is rest stop in Toledo. The church members put on a mean spread of baked goods, sandwiches...and even soup, if it's cold! All money raised goes to the community. 

In total there are 5 recommended rest stops on both Saturday and Sunday.  For most of this route there are no signs and limited support.

Ascent: ~600m each day

cha The Challenge: 210 km each day (unsupported)

Not for the faint of heart, this is our longest and most challenging route. Back-to-back double metric century rides and over 1,000 metres of climbing!

The Challenge attracts a small group of  hard-core, long-distance cyclists. You start and end with riders on the Classic Tour, adding your extra mileage on smooth roads that take you through some of Lanark County's prettiest towns. Like Almonte, Lanark, Maberly and more.

For you, the long, steep Westport Hill on the return, should be a walk in the park. Almost. 

There are 6 recommended rest stops on both Saturday and Sunday. 

To finish this ride before dark, you must be in excellent physical condition, capable of maintaining an average speed of 25 to 30 kph. For most of this route, there are no signs and limited support. 

Ascent: ~1000m each day

 

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