Waterloo Region’s Countryside Line is actually made up of six different growth boundaries. On Saturday, September 16th, we will celebrate three of these lines with friendly non-competitive rides.
Not because these three are the best three - we love them all equally, as though they were all our darling hypothetical Line Holding children. But mostly because organising six separate rides would be double the paperwork.
Each ride is, in its own way, a journey hugging a unique part of Waterloo Region's growth boundary. You'll zip past farm fields, residential neighbourhoods, commercial and business districts – all the diverse places that make this community home.
The KWC Line - 120km
The KWC route leaves St. Jacobs and heads south along Waterloo and Kitchener’s western border before cutting south-east across the Grand River and around the southern tip of old Galt in Cambridge. The route then continues north past Puslinch Lake and Hespeler, and along the north end of Waterloo. It finally cuts east to end back in St. Jacobs. This route is on paved roads. View the Strava Map.
The Elmira Line - 34km
For a medium-distance ride, cross the Conestogo River and loop around Elmira's countryside line. This route begins and ends at the Rod & Gun Club. This route is on paved roads. View the Strava Map.
The St. Jacobs Line - 10km
For those looking for a shorter adventure, come out for the St. Jacobs Line ride! This route roughly follows the boundary of the town, beginning and ending at the Rod & Gun Club. This route includes both trails and paved roads. View the Strava map.
All cyclists will have access to a few perks. You've earned it.
Pre- and post- ride tuneups: Bike mechanics will be on site to offer complimentary basic tuneups.
Bike valet: Drop your bike off with our valet and then use your ticket to retrieve your bike whenever you’re ready to head out - you get the piece of mind that your two wheeled companion is being watched over by our team!
Rescue van: If you have a mechanical challenge (ex. flat tire) or a distance challenge (135km is long!) just call on our rescue van. We will either make the quick adjustment required to get you back on the road or bring you back to the festival for a cold drink and musical merriment.
Camp shower station: It ain’t pretty but it feels so good! Camp shower stations will be awaiting all you hard-pedaling cyclists as you arrive back at the festival grounds. Get yourself back to a shiny state before joining us on the dance floor!