MANITOBA

FAST OLD GUYS LOOP

Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY LEAH KIRCH­MANN

My favourite train­ing ride when vis­it­ing my home in Win­nipeg, Ont. is the FOG (Fast Old Guys) ride loop, which of­fers the best va­ri­ety of roads for cy­cling just out­side of the city. It’s pos­si­ble to park and be­gin the loop at Eastview Community Church (3500 De Vries Av­enue), but, in re­al­ity, you can start from any­where in the city.

Head north on Hwy. 9 before turn­ing right onto River Road. From here, you’ll en­joy great views of the Red River all the way to the town of Lock­port. In Lock­port, turn right onto Main Street, where you will pass by Lower Fort Gary, des­ig­nated a Na­tional His­toric Site, before turn­ing right to get back onto River Road. The route fol­lows the river north through the city of Selkirk.

When you see a big bridge in the dis­tance over the Red River, this marks the point to take the next exit, as you have ar­rived at the Bridge to Nowhere. Most peo­ple are not sure why this bridge ex­ists, hence the name. How­ever, it does help to cre­ate a lovely cy­cling loop and can serve as a good place for “hill” re­peats as well.

From here, the route winds through ru­ral roads un­til you reach Birds Hill Provin­cial Park. There is a nice 11-kilo­me­tre loop around the park with a ded­i­cated bike lane, an ex­cel­lent place to do a few laps and ex­tend the to­tal length of your ride if you wish. The lake in the cen­ter of the park is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion dur­ing the sum­mer months and is a nice place to take a break.

From Birds Hill Provin­cial Park, the ride heads back on Hwy. 59 to­ward your start­ing point in Win­nipeg.

The FOG (Fast Old Guys) loop of­fers the best va­ri­ety of roads for cy­cling just out­side of Win­nipeg.

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