FAST OLD GUYS LOOP
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.