Ran­don­neur Routes in Win­nipeg

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Gravel grind­ing has put a fresh face on ran­don­neur rid­ing. Long-dis­tance routes that run on back roads in the scenic coun­try­side are sta­ples to both. In Man­i­toba, you can check out the Gravel Park­way 200 route by the Man­i­toba Ran­don­neurs.

“Gravel rid­ing is pretty new in Man­i­toba,” says Adrian Alphonso, founder of Clear Paths, where he leads bi­cy­cle rides from an In­dige­nous per­spec­tive. “But we cer­tainly have a lot of gravel. Our prov­ince has a bunch of op­tions to choose from, and peo­ple are cre­at­ing new routes to ride all the time.”

The Park­way route qual­i­fies as a 200-km brevet ride, and is largely gravel. This ride is tough. Although the route has been at­tempted 18 times, it’s only been fin­ished on four oc­ca­sions.

Rid­ers look­ing for a rail-trail ex­pe­ri­ence can ex­plore the 193-km Crow Wing Trail. Part of the The Great Trail, Crow Wing leads from Win­nipeg to the U.S. border. It passes through a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties and fea­tures his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion about the first set­tler com­mu­ni­ties that moved into the re­gion.

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