The Carp Loop

The Carp Loop

Cyclists in Ottawa are so privileged to have hundreds of kilometres of bike paths and access to beautiful roads for cycling. Ottawa is a cyclist’s Mecca.

One of my favourite rides is the Carp Loop that includes the famous Thomas A Dolan Parkway road. A road known to local cyclists and the elite racers as a raceway with full on attacks that whittle away the size of the peloton. Only the strong who know how to suffer, put out huge power numbers, or those who can stay on a wheel by the skin of their teeth make it up and over the crest before the fast descent and left turn into Carp. Some riders keep hammering back into the core of Ottawa while others stop for a well deserved break at Alice’s Cafe on the Main Street in Carp.

Here is a view of a gorgeous red barn that accentuates the farm landscape as one pedals west on the Carp Road.

Here is a typical loop from the core of Ottawa to Carp and back.

If you come to Ottawa and want some pointers on great routes to ride let me know!

Fun with the new Gravel Bike – Norco Search XR Carbon

I recently sold two bikes. First I sold my Opus Stelle cyclocross bike and then I sold my Giant Rainier mountain bike. I also sold my Garmin Vector 2 Pedals. All these funds helped offset the purchase of a new Norco Search XR Carbon Force 1 gravel and bikepacking bike. The bike has 650B tires with 2.1″ width. They are a lot of fun. I bought the bike at Full Cycle at their new shop in Hintonburg at 7 Hamilton Ave. North in Ottawa. Many friends that I’ve known for over 25 and some over 30 years own the shop so I felt a deep sense of loyalty toward them. Their service is great and the Norco is fantastic!

This morning I added some trail and off-road hill repeats to my ride. Here are two videos I captured during my ride.

First Climb Up Carlington Ski Hill
Carlington Area Trails

Here is the ride map I did this morning on Strava.

Strava Ride

Here is the zoomed in section of Carlington Park.

Carlington Park and Trails
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