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My Favorite Rides Involve Lakes

Posted by Sandra Beggs on

My favorite ride these days is around Shawnigan Lake.  True…the road is a rough one, making it almost as bad as riding on cobblestone, but it’s gorgeous and fun and makes for a great work out. Luckily my Trek Domane’s IsoSpeed de-coupler makes even the Shawnigan Lake road feel comfortable. To increase the challenge one can always ride a little further on the Shawnigan Lake Road and look for the big hill on Stebbings.  That will put the hurt on and make stopping in at Shawnigan Lake Cafe afterwards a well-earned reward.  I’ve always found the drivers in Shawnigan respectful and patient with cyclists making it a stress-free ride.
I asked Alex Miller, one of the dedicated cyclists who joins in most of the Cycle Therapy group rides, about his favorite ride and he said that the Meades Creek Road ride, was his personal favorite.  That ride heads out of Duncan on the Old Lake Cowichan Road.  It’s a lovely ride with a few interesting hills heading west through the countryside towards Lake Cowichan.  When they hit Lake Cowichan the group jumps onto South Shore Road.  Just before crossing the bridge they turn right onto Shore Road, which turns into North Shore Road which eventually veers to the left becoming Meades Creek Road.  They stay on Meades until hitting Youbou Road.  At the corner of Meades and Youbou they turn right and ride south until turning right again onto North Shore Road.  Then they head back the way they came.  It’s a challenging ride but one that most cyclists could easily do.   The beauty of this ride is that you can always stop for refreshments at Jakes at the Lake if you want to split the ride up a bit.
See you on the road.

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