Showing posts from May, 2013

Some of our Favorite Calgary Rides - Chestermere

Chestemere Lake is located east of Calgary and is most easily accessed by bike along the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) canal pathway. It is 26km long, one way from the Max Bell Arena to the trails end at Chestermere Lake.  It is completely flat but has the potential to be difficult if the winds are strong.

It is also possible to extend the ride into Chestermere for food/drinks (our usual route) or if you want to ride around the lake back to the trailhead.

The day I rode it was lovely with slight wind out of the east and bright sunshine.  I started from my home in the SW and rode into Chestermere for some lunch.  The return trip was 80+kms.  One of the best aspects of this route is how it is always completely empty of people.  It starts of by taking you through industrial areas in the SE of Calgary eventually leading you out to pasture land.  There are quite a few road crossings along the route and caution should be used at every one of them due to heavy truck traffic.

Once at Ches…

BikeBike Explores The Legacy Trail, at night!

The Legacy Trail, running between Canmore and Banff, has in it's very short lifespan become one of the most popular trails for cycling in the area.  It basically parallels the TransCanada highway, starting in the east at the Banff National Park gate, and when completed will connect to the #1A highway west of the Banff townsite allowing cycling between the two towns without having to ride on the (scary) highway shoulder.

We've been out to ride it a few times before but this was the first time we decided to ride it at night.  We checked into the Park Gate Chalets, dropped off our gear, and suited up for the ride west to Banff.  With bluebird skies and a setting sun to ride into we turned on the tunes and started the 19kms of steady uphill and light headwinds.

Here is the Strava profile of the ride to Banff.

The ride west to Banff was fun as usual, although not as easy as the ride back due to the consistently uphill profile.  As we got closer to Banff the headwinds started to inc…