We have been fortunate to have some amazing weather in Calgary so far this spring. When I signed up for Ironman 70.3 St. George on May 7th I assumed the majority of my bike training would be indoors. Instead I headed out on my first outdoor ride of the year on March 20th. That feels unbelievably early for around here! I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth though, so I’ve been riding outside as much as possible, trying to find hills to ride to help prepare me for the epic climbs in St. George.
My friend Keith suggested a ride along the Road to Nepal on the south end of Calgary. I’d never ridden this route before, but I heard it offered up plenty of hills! If you want to ride this route for yourself there is a parking lot between the eastbound and westbound lanes of 22X right at 96th/37th Street.
This ride was the perfect time to test out my brand new SOAS Racing team kit, complete with matching knee warmers and arm warmers!
Keith and I rode an out and back portion, heading south along 96th Street and 112th Street. As you can see from the route on Strava, there are plenty of hills to ride!
This is a great route to settle in and work on climbing and descending technique. I’m a bit scared on downhills but Keith encouraged me to not hit my brakes on the way down. If you are looking to make the route longer you can turn west on 549 and make a loop coming up Highway 22/Cowboy Trail. So many options!
at the corner of 112th Street and 549, looking at 112th Street
Besides all of the hills the scenery is lovely. On a clear day you can see the mountains.
I thought these old farm buildings looked beautiful too.
After our ride we went for a 30 minute run off the bike…it was a good way to test out those wobbly post-bike ride legs!
I don’t head to the south side of town to ride that often, but I definitely want to come out and ride the Road to Nepal again. Thank you to Keith for showing me the route! You can read his summary of our ride too.
Have you ever ridden the Road to Nepal? Where is your favourite place to ride in Calgary?