See Urban Bike Adventures, Part 1, here for the story of our Saturday ride.
On our second day of weekend urban riding Sarah and I headed out down to the Leslie Street spit to do some exploring and some sprinting.
What’s the Leslie Street Spit? Friends of the spit describe it this way,
The Leslie Street Spit is North America’s most remarkable public urban wilderness. It is a 5-kilometre long peninsula, built by lakefilling, that juts into Lake Ontario close to downtown Toronto. Started 40 years ago, it was intended to be a breakwater for harbour expansion, which was not needed due to a decrease in lake shipping. Now, the Spit – as it is lovingly called by the people of Toronto – has been transformed by nature into an extraordinary wildlife reserve, where humans can find a car-free refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a quiet time amid unmanicured vegetation.
The strava file for Part 2 is here.
Speed bumps limited our sprint efforts on our way out. But it was still glorious to be out on wide pavement without cars. The whole area felt a bit like an urban oasis. I loved the birds and the wildlife yet also having the iconic Toronto skyline in the background.
On our way back we found an off shoot of the main road with no speed bumps so we did some sprint intervals. I love going fast.