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    Any trails @ Waterloo?

    Hey!

    I got acceptance into the University of Waterloo for engineering. I plan on going.

    Are there any cycling clubs or somewhat decent trails over there? Or... should I just stick to solo road riding?

    Thanks for any info!
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    Check out the Waterloo cycling club (not affiliated with University of Waterloo) some great trails in the Hydrocut. The WCC website has the maps of all the trails. The website is a little quiet right now but will pick up speed as the weather warms up. They run road and trail rides. Hope to see you out there.

    http://www.waterloocyclingclub.org/home.asp

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    Does that meant the Queens and TO are out of the running? You won't be dissappointed with Waterloo. Great University and great city.

    Waterloo is not too far from Cambridge. We've also got a decent trail system at Puslinch.

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    Yeah, Waterloo was my number one choice. I just wanted to see what others thought of it .
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    Oh, and thank you for the club info!
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    Hey Zan,

    I'm currently taking Engineering at Waterloo, and I also happen to live in Markham, lol. I'm in my last year so I probably won't see you around next year but here's my 2 cents on cycling in Waterloo.

    First of all the best club imo was the one previously listed. I'm on the UW tri club as well, although they don't really do a lot of riding, if you've got some years of cycling behind you, you're probably a lot faster than most of the people there too =/.

    As for riding in Waterloo, when compared to Markham its a lot better. Most of the roads around the university are nicely paved, and actually have bike paths. Furthermore, if you bike for a few k north or east you're out of the city and on to some really nice rolling country roads. Victoria's Du is held just northeast of the University every year, and the bike course is pretty nice.

    All in all, the cycling is good up here, and there are a lot of people who do it. Get some networking going and you'll have people to ride with in no time. Also, Waterloo Engineering is great, a lot of work at some points but definitely worth it.

    If you have anymore questions about Engineering or Cycling in Waterloo I can probably answer them. Btw, what Engineering are you taking?

    Take it easy.
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    I have no info on cycling in Waterloo. I just wanted to congratulate you on getting accepted at Waterloo!

    Congrats!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclokitty View Post
    I have no info on cycling in Waterloo. I just wanted to congratulate you on getting accepted at Waterloo!

    Congrats!!!
    thank you!
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    I'm in for Nanotechnology Engineering at Waterloo. Do you happen to know anything about that program?

    What do you think of the coop program? I went to the information sessions at the school, last one being the march break open house. The ladies at the coop information center were somewhat snarky, and didn't elaborate on the experience. Where are the majority of the job opportunities located?

    About biking:

    I'm not the fastest at either mountain biking or road cycling. Are these clubs you mentioned super competitive, or have they adopted a more chill attitude towards the sport?

    Thanks for the info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zan View Post
    Are these clubs you mentioned super competitive,
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    You'll be fine, all levels are represented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zan View Post
    I'm in for Nanotechnology Engineering at Waterloo. Do you happen to know anything about that program?

    What do you think of the coop program? I went to the information sessions at the school, last one being the march break open house. The ladies at the coop information center were somewhat snarky, and didn't elaborate on the experience. Where are the majority of the job opportunities located?

    About biking:

    I'm not the fastest at either mountain biking or road cycling. Are these clubs you mentioned super competitive, or have they adopted a more chill attitude towards the sport?

    Thanks for the info!
    I don't really know much about Nanotech, I only know like one or two guys in it, and its a pretty new program. I'm in Civil myself.

    The co-op program is great, you will get a lot of experience, and it will help you figure out what you want to do after your undergrad. But most importantly it will give you some extra cash to spend on cycling . From my experience most of the jobs posted for co-ops are located around the GTA & Ottawa for the technology guys, but there are jobs scattered all over the place.

    And pretty much what 800 said, there are people in all clubs, of all levels. I don't think there are many super in your face competitive people around, but I could be wrong... lol.

    And on a side note I'm only speaking from the road point of view, since I don't mountain bike >.<
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    Well well, I went to Waterloo back in the day before there was any such program as nanotechnology engineering! I loved my time there: tons of other really smart, really nice students, and sooooo much stuff to do on campus. Getting enough sleep seemed to be my major problem.

    For road riding, just head north or west out of town and soon you're in Mennonite country, where there are miles and miles of pristine roads with only a few cars and buggys around. A popular midweek/evening ride is to Bamberg and back. There's a great, short steep hill as you enter Hawkesville that's great for training, and lots of nice towns within a day's ride. Definitely check out the Waterloo cycling club.

    If any of you are into mountain biking, the hydro cut trail just west of Waterloo is by far the best for miles around, and one of the best places in SW Ontario. It's dedicated to just mountain biking (no hikers!) and is well maintained, with a good variety of terrain. I always came back from rides with tons of scrapes and bruises, but smiling from ear to ear (which is the best measure of how good a ride is!) A few of us developed the tradition of heading to Ethel's patio in Uptown Waterloo for some post-ride Mexican food and Brick amber ale, and would recommend you try the same whenever you have patio weather!

    If you're on campus, it's possible to do some shorter mountain bike rides a bit closer than the hydro cut by going to the Laurel Creek conservation area, which is just north of campus. (Technically, you're supposed to pay an entrance fee, but we always just snuck our bikes over the fence. Don't tell anyone I told you that.) My brother and I did a few full-moon rides in there as well, which was always a lot of fun.

    Have fun in Waterloo, and happy trails!

    Ginger
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    Wow, this sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun!

    Thanks for the information, team .
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    Mountain bike rides start soon from King street cycles on Wednesday nights. Right up the street from Ethel's (although the Huether Hotel is better as they have a deep fryier ;-)

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    +1 for Huether > Ethels ..... although Ethel's patio being on ground level does have its benefits

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerSpice View Post
    For road riding, just head north or west out of town and soon you're in Mennonite country, where there are miles and miles of pristine roads with only a few cars and buggys around. A popular midweek/evening ride is to Bamberg and back. There's a great, short steep hill as you enter Hawkesville that's great for training, and lots of nice towns within a day's ride. Definitely check out the Waterloo cycling club.
    A great weekend ride is to go out to Bamberg and then over to Hawkesville... Not much in the way of enormous hills but a lot of rollers for sure.

    Welcome to the Waterloo experience... I am currently working on degree #3 here (physics PhD, after doing BS and MS here as well). Pay attention in PHYS 123 and 125, especially if I wind up as your TA .
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    Cycling (taken to the typical roadie extreme) causes you to cough up your own soul as every fibre of your worthless being sings in choral agony. Once you embrace the pain everything is dandy.

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