Is there a way from getting to Lions Gate to Cypress Bowl Road that doesn't involve extreme agony? :D
I don't claim to be the fittest person on the planet, but a combination of the heat and pushing a 39/25 gear up 14th and 21st to get to the highway destroyed me today!
Is it worth heading further west, say heading up 31st / Mathers Avenue / Westmount Road and then heading east on the highway before turning north onto Cypress Bowl Road?
Hmm… everything is a trade-off.
Easiest is going to be 13th, King's, Taylor Way, Hwy 1. Also the most highway. Not something that I'd normally do.
31st/Mathers/Westmount is probably the nicest of the ways to go. It's the least amount of highway that gets you to the bottom of Cypress Bowl Rd. But, the first part of that climb is pretty steep. I ride a compact 34/25 and it's a good grunt.
A fav of mine is 13th, King's, Taylor Way into the British Properties. Make your way over to Chippendale and then go up the new road that joins Cypress Bowl Rd below the lookout. I reco turning R onto Stevens and then make your way up Kenwood, Eleveden, Eyremount, Pinecrest. Then down Finch Hill to Chippendale.
If you're fat like me and like to climb, I do recommend the compact crank for riding around here… definitely eases up on the suffer factor.