Best (& worst) cycling hill in Toronto

The best cycling hill in the city

This twisty menace on Twyn Rivers Drive just east of Sheppard in Scarborough is the best hill in town to ride down. It drops about 33 vertical metres over a short 240 metre run, shooting cyclists out the bottom at close to 70 km/h if they can get around the first two turns without riding the brakes. You can’t get much more fun than that.

The worst cycling hill in the city

On the other hand, this twisty menace on Twyn Rivers Drive just east of Sheppard in Scarborough is the worst hill in town to ride up. It rises about 33 vertical metres over a short 240 metre run, sapping cyclists’ will to live as soon as they see that it gets even steeper around the first bend. Yes, the road really does seem to go almost vertical as you approach it. You can’t get much worse than that.

Another fun hill in the area is the one climbing out of the Rouge Valley on the Pickering side of Twyn Rivers Drive. It’s a lot longer and not nearly as steep, so it provides a more sustained thrill going down and a much easier ride going up.

5 thoughts on “Best (& worst) cycling hill in Toronto

  1. I love this hill! I broke my personal speed record; now it’s 77 km/h. This year, I’ll put on slicks and see how fast I get going. Another hill closer by me is the one that goes down to Bluffer’s Park – not as steep, for sure, but much longer.

    1. I’ve usually chickened out by 75 down any hill, so kudos on your 77. It’s been a couple of years since I last screamed down Twyn Rivers, but that hill is calling me. Maybe when it warms up a bit in the spring.

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