Almonte Petit Roubaix (44 km)
Updated: Jul 6, 2020
Location: Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario
Distance: 43.6km (27.2 miles)
Suggested Tire Width: 30mm or wider
Amenities: The starting point in the town of Almonte has several convenience stores, restaurants, and a brewery, as well as a public beach. The hamlet of Clayton, just past the halfway point, has a quaint general store.
Estimated gravel time: 85%
Parking: Several parking options are available in Almonte including the dirt lot across the street from the Metcalfe Geoheritage Park, Gemmill Park and the Almonte Community Hall. Alternatively, if riders are looking to enjoy Almonte’s amenities on-route, the hamlet of Clayton has several parking options including Clayton Taylor Park and the Clayton Community Hall.
This loop provides those new to the gravel scene with the chance to experience a shorter variation of the Ottawa Bicycle Club’s Almonte-Paris Roubaix, an early Spring gravel racing classic. As the route consists of non-technical gravel and is relatively easy to navigate, a road bike with 30mm tires ought to be sufficient, negating the need for a gravel-specific bike.
Beginning from the parking lot across the street from the Metcalfe Geoheritage Park, proceed clockwise, exiting the town of Almonte via Old Perth Rd. After approximately 2.5km, this road transitions from pavement to gravel after crossing Ramsay Concession 8, as riders continue on this classic stretch of dirt for 11km, to Tatlock Rd.
Here, riders have the option of remaining on Old Perth Rd., or making a left on Tatlock Rd. and following the paved shoulder to Forest Rd., a kilometre-long stretch of unmaintained doubletrack. Anyone rolling on anything less than 35mm wide tire are encouraged to forgo the unmaintained section in favour of continuing on Old Perth Rd.
Eventually, both options lead riders to Ramsay Concession 1, where the route makes a right and continues on this rollercoaster stretch of gravel for just over 6km to Wolf Grove Rd. A quick right-left brings riders back to gravel via Bowland Rd., before reaching Tatlock Rd. and the loop’s longest stretch pavement.
After 3.5km, the route reaches the hamlet of Clayton, with its charming general store making for an ideal rest stop. Exiting Clayton via Bellamy Mills Rd., continue on this section of gravel for just over 7km to Ramsay Concession 7b. Here, riders will make a right, following a series of exposed dirt farm roads for approximately 10km all the way back to the starting point in Almonte.