On Tuesday, the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, or Toronto2015, announced the routes for the Pan Am road race and the Parapan Am road race.
Both races will start on Lake Shore Boulevard near Exhibition Place. The route will follow the boulevard west to High Park. The first punchy climb is in the park on Centre Road. It’s about 0.5 km at 3 per cent. Riders will then go toward the north end of the park before they begin a downward run south. They’ll head west on The Queensway before turning right on Ellis Avenue, a 1 km, 2 per cent drag. The route then drops down Ellis Park Road before it kicks back up. Riders will face the Olympus Avenue switchback, which hits 10 per cent before petering out on Harcroft Road. The route then heads east on Bloor Street West before turning south on Parkside Drive. The circuit continues back to Exhibition. The Parapan route hews closely to the Pan Am route, but the former doesn’t have the Olympus switchback and no loop within Exhibition place.
Local Toronto riders have long suspected the roads in and around High Park would be part of the Games races. The roads, including the pothole-riddled Ellis Park Road, were re-surfaced this past summer and fall, all without speed bumps.
The Pan Am Games run July 10–26 and the Parapan Am Games, Aug. 7–15