Departing T1, the EPIC Dartmouth cycle course heads north out of Dartmouth, following the chain of lakes that forms the start of the historic Shubenacadie Canal: Lake Banook, Lake Micmac, and Lake Charles.
Next comes the community of Waverly with a rolling section along Lake William, then Lake Thomas. Followed by the community of Fall River with Fletcher’s Lake, and one of Nova Scotia’s largest lakes, Shubenacadie Grand Lake, where the cycle route turns east.
Crossing over Highway 102, the course takes a right onto Oldham Road, and soon after, the only notable climb on the course. Starting about kilometer 36, and with a maximum slope of 9.5%, you’ll climb from 14M to the high point on the course of 162 M over the next 10 kilometers.
Depending which runways are in use, you may see a selection of aircraft approaching and departing from Halifax International Airport, before you turn left on Old Guysborough Road, past the Airline Golf Club, and a then relatively straight section that will take you past Dollar Lake Provincial Park.
Soon after you pass Milnes and Tully Lakes on your left, you’ll be turning right onto the 357 South at Elderbank, past Elderbank Provincial Park, and following the beautiful Musquodoboit River south, through the community of Meagher’s Grant towards the Halfway Point, and the cycle turn-around, near Caribou Lake just north of Musquodoboit Harbour.