For over a century the roads of northern Europe have been home to the toughest bicycle races in the world. The most famous of these, Paris to Roubaix, takes place each spring over brutal cobblestone roads that have been preserved in their historic condition for over 100 years. Inspired by this classic race, the Paris to Ancaster has taken place for the past twenty four years over the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads we can find. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians. Join us on April 29, 2018, our 25th annual event, to become part of the history of this unique race.

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25TH ANNUAL P2A - SUNDAY APRIL 29 2018

DEC. 8 NEWS - RACE DAY PICKUP
A word about race day kit pickup…from the organizers

As you may know this is the first year that we are not offering race day number pickup. We have had some negative feedback to this and so wanted to explain this change. Most importantly you should know we didn’t make this change just to inconvenience you but do acknowledge that we could have made this change more clear prior to registration opening. We have heard your concerns, and will do all we can to alleviate any inconvenience. The goal of this change is to improve the race day experience for all competitors, and relieve last minute stress on our volunteers. Many of these volunteers have worked at P2A for years, and as the event has grown the stresses have increased.

Last year approximately 60% of our almost 3000 competitors picked up kits at the community center starting at 6.30 am race day! Meanwhile approximately 80% of competitors are local. This last minute rush not only puts stress on the volunteers, but also can lead to problems with results if competitors arrive and find their information missing or incorrect. We have modified our pickup procedures to help accommodate those who are coming from a distance – specifically by using online waivers, we can allow group pickup of kits, and we have extended our hours on Saturday. We also have some new and exciting activities available this year, including our first demo day so we are hoping this will entice you to drop by Saturday and take a spin on some of the latest gravel bikes.

We hope you can help us find a way to make it work …but if you can’t… don’t worry … we won’t leave you out … we will develop a solution …we want you at P2A25.

Please contact us at info@parisancaster.com with any suggestions or feedback.

Tim and John

DEC. 1 UPDATE - STRONG REGISTRATIONS
It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since our first event. We've gotten longer and bigger and become a true classic anticipated by thousands of cyclists. Regsitration opened on Nov. 17 and we are closing in on 1000 registered. We have registrants from Newfoundland, Vancouver and 11 US States so far. Don't wait too long or you'll find you are shut out of your favourite wave!

Last year was truly epic with wind and cold. 2018? Of course we have no idea as yet but as it is our 25th Annual race it is going to be epic even before it starts. We hope to see at the 25th Annual P2A!

HISTORICAL PHOTOS
We have put up a selection of photos from previous P2A's at the top of each page. If you have any photos from the 1990's editions of the P2A please let us know. We would love to share them with everyone.

SOME GREAT READING
There are 2 blogs that you should check out. First up is from Matt Surch, the 2017 3rd place finisher. If you thought it was an easy race for the pros then read what Matt had to say - CLICK. If you want a sense of what it is like for a P2A first timer, even though she won, check out Rebecca Fahringer's posting. The joys of travel, racing and more - CLICK




Ride for Research
Back for 2018, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation is proud to be the official charity partner of the Paris to Ancaster Bike Race. Now novice and expert cyclists alike can ride to support research at St. Joe’s. Whether you choose to fundraise on your own, or as part of a corporate or friends and family team, every dollar you raise will be supporting vital healthcare research. St. Joe’s is a research powerhouse in areas like mental health & addictions, kidney & urinary care, lung diseases, critical care and much more. The funds you raise through this Ride for Research will help to create a healthier future for all of us. CLICK HERE to raise funds for St. Joe's in the 2018 Paris to Ancaster Bike Race.

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