Paris to Ancaster 70k

The P2A Classic! Join thousands of cyclists in our Annual Race.
From the seasoned racer to the first timer, this is the event for you!

The legendary race. Since 1994 competitors have fought each other, and sometimes the elements, over this course. Big changes this year but the essence of a tough ride remains. A new start in North Dumfries Township, just south of Cambridge, with new trails and new hills. Then on to familiar territory to the McIntyre/Nixon Rail Line. The mud of Luna Adventures and the forest of The Prengerlaan. More mud at Mineral Springs Road Mud Chute and then to the mud pit of all time - the Powerline Road Mudslide. Just when you think you've made it you're hit with the equally legendary climb up Martin Road. You're only 3km from the finish but it is steep, rutted, wet and you're tired. If you can stay on your bike for the whole climb you're good. Even overall winners have had to run up this climb in the past. Challenge yourself on this true event.

Be prepared! Event goes rain or shine! Bring a spare tube, pump, patch kit, rain jacket and gloves.
There has been snow and sleet on race day so be ready for anything. Helmets are mandatory.

ONLINE SERVICES/REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED AS OF MONDAY APRIL 18 11:59PM
All electronic registration services close on Monday April 18th at 11:59:59PM.
We won't be accepting transfers or wave changes, or even Team Name changes, after then.
THERE IS NO IN PERSON REGISTRATION ON SATURDAY APRIL 23 OR SUNDAY APRIL 24
REGISTRATION FOR THE P2A2022 IS NOW CLOSED


Categories

You are placed into a category based on your birth date. (Men and Women - based on age as of Dec 31/22).
Specialty categories ie mixed team, tandem, singlespeed, etc. are not age graded.

 
race categories
Under 10 (must be accompanied by an adult participant)
11-15
16-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+
Fat Bike - A tire width minimum of 3.7" is specified. This will be checked at the finish.
Unicycle
Tandem ( trail-a-bike style tandems included)
Mixed Team (1 male & 1 female)Total time of both members. Riders do not have to finish together.)
70 KM Single Speed Open men/ Open women
70 KM Open Men's Clydesdale For riders 220 pounds and over. Riders who place must weigh in at the Awards Ceremony. Riders must be more than 220 pounds in riding gear or street clothes. No extra weight is permitted (e.g. hydration pack, etc.). Any disagreements are decided at the discretion of the organizers.

Plate pick up
You must go to Ancaster on Saturday to pick up your plate - they are not available in Paris!
Registration and Number Pick Up is only available at Ancaster on Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 10am to 5pm @ Ancaster Community Center/Robert E. Wade Community Park, Ancaster Ontario UNLESS you registered for VIP OR if you are a Convenience Package purchaser. LINK TO MAP
IMPORTANT - Plate Pick-up on Saturday Only for the P2A70 UNLESS you registered for VIP OR if you are a Convenience Package purchaser. You need to be there on Saturday in person or have a friend pick-up for you. You will need to show your ID in order to pick up your own kit. Friends will need to show an email from you indicating that they in fact do have permission to pick it up. They will need to show ID to pick up. While you are getting your plate come & browse the Race Expo!!

NEW - P2A70 Start Time - 9:30AM
We are working with the local authorities regarding road closures and we have had to move the start earlier. It must also be stated that this new time is subject to change as we work with the various regions. Once you register we will communicate these changes to you via email. Bus and truck times will change accordingly as well.
NEW START
Depart from New Dumfries Township (just south of Cambridge) thanks to the generous support of Waynco Aggregates.
An appropriate start with a gravel race send off in a gravel pit!!! MAP TO P2A70 START

P2A70 Wave Descriptions and Qualifying Criteria
Elite Wave
Please read the below.
We reserve a few invitations for the Elite start. These will be issued to riders of exceptional ability at the organizers discretion after March 18, 2022. If you wish to be considered for an upgrade to the Elite start you must be registered in Waves 2-4 by March 18, 2022. If you don't get accepted for these extra special elite spots you will still be able to race in the Wave you registered in.

Elites are staged at the front of this start wave, with VIP Pro Experience riders just behind them. Elites & VIPs start at the same time (10:00am).

P2AVIP THE PRO EXPERIENCE

NEWORLD CYCLE PRESENTS P2AVIP THE PRO EXPERIENCE
If you're interested in something truly special then register for Neworld Cycle presents P2AVIP The Pro Experience. The P2AVIP package includes services usually reserved for professional cyclists or Olympians. Here are some of the bonus features
• Preferred seeding just behind the Elites of the 70km P2A. No need to line up early, we'll save you a premium start line spot
(or Wave 1 – 4).
• Dedicated pre-race bus and bike truck service.
• Valet breakdown service..
• Reserved Parking at both the Start and Finish line.
• Pre race mechanical services if required.
• 2022 P2A swag. More details of our awesome swag tba.
• Pre-race services including, race food, energy gels and energy drinks, a warm VIP area, trainer, espresso/coffee and snacks.
• Post raceservices with reserved health club shower facilities and bike wash valet service.
• Premium post-race meal and meet and greet with Olympians and professional and elite cyclists.
*Please Note: due to potential COVID restrictions in place at the time of the race, we cannot guarantee all benefits of the VIP program will be able to be provided.
Entry fee is $260. Only 250 P2AVIP registrations will be accepted in the P2A70.

WAVE 1

You must have ONE of the following to enter this wave.
• UCI racing licence,
• OCA citizen permit
• USA Cycling domestic licence
• Have finished in the top 400 overall of the 2019 P2A75.

WAVE 2 - THIS WAVE IS NOW FILLED
No qualification criteria, but it's first come, first served. Riders should feel capable of completing the race in 2 hours 45 minutes.

WAVE 3
- THIS WAVE IS NOW FILLED
No qualification criteria, but it's first come, first served. Riders should feel capable of completing the race in 3 hours 45 minutes.

WAVE 4

The family fun wave. Riders should feel capable of finishing in less than 5 hours. Race course will close at pro-rated times at the 35km, 20km and 10km to go points.

By being honest with your predicted finish time everyone will have more fun and a faster, less congested ride. If a Wave is full - You may be able to switch
waves at the time you pick up your race number, if someone else moves to create an opening. We are NOT taking names for a waiting list to change waves.
The procedure will be to pick up your race number, go to the "Event/Wave Change Table" to see if a spot is available to switch your registration.

P2A70 CUTOFF TIMES
See our FAQ page for details - Race course will close at pro-rated times at three points. If you're late you will not be permitted to continue. There will be a shuttle provided to take you and your bike to the finish. For this reason we would recommend that inexperienced or first time participants tackle the P2A45 race their first year, prior to attempting the P2A70 event in a future year.

Award Ceremonies are at 3pm on race day at the Ancaster Community Center/Robert E. Wade Community Park. You or a representative must be in attendance to get your medal/prize. Medals/prizes will not be mailed.

COURSE PRE-RIDING
We have an assortment of legal pre-ride course maps, without private property, available under our MAPS button. Please be aware that much is weather dependent and these routes may or may not be useable. April 2022 is a long way off.

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REGISTRATION
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE REGISTERING
There is no plate pick-up on Race Day. There are no refunds once you register. There are no rainchecks. All number/kit pick up is at the Ancaster Community Center. The 70km Paris To Ancaster Start is at Churchill Park, Cambridge. A nominal charge will be made for start area parking, with monies going to a local charity.
Riders are encouraged to carpool. A bus is in place to move you and your bike from the finish line to the start . This pre race transportation is by reservation only. BUSES WILL RUN FROM 7:00AM TO 8:00AM ONLY ON RACE DAY.

Transportation Options for you and your bike.

We will provide services for those who have purchased bus/truck services before March 23. We are unable to add any more people. If you purchased before March 23 you will get the bus for yourself and the truck for your bike.

STATEMENT REGARDING PRE & POST RACE BUSES/TRUCKS AND THE CONVENIENCE PACKAGES
At this time we have had to suspend the sale of Pre race bus & truck, Post race bus & truck, as well as the P2A Plus Package (which offers morning transport of bikes) and the P2A Convenience Package (which offers morning transport of bikes). Due to factors beyond our control we are experiencing a shortage of trucks to transport bikes. If we are able to secure more trucks we will reinstate these services. Rest assured that if you have registered and paid for any of the services listed above you will be able to avail yourself of them. Thank you for your understanding.

Pre race bus and truck - SUSPENDED MARCH 23
As in years past, we will be offering a pre race bus and truck service for P2A70 riders. Meet at a reserved parking area near the finish line in Ancaster where buses (for people) and trucks (for bikes) will be in place to move you and your bike from the finish line to the start. This pre race transportation is by reservation only. BUSES WILL RUN FROM 7:00AM TO 8:00AM ONLY ON RACE DAY. Pre race bus and truck service is available as an option when you register.

Post race bike truck - SUSPENDED MARCH 23
There is the option of trucking your bike back to the start line, a time and hassle saving option, particularly if your ultimate destination is to the west of Paris. Your bike will be loaded onto a truck and taken to the start where it will be stored in a secure bike corral area, guarded by security guard, until you come to get it. Start line corral will close at 6pm. Post race bike truck service is available as an option when you register.

Start line gear truck - STILL IN PLACE
At the start line there will be a gear truck to bring any post race clothing, extra warm up clothing etc directly to the finish line. This is a free service to all riders. (Organizers are not responsible for lost items.)

Post race shuttle bus - STILL IN PLACE
After the race there is a secure bike check at the finish line. A free shuttle bus will be available every 20 minutes to get you back to your vehicle in Cambridge.

PACKAGES - THESE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS OF MARCH 23RD

The P2A Plus Package Includes:
- Buffet breakfast before race
- Pre-Race Bus and Bike transportation to start line
- Access to VIP area at start line

The P2A Convenience Package Includes:
- Race Day Number Pickup
- Pre-Race Bus and Bike transfer to start line
- Free transfer of entry if you are unable to attend the event (closes April 18, 11:59PM)

REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE P2A70 IS $95. FEES FOR VIP ARE NOTED ABOVE.
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MONDAY APRIL 18, 2022 AT 11:59PM

Please Note - All prices are subject to HST and online processing charges