Paris to Ancaster 75k

Paris to Ancaster Bike Race Announces Our 2021 Event
Virtual P2A & "Not The P2A" Remote Rides Across Ontario

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Mike Garrigan (former P2A winner and Cyclocross National Team coach)
answers questions about the P2A, riding and gear - CLICK

Deferred your entry back in 2020? You can register FOR FREE
(and get our exclusive swag bag - $50 retail value!) Hit the link above - or read on for more details
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Since the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 event, the P2A Race Directors and organizing team have been working hard to find a way to safely return in 2021. We felt a huge responsibility as “Canada's Spring Cycling Classic" to be present this year in some form, to provide a template for other organizers, and to start the 2021 season off with something special.

Looking back to March 2020, we were sure that by April 2021, things would be back to normal, but of course it soon became obvious that this would not be the case. Regardless, we continued to pursue running an in-person event in 2021. We were encouraged by City of Hamilton to submit an application, which we did. The city was very supportive, however the virus less so. We have continued proposing successively smaller and smaller events to meet gathering size restrictions, but it’s become clear that any in-person event just isn't possible at this time.

Taking inspiration from other events around the world, and with the help of fellow race organizers and supporters, Paris to Ancaster has come up with a unique plan that's fun for everyone, while respecting the health and safety of riders.


The weekend of April 24-25, Paris to Ancaster will host a virtual event, as well as P2A - style gravel cycling rides at various locations around Ontario.

Here's race directors John & Tim with all the details: (or just keep reading on - this page covers all the info!)


THE VIRTUAL P2A!

The Virtual P2A will take all the mud, gravel and grit of the P2A online. Using the Xert platform, featuring a high-quality POV video of the actual race combined with a smart trainer, P2A is able to provide the closest thing possible to actually riding the race. You’ll be able to feel the pain of the right hand turn onto Sharps Lane, coast along the rail trail, blast the mudslide, and cramp up on Martins Road Hill. The Xert platform provides onboard data - power output, heart-rate, speed and leaderboard style interactive features.

We will be inviting riders to one of two "pre-rides" on Xert in the weeks leading up to the event, and then on Saturday April 24, all entrants will compete in the virtual P2A. A mass start with riders simultaneously taking on the virtual course together. You’ll be able to monitor your position in the pack and match wattage with cycling stars like Mike Garrigan and Jeremy Powers who we expect to ride with us.

Check out a preview of what to expect in the quick video below:


(Don't worry - we'll share detailed instructions on how to register with Xert and get all set-up for the virtual ride well in advance!)


NOT THE P2A RIDES!
In addition to the virtual event, race organizers and pros including Mike Garrigan (3X P2A winner), Sean Rupple (Superfly Racing), Kurt Gwisdek (the SQUEEZER), Rob Holmgren (Dad of 4x winner Gunnar), and Siobhan Kelly (Pro CycloCross racer) have developed "Not The P2A" routes around Ontario. The mandate we gave our partners was to develop a route in their own local area which represented the gravel movement which Paris To Ancaster pioneered.

Some early P2A participants may remember we originally billed our event as "not the Paris-Roubaix"; now we’re bringing that idea back and inviting riders to explore ‘Not The P2A’ routes around the province - Ottawa, Toronto, Simcoe, Muskoka ,Peterborough, Parry Sound, London, St Catharines, Brant County (and more route announcements to come!)

For example, Mike Garrigan has mapped a route in the Dufferin County area, 85km long, 73% gravel, 25% tarmac and 2% "other". So in typical Garrigan fashion, it will be longer and harder than the actual thing!

When you sign up for P2A 2021, you will get entry into our Xert virtual race on April 24th, plus we’ll share exclusive GPS maps for the "Not The P2A" rides across Ontario.

On April 25, we encourage you to ride a GPS-mapped ‘Not The P2A’ route near you. Or design a P2A-inspired gravel route in your own local area. Ride alone, ride with a group (subject to COVID guidelines), but ride. And then post your pictures, experiences, and trash talk on social media using our hashtags #P2A21 & #notP2A.. We will have a celebration of cycling on our website and social media, updated live with your content, sharing pictures and highlights from "Not The P2A" rides across the province.

If you can't ride your local route on the 25th, do it any other day. Keep sharing your experiences with us. You’ll get to keep the GPS files and can plan to ride the other routes, all across the province, all throughout the summer.

CLICK - NOT THE P2A RIDE OVERVIEWS

Here's 3x P2A winner Mike Garrigan talking about the course he's put together in Dufferin County and some of the other great courses you'll get access to with registration this year!



MORE BONUS FEATURES!

If you register by April 9th, Paris to Ancaster will mail you a commemorative number plate
and an exclusive #P2A2021 swag bag (retail value $50)!

2021 swag

Ride For Research: Supporting St. Joe's

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Riders who want to fundraise for our charity partners at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation will have a dedicated 20km course in Hamilton to explore as well! Family-friendly and great for novice or beginner cyclists, this course will be a perfect way to get out, get the family active, and fundraise for essential, life-saving research.

Riders can feel free to participate on the 20k route on April 25th during our "Not The P2A" remote riding event, or on their own time. And of course, riders from anywhere, riding any course, on any day, can fundraise, donate, and support St. Joe’s and their essential, life-saving research by signing up at: https://www.stjoesfoundation.ca/p2a/

Between the virtual event on the 24th and our ‘Not The P2A’ remote rides on the 25th, we look forward to sharing with our riders and community a unique and valuable interactive experience that mirrors the fun, spirit and community of we have developed over 25 years of Paris Ancaster.

A huge thank-you goes out to our sponsors and partners, who have stuck with us this year as we figured out how to make this year happen. The P2A peloton will rise again soon. Until then, pedal hard and have fun.

- John & Tim, P2A Co-Race Directors