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 28, 2019, our 26th annual event, to become part of the history of this unique race.

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You can feel it. Spring isn't far away. With spring comes Canada's Spring Cycling Classic - the P2A!

Yet another wave, the P2A40 Wave 1 is now filled. The P2AVIP is 90% filled so it won't be long. The P2A70 Wave 4 and P2A40 Wave 2 are now 2/3 filled. In other words available spots for the P2A40 and P2A70 are going fast. Don't miss out - register soon!

The P2A was gravel before gravel was cool! For 2019 a number of world-class UCI Continental Road teams will start their season at the 26th Annual P2A.

While the trend of gravel events is rather new, P2A has been around a long time. The race has always attracted world-class UCI-ranked individual riders from all disciplines. Race alumni include UCI Cy-clocrossers Helen Wyman and Jeremy Powers, and Mountainbike Olympians Alison Sydor and Emily Batty.

Floyd’s Pro Cycling, a brand new team featuring up-and-coming talent including Canadians Nick Zukowsky and Emile Jean, is planning to take their primarily road team to a few gravel events, starting with P2A, and are ready to challenge for the win.

X Speed United, another newly-formed team comprised of riders from Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong, will also be sending a delegation to ride P2A, including Guelph-native Ryan Roth. Roth is a pro at the Continental team level for 15+ years, and who’s credentials include a Tro-Bro Léon win (and a 10th place at the 8th annual P2A in 2000).

Joining Floyd’s and X-Speed United at P2A19 is Team CCB Siclari, a U23 squad focused on developing young athletes as they attend post-secondary. The team includes this year’s U23 Pan-American champion Spencer Petrov.

UCI teams from the world of MTB will be making an appearance as well. NORCO, a long-time sponsor of P2A, brings the Disera Brothers, Peter and Quinten. Now a pro cyclist on the Mountain Bike circuit, Quinten Disera won the P2A 40km event in 2013 when he was just 15 years old.

It’s going to be a busy call-up line at this year’s event, with an impressive roster of teams featuring seasoned road & mountain champions vying for a P2A win.

“This is the first time that Continental pro teams have approached us about riding in our event as a team” said co-race director Tim Farrar. “It shows the growing influence of gravel and mixed-surface events in the cycling world. Team sponsors and directors, as well as riders, are starting to take this se-riously as an alternative to traditional road and mountainbike racing”.

P2A Partners with National Cyclo-Cross Team
Paris to Ancaster is proud to announce a new partnership with the Canadian National Cyclo-Cross team for the next five years, in an effort to better promote and support Cyclo-Cross in Canada.

This five-year financial commitment from P2A will directly help the National Team program by offsetting the costs associated with providing mechanical and coaching support to national team athletes while at international competitions. P2A Race Director Tim Farrar says, “In a sense, P2A is simply doubling down on a year’s long commitment to provide what support we can. The National Cyclocross team athletes and staff can count on us for the next 5 seasons…at least”.

Athletes and staff of the National team have often become P2A’s biggest supporters and unofficial ambassadors for the race, raising the international profile of the event. P2A and the CX National Team already have a ‘Win, Win’ partnership, says Tim Farrar. Cycling Canada officials hope that this increased level of partnership will allow them to better promote the Canadian spring classic abroad and will help continue to grow the level of support they offer our National team athletes.

Kris Westwood, Head of Performance Operations at Cycling Canada, says, “This is really exciting as it’s the first time we’ve had a sponsor step in to help one of our non-Olympic disciplines. Cyclo-cross is a fun and safe yet challenging introduction to cycling for many athletes that has high performance targets in its own right; many of our current track, mountain bike and road national team members had their first world championships experience in cross. And of course, the success of the Paris to Ancaster Bike Race is testimony to how popular this branch of cycling is in North America.”

Ride for Research
Back for 2019, 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 2019 Paris to Ancaster Bike Race.

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