Paris to Ancaster Canadian Gravel Championships

P2A2023 CANADIAN GRAVEL CHAMPIONSHIPS

P2A is pleased to have been selected as the host for the inaugural Canadian Gravel Championships. It seems fitting that the oldest gravel race in Canada will host this prestigious event. As is tradition in Gravel racing all competitors will be on the same course as all other competitors, at the same time (with start seeding to accommodate various categories).

We welcome participants from across Canada to join us at the 2023 P2A and enjoy such old favourites as the Mcintyre/Nixon Rail Line (abandoned rail line - mostly black mud), Luna Adventures, and the beautiful (and muddy) forest of The Prengerlaan. Then there is a big section of gravel rail trail which is notorious for headwinds. More mud at the Mineral Springs Road Mud Chute and in short order you are at the (almost) world famous “mudslide of death” - the Powerline Road Mudslide. Just when you think you've made it you're hit with the equally legendary climb up Old Martin Road. You're only 3km from the finish but it is steep, rutted, wet and you're tired. This is a worthy championship course.

In order to compete in the 2023 Canadian Gravel Championships you must enter through the P2A CENTO. All championship competitors will require appropriate licensing to be eligible to participate in the Gravel Championships (unlicensed riders will be included in P2A results, but not in Canadian Championships results). Elite and Junior 17-18 are required to have a UCI license and Canadian Nationality. All masters categories will require at least a Provincial Cycling License. Other nationalities will be allowed to race, but not compete for the Championships Title.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: - Unlike most races, the route, and therefore the distances, can change up to and including race day. The P2A has a unique blend of public roads, public property, public trails and private land. Circumstances can cause a change to our route.

Below you will find the Elevation Profile for the 2023 CANADIAN GRAVEL CHAMPIONSHIPS & P2A Cento. This is the ideal course we have planned. It can change up to and including Race Day depending upon spring conditions. It is 112.5K long, has 896m of climbing and is 65% unpaved surface (stripes). Many will know this plot is from Ridewithgps. Will we release the route for download? We don't know at this time. P2A is concerned about trespassing on the private property that makes the race what it is. If racers behave with respect to private property we will release the route. It only takes a couple of bad actors to mess things up for us and the others participating. If we do release it, it will be very close to race day.

CLICK ON THE ELEVATION PROFILE BELOW TO VIEW A LARGER VERSION

P2A Cento Elev Plot

Categories
Based on age as of Dec 31/23 and your race license.

race categories
RACING THE 110 KM POINT-TO-POINT ROUTE BEGINNING IN PARIS ONTARIO AT 8AM ARE:
Junior 17-18
Elite Open (19+)
Masters 35-44
Masters 45-54
Masters 55-64
Masters 65+
ENTRY FEE $145 - REGISTER THROUGH THE P2A CENTO PORTAL ON RACE ROSTER

Plate/kit pick up
You must go to Ancaster on Saturday to pick up your plate - they are not available at the start in Paris.
Registration and Number Pick Up is only available at Ancaster on Saturday, April 29 2023 - 10am to 5pm @ Ancaster Community Center/Robert E. Wade Community Park, Ancaster Ontario. LINK TO ANCASTER RACE HQ MAP
IMPORTANT - Plate Pick-up on Saturday Only UNLESS you registered for the P2A Convenience Package. Otherwise 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. You will need to have your race license verified at kit pick up. While you are getting your kit come & browse the P2A Expo!!

P2A 2023 Canadian Gravel Championships Start Times
PARIS FAIRGROUNDS- 8AM - This start will be for those categories contending the 2023 Canadian Gravel Championships beginning in Paris. The start corral will be adjusted accordingly as per numbers of participants. Depart from Paris Fairgrounds, Paris LINK TO MAP

P2A 2023 Canadian Gravel Championships - QUALIFYING CRITERIA
As the Canadian Gravel Championships are sanctioned by the Cycling Canada you must be a Canadian Citizen and be licensed to qualify for the Championship. This can be a UCI/Canadian/Provincial license. Foreign license holders can participate but they will not be declared Canadian Champions. License will be verified at kit pickup.

P2A 2023 Canadian Gravel Championships CUT OFF TIMES
See our FAQ page for details - Race course will close at pro-rated times at four 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.

AWARDS
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 2023 is a long way off.

Aero position handlebar extensions are prohibited
The P2A is a mass start race. You must have your hands near your brakes. Aero bars/extensions are not permitted on either drop bars or flat bars. Bar ends are permitted on flat bars (ie. mountain bike bars) only. If you are found to be using aero bars/extensions you will disqualified and/or excluded from the results.

Earbuds or headphones are prohibited
You need to be able to hear instructions in case of an emergency situation.

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 unless you have purchased the P2A Convenience Package. The P2A2023 CANADIAN GRAVEL CHAMPIONSHIPS is a point-to-point with the start and finish in different locations. You need to be sure of your start location in Paris. A nominal charge will be made for start area parking, with monies going to a local charity. Riders are encouraged to carpool. See the link on the Navigation Bar for MAPS to Ancaster (Race HQ) and the Paris Fairgrounds start.

TRANSPORTATION - CLICK HERE
The P2A is a point to point event. We have some options to move you and your bike.

P2A CONVENIENCE PACKAGE - MAKING IT EASIER ON RACE DAY!
The $60 P2A Convenience Package Includes:
- Race Day Number Pickup
- Pre-Race Bus and Bike transfer to start line
- Access to Start Line VIP area
- Breakfast before race
Note:- Availability of the P2A Convenience Package is limited

2023 Official P2A T-Shirt
Get yours when you register!

P2A Tech T Women

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for details.

REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE CANADIAN GRAVEL CHAMPIONSHIPS IS $145

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON
MONDAY APRIL 24, 2023 AT 11:59PM

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