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 P2A CLASSIC is approximately 70km long and begins at the Waynco Aggregates near Cambridge, Ontario. The legendary race. Since 1994 competitors have fought each other, and sometimes the elements, over this course. Overall it is a tough ride. The start is in North Dumfries Township, just south of Cambridge, with a challenging combination of trails and 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 Old 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. Overall winners have had to run up this climb. Challenge yourself on this truly classic event.

Be prepared! Event goes rain or snow or shine! Bring appropriate tools, a rain jacket and gloves. Helmets are mandatory.

What's with the new names BRÈVE, CLASSIC, and CENTO? In the past we have referred to the events according to their approximate distance - 45K, 70K or 100K. But accuracy has never been our strong point. New routes, availability of private property and last minute weather re-routes have always meant the distance varied somewhat from advertised - part of the history of the event. In 2022 a last minute reroute of a private land section, due to COVID protocols, resulted in the CLASSIC 70K course being approx. 58K! Thus the new names. At the same time, we will endeavour to keep the courses as close to their advertised distances as possible.

Below you will find the Elevation Profile for the 2023 P2A Classic. This is the ideal course we have planned. It can change up to and including Race Day depending upon spring conditions. It is 68.7K long, has 551m of climbing and is 64% 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 Classic Elev Plot
Categories
You are placed into a category based on age as of Dec 31/23.
Specialty categories ie mixed team, tandem, singlespeed, etc. are not age graded.

 
race categories
Under 17
17-18
19-22
23-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75+
Fat Bike - minimum tire width 3.7". Verified at finish.
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.
Single Speed - Open men/ Open women
Open Men's Clydesdale - For riders 220 pounds plus. Riders who place must weigh in at Awards. Weight done in riding gear or street clothes. No extra weight is permitted (e.g. hydration pack, etc.). 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 Cambridge/Waynco!!
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 for the P2A CLASSIC UNLESS you registered for VIP OR if you are a P2A 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 kit come & browse the P2A Expo!!

P2A CLASSIC Start Time - 9:30AM
There is a 5 minute gap between each of the starts.
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 P2A CLASSIC WAYNCO AGGREGATES START

P2A CLASSIC Start Descriptions and Qualifying Criteria
START 1
VIPs
FAST RIDERS. All ages subject to the following criteria:
• UCI racing license
• Provincial membership
• USA Cycling domestic license
• or Top 250 overall of the 2022 P2A CLASSIC (P2A70).

START 2
- THIS START IS NOW FILLED! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
No qualification criteria, but it's first come, first served. Riders should feel capable of completing the race in 2 hours 45 minutes. Limit of 325 riders.

START 3 - THIS START IS NOW FILLED! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
No qualification criteria, but it's first come, first served. Riders should feel capable of completing the race in 3 hours 45 minutes. Limit of 325 riders.

START 4
No qualification criteria, but it's first come, first served. Riders should feel capable of completing the race in 4 hours 15 minutes. Limit of 325 riders.

START 5

The FUN start. 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. Limit of 325 riders.

By being honest with your predicted finish time everyone will have more fun and a faster, less congested ride. If a Start is full - You may be able to switch
starts 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 starts.
The procedure will be to pick up your race number, go to the "Event/Start Change Table" to see if a spot is available to switch your registration.

P2A CLASSIC 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 shorter P2A BRÈVE race their first year, prior to attempting the P2A CLASSIC event in a future year.

P2AVIP THE PRO EXPERIENCE
THE P2A VIP - THE PRO EXPERIENCE

If you're interested in something truly special then register for the
P2A VIP - The Pro Experience.
The P2A VIP includes services usually reserved for professional cyclists
or Olympians. Space is limited - reserve today!


CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE P2A VIP DETAILS!

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 P2A VIP or the P2A Convenience Package. The P2A CLASSIC Start is at Waynco Aggregates, New Dumfries Township (just south of Cambridge). 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 and Waynco Aggregates.

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 P2A CLASSIC IS $95.

FEES FOR VIP ARE $260.
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON
MONDAY APRIL 24, 2023 AT 11:59PM
OR WHEN AVAILABLE SPOTS ARE SOLD

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