Can I change waves?
Yes, when you pick up your race number, go to the wave/event change table to see if a spot is available in the wave you want. Be patient - riders frequently switch waves or move from the 70km race to the 40km race, leaving openings to be filled. It is done on a first come, first served basis. We can't guarantee that you will be able to change waves even if you are waiting.
Are maps of the route available?
No, we do not publish maps of the route because several sections of the course are on private property, which we only have permission to use on race day. To help ensure the longevity of the race we ask that you do not trespass on other days of the year. The map pages have directions to the start and finish lines and as we get closer to the race date, we will add a spectator map for those who want to watch.
When will the course be marked/Can I pre ride the route?
See question above. The final route is not marked until the morning of the race. In the event of bad weather some sections of the course may be excluded to prevent environmental damage, or detoured around downed trees.
Do I need a racing licence?
No, but a licence/permit from Cycling Canada, The Ontario Cycling Association , USA Cycling, or any UCI federation will get preferred seeding (subject to wave limits).
How do I enter without my 2017 licence?
To enter Wave 1 of the 70km, use your 2016 licence information. Bring the updated details at race time
To enter Wave 2-4 of the 70km race, or Wave 1 or 2 in the 40km race, there are no qualification/licence/membership standards.
If I can't make it to the race and I am already registered will you mail me my t-shirt?
No, we will donate it for you to one of our volunteer marshaling organizations. If you ordered other merchandise from the race store, please email.
Can I pick up the race number and registration kit for my friends?
Yes, if you have signed waivers from all members of the group you can get the race number plates for all of them. Waivers are available via the 70K, 40K and 20K Registration Pages.
Most participants in the P2A do not have to present a signed waiver at registration. If you are over 18, the online waiver you acknowledged when entering is sufficient. Exceptions
- If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign a paper waiver. Faxed or photocopied signatures are acceptable.
- The 2nd adult in a tandem, mixed team in P2A70 or P2A40 and the P2A20 family entry must have a signed waiver.
- All “in person” race entries on Saturday April 29 will have to sign a paper waiver.
What are the elimination/cut off times?
Riders should be confident that they can finish the 70 km ride in 4 1/2 hours or the 40 km ride in 3 hours. The race course will close at pro-rated times at 35km, 20km and 10km to go. If you're late you will not be permitted to continue. Cutoff times will be adjusted according to course conditions at the organizer's discretion.
Cutoff #1 - Harrisburg Aid Station 12:30pm (shuttle available)
Cutoff #2 - Hwy 403 Loop - 1:30pm (you will be directed east on the Rail Trail and miss a couple of kilometres)
Cutoff #3 - Jerseyville Road & the Rail Trail - 2pm (shuttle available)
Cutoff #4 - Slote Road and Mineral Springs Road - 2:30pm (you will be directed east on Mineral Springs Road bypassing the Powerline Road Mud Slide)
Cutoff #5 - Mineral Springs Road and Martins Road - 3pm (you will miss the final climb but unfortunately we have had some riders take almost an hour to do the 2km from here to the finish - a shuttle will be available)
The shuttle will take you to the finish line. We recommend that inexperienced or first time participants tackle the 40 km race the first year, prior to attempting the 70 km event in the future.
How does your bag transfer service work?
When you come to registration, pick up a white gear bag and clearly write your race number on it. Put your pre ride clothes and/or post ride essentials in the bag, take them to one of our trucks at the start line and we will transport them to the finish. Retrieve your stuff by showing your number plate at the finish line. We are not responsible for lost/ stolen items. Do not include valuables.
Which event should I enter?
We offer three great events – P2A70KM Paris to Ancaster, the P2A40KM St. George to Ancaster, which follows the final 40 km of the Paris Ancaster course and the P2A20KM. The 70 km - riders must make it to the halfway point in Harrisburg within 2 hours and 15 minutes of the start or they will not be allowed to continue on the course. There will be a shuttle provided to take you to the finish line. For this reason we would recommend that inexperienced or first time participants tackle the 40 km race or the 20km ride the first year, prior to attempting the 70 km event in a future year. The 40 km offers all the same benefits as the 70 km, including lots of fun and challenging terrain (eg Jack's Dirt Chute, the Prenderlaan, the Powerline Road Mud Slide, Martins Road Hill), with just a little less pain than the full 70 km route. The 20km route is untimed, less muddy, family friendly and a perfect introduction to the P2A experience.
What are the award categories?
Cash awards for the top 10 male & female racers overall (70km race only). Final purse tba. Medals to the top 3 in each age group and special classification (singlespeed, unicycle etc) in the P2A70 and P2A40. P2A20 is untimed. There are no results or awards.
What kind of bike should I use?
Mountain bikes, hybrids and cyclocross bikes are recommended. The race has been won on a cyclo-cross bike, 26" mtb. 29" mtb and a road bike, ( with mtb pedals and a world junior time trial champion on board )
What is the course like?
The 70km course consists of 24km of gravel and dirt roads, 5km of farm lanes, 19km of rail trail, 14km of singletrack (1-3km sections) and 8km of paved road. The 40km course is the second half of the longer course. It has a similar breakdown of course conditions. The course changes from year to year, often because of local weather conditions. The course breakdown for the 20 km is approximately 7km gravel road, 5km of paved road, 5 km of smooth gravel rail trail and 3km of single track.
Where do I get my race number?
Saturday, April 29 2017 - Ancaster Community Centre - 12 to 5pm for P2A70, P2A40 and P2A20.
Sunday, April 30 2017 - Ancaster Community Centre - 7:30 to 10:30am for P2A70 and P2A40.
Sunday, April 30 2017 – Bishop Tonnos High School for the P2A20 only.
Saturday Plate Pick-up recommended.
Can I get a refund? Can I get a raincheck for next year?
Are there places to stay over on Saturday Night before the race?
Yes. Brant County Tourism can direct you to a number of accommodations in the region. CLICK HERE
When can I get my medal and/or prize money?
Award ceremonies are at 3pm on race day at the Ancaster community centre. You or a representative must be in attendance to get your medal/prize. Medals/prizes will not be mailed.
What is a tandem?
A tandem is a bicycle built for 2 riders. We consider trail-a-bike type things tandems as well.
What is a Fat Bike?
A fat bike is a newish style of bicycle built with extra wide tires. It is available in the 40km distance only. We are specifying a minimum tire width of 3.7" as stamped on the sidewall of the tire. We'll check at the finish. It shouldn't be a problem as most fat bikes are using 4 inch or wider tires.
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