March 5, 2017

Ontario Spring Classics


Ontario’s Spring Classics season is coming up. April is packed with all the gravel and dirt races we could hope for, to get your racing year off to a great start.



April 2nd: Tour Of Pelham

This is the second year of the race’s rebirth. Last year featured long gravel trail sections, a stretch of singletrack style riding near the Niagara Escarpment, and a memorable cyclocross style course near the end of the 35 km route last year. This year there’s a choice of 34 or 46 km, and has singlespeed and fatbike categories.  The 46 km race is an “elite” category, the organizers say: “To be eligible for this category you should have finished in the top 30 of the 2016 ToP or equivalent – this would typically mean you hold a racing license and would ride in the Elite or Wave 1 of Paris to Ancaster.”

Race website:

Here’s a race report from Steve Shikaze:


April 9th: Steaming Nostril

Our home spring classic, now in its 5th year.  Let’s see a sea of green out there. Those of you that did it last year I’m sure still remember the “longest kilometre”

Race website:

Here’s the club forum full of race reports:

Steaming Nostril photo album


April 16th: Hell of the North

Here’s another race that has been slowly building in size over the year.  It’s a little under the radar for many locals, but it’s a fantastic course, and the 100 km distance promises to kick your spring into high gear.  The race also included Heck of the North, a road bike friendly 70 km route.

Race website:

2016 race report:


April 30th: Paris to Ancaster

The undisputed Queen of Spring in Ontario, now 24 years old. There’s a 70 km, 40 km, and even a 20 km route. At this stage the 70 km race is nearly sold out, there is still space in VIP and wave 4 as of this writing.

Race website:

2016 photo album:

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