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.”
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”
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.
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.
2016 photo album: