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Paris to Ancaster – Top international cyclocross stars typically win the 70km course over a variety of paved road, gravel road, rail trails, farm lanes and fields. There will be mud. Its for roadies, mtbers, and cross riders whether you are racing at the front or riding just to enjoy the stunning spring scenery of southern Ontario. Now in its 24th year. Wave starts, post race party, food, live music included. Beer too. Over 2,300 riders in 2015. 40km and 20km routes available as well. www.p2a.bike for details.
For over a century the roads of northern Europe have been home to the toughest bicycle races in the world. The most famous of these, Paris to Roubaix, takes place each spring over brutal cobblestone roads that have been preserved in their historic condition for over 100 years. Inspired by this classic race, the Paris to Ancaster has taken place for the past twenty three years over the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads we can find. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians.