FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a tandem?
A tandem is a bicycle built for 2 riders. We consider trail-a-bike type things tandems as well.
How does the post race transportation work?
After you finish the race in Ancaster you store your bike in the secure bike corral. You can retrieve your bag of clothes from the Baggage Transfer Truck, get changed and take the bus back to the Start line in Paris or St. George. Buses will leave every 1/2 hour from the Ancaster Community Centre from 1pm to 3:30pm. Post race transport is Free.
How does the pre race bus and truck system work?
Riders must pre-register for the pre race bus and truck. Bikes will be loaded onto trucks to be taken to the start lines in Paris and St. George. 70 km riders must have their bikes loaded into the Bike Truck by 8:30 am. Buses for Paris will leave Ancaster at 9am. 40 km riders must have bikes loaded by 9:30am. The bus for St. George will leave Ancaster for St. George at 10am. There will be no race day walkup pre race bus service. You must have a prepaid reservation.
Is the route very technically difficult?
No, by most mountain biker standards the route is not a difficult technical challenge. It is a long, physically challenging and interesting ride though.
Are there 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No, we do not publish maps of the route because several sections of the course are on private property, which we only have permission to use on race day.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.
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.
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.
Can I pick up the race number and registration kit for my friends?
Yes, If you have signed waivers you can get all the number plates for your group. Waivers are available via the Paris To Ancaster and St. George to Ancaster Registration Pages.
How does your bag transfer service work?
In your registration kit you will recieve a tag with your plate number on it . Attach this to a packsack or other bag containing your after ride clothes. Put them on one of our trucks and we will transport them from the start to the finish.
Which event should I race?
We offer two great events - the 70 km Paris to Ancaster, and an expanded 40 km St. George to Ancaster event, which follows the final 40 km of the Paris Ancaster course. The 70 km course will have a time cut off again this year - 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 return them to the finish or start line. For this reason we would recommend that inexperienced or first time participants tackle the 40 km race 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 trail riding and challenging terrain (Jack's Dirt Chute, Charlies Farm, the Powerline Road Mud Slide, Martins Road and the Final Killer Hill), with just a little less pain than the full 70 km route.
I'm driving from some distance away to do the event. Where can I stay nearby?
The City of Brantford has special accommodation discounts available. For details CLICK HERE