I know Paris to Ancaster is on most peoples radar, but there are other spring classics around the province. Our very own version of Hell of the North put on by Ed Veal is coming up April 16.
Seeing the following article in Cycling Magazine reminded me of the years I’ve made the drive, usually with Kevin G, to attend this wonderful and punishing race.
It’s my favorite spring race in Ontario. The off road sections are tough and very different year to year depending on the weather. I remember biking through muddy/wet sectors one year and another everything was a sheet of snow and ice…errr one year it was mostly ice.
A number of other club members have participated and could likely talk about their experience. It’s much more of a “race” feel than something like P2A. You start off on the road behind a lead out car just like a road race, and the pace is in the high 30s until the inevitable right hand turn into a painfully steep but fairly short climb that blows the race up for the first time. Then it’s a farmers lane, road, gravel, climbing, “the trench”, more climbing and some fairly fast/technical sectors that will test your legs and bike handling skills.
I highly recommend giving it a try if you want a challenge and a new adventure.
Online registration closes Wednesday April 12th at 23:59 Unfortunately there will be no day-of registration.
Oh, and for those of you that don’t like biking through technical off road sectors (what’s wrong with you?!) there’s a 70km Heck of the North that is road bike friendly. This route skips the sectors and sticks to paved and gravel roads.