UPDATED: MARCH 17, 2017)
It’s time for Team Colin to push a little bit harder. With that in mind, when I registered for the 2017 P2A, I registered for the full distance. And I’m terrified. I usually do the half distance (St. George to Ancaster) and that always gives me a fair dose of doubt and anxiety.
And then, when I registered for the Homage to Ice (Dan Marshall’s first XC Marathon race of the year), I chose to do the full marathon distance. On a single speed. By the way, my single speed has an aluminium fork. Yeah, no squish for me.
Why am I doing this? Why is it time? Because. That’s the answer. Because.
Because I want to finish a race and not have to say “I did the shorter distance”.
Because when I wake up on a race day, I want to make that day as awesome as possible.
Because my legs and lungs are screaming at me to PUSH.
So, I’m doing those races in April, plus the rest of the XC Marathon. I’ll try to get to at least one O-Cup this season. I love the Single Track Classic and Great Albion Enduro. I’m game for the Kawartha Lakes Cycling Classic again this year, and I’d like to try to find the time to do a road race. I’ll probably only get to one O-Cup, but I listed all the dates just because.
But wait there’s more. Ontario is about to get a whole bunch cooler, with Dan Marshall’s, Substance Projects Stuporcross series. Two big, boss, gravel races: The Eager Beaver, and the El Bandito. Awesome.
The cycling scene in Ontario is alive and well, and I am going to do whatever I can to experience as much of it as I can.
I’m going to kick off the Spring season on March 31, with the second “Team Colin Day, um, Night at Joyride 150” (more details to follow), and the season ends at the Toronto Bike Show and Sale, on October 14.
Here, for your reference is a calendar of all the 2017 races that I could/might/want/try to do, and YOU should definitely do. Each race that I’m currently planning to enter is in BOLD. The first race of the season is the Tour of Pelham (on April 2), then the Steaming Nostril (on April 9), followed by the Long Sock Classic (on April 15), and Hell of the North (on April 16). The first O-Cup is at Woodnewton (on April 23), followed by Paris to Ancaster (on April 30). I’m planning to do the Steaming Nostril (Runny Nose distance), the full Homage to Ice, and Paris to Ancaster.
There are also a few Demo Days and such, but I don’t think the dates are finalized. I’ll update this list when I find out.
2017 Race/Event Calendar
- March 31: TEAM COLIN DAY, UM NIGHT @ Joyride 150
- April 2: Tour of Pelham @ Niagara on the Lake
- April 9: STEAMING NOSTRIL @ St. Jacobs
- April 15: HOMAGE TO ICE (Substance Projects XCM #1) @ Dufferin Forest
- April 16: Hell of the North @ Ballantrae
- April 23: O-Cup #1 @ Woodnewton
- April 25: KING WEEKLY SERIES. Every Tuesday until September @ King City
- April 30: PARIS TO ANCASTER @ Ancaster
- May 6: DMBA Demo Festival @ Durham Forest
- May 7: O-CUP #2 @ MTB Kingston
- May 13: Epic 8 Hour @ Mansfield
- May 20: LONG SOCK CLASSIC (Substance Projects XCM #2 )@ Ganaraska Forest
- May 27: SINGLE TRACK CLASSIC @ Hardwood Hills
- June 3: THE HUMBLER (Substance Projects XCM #3) @ Northumberland Forest
- June 11: O-Cup #3 @ Horseshoe Valley
- June 18: O-Cup #4 @ Hardwood Hills
- June 24/24: 24 Hours of Summer Solstice @ Albion Hills
- July 9: O-Cup #5 @ Buckwallow
- July 15: Summer Epic 8 Hour @ Hardwood Hills
- July 22: EL BANDITO (Substance Projects Stuporcross #1) @ Port Hope
- July 29: O-CUP #6 @ Albion Hills
- August 12: EAGER BEAVER (Substance Projects Stuporcross #2) @ Collingwood
- August 26: KAWARTHA LAKES CYCLING CLASSIC @ Lindsay
- August 27: O-Cup #7 @ Sir Sam’s
- August 27: Grease Monkey @Paisley
- September 2: KINGSTON TROPHY (Substance Projects XCM #4) @ MTB Kingston
- September 16: GREAT ALBION ENDURO @ Albion Hills
- September 23: Fall Epic 8 Hour @ Hardwood Hills
- October Something-or-other: SAUSAGE SUIT ITT @ Dufferin County Forest
- October 14: FALL BIKE SHOW AND SALE @ Toronto
Most, but not all of these races are on the OCA website.
Here are some links to race organizers:
- Steaming Nostril
- Paris to Ancaster
- XC Marathon
- Substance Projects (Stuporcross)
- Evolution Cycles (King Series)
- Superfly Racing (O-Cup, and more)
- Pulse Racing (Single Track Classic, and more)
- Kawartha Lakes Cycling Tour
- Bike NXS (Thursday Night Durham Forest MTB Race Series
To help you organize a few of the big series, here’s a list of race series that I love:
Substance Projects XCM (presented by Cycle Solutions)
- April 15: H2i (Homage to Ice) @ Dufferin County Forest
- May 20: LSC (Long Sock Classic) @ Ganaraska Forest
- June 3: Northumblerland Humbler @ Northumberland County Forest
- September 2: Kingston Trophy @ MTB Kingston (Glenburnie)
Substance Projects Stuporcross (presented by Cycle Solutions)
- July 22: El Bandito (Port Hope)
- August 12: Eager Beaver (Collingwood)
- April 23 @ Woodnewton
- May 7 @ MTB Kingston
- June 11 @ Horseshoe Valley
- June 18 @ Hardwood Hills
- July 9 @ Buckwallow
- July 29 @ Albion Hills
- August 27 @ Sir Sam’s
Weekly Series (usually May to September)
- Tuesday: King Weekly Series @ Centennial Park (King City)
- Wednesday: Spoke O Motion Weekly MTB Race Series @ Coulson Hill
- Wednesday: Superfly’s Wednesday Night Race Series @ Albion Hills
- Wednesday: Trek Wednesday Night MTB Series @ Hardwood Hills
- Thursday: BikeNXS Durham Forest MTB Race Series
Phew, that’s one heck of a long lost. Better get training.
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