It’s almost here.
The Eager Beaver 2.0: Substance Projects answer to “What’s the Epicest Bike Race Ever?”.
Yup. Two sleeps until gravel riders, MTB shredders, CX killers, and hardcore roadies from around the province, Quebec, and the States, descend on Nordic Highlands ski hill in Duntroon Ontario, for what I can only say is one of the toughest, most rewarding races of the season–and I don’t even do the full race.
The Eager Beaver is a big, boss, giant, killer bike race.
And the best part is…wait for it…
No more cold-mageddon to deal with. That ship sailed about a week after the El Bandito.
Lots and lots of riding in the past few weeks. (the El Bandito 70k, 6 longish gravel rides and 2 big mountain hikes in Quebec–blog to follow soon–all of the Hydrocut–also, blog to follow soon–two neighbourhood 25k rips, and even a King Race Series Tuesday night race). All told, 13 decent rides in 22 days. Yeah, Boom.
And for the first time in my riding career, I am not totally out of my wits with fear before the race. Yeah. After taming the Beaver last year (totally not as dirty as it sounds,, and a pretty epic season so far (maybe not epic for you, but epic for me), I’ve now got 7 pretty big races under my belt, and I feel good about mounting the Beaver this year (again, not as dirty as it sounds).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m scared as heck, worried like crazy, and tentative to the nth degree, but in a healthy way, not the usual nail-biting, pant-pooping, up-at-night-sobbing-in-the-fetal-position, sort of way. It feels kind of boss. 2/3rd place, here I come!
Yes, I’ve started measuring my place by fractions. I’m usually between half place and 2/3rd place. It sounds way better than 60th place. It gets a bit confusing when I tell someone I was 13/19ths place, but whatever.
The race is going to be awesome. I can’t wait for it, and you should come to the race too. Here’s why:
10 Reasons Why YOU Should Do the Eager Beaver 2.0
- You never regret a race you did, only the race you didn’t.
- It’s a Dan’s Race. ‘Nuff said.
- If you have a bike, it’s the right bike. Period.
- Where else in the province can you take a stab at a 160k gravel grinder that has up to 2,000m of climbing, 80% gravel roads, killer “Iron Cross” sections, and 5 aid stations?
- Choice. 50k, 100k, or 160k. If there’s something I can now say with absolute surety, ANYBODY can do 50k. For inexperienced riders, it may not be easy, it might take a long time (and you might even be last place), but you CAN do it. For additional information, see point #1. Look at my pictures. If I can do these races, who can’t?
- Playing bikes with a few hundred bike minded people for the afternoon. So cool.
- Mother Nature is playing too. We’re in for some booming and crackling on Friday, and a bit of rain (or maybe lots) starting Friday afternoon. Who wants to ride in hot, dry weather when you can ride in EPIC weather.
- Free commemorative, special edition, Eager Beaver glass! On a side note, I was talking to Steve Shikaze this week. His glass from last year is his favourite glass ever. Well, it was until he broke it. True story. Actually, I think his wife broke it. Sorry to open an old wound, bud. Wait, I hope Dan has glasses this year. I should probably fact-check this before publishing…
- Sponsors: Salsa Bikes and Cycle Solutions are sponsoring the race, along with Pearl Izumi and a bunch of other great bikey companies. Read: wicked door prizes.
- The Eager Beaver 2.0 is Team Colin approved. This is the last point because it’s the most ridiculous one because Team Colin is a fair rider (at best) and doesn’t have the experience or credibility to actually endorse a race, but if it works for you, cool. Honestly, the only reason I ride, race, and write about riding and racing, is because I love it so much and just want to share the groovy bike love vibe.
Back to the bike choice thing. Really, the StuporCross Series is an epic BIKE race series, and while Dan promotes the race like a gravel grinder, a CX, gravel, MTB, or fatbike is suitable. Okay, a road bike might be a bad choice, but any other bike is cool. By the way, for anyone who did the El Bandito, the Eager Beaver is sort of, but not really, similar. I’ll be on my Norco Threshold. It’s super sweet!
So that’s it. It’s going to be awesome, and I can’t wait for Saturday so I can take another shot at the…well, you know.
See you Saturday!