News: 20/20 Race and Ride Calendar

UPDATE:  May 4th, 2020

Happy Star Wars Day!

Well, the OCA has cancelled or postponed all events until July 6th, 2020, so here is an updated calendar.  It ain’t getting prettier.


UPDATE: 
MARCH 21, 2020

Talk about bad timing.  I posted this calendar a few days before the wheels fell off the global bike, and the word plunged into the chaos that is likely to stick around for a while.  This year’s race and ride season is changing drastically and by the minute. 

I want to keep this calendar posted as a reminder of what could have been (hey, reminiscing and daydreaming are a nice bit of positivity these days), and especially to give us a sense of the financial loses the various race organizers are facing.

As per the OCA and the Cycling Canada, all race events are cancelled until May 1, 2020.  In early April, they will reassess the events scheduled between May 2 to June 14, and advise the cycling community accordingly.

I’ll try to keep it updated as new information becomes available.

I also edited or removed most of the text that I wrote before the calendar because, well, COVID.

 

2020 Race Calendar

Unfortunately, the season is in rough shape.

On the plus side…

  • Substance Projects has a few two day romps (a race day, plus a bike stuff day).
  • Sea Otter and Reggie Ramble are back!
  • Pulse Racing is hosting another Women’s 4 Hour.
  • Speed River has a cool gravel grinder running through to October.
  • Durham Shredders are keeping the Durham Race Series alive on a new day, with the Wednesday Weekly MTB Series (which I think will be on Woodnewton Trails)

This calendar lists most of the MTB, gravel, and fatbike stuff within an hour or two of Toronto.  Also, after the calendar, I’ve also listed some Extra Stuff, Dates, and Links, which includes:

  1. Race Organizers
  2. Weekly Series Races
  3. XC Marathon Dates and Locations
  4. OnGravel Series
  5. Epic 8 Hour Races
  6. O-Cup Info
  7. (Eastern Ontario) Gravel Cup dates
  8. Speed River Gravel Grinders
  9. Misc. Rides @ Ontario by Bike

2020 Race (and ride) Calendar:

NOTE: The races that I plan to do are in bold.
January

  • January 11:  OFRS #1 @ Albion Hills 

February

  • February 1:  OFRS #2 @ Georgian Nordic

March

  • March 1:  OFRS #3 @ Hardwood Hills
  • March 6:  Toronto Bike Show

April

  • April 4:  Slush Fest Fat Bike Festival @ Sir Sam’s  CANCELLED
  • April 4:  Gravel Cup #1  CANCELLED
  • April 5:  Speed River Gravel Grinder  CANCELLED
  • April 18Substance Projects XCM #1 @ Turkey Point  CANCELLED
  • April 18:  Gravel Cup #2  CANCELLED
  • April 26:  P2A (Paris, ON)  CANCELLED
  • April 30:  John Hiatt Concert (not cycling, but I’m still…)  CANCELLED

May

  • May 2:  Gravel Cup #3  CANCELLED
  • May 3:  O-Cup #1 @ Woodnewton  CANCELLED
  • May 9:  Spring Epic 8 Hour @ Mansfield  POSTPONED TO ’21
  • May 9:  BORCA Spring Chicken @ Beachbugh Fairgrounds  CANCELLED
  • May 10:  Hell of the North (Ballantrae)  CANCELLED
  • May 23:  XCM #2 (SSITT) @ Dufferin County Forest  CANCELLED
  • May 23:  Gravel Cup #4  CANCELLED
  • May 31:  O-Cup #2 @ TBA  CANCELLED

June

  • June 6:  XCM #3 @ MTB Kingston  POSTPONED TBA
  • June 6:  Women’s 4 Hour @ Hardwood Hills  CANCELLED
  • June 7:  Speed River Gravel Grinder
  • June 13:  Gravel Cup #5  CANCELLED
  • June 14:  O-Cup #3 @ Sir Sam’s  POSTPONED TBA
  • June 20/21:  24 Hours of Summer Solstice @ Albion Hills  POSTPONED TO ’21
  • June 27:  Reggie Ramble @ Warkworth Fairgrounds  POSTPONED TO ’21

July

  • July 5:  Speed River Gravel Grinder  POSTPONED TBA
  • July 11-12:  O-Cup #4 @ Hardwood Hills (Nat’l Championships) POSTPONED TBA
  • July 12:  Fretori Fondo (Warsaw, ON) CANCELLED
  • July 18:  El Bandito OnGravel Series 1 @ Brimacombe POSTPONED TBA
  • July 25:  Summer Epic 8 Hour @ Hardwood Hills  CANCELLED

August

  • August 1:  Gravel Cup #6
  • August 8:  Eager Beaver 100 OnGravel Series 2 (Collingwood, ON)
  • August 8:  Speed River Gravel Grinder
  • August 8-9:  O-Cup #5 @ Mountainview  POSTPONED
  • August 29:  Kawartha Lakes Classic
  • August 30:  O-Cup #6 @ Kelso (Provincial Championships)

September

  • September 6:  Speed River Gravel Grinder
  • September 12:  Scrappy Badger On Gravel Series 3 (Baltimore, ON)
  • September 13:  Dairy Capital Stampede 6 Hour Race @ The Pines (Woodstock)
  • September 19,20 :  Sea Otter @ Blue Mountain
  • September 19:  Valley Works 8 Hours of Hurtin’ in Haliburton
  • September 19:  Gravel Cup #7
  • September 26:  Fall Epic 8 Hour @ Hardwood Hills
  • September 26:  Toronto Fall Bike Show
  • September 27:  Energy Crusher (St. Catharines, ON)

October

  • October 3:  Gravel Cup #8
  • October 18:  Speed River Gravel Grinder
  • Cowbells and mud, hecklers and hand-ups, and playing in the mud on a bike

Extra Stuff, Dates, and Links:
1. Race Organizers:

2. Weekly Race Series:

So, um, Wednesday is a big night…

3. XC Marathon (p/b Substance Projects):

  • April 18 @ Turkey Point
  • May 23 @ Mansfield
  • June 6 @ MTB Kingston

4. OnGravel Series (p/b Substance Projects):

  • July 18: El Bandito
  • August 8: Eager Beaver
  • September 12: Scrappy Badger

5. Epic 8 Hour Races

6. O-Cups (p/b Superfly Racing)

  • May 3: O-Cup #1 @ Woodnewton
  • May 31: O-Cup #2 @ TBA
  • June 14: O-Cup #3 @ Sir Sam’s Haliburton
  • July 11-12: O-Cup #4/National Championships @ Hardwood Hills
  • August 8-9: O-Cup #5 @ Mountainview Midland
  • August 30: O-Cup #6/Provincial Championships @ Kelso

7. (Eastern Ontario) Gravel Cup

  • April 4
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 23
  • June 13
  • August 1
  • September 19
  • October 3

8. Speed River Bicycle Gravel Grinders:

  • April 5
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 8
  • September 6
  • October 18

9. Misc Rides (Ontario By Bike)

  • Ride for the Rouge, Kawartha Lakes Classic, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Ride for Heart…

If you read this and see a mistake or omission, or if you want to say anything else, please let me know. You can always comment on the blog, comment on my Facebook page, or send a message to: TeamColinBlog@yahoo.com

PS
11 Things I’m Really Looking Forward to this Year (because 10 just isn’t enough):

  1. The NEW official start of the season???
  2. Sea Otter @ Blue
  3. Defending my Clydesdale Marathon title at the Substance Projects XCM
  4. A few Epic 8 Hour races
  5. The gravel–all the gravel
  6. Writing about biking and bike stuff
  7. My 24 Hour team, and booking a night lap at Albion Hills on June 20th
  8. Ripping Centennial park at the Tuesday Night Race Series (fingers crossed)
  9. Riding with my family–so much fun
  10. With the schedule changes, racing well into October
  11. All the sweat, and grime, and hurt, and pain, and joy and glee, of racing and riding

Bonus: Shredding Southern Ontario’s newest race series (Norco Durham Shredders Weekly MTB)

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