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Paris to Ancaster

Sunday April 21, 2002

30km or 60km routes

Go to:

On-line Registration

Entry Form

Map of Start Location

Map of Finish/Pick Up Location

Downloadable PDF of Entry Form

Results and Photos from 2001

Each spring for the past 100 years the toughest bike racers on the planet have been gathering in northern France and Belgium for the spring Classics. The most punishing event of the classic season, the most coveted victory and most infamous course is the bonecrushing Paris-Roubaix. This is our version.

For the 9th year in a row, over 500 cyclists of all ages will be gathering on this side of the Atlantic in Paris, Ontario to experience their own classic ride over the worst roads, farm lanes, forest single track and old railway lines en route to Ancaster. At 60km, it is considerably shorter than its namesake in France but is not without its own unique challenges. Each year we work hard to include a new section or two to keep the race course interesting.

For the second year we have the option of the 30 km route which will challenge those of you not quite ready for the whole nine yards. The Harrisburg to Ancaster 30km race starts at the site of the feed station for the 60km race and covers second half of the 60km route. All riders will face the now legendary mud slide down Powerline rd and the leg breaking climb of Martins Rd. to the finish.

We also provide a 100% cotton t-shirt (for the first 300 registered riders), lunch after the ride, emergency breakdown assistance, feed station, baggage transfer to the finish line, so you will have something warm and dry to wear while waiting for your friends to finish. Awards include over $2,000 in draw prizes for everyone, medals to the top three finishers in each age group and cash to the top 5 overall men and women.

Bring along a spare tube, pump, patch kit, rain jacket and gloves. We have had snow and sleet in the past so please be prepared. Helmets are mandatory.

After the race we have arranged to have shower facilities available at the community centre, bring your own towel and stick around for the awards presentations.

Parking in Paris will be extremely limited. Please carpool or use the pre race bus service from Ancaster. 30km riders will be bussed from Ancaster to Paris for number pick up and then on to Harrisburg for the start. Transportation back to the start line after the race will not be provided.

Paris to Ancaster 60km details
Start :
Syl Apps Arena, Willow St. Paris
Start time : 11am
Registration and number pickup:
Syl Apps Arena, Paris April 20, 6-8pm and April 21, 8-10:30am
Finish: Firestone Community Centre, Jerseyville Rd. Ancaster
Directions to start: see map
Course description
: 60-65km (land permits pending) 20km gravel and dirt roads, 18km rail trail, 13 km singletrack in 1-3km sections, 11km paved road.

Harrisburg to Ancaster 30km details
: Harrisburg Park
Start time: 11:30am
Registration & number pickup:
Syl Apps Arena, Paris. April 20, 6-8pm and April 21, 8-10:30am
Finish: Firestone Community Centre, Jerseyville Rd. Ancaster
Directions to start: available at registration
Course description: 30-35km (land permits pending) 8km gravel and dirt roads, 8km rail trail, 6km single track, 9km paved road.