The Race: The third round of the Ontario Gravel Series will be a rolling and challenging course starting at the Baltimore Recreation Centre in Baltimore Ontario. The race/ride will roll through Northumberland County, Hamilton Township and Alnwick-Haldimand Township roads and tracks keeping everyone on their toes.
This is an 80k, 40k or 20k bicycle race/ride. That is it. It isn’t a road race or a mountain bike race or a fondo, or even a fondue. It is just a bike race/ride. With a lot of gravel (and a little forestry track for fun).
How Many Laps? 1. Yup, just one big loop to glory! Each distance will be one lap so PAY ATTENTION to the signs or you will go way to long, or way to short.
Course lengths : 80k, 40k and 20k.
The race will roll out of the start area at the Baltimore Community Centre at 10 am as a group and ride down a neutral roll out to the gravel pit just 1k along the course.
Do NOT pass the vehicle leading your start wave. There will be a vehicle in front of the 80k, and one between the 80 and 40/20k wave. The first aid vehicle will be behind the last riders.
The 80k riders will stop very briefly at the exit of the gravel pit and then start the race going up the climb.
The 40k and 20k riders will wait for 15 minutes in the start area at the gravel pit then start as a group.
What to ride? The course is designed around a typical gravel/cross bike. You can ride a mountain bike, some will ride a Fat Bike, and if you really want you can try a road bike.
Photo Credit: Apex Race Photography
Where: The start/finish is at Baltimore Recreation Centre in Baltimore Ontario.
When: September 14, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 Sign-in, Race Day Registration and Rise Espresso Coffee time
9:45 Rider briefing at Start/Finish at Baltimore Community Centre
10:00 Neutral Roll out from Baltimore Community Centre to Start at Findlay Gravel Pit
- 80k Start immediately
- 40k and 20k will wait for 15 minutes at the Finlay Gravel Pit before starting.
- DO NOT PASS the lead vehicle for your wave on the way down Van Leuvan Rd.
20k: $40 (Early bird discount until June 14 – $30. Last minute registration as of September 7 – $45)
40k: $60 (Early bird discount until June 14 – $50. Last minute registration as of September 7 – $80)
80k: $80 (Early bird discount until June 14 – $70. Last minute registration as of September 7 – $100)
Entry fee includes:
- Post race meal
- finisher ‘trophy’ (pint glass) when you finish
- schwag item (socks)
- stocked aid stations
- first aid by Odyssey Medical
- ‘Over-marked’ course so you can enjoy the day without worrying about getting lost
- inclusive and encouraging vibe
- Wicked draw prizes (which everyone can win!)
- Beer and a cool trophy for the podium
Aid Stations: You can send out supplies (1 gallon zip-lock bag per person per station) and we will have eLoad, water, (and a little coke…) and fruit, gummy stuff, some salty stuff and pickles along with some tools and cheering. You are required to be self supported though so carry tools and tubes or other parts you might need with you. We will not allow ‘private’ support on course as it contributes to far too much traffic on narrow winding roads already taxed by the race. It is also a little unfair to others. If you have someone who wants to support you they can help out at an Aid Station and support you as well while they are there.
There will be bins at registration in to which you can drop a 1 gallon zip lock bag. Each bin will be marked.
Spectating on course: If you would like to watch someone and follow them along please refrain from driving any more than is necessary on the roads used for the race. All roads are open as per the Highway Traffic Act and signage, however some roads are narrower and not suitable for support/spectator traffic during the event.
Post race there will be great food and general ‘hanging around after a bike ride/race with cool people’ kind of vibe. There will be food and drinks after as well as some killer draw prizes!
Whining: We will have a strict ‘No Whining’ policy. If it was easy and all downhill then it wouldn’t feel like you have accomplished anything. You have to earn it!
Signage: There will be lots of signage on course. Arrows warning of a turn, arrows telling you to turn, arrows telling you that you have made the right turn, arrows telling you to go straight…. Lots of arrows. We will also have signs warning you of the ‘Sections’ with each one listed and details given in advance of the event. We may even have a preview video of each Section. (I may have watched too many spring classic road races!)
Bike: What bike can you use? Any bike you want as long as it is pedal powered and has two wheels. We love the gravel/cross bike stuff and the course is designed around them but you may want something else and if you are happy, we are happy. We like bikes!
Important note: This course will be a lot more… firm… than El Bandito 😉
The Highway Traffic Act applies
The roads are not closed. You are expected to follow all traffic laws. If you are caught breaking them you will be disqualified. There is a lot of climbing and rough surface. You will not win or lose the race by running a stop sign, so don’t!
Odyssey Medical will be on site to take care of any first aid issues. If you or a rider near you is injured during the race call Odyssey Medical at 1-800-444-1017 or report to one of the Aid Stations.