Big thanks to Cycle Solutions for recruiting a lot of volunteers and bringing a mechanic up to help you out before the race. If you are in a jam stop by and see Matt at the Cycle Solutions tent to get you rolling.
RESULTS The results will be updated live on webscorer. (if the internet was co-operating! working on live for next year)
The Race: Eager Beaver 100 2.0 (Still deciding if we should just go with Eager Beaver 2.0, EB2.0, EB100, Eager Beaver 100…. Naming races is not on the top of our skills list on the resume..) This is the re-birth of the Eager Beaver 100 mountain bike race but with a new twist.
This is a 100 mile, 100k or 50k 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.
The Highway Traffic Act applies
Important reminder for everyone riding the EB100 next week. 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 and the last 5k are on private property with no roads. You will not win or lose the race by running a stop sign, so don’t! The race goes through 3 different OPP detachments and they all have a map of the race. They are very supportive of the event and are focused on keeping everyone safe.
Odyssey Medical will be on site to take care of any first aid issues courtesy of The Cycling Gym. If you or a rider near you is injured during the race call Odyssey Medical at 705-730-3239 or report to one of the Aid Stations.
Details: SUPER IMPORTANT!!! The first 3 k and last 5 k are on PRIVATE PROPERTY!!! DON’T RIDE ON THIS unless it is race day!!!!!! (if you do we will hit you with eggs and tell everyone that you are the reason we can’t ride there!) We have special permission.
Please make your strava file private or remove the part between County Road 31 and Concession 10 Nottawasaga so others don’t ride there.
Also there is a Short cut at 0.8km into the race and with 1k to go on the way back. It takes 200m off the course but it is a rocky single track (climb on the way out and decent on the way back).
100 Mile: Climbing=1820 m (5971 feet)
Aid Stations = 4 : AS 1 @ 26.4k
AS 2 @ 66.5k
AS 3 @ 94k
AS 4 @ 135k
AS 4.5 @ 151k (quick drink if you need it )
Actual Distance = 156 km
Number of Sections = 8
Total Length of Sections = 14.1 km
Number of Run-ups = 1
100 km: Climbing = 1175m (3855 feet)
Aid Stations = 3 : AS 1 @ 26.4k
AS 2 @ 47k
AS 3 @ 88k
AS 3.5 @ 104k (quick drink if you need it )
Actual Distance = 108.6 km
Number of Sections = 6
Total Length of Sections = 10.6 km
50 km: Climbing = 580 m (1900 feet)
Aid Stations = 1 @ 26.4k (and a quick drink stop at 5k to go in case you need it)
Actual Distance = 49.53 km
Number of Sections = 3
Total Length of Sections = 6 km
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 Cut-off Time: For the first year we are not having a ‘finish in the dark’ option. So the course will close at 8 (Sunset is at 8:23) We will post the cut-off times for the aid stations shortly but we want you to finish and don’t really want to be driving you back in!
The first scouting ride of the course was done quite happily on a ‘cross bike, but Riot did moan on a few times about wishing he had his mountain bike.
The entire 100 mile course is south of Highlands Nordic, West of Airport Road, North of HWY 89 and East of HWY 10. We can say that there is currently 20k of pavement in total on the 100 mile course. The rest is gravel and ‘Sections’.
‘Sections’ are loosely defined as parts of the route, which I would not drive, or would drive very slowly, in my Subaru Outback. And I am not very nice to my car. The current route has 8 Sections.
They are fun and offer some sort of challenge. One of them is intended as a run-up, but I would guess that someone will succeed in riding it.
There are climbs. Quite a few of them actually. Southern Ontario is not known as a mountainous region but we will be rolling up and down some wonderful gravel along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment as it gets close to Georgian Bay. For the 100 mile version think 6000 feet or so.
Where: The start/finish is at Highland Nordic Centre in Duntroon Ontario. There will be camping on site the night before and after the race along with showers… mmmm showers…. Camping will be just $10 per night so hang out and enjoy the event. And Collingwood is a short 20 min drive away if you want some touristy stuff for Sunday.
When: August 12 2017, Ride starts at 9 am.
Camping Check in 5-9 Friday Eve
7-8 Last minute registration/ sign in
8:00 Aid Station Bins go out
9:00 Race Start for ALL distances
Podium will be when most of the field for that race is finished. We will give a 30 minute warning. As it is the first running of the race we don’t know how long you will take!
When is Registration open: Very soon. Just crossing ‘t’s, dotting ‘i’s and ‘j’s///
100 Mile: $ Pre-reg ($ Late Registration starting August 5) Early bird special $ until midnight June 1!!
100 K: $ Pre-reg ($ Late Registration starting August 5) Early bird special $ until midnight June 1!!
50 K: $ Pre-reg ($ Late Registration starting August 5) Early bird special $ until midnight June 1!!
Course Map: will be posted just before the race, but course details will be posted the week of May 30 (Map posted Wednesday August 10).
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 and some salty stuff 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 1 through 4. The bins will be picked up to head out to the aid stations at 8 so drop your bag before then.
100m riders will hit all aid stations.
100k riders will hit AS1, AS3 and AS4 (don’t drop stuff in AS2!!!).
50k riders will hit AS1 only.
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 and please do not drive on the ‘Sections’ of the course during 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. There are many roads you can drive on such as River Road and stop before the racecourse to watch and even ride a bike to other vantage points. We will work on a spectator map to highlight some good areas which you an easily move between on foot or on bike.
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 camping on site and a great resort town nearby for those with a need for the nicer things.
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 your post race beer!
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!
hmm. Bit of work to do on this road then.
Great news! There will be camping on site the night before and the night after the race (with showers and bathrooms) at Highlands Nordic Centre. And there is space for Westys and trailers etc. so don’t worry. There will be a $10 fee per person payable at check in for each person sleeping over and there is a post race bbq included for Saturday (for everyone who signs up for the event).
If you don’t want to camp there are lots of towns in the area to find a cool little place to hang out and Collingwood is just 20 minutes away.
Section 1 The Murderhorn: 2.9 km long. 145m climb. Starts @ 15 km Video
Section 2 : 1.2 km long. 10m climb. Starts @ 18 km Video
Section 3 : 1.2 km long. 18m decent. Starts @ 23 km Video
Section 4 : 0.6 km long. 30m decent. Starts @ 26.4 km (100k and 100M only) Video
Section 5 : 2.7 km long. 108m climb. Starts @ 30 km (100k and 100M only)
Section 6 (Run-up) : 1.3 km long. 107m climb. Starts @ 45.5 km (100M only)
Section 7 Riot Decent : 2 km long. 127m decent. Starts @ 67.5 km (100M only)
Section 8 : 1.1k long. o elevation. Starts @ 125.5 km (100k and 100M only)
Thank you for joining us for the first edition of the Eager Beaver 100 v2.0!
- Orange Course Markings
The course is marked with big orange arrows.
- If the arrow is pointing up, go straight.
- If the arrow is pointing to the side, turn that way.
- If the arrow is on angled 45 degrees to one side, you are about to turn that way.
If you pass an orange X you are going the wrong direction. Go back and find the error of your ways.
- Short Cut
About 0.8k into the race (and with about 1k to go when you are returning) you will see the Iron Cross Short Cut. The arrows there show you can go two different directions.
It is indeed a short cut. It takes about 200m off the XC ski trail, but it has a lot of rocks in it.
- Heads Up!
At about 2k in, you will start onto the first road. Just when it turns to gravel, there is a big rut in the middle. Watch out! We will put arrows pointing down there to warn you.
- Race Signage: Blue, Red, Green
At the turn-off for the 50k and 100k courses there are large signs (same colour as your number plate) with an arrow on the bottom telling you which course goes which way.
Please pay attention. (Every year at Mohican, people – intelligent and competent people – take the wrong turn in spite of a huge freakin’ sign.)
When the courses re-unite there are double arrows.
- Cue Sheet
There is a lead motorbike for the 100-mile course, and we will be checking the 100k and 50k routes on the morning of the race to ensure course markings are clear. If you still find an intersection where you’re not sure which direction to go, check your cue sheet.
- Getting Help
If you get hurt or someone else is hurt, we need to know the distance covered and which course you are doing, so that we can get to you immediately.
There is a cue sheet available at sign-on which you are strongly encouraged to take with you. The emergency medical number is listed on the bottom.
The course is open to cars and traffic except the first 3k and the last 5k. You are required to follow ALL TRAFFIC LAWS on all roads.
When you cross Hwy 124 (before halfway, but after the majority of the climbs on all courses) you may have to wait 20 seconds. Be patient! There is still plenty of time to get back any time lost, and if you are riding to win, factor that into your strategy. (Plus, you can’t win if you’re splattered on some truck’s grill.)
What goes up must come down! Remember, there can be cars and motorbikes coming up the hill, and there is some fresh gravel with some SUH-WEEEET braking bumps on at least one of the downhills (at 43k on the 100-mile course).
Keep your head up and ride within your limits at ALL TIMES. (You will lose a lot of time if you are standing at the side of the road picking gravel out of your arms.)
- Good Neighbours
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER! If you are found to be dropping packaging or bottles intentionally you will be disqualified from the event. We want to run this race again, and if people find litter on the road we will not get the permits to return.
Also the Aid Stations are mostly on private property with the owner graciously allowing us to use their land. Don’t make a mess or use their property as a toilet.
If you DNF, make sure you tell Sheri at the finish line. This is a big area to search, and we don’t want to risk the safety of first-responders on a search for someone who is at home.
- Timing First
Please do not stand in front of or in any way distract the people doing the timing. (They are polite, but we are thinking about giving them a pointy stick to use when reminding you to let them focus on their work.)
- Last But Not Least
The most important thing, though, is to have a great time! You are riding your bike with a great group of people through some scenic and challenging terrain. Enjoy it!