Register for the StuporCross Series (10% off registration and get a cool StuporCross Musette)
El Bandito 140 is a new race for 2017. It will be part of the StuporCross series with the Eager Beaver 100. Let’s be clear though, this will be a completely different course. Great scenery, some challenging stuff and unique trails that you didn’t know were there await.
The race/ride will start and finish at Brimacombe Ski hill in Orono Ontario. We will take you on some epic roads and trails including the one in the picture at the top. That is about 25k in. There are some climbs. Some of them you will have to get off and run up (unless you are on a big fat mountain bike). And there are some fast open paved road bits which will have you up in the 53t ring on a road bike for a bit. The first pre ride went really well. Lots of smiles and lots of challenges. Just be warned, the course is designed so that there is no one perfect bike. The course is designed around the current ‘gravel bike’ genre. In fact it is being ridden on a Salsa Warbird. Did we mention that Salsa is sponsoring this debacle? Look for KILLER draw prizes leading up to the race. Register early for your best chances to win.
Registration opens May 23 and there is a super low initial price until May 31 at the end of the day. Get going quick! (post race food and race socks included plus the usual stuff from us, like top notch first aid from Odyssey and amazing course marking, and aid station supplies…)
We are also working on getting you the best gear possible to remember the day. Pearl Izumi has created a killer kit for the series. You can order as many pieces or as few as you like. Order early and pick up at the race. For sizing go to the bottom of this page.
CAT5GEAR has also made a custom bag for us. Pick it up on race day and save shipping. We can even put your jersey and bibs in it for you. Choose from 5 colours.
When: July 22, 2017. Day of registration open 7-8am, all distances start at 9 am.
Where: Brimacombe Ski Hill.
Distance: ~140k and ~ 70k.
Route: Varied. This race has a little something for everyone. There will be some gravel roads, some dirt roads, some paved roads, some sandy bits along with some ATV tracks and some road allowances. There may even be some very mellow single track and mtb trail.
You could ride a mountain bike, and you will make up some big time on the sandier/trail bits, and you could ride a cross bike and make up time on the paved bits, or you could ride a gravel/monster-cross bike… well you get the idea. This will be a very fun and diverse ride which will require skill and fitness to win, but anyone can ride it and have a great time and enjoy some great scenery along the way while exploring Southern Ontario from a bike. You don’t need expert MTB skills to have a great time.
What is StuporCross? It isn’t anything. It is just riding a bike, whatever bike you have/want to ride, on a bunch of different surfaces for fun in a race. Without alliteration. You don’t even have to race. Just ride on a well-marked scenic course with some aid stations along the way. It can be gravel, it can be dirt, it can be atv track, it can even be a bad pavement. It will be fun.