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    Paris Ancaster registrations open today

    Been waiting all day for someone else to post this.

    2014 P2A registration is now open !
    Limited time discount!
    After a great deal of effort and some unplanned delays we are pleased to launch our newly re- designed website and registration for the 21st edition of Paris to Ancaster. As a special heads up to you, a 2013 participant, we are offering a $15.00 discount on 70km registration until Saturday December 21, 2013. Full details are at Paris to Ancaster Bike Race , some 2014 highlights include,
    New date, Sunday April 27, which will hopefully allow us to gain access to some otherwise soggy sections of the course, at the same time avoiding conflicts with other events.

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    Thanks for the heads up.
    Is a license required only for first wave racers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Thanks for the heads up.
    Is a license required only for first wave racers?
    I don't think a license is required for any riders.

    However UCI licensed riders can get into wave 1 without having met any of the other criteria, like a top 400 placement in last years event. So you could get into wave 1 not having a UCI, assuming a good placement in 2013.

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    Favorite race of the year

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    for the 15th time, I'm in,

    now only 131 more days to get ready, let's see, lose ten pounds, that'll be easy over Christmas. Start doing the stairs at Chedoke, that'll be easy once I stop scaring myself with the wheezing, and choking. Spray a little WD-40 on my bike chain to try and stop the rusting in the basement. Aw, 131 days is a long time.

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    My first P2A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    Registered!

    My first P2A.

    I predict, if my experience is any indication, that you will have a love/hate relationship with this race. Love because it is an awesome way to start the season. Hate because it is a rude awakening with respect to early season fitness. Welcome aboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    I predict, if my experience is any indication, that you will have a love/hate relationship with this race. Love because it is an awesome way to start the season. Hate because it is a rude awakening with respect to early season fitness. Welcome aboard.
    Add to that the weather and conditions are predictably unpredictable!!
    Of course...I am in!

    Unglued are you doing the VIP thing again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol-crank View Post
    Start doing the stairs at Chedoke, that'll be easy once I stop scaring myself with the wheezing, and choking.
    See you there in the new year. Usually do an hour at lunch on my work from home days. Then in March I start riding the Beach Strip trail.

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    Yep I'm VIPing it. The post race massage was worth every penny...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    See you there in the new year. Usually do an hour at lunch on my work from home days. Then in March I start riding the Beach Strip trail.
    I'm there about 4:00 so you won't have to listen to the wheezing and coughing. I like the Beach Strip in March to, usually ride from Queen/Aberdeen area around the bay to Stoney Creek. Lots of bike lanes so it is safer.

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    Man screw this race.



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    Last day to save $15.

    My 16th appearance is now booked.
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    Just entered - nice to save the $15!
    Have done "le petite P2A" several times.
    1st time full distance! Yikes
    Appreciate the new later date.

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    For the first time in a long while I will be returning, I don't know if it will turn out as well as last time but it will be good to be back.

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    Trying to register but keep getting error messages. Will try again later this afternoon.

    Will be my first race ever, so I'll be in the last wave. Hard goal is not to get picked up by the first cut-off shuttle LOL. Soft goal is to finish. What can I say, I'm a go-getter; I like to aim high!!

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    Due to my work schedule i will be day of register if i can make it

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadBlackHatter View Post
    Due to my work schedule i will be day of register if i can make it
    Have to register Saturday - no Sunday registrations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    Have to register Saturday - no Sunday registrations.
    thanks for the heads up. I really hope i can make it and see if all this fat biking will pay off in the spring lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Dog View Post
    For the first time in a long while I will be returning, I don't know if it will turn out as well as last time but it will be good to be back.

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    Press release! The Rocket Dog/Unglued tag team is going to roll at the P2A. Assuming I can keep up.
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    Frustrating new system for registration. Registered but I don't think the bus went through..........or maybe it did (?) impossible to double check. I'm registered for the race but, despite adding the bus ride to the cart (100% sure I did), it didn't show up in my confirmation. Frustrating that there was no review of your purchase before you finish up.

    Weird...

    I predict my slowest P2A yet. Too busy to try and prep. for a PB time.
    Here's my crummy, slow-going blog The Slow Spoke if you're interested.

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    Re: Paris Ancaster registrations open today

    You can probably just purchase the bus separately online since you have to log in to your profile.

    I've got a question. As this is the first race in my life, I don't know anything about race licenses. I selected "unlicensed" and it says I have to buy a day license. Where/how do I do that?

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    See post #3.

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    Re: Paris Ancaster registrations open today

    I'm registered for wave 4 so maybe the site says that you need a license by default.

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    What is the purpose of this BUS you're talking about?
    Is it necessary to sign-up for it, or can I make due with getting a ride with my Chaufeur? (AKA, Mrs Roll)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    What is the purpose of this BUS you're talking about?
    Is it necessary to sign-up for it, or can I make due with getting a ride with my Chaufeur? (AKA, Mrs Roll)
    The bus is necessary for people without a chauffeur. As long as you trust Mrs Roll to drop you off at the start line and make it to the finish line, you'll be fine without it!

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    In the past, certain Hard Men have ridden back to the start having completed the race. But that's a lot of saddle time....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    In the past, certain Hard Men have ridden back to the start having completed the race. But that's a lot of saddle time....
    I prefer to show what a Hard Man I am by bucking societal norms for Hard Men and doing things my way, sometimes referred to as the easy way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bishskate View Post
    I prefer to show what a Hard Man I am by bucking societal norms for Hard Men and doing things my way, sometimes referred to as the easy way.
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    I'll be a soft man all day long. I drink beer when I finish P2A. Actually, I have ridden home (about 20 km) after finishing P2A, after a few beers. Soft on the outside, hard on the inside. That's actually a pretty accurate description.

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    If this weather keeps up, we'll be racing this thing on Fatbikes!!!

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    April 27 - that's almost summer. Tee shirts and shorts, flip flops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    April 27 - that's almost summer. Tee shirts and shorts, flip flops.
    God, I hope you're right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bishskate View Post
    God, I hope you're right.
    We'll be fine. Pretty muddy last year, can it be worse?

    bishskate - I like your bike names! Love both characters and got it instantly! P.S. hopefully you don't drink as much beer as Andre used to put back!

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    Thanks. I cut beer completely when losing weight and have gradually added it back to my diet. Don't want to put that 70lbs back on, but they make beer so tasty LOL.
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    Based on the water and such on the streets. Today would be an excellent day to take the cross bike and do some worst possible conditions riding.

    Bring a snorkel.

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    Pretty soon eh? Getting pumped.

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    Got some advice from the owner of the bike shop in Erin a couple weeks back (forget his name, but really nice guy). He said don't wear white, glasses can make it worse as the lenses will get coated in muddy spray from the bikes in front and then you can't see, and if you're not near the front, don't bother even trying to ride the mud. You might make it but your bike will weigh double what it started as. He also said a local nurse told him they see a spike in "beaver fever" (can't remember the real name) afterwards and suggested not using a water bottle, but a hydration pack instead.

    Anyone have suggestions on tire pressure? I've been trying about 30psi I think. Also, are we likely to get ticketed for no bell since we'll be on public roads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bishskate View Post
    He also said a local nurse told him they see a spike in "beaver fever" (can't remember the real name) afterwards and suggested not using a water bottle, but a hydration pack instead.
    That from putting the mud in your mouth from the waterbottle?

    P2A is muddy good times but that just freaked me out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    That from putting the mud in your mouth from the waterbottle?

    P2A is muddy good times but that just freaked me out!
    No need to be freaked-out. He said "Beaver" not "Beiber".
    Beaver fever is much less scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    No need to be freaked-out. He said "Beaver" not "Beiber".
    Beaver fever is much less scary.
    LOL

    Yeah, I think it is from mud on water bottle mouths, but probably because it is in/around farmland. I don't think it is as much of a concern on normal trails. I prefer a hydration pack anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bishskate View Post
    Got some advice from the owner of the bike shop in Erin a couple weeks back (forget his name, but really nice guy). He said don't wear white, glasses can make it worse as the lenses will get coated in muddy spray from the bikes in front and then you can't see, and if you're not near the front, don't bother even trying to ride the mud. You might make it but your bike will weigh double what it started as. He also said a local nurse told him they see a spike in "beaver fever" (can't remember the real name) afterwards and suggested not using a water bottle, but a hydration pack instead.

    Anyone have suggestions on tire pressure? I've been trying about 30psi I think. Also, are we likely to get ticketed for no bell since we'll be on public roads?
    You are doubtless talking about Brian Travis, the owner of Forks. A completely awesome guy whose claim to fame is re-assembing my 1992 Blizzard once the frame was repainted.

    I agree that wearing white is not a good idea. There will be mud on the course, no matter how dry it is between now and race day. I disagree on the glasses. I have always worn my Oakleys as I would rather get mud on my lenses than in my eyes. I can always take the Oakleys off if they get too much crud on them to see through. If you are, however, talking about prescription glasses vs. contacts and sunglasses/riding glasses, I agree that the latter is the better idea.

    I have never heard of anyone getting ticketed for no bell. There are so many riders on the course I cannot imagine any police singling out any riders and ticketing them for not having a bell.

    In terms of tire pressure, it depends what sort of bike you are using. If you are on a CX bike then 30psi is WAY too low. I find 50-60PSI for CX tires about right. If you are on a mountainbike, 30-40 is about right,depending on your weight and your confidence handling mud.

    Regarding the mud chute, again, you may gain ground riding, if you are lucky, but you won't lose ground walking. Again, it depends on the sore of bike you are using. IMHO the CX bikes tend to fare better in the mud chute because the narrow tires tend to cut through the mud whereas the wider tires on a MTB tend to float on top making the bike harder to control.

    A couple of other totally subjective tips for you and anyone else who is doing this for the first time:

    1. About 1km in, the course goes into a rail trail. There will be a bottleneck there. If you can get to the rail trail amongst the first riders in your wave, especially in waves 2-4, you will gain ground.

    2. The rail trail ends in a sharp right hander up a loose, rocky hill. There is usually a bottleneck there as someone always gets hung up on the climb. Be ready to dismount and run unless there is a large gap in front of you (or you are in first place)

    3. The next 50k is primarily rolling gravel terrain and rail trail. The best thing to do is to find a group of riders who are going at a similar pace to you and to work with them in a group, with different riders taking a turn on the front. YOu know, like roadies...

    4. When you go through St. George, after the feed zone, there are a couple of kids who set up a ramp for riders to jump. Hit the ramp. It'll make the kids' day

    5. If you see Biggie, tell him Ovechkin is just a little ways in front (long-standing MTBR-EC joke)

    6. There is no shame in dismounting on the final hill and pushing. There is a short pitch that is brutal just before the finish. I have usually turned myself inside out over the previous 59km (this year 69km) and so usually can't make it either.

    7. If you see people on the trail on farm lanes and around fields, it is likely their land you are riding on. Don't drop gel wrappers and remember to say "thanks" as you ride by. That way, we will all get to continue to ride over their land in future years.

    8. If you see a big guy in Lapdogs kit, riding a Norco CX bike, that is 14stone. If you want to f*** with him, tell him I am coming up behind him and looking strong.

    9. If you see a guy in lapdogs kit with an orange catlike helmet and a grey, black and white Colnago CX bike with camo bar tape, that's me. If we've never met, please introduce yourself. No matter how much I am suffering (and I anticipate that the suffering will be extreme this year) I am always pleased to meet fellow MTBR'rs

    10. In close proximity to me will be Rocketdog. It's a really big deal that he is racing. Just trust me on this.

    11. Have fun. It's a great race and a really good benchmark of early-season fitness.

    I'm looking forward to it. I'm not sure why, though....
    Strava made me do it....

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    8. If you see a big guy in Lapdogs kit, riding a Norco CX bike, that is 14stone. If you want to f*** with him, tell him I am coming up behind him and looking strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    11. Have fun. It's a great race and a really good benchmark of early-season fitness.

    I'm looking forward to it. I'm not sure why, though....

    thought you said it was fun.....seems that you can't make up your mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    6. There is no shame in dismounting on the final hill and pushing. There is a short pitch that is brutal just before the finish. I have usually turned myself inside out over the previous 59km (this year 69km) and so usually can't make it either.
    As a long time spectator, I beg to differ. There is shame. Don't get off! The TV cameras will capture it! The photographs will be posted on mtbr! You will have to change your screen name to Unglued!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    6. There is no shame in dismounting on the final hill and pushing. There is a short pitch that is brutal just before the finish. I have usually turned myself inside out over the previous 59km (this year 69km) and so usually can't make it either.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    As a long time spectator, I beg to differ. There is shame. Don't get off! The TV cameras will capture it! The photographs will be posted on mtbr! You will have to change your screen name to Unglued!

    I concur with Nerdgirl. There is shame in walking the last hill. Rest assured, unless you are on a singlespeed, pregnant, under the age of 13 or have a bike that has been rendered inoperable (this does not include a flat tire), if I am on the final hill and catch you walking, I will heckle you.

    Last year I got to heckle the likes of Unglued & Oggie. They brought great shame upon the MTBR family.

    As a condition report. Things are drying up nicely around here. Climbed Martin Road (from halfway) on Sunday. It was in great shape, pure hard packed surface. But they'll likely gravel/grade it this week for giggles. I rode down the lower half, more flowing water and standing water than is typical, but being an old road, it's got enough of a gravel base that it's firm enough to ride.

    Beyond that, it will be P2A, the roads/rail trail will be firm and fast. Expect some sort of 'fun' when we get diverted off them.

    As a side note. I have used bottles all the years I've done it. No beaver fever yet, and haven yet to get a citation for lack of appropriate safety equipment. Though I think that would be very, very amusing.

    You can use a little WD 40 on your bike frame (or pam, etc...) and it will help the mud from sticking.

    Glasses, a must, unless it's misty/foggy, then they can be a pain. But as Unglued said, you can take them off. If you are riding in a pack, you will likely get crap flung into them. Either way, you won't be able to see.

    Tire pressure has already been hit on.

    Edit: And pray it's not an easterly wind. That means a crap tone more work with the head wind and likely feeling 4-5 degrees lower than the 'actual' temperature.

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    Got an email about upgrading to VIP. They make it sound almost worthwhile but I'd be afraid I wouldn't find people going slow enough to work with. End up struggling along all by myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
    Got an email about upgrading to VIP. They make it sound almost worthwhile but I'd be afraid I wouldn't find people going slow enough to work with. End up struggling along all by myself.
    I honestly wouldn't worry about it. If worst comes to worst, you get caught by Wave 1 and you can latch on to a group there. If you get dropped, latch onto Wave 2 group 1.

    Continue as required till its Beer O'Clock, and mock those of us who aren't enjoying massages.

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