Year 4 of Actif Epica will be a real sweetheart! On February 14, 2015, racers from around the world will gather in the frozen winter landscape of North America’s geographic centre—Winnipeg, Manitoba. While they’re here to bike or run 130 km of unforgiving temperatures, brutal winds and bare landscapes, they’ll be treated to a, Read More
Date: Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Time: 9:00 am (ok, so not exactly the solstice, that’s at 5:03 pm)
Location: Meet in St. Pierre-Jolys in the parking lot of ‘Le Routier’ restaurant (on the East side of the highway right on the main road in town, ~1hr South from the Perimeter of Winnipeg on Hwy. 59)
Purpose: To preview section 1 of the Actif Epica course from St. Malo to St. Pierre (we’ll ride from St. Pierre to St. Malo and then back so you get to see it twice!)
Who: Dan Lockery will be riding at a slow rolling pace (on a fat bike) and would love it if you brought ANY type of bike and join him (bring friends on bikes too!).
The Plan: To scout the first section of the AE route, take some pictures and enjoy a fun, sociable ride out and back to St. Malo from St. Pierre. The total distance is approximately 25km one-way, with possible refuelling stops (and/or to feed your caffeine addiction) at each end of the route. I will be heading out at 9:15am sharp from Le Routier, if you arrive later, feel free to follow and catch up with us along the route as we will be moving at a comfortable pace and stopping periodically to take pictures.
Important Note: All participants join us at their own risk (e.g. please be safe, wear appropriate winter riding clothing, a helmet, bring blinky lights for improved visibility if you have them, food, water, etc.). Citing a famous quote, “YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU”, so please respect the nature of a winter riding adventure, it can be merciless.
From year one of Actif Epica, we’ve had people asking us if we could add a relay option. Last year we did a trial, and we’re happy to announce that we have made two relay options available.
The check-point to check-point option is for a team of 6 participants. It’s great if you’re looking to just try things out and get a bit of a taste for the course and the challenge.
If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, but not quite ready for the full 130km trek, the 2 person relay option lets you and a friend split the course, with a hand-off at the mid-way check-point in Niverville.
In either option, each person can choose whether to run or bike their particular section.
We’re happy to add this great option for people who want to give Actif Epica a shot with some friends! All you have to do is find your team, and register.
PS: We’ll be at MEC Winnipeg’s Snowfest all day today, together with all kinds of other people who love outdoor winter activity. Come by and say hello!
We were stoked to catch Actif Epica alum “Barefoot” Bob Nicol on Global on Friday talking about going au natural, prepping for Tuscobia and sporting an Actif T-Shirt:
It’s a great little segment, and we know that Bob could have worn any T-shirt. He chose to wear ours. Thanks Bob, and best of luck with your training.
Watch the segment here.
PS: You can get your own cool shirt by registering or volunteering for Actif Epica 2015.