In a Race Like This, Not Finishing Can Be the Right Decision

It’s true, the previous two editions of Actif Epica were much milder than we anticipated. That’s not to say they weren’t challenges—they were. But this year, we had some real conditions to contend with.

As Amy Oberbroeckling put it when she arrived at The Forks “I had no idea what to expect, and it turned out to be a bit of everything.”

With stretches of kilometres on end of pushing through shin to thigh deep snow and a vicious north headwind that started at around noon and only picked up from there, the rate of attrition this year was much greater than the last two—but in truth, to be expected.

No one enters a race like this without being well prepared, and truly being well prepared means knowing when you’ve had enough.

Race director Ian Hall, (who’s done his fair share of challenging rides) says that “while bowing out seldom feels good at the time, it always feels right in hindsight when you realize what could’ve happened if you pushed yourself too far.”

And in the end, people do this to face a challenge and to have fun, and plenty of “DNF”s stick around with smiles on their faces to watch their fellow racers finish up.

And almost all of them come back with what they learned from the experience to finish what they started.

Hot Soup on a Cold Day

What’s better than a hot bowl of soup when you’ve been out and active on a cold winter’s day?

Not a whole lot. And thanks to The Niverville Heritage Centre, our participants will be warmed up along the trail.

The Niverville Heritage Centre is a not for profit community-based corporation that believes strongly in the community. Beginning with a small group of concerned citizens in 2001 who were realizing that while Niverville was becoming one of the fastest growing towns in Manitoba, it was also under-serviced in terms of healthcare services and housing for seniors:

In 2013 we opened our new personal care home facility and Hespeler’s Cookhouse and Tavern, expanding our complex to over 140,000 square feet in total size. The small dream has now become a huge reality. We in Niverville believe in partnerships and the incredible power to achieve that is generated when strong partnerships and a supportive community interact with hard work and good planning.

The Niverville Heritage Centre is now a gorgeous all-inclusive venue that is able to take care of all manner of event needs. Their clients appreciate how much they are able to do for them, and relieve them of the stress of planning! 

Centrally located within 20 minutes of Winnipeg and Steinbach, in the heart of Southeastern Manitoba, the Niverville Heritage Centre offers convenient access for all your guests. No matter what type of event you’re planning, let them look after the details.

We are extremely grateful for their support, and for demonstrating the human resilience our event aims to celebrate.

First 5 Participants Through St Pierre

With a lot more snow than last year’s edition, the front of the pack is about 1 hour behind last year already.

That said, we have our front 5. 2 runners and 3 cyclists:

And a good many more are hot on their heels—so to speak. Follow the liveblog for rapid-fire updates!