We officially opened registration a couple of days ago and have already signed up our first couple of racers for 2022! We’re looking forward to seeing more entries roll in soon.
We’re also super stoked to report that we have a new Start / Finish location for 2022.
We were surprised to be informed recently that The Forks site we had been in talks with to use again in 2022 was suddenly unavailable to us, but after a bit of scrambling The Assiniboine Park Duck Pond Shelter, near the Assiniboine Park’s main pavilion, has become our new Start / Finish location. The park Conservancy has graciously agreed to keep the shelter open for us overnight so we’ll have access to their washrooms (including a room that can be used for changing).
This is a park that many of us local riders and runners use frequently, and it was already beside our approved race route. There will be skaters on the adjacent ice pond, as well as walkers, tobogganers, and more making use of the area as we set out from, pass through, and finish at the location ourselves. The park is a real local treasure and a perfect setting for our event. We’re thrilled to be able to make use of it.
We’ve modified our Course Guide to reflect these changes, though for our cyclists the route itself barely changes at all; it’s mostly that the start/finish is relocated. We’ve also taken the opportunity to use the new location as a CheckPoint that we actually pass through in the middle of the course (because the course was already set to pass through the Assiniboine Park twice), so if you are doing 1 lap (70km) you’ll start and finish the race at the Duck Pond AND you’ll pass through the Duck Pond part way through the race as well. If you’re cycling for 2 or 3 laps you’ll pass through the Duck Pond 3 or 5 times respectively, in addition to the start and finish.
We’re working on modifying the run course and hope to have it posted soon. It will almost entirely use the cycling route already outlined in the Course Guide and pictured above but will use less of it, likely with a very short unique section that cuts the cycling route shorter to obtain our desired lengths.
Stay tuned for more info!