Toques for sale!

We’ve accumulated approx 25 Actif Epica toques from the last couple of years. These are the toques that competitors and volunteers received for taking part in the event. 

This year we’re giving everyone masks because it’s so the hip thing right now, so we thought it would be the perfect time to offer our new old stock toques for a small fee to anyone who wants one or two (or 3 or whatever). 

Just email us at to request one if you wish, and send us an EFT to the same address for $12 per toque and we’ll mail it out to you right away. I’m sure we can accommodate other arrangements if necessary. 

At the time of this posting we have 12 blue, 4 grey, and 10 black. All are a synthetic ‘sport’ blend and one size fits most. 

Registration is going well, and masks are in the mail!

First off we need to say thank you!…Thank you for expressing your commitment to Actif Epica by signing up.

We admit we didn’t know what to expect when we started planning the event this year in light of the pandemic we’re all going through. We’ve come up with protocols and contingencies that should ensure the show goes on no matter what, and we hoped our potential racers would share our confidence. Within the 1st few days of opening registration we have around 25 people already signed up, which is our fasted registration pace ever, so it looks like we do all share the same confidence!

Secondly, we’re happy to report that our first batch of 50 custom masks has arrived. In fact we’ve already mailed the 1st 25 or so out to those who have already registered, and will continue to do so as new registrations arrive.

Keep watching this pace as we update everyone on planning progress and the latest news.

Registration Open!

Registration is live and we’re officially a go! Check out our Race Bible to learn what is expected of you on race weekend, look at our Racer and Spectator Course Guide to learn more about what Race Weekend will look like, and check out our COVID-19 and Contingency Plans pages to understand how we’re proceeding in these odd times.

Then…head over to our Registration page and sign up!

Remember that the 1st 50 people to sign up will be mailed a custom Actif Epica mask (the masks have already been shipped to us and should be received in just a few days). Every participant will receive a mask, but we are receiving 50 in our 1st shipment so we can guarantee that the 1st 50 to sign up will get their masks quickly.

If you have any questions feel free to email us anytime at

Please note that we try to update our Facebook page and our Twitter account (#actifepica) with these weekly posts but our primary means of communicating is through this site and through email. If at all possible we’ll get back to your emails within a day or two, we’ll quickly update this site if info changes, and any major changes will be highlighted in this weekly blog.

We’re excited as we look ahead to Race Weekend in February and hope to see you then. Until then, happy training!

Course Guide Posted

This will be a quick weekly update, letting everyone know that the Racer and Spectator Course Guide is now updated for 2021 and posted.

Although there are still a few hopefully minor course related details to resolve we’ve mostly hammered everything out and have agreements with most CheckPoint facilities in place. There are more things to consider with some of the venues this year owing to ‘the thing that shall not be mentioned’ (rhymes with blamdemic), but we’ve worked things out to the satisfaction of most venues and we’re at the point where we can really move forward.

As already mentioned elsewhere on this site our biggest changes to the course this year are:

  • leaving Winnipeg you’ll use some of the Seine River
  • no one goes further south than Niverville
  • the longest distance cyclists do an out-and-back along the La Salle River

Take a look at the Course Guide to get a sense of what you’re in for this year, and then get out and ride!

Contingency Planning

We want this to be a place of positivity. Our rides and runs are a reprieve from the news of the day, and we’re pushing ahead with event plans in large part because we want to offer the community an exciting, positive goal this winter.

At the moment the local pandemic news isn’t exactly improving, though with good community efforts things could turn more positive quickly. In case they don’t though, we’re looking closely at contingency race weekend plans in order to keep the event going even if, say, there are increased restrictions that keep us out of CheckPoint facilities or don’t allow us to congregate even in groups of 5 or 10 at the start line.

We hope to post a contingency framework here very soon so that when you register for the event you’ll be well informed and know what the race will look like if we need to make changes. Stay tuned, and start or keep training!