Posters are up

Posters are now up in your local bike and running shops, and we hope to stick a few up on local cycling and running routes as early as this weekend. Keep training, race weekend feels like it’s still a ways off but time has a way of speeding up!

Route approved, full Course Guide posted, Registration still coming very soon, we swear :)

2022 Course

Great news!..the City has approved our route for 2022. It may still see minor changes as we monitor for things like road construction and other stuff as we approach race weekend but what you see above is more less what you’ll get.

If you’ve been following this blog note a change in the south east part of the course from what we posted as a tentative route a few weeks ago. We decided on a route that takes us further east along the Fermor Greenway and into Sage Creek because it avoids having to use a less desirable route along Dakota that had a number of street crossings.

We’ve ridden the route a few times now, by ourselves and with a few friends to get their viewpoint too, and we’re really happy with what we’ve come up with this year.

We hope that it is virtually Covid proof. Moving things completely into the city helps if we need to be less supported due to restrictions if, for instance, new laws prohibit us from operating manned CheckPoints. Participants will be much closer to Race Headquarters and there will be a number of 24 hour shops (e.g. 7-Eleven, Tim Horton’s) close to the route should people need to find emergency shelter until we can get to them. Conditions will likely be less severe (e.g. fewer huge snow drifts to impede progress) and volunteer rovers will be more easily dispatched to keep an eye on slower moving racers. Cellular service should be good throughout the route. Overall participants should be less vulnerable on the new route than in previous years if we need to move to a less supported format.

With all of that said, our plan is to run the event essentially as we have in past with manned CheckPoints that participants pass through as they make progress. We’re targeting The Forks and a 2nd location around the half-way point of the route to act as CheckPoints, which when including the Start and Finish of the race (also at The Forks) would amount to 3, 5, or 7 stops depending on whether you plan to do 1, 2 or 3 laps. The distance and time spent between the CheckPoints is similar to what it has been in previous years.

We’re waiting hopefully just a couple more days to open registration. We’re basically ready to go but want to nail down a couple of final details mostly around contingency plans in case we have to move to a virtual event, and we want to be able to share all of that info with you before we take your money. We meet tomorrow to hopefully make those final decisions and have what we’re calling a ”semi-virtual” option if Covid restrictions really increase, though we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to run the event at full strength using plan A.

In the mean time the full Course Guide has now been posted. We may enhance it with a bit more info in the weeks to come but the full general description of the course is now posted.

We’ll be back in touch soon!

AE is Larry the Dog Approved / Training Blog coming soon

This will be a quick update. It’s been a bit over a week and we wanted make sure we kept you up to date on our progress. But first!…we needed to share that Larry (a cohabitant of one of our racers) is supporting our efforts, and presumably the efforts of everyone training for race weekend, by modelling one of our toques which are still for sale for $12 each (just email us if you’re interested). We’ve sold a few, but we still have a few left.

Planning continues to go well. Most but not all of our volunteer positions are now covered. If you know of anyone who would like to help, or if you’re reading this yourself and wondering how you can be involved with the event this year, feel free to email us at actifepica@gmail.com and together we can figure out where you best fit.

We’ve also finally confirmed that every CheckPoint facility is on board for 2021. All had tentatively agreed but with the ongoing pandemic there were some extra details to sort through and although there are still contracts to sign, etc, we now have the okay to move forward with The Forks CN Stage greenroom start / finish and HQ, the Fraser Road shed, the St Adolphe Curling Club, the Niverville Recreation Centre and the U of M Active Living Centre. The leg of the course specific to the 200km cyclists this year, along the La Salle River, will also pass through St Norbert and Sanford CheckPoints, but those 2 spots will be manned by volunteers in cars instead of inside formal facilities as had been planned for sometime.

Lastly, our plan is to get our first Training Blog post up later this week, where we go through our own 8 week training program and let you follow along as directors Scott and Deanna finish their physical prep to do a full recon ride of the short bike course a week or so before event weekend. Our other director, Dan, is of course building up to be competitive in the long bike course come February.

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 actifepica@gmail.com 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.