The Spectator’s Guide is updated and more smart phone user friendly.
The toques are at the printers and the proofs looks good. We’re looking forward to the final results 🙂
We’ve now posted all event start times on the registration page, but they’re also pasted below. We hope to sort out shuttle times this week and will post those details as soon as they’re finalized.
Cost and Start Times: (early bird registration is now closed)
54km Bike or Run, $75
54km Bike starts in Niverville at 2:00pm Saturday, 54km Run starts in Niverville at 12:30pm Saturday
125km Bike or Run, $150
125km Bike starts in St. Malo at 9:30pm on Saturday, 125km Run starts in St. Malo at 6:00am Saturday
162km Run or 200km Bike, $225
200km Bike starts in Emerson at 5:00am on Saturday, 162km Run starts in Ridgeville at 10:00pm on FRIDAY
(all costs plus a small admin processing fee applied by the registration vendor at the time of registration)
We’ve received requests for more info on each checkpoint so we took a morning over the Christmas break and drove around southern Manitoba capturing brief video footage of each checkpoint.
It’s not super entertaining but in a little over 5 minutes you can catch a glimpse of each checkpoint and hopefully glean a bit of helpful info too!
If the video doesn’t embed well on your device you can go directly to it here.
As you may have noticed, the new 54km bike and run event registration is now live.
We’ve added this event because we’ve received feedback from potential participants who say our longer events are just a bit more than they’re interested in. Maybe this seems odd coming from one of the race committee members of an ultra-endurace event, but let me tell you, I get it.
In university I was a 400m middle-distance sprinter. Maybe it’s just my pride talking, but I’m not sure there’s a harder Athletics event than that. I would have preferred to be either a longer or a shorter distance runner but my genetics had other ideas. In Track & Field all events seem to garner respect (okay, the 100m is definitely the glamour race, but no one thinks anything in Track & Field is easy).
In the broader athletic community it’s often the longer distance stuff that gets the attention. If you run a 10k cross county race in a reasonably brisk 36 minutes your mom may pat you on the back, but if you paddle 100km in 20 hours everyone thinks you’re incredible (for a minute or two anyway). I’ve done both. I wasn’t more impressed with myself doing one over the other. They were simply different accomplishments.
I’ve also been on a few epic bike rides that have had me questioning my sanity. Here’s a pic of one such ride.
It was taken near the end of an all day exploration of Grosse Isle. It was 36C and sunny. My wife and I, along with two friends, got lost less than half way through the ride and ran out of water a bit after that. I crashed more than once, physically and mentally. The picture is hanging on the wall in our home gym as a reminder that together we can persevere and conquer the crappiest of days. But you know what? It’s possibly been harder for me to summon the physical and mental strength to get through a local 40 minute B category cyclocross race, and finish mid-pack at best.
My point is almost any physical challenge can be epic. Heck, the last of 10 reps of a chest press can be epic. I haven’t always made it through the last one of those. Or the last 3. They’re just different challenges that sometimes suit different people.
I have tremendous respect for our long distance competitors. There’s a perverse romance to seeing some of them creep across the finish line after 30-some hours out on course, offering a really sad but somehow still enthusiastic high five as they receive their medal and then collapsing into fetal position for the next 15 minutes as the little energy they have left reconstitutes. There’s something equally impressive about watching our shorter distance competitors sprint against each other to the finish, trying to hold off the leg cramps that have been threatening them for the last 4 hours.
There’s even something cool about not pushing yourself to the very extreme, no matter the race distance. 54km, 120km, 162km, or 200km, you’re out there, Actively living life at whatever pace you chose, or whatever pace chooses you. The Epic will come, whatever the distance or discipline. It always does.
We’re trying to demonstrate in pictures how this works…register now, then look like this happy cyclist on course! It’s (almost) that simple, and that smile is practically guaranteed (if not while on course, certainly when you’re done. Or, like, a few days later. Maybe.).
Registation for most events (the new 54km event info and registration will be posted soon) is now open:
Questions? Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re pleased to announce that White Pine Bicycle Co. has accepted our invitation to partner with Actif Epica by offering FatBike rentals for our event.
We’ll hammer out details soon but we can say now that we’ve been offered a great race rental rate for our soon-to-be-officially-announced shorter distance race/ride (not more than 56 km, or in other words not more than approx half our current shortest distance).
Rentals would likely be picked up at the White Pine Forks (Johnston Terminal) rental location on Friday before our pre-race meeting and dropped off at the Forks as soon as you cross the Finish Line (well, we’ll let you recover for a few minutes before we take the bike back). If enough people rent bikes White Pine might be willing to transport the bikes to the short distance start line themselves.
The bike rental will be the same or similar (possibly from a comparable but different brand) to what is pictured below.
For more info feel free to email us at email@example.com or email White Pine Bicycle Co. directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.