Friday, September 19, 2008

Inaugural Crank the Shield draws racers to Ontario

Ontario's first point-to-point mountain bike stage race, Crank the Shield, will kick off on Friday. As an ultimate test of physical and mental endurance, Crank the Shield has attracted riders of all calibers, from Canadian National Team racers to weekend warriors, all in search of a personal triumph. The three stages, ranging from 70 to 85 km, are sure to put riders to the test.

The race will see approximately 280 riders make their way through the Muskoka Region, the Town of Minden, the Town of Haliburton, and finish in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.

The three courses wind through rough ATV trails, secondary roadways, and cycling specific riding centres including Buckwallow Cycling Centre, and Haliburton Forest Wildlife Preserve. On the third day, racers will enjoy a police-escorted 17 km neutral ride. This epic adventure will be capped off with an awards banquet, at Haliburton Forest.

Crank the Shield 2008
Stage 1 - September 19: Buckwallow to Candalore, 80km
Stage 2 - September 20: Wilderness to Village , 90km
Stage 3 - September 21: Neutral Ride to Hills and Singletrack Thrills, 80km

It is cheap,
It is close,
It is only 3 days,
It has a single speed cat!
Next year I am in!!!

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