Race FAQ
Frequently asked questions

Please read through the FAQs before contacting us.
Questions not answered in the faq section will be answered within 24 hours.

Can I get a refund? Can I get a raincheck for next year?

No. No. Medical and personal issues do happen that may prevent you from riding but as a field limited event it is difficult to accommodate, and verify, such issues. However, you may be able to sell or transfer your registration to another rider (see below). Spots in many waves are highly coveted.

How do I transfer my entry to another rider?

To transfer your entry to another rider, please contact CCNBikes at 1.604.332.4433 or by email at info@ccnbikes.com. After paying a $20 +HST transfer fee, you will be given a unique coupon code that you can forward to the person you are transferring your registration to. Transfers via CCN conclude at Midnight on Monday April 20, 2020. P2A/CCN cannot process tranfers after that time. We have a huge amount of data processing to do after on line registration closes and we can't add running changes. The last chance to transfer a registration is for you, and the person to whom the transfer is going, to be there in person on Saturday April 25, 2020 at kit pickup. Go to the Wave Change Table for assistance. The $20 transfer fee applies.

Can I register race day?

Is there a waiting list for each wave or event?
No, we do not have a waiting list.

Can I change waves?
Yes, when you pick up your race number, go to the wave/event change table to see if a spot is available in the wave you want.  Be patient - riders frequently switch waves or move from the 75km race to the 45km race, leaving openings to be filled. It is done on a first come, first served basis. We can't guarantee that you will be able to change waves even if you are waiting.

How does the pre-race bus and truck work?
Riders must pre-register for the pre-race bus and truck service. From the finish line in Ancaster, bikes will be loaded onto trucks to be taken to the start lines in Paris and St. George. 75 km riders must have their bikes loaded into the truck by 8:15 am. Don't be late. 45 km riders must have bikes loaded by 9:30am. The bus for St. George will leave Ancaster for St. George at 10am. There will be no race day walkup pre-race bus service. You must have a prepaid reservation. Reservations for the pre-race bus close when capacity is reached, or April 20, 2020. If you have already registered, you can add a bus/ bike truck ticket through our registration partner, CCN.
Note: There is no pre-race bus and truck service for P2A20 km.

How does the post-race bike truck work?
For the 75km and 45km races another option is available to truck your bike back to the start line after the race, a time saving option if your ultimate destination is west of Paris. Your bike will be loaded onto a truck and returned to the start line, where it will be stored in a secure bike corral area, guarded by a security guard until you come to get it. In the meantime, you get to have lunch, trade stories, stay for the awards ceremony and then take the shuttle bus back to the start line, where your bike will be waiting. The start line corral will close at 6pm. Bus service every 20 minutes is included. The cost is $20. If you have already registered, you can add a bike truck ticket through our registration partner, CCN.

Is the route very technically difficult?
No, by most mountain biking standards the route is not a difficult technical challenge. It is a long, periodically very muddy, (unless it rains …) and physically challenging and interesting ride though.

How muddy is it?
99.8% of the route is ride-able in all weather conditions. There are 3-4 short sections of guaranteed mud. These are 50m to 100 m long, 3-10cm deep. Many riders shoulder their bike and run these sections.

Are maps of the route available?
No, we do not publish maps of the route because several sections of the course are on private property, which we only have permission to use on race day. To help ensure the longevity of the race we ask that you do not trespass on other days of the year. The map pages have directions to the start and finish lines and as we get closer to the race date, we will add a spectator map for those who want to watch.

When will the course be marked/Can I pre ride the route?
See question above. The final route is not marked until the morning of the race. In the event of bad weather some sections of the course may be excluded to prevent environmental damage, or detoured around downed trees. We will have a legal pre-ride course map, without private property, available in the future.Please be aware that much is weather dependent and April 2020 is a long way off.

Do I need a racing licence?
No, but a licence/permit from Cycling Canada, The Ontario Cycling Association , USA Cycling, or any UCI federation will get preferred seeding (subject to wave limits).

How do I enter without my 2020 licence?
To enter Wave 1 of the 75km, use your 2019 licence information. Bring the updated details at race time
To enter Wave 2-4 of the 75km race, or Wave 1 or 2 in the 45km race, there are no qualification/licence/membership standards.

If I can't make it to the race and I am already registered will you mail me my t-shirt?
No, we will donate it for you to one of our volunteer marshaling organizations. If you ordered other merchandise from the race store, please email.

Can I pick up the race number and registration kit on race day?

Yes AND No. VIPs have always been able to pick up their kits on race day. P2A20 riders can pick up their kit at Bishop Tonnos School (the ride start) on race day. If you are riding the P2A45 or P2A 75 there is no race day kit pick up. There are so many people doing these 2 distances that if everyone showed up on race day we couldn't get them their kit and have them reach the starts on time. Please assist us by coming to get your kit on Saturday. Thank you for your understanding.

What if I can’t make it the day before the race to pick up my race kit?

Kits can be picked up by a friend, team captain, etc. To pick up kits for you, they will need to show an email from you indicating that you in fact do give permission to pick it up for you.

Can I pick up the race number and registration kit for my friends?

YES! In fact we encourage it! However, in order to pick up kits for friends you will need to show an email from them indicating you in fact do have permission to pick it up. You will also need to show your ID in order to pick up your own kit. Remember that kit pick up is on Saturday, not Race Day.


Most participants in the P2A do not have to present a signed waiver at registration. If you are over 18, the online waiver you acknowledged when entering is sufficient. Exceptions
- If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign a paper waiver. Faxed or photocopied signatures are acceptable.
- The 2nd adult in a tandem, mixed team in P2A75 or P2A45 and the P2A20 family entry must have a signed waiver.
- All “in person” race entries on Saturday April 28 will have to sign a paper waiver.

What are the elimination/cut off times?
Riders should be confident that they can finish the 75 km ride in 4 1/2 hours or the 45 km ride in 3 hours. The race course will close at pro-rated times at 35km, 20km and 10km to go. If you're late you will not be permitted to continue. Cutoff times will be adjusted according to course conditions at the organizer's discretion.

Cutoff #1 - Harrisburg Aid Station 12:30pm (shuttle available)
Cutoff #2 - Hwy 403 Loop - 1:30pm (you will be directed east on the Rail Trail and miss a couple of kilometres)
Cutoff #3 - Jerseyville Road & the Rail Trail - 2pm (shuttle available)
Cutoff #4 - Slote Road and Mineral Springs Road - 2:30pm (you will be directed east on Mineral Springs Road bypassing the Powerline Road Mud Slide)

The shuttle will take you to the finish line. We recommend that inexperienced or first time participants tackle the 45 km race the first year, prior to attempting the 75 km event in the future.

How does your bag transfer service work?
When you come to registration, pick up a white gear bag and clearly write your race number on it. Put your pre ride clothes and/or post ride essentials in the bag, take them to one of our trucks at the start line and we will transport them to the finish. Retrieve your stuff by showing your number plate at the finish line. We are not responsible for lost/ stolen items. Do not include valuables.

Which event should I enter?
We offer three great events – P2A75KM Paris to Ancaster, the P2A45KM St. George to Ancaster, which follows the final 45 km of the Paris Ancaster course and the P2A20KM. The 75 km - riders must make it to the halfway point in Harrisburg within 2 hours and 15 minutes of the start or they will not be allowed to continue on the course. There will be a shuttle provided to take you to the finish line. For this reason we would recommend that inexperienced or first time participants tackle the 45 km race or the 20km ride the first year, prior to attempting the 75 km event in a future year. The 45 km offers all the same benefits as the 75 km, including lots of fun and challenging terrain (eg Jack's Dirt Chute, the Prenderlaan, the Powerline Road Mud Slide, Martin Road Climb), with just a little less pain than the full 75 km route. The 20km route is untimed, less muddy, family friendly and a perfect introduction to the P2A experience.

What are the award categories?
Cash awards for the top 10 male & female racers overall (75km race only). Final purse tba. Medals to the top 3 in each age group and special classification (singlespeed, unicycle etc) in the P2A75 and P2A45. P2A20 is untimed. There are no results or awards.

What kind of bike should I use?
Mountain bikes, hybrids and cyclocross bikes are recommended. The race has been won on a cyclo-cross bike, 26" mtb, 29" mtb and a road bike, (with mtb pedals and a world junior time trial champion on board)

Are E-bikes Permitted in the P2A?
Yes and no. Electric assisted bikes are encouraged to join the P2A20 Family Ride. No electric assisted bikes (no motors of any kind) are permitted in the P2A75 and P2A45 as these two events are races. If you have accommodations and use an e-bike please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your circumstances.

What is the course like?
The 75km course consists of 24km of gravel and dirt roads, 5km of farm lanes, 19km of rail trail, 14km of singletrack (1-3km sections) and 8km of paved road. The 45km course is the second half of the longer course. It has a similar breakdown of course conditions. The course changes from year to year, often because of local weather conditions. The course breakdown for the 20 km is approximately 7km gravel road, 5km of paved road, 5 km of smooth gravel rail trail and 3km of single track.

Where do I get my race number?
Saturday, April 25 2020 - 10am to 5pm for P2A75, P2A45 and P2A20 at the Ancaster Community Center/Robert E. Wade Community Park, Ancaster Ontario LINK TO MAP.
Sunday, April 26 2020 - VIP only at Ancaster (no P2A75 or P2A45 pickup)
Sunday, April 26 2020 – Bishop Tonnos High School for the P2A20 only

Are there places to stay over on Saturday Night before the race?
Yes. Brant County Tourism can direct you to a number of accommodations in the region. CLICK HERE

When can I get my medal and/or prize money?
Award ceremonies are at 3pm on race day at the Ancaster community centre. You or a representative must be in attendance to get your medal/prize. Medals/prizes will not be mailed.

What is a tandem?
A tandem is a bicycle built for 2 riders. We consider trail-a-bike type things tandems as well.

What is a Fat Bike?
A fat bike is a style of bicycle built with extra wide tires. It is now available in both the P2A45 and the P2A75. We are specifying a minimum tire width of 3.7" as stamped on the sidewall of the tire. We'll check at the finish. It shouldn't be a problem as most fat bikes are using 4 inch or wider tires.

Still didn't find your answer?
contact us at and we'll do our best to answer all your questions.

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