2019: An epic year for cycling events

Apr 18, 2019
In recent years, BruceGreySimcoe has become a cycling mecca. With quiet paved backroads, challenging elevation changes and thrilling single track and downhill mountain bike trails, there’s something for everyone. And the cycling world is taking notice! The region has been attracting a slew of prestigious cycling events and races in recent years. From hosting International cyclists at the PanAm Cyclocross Championships in Midland to crowning Canadian National champs at the XCO MTB Canadian Championships at Hardwood Ski and Bike, some of the best cyclists in the world will be squaring off in our #brucegreysimcoe backyard this season. Whether you’re an avid cyclist looking to compete or a fan who wants to watch the best in the sport, we’ve put together a handy list of this summer’s hottest cycling events. Read on to plan your two-wheeled adventures.


Turas Mor
May 25th
Creemore, Ontario
Inspired by the vintage rides of Europe, Turas Mor is a cycling journey on gravel and non-gravel roads through the rolling hills and pastoral landscape of Creemore. With 3 different rides geared to varying abilities, there’s something for everyone at this unique event. The Classic Ride is 60km, The Challenger Ride is 40km and The Cruiser Ride is 20 km. The best part? The ride finishes at Creemore Springs Brewery! All riders must be 19 and over. Vintage kits and heroic rides are encouraged. Prizes for best vintage ride and best vintage kit are up for grabs. Find out more at http://www.creemorespringsturasmor.com/
The Blue Mountains Gran Fondo
June 15
The Blue Mountains, Ontario
Acting as the only Canadian qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, the Blue Mountains Gran Fondo brings out some heavy hitters. Race organizer Bruce Bird is the current UWCT Road Race World Champion in the 45-49 age group and is focused on offering cyclists a great event.
This year, the event features the Gran Fondo/C110 event and the newly-added Media Fondo 72 kilometre race, held in conjuction with Centurion Racing. The Media Fondo will have a time Hill Climb challenge, up the Bowles Hill Climb about halfway through the course. The courses this year have less climbing to better align with the World Championship course in Poznan, Poland.
To find out more visit https://thebluemountainsgranfondo.com/

Sea Otter Canada
July 4 to 7
Blue Mountain Resort/Blue Mountain Village
This wildly popular cycling festival, The Sea Otter Classic takes place annually in Monterrey, California but in 2019 it’s coming to Canada for the first time. With a unique lineup of both road and dirt races taking place next to a massive cycling expo complete with local breweries, food vendors, a kid’s zone and live bands, this is one two-wheeled party you won’t want to miss.

For road cyclists, the event lineup includes the Sea Otter Climbing Championships, a Crit Race, The Scarecrow Gravel Race, The Gran Fondo, a One Day – 3 – Stage Race and a Hub and Spoke
Race. For mountain bikers, the races are The Grind Uphill Challenge, a Dual Slalom, XC Short Course, XS 3 Hour, Air Downhill and an Enduro race.
Find out more about this event at  https://seaottercanada.com/
XCO MTB Canadian Championships
July 20 to 21
Hardwood Ski and Bike, Oro Station, Ontario
Having hosted the Pan Am Games in the past, Hardwood Ski and Bike is set to host the 2019 XCO MTB Canadian Championships from July 20 to the 21st. This prestigious event will crown National champions and allow spectators to see the best off-road cyclists in the country up close. To find out more visit https://www.hardwoodskiandbike.ca/home-of-the-2019-mountain-bike-nationals/
War on the Shore Criterion
July 28
Southampton, Ontario
Held in conjunction with Southampton’s Marine Heritage Festival and backed by local favourite Martin’s Bicycle Shop, the War on the Shore Criterium returns for its fourth year. This spectator friendly race takes place with the sparkling waters of Lake Huron nearby and offers classes for every ability, including a kid’s race on the actual criterion course.
A criterium race takes place on a closed short course where riders complete laps to distance. This means fans can line the course, clearly see the race progress and cheer on the winner. This year’s event includes a 5km beach cruiser rally, a 10km beginner road race, a sportif mens class, a sportif and open women’s class, an intermediate men’s class, a kid’s race and an open men’s/elite class, all followed by an awards ceremony. All proceeds from the event go to local charities. To find out more visit https://www.warontheshore.ca/

Eager Beaver 100
August 10
Duntroon, Ontario
If you want to ride bikes with a fun crew, it sounds like the Eager Beaver 100 mountain bike race is for you. Their description says it all “This is the re-birth of the Eager Beaver 100 mountain bike race but with a new twist. This is a 100 mile, 100k or 50k bicycle race/ride. That is it. It isn’t a road race or a mountain bike race or a fondo, or even a fondue. It is just a bike race/ride. With a lot of gravel.” The start/finish is at Highland Nordic Centre in Duntroon, Ontario and you can find out more by visiting  http://substanceprojects.com/portfolio-item/eager-beaver-100
Grand Fondo Lake Huron
August 18
Southampton, Ontario
This road race on the shores of Lake Huron is run as a fundraiser for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital. With your choice of a 110km Pretty in Paisley route, the 70km Winding Past Windmills route or the 30km Shore to Farm and Back route, there’s a course for every ability. Find out more at http://granfondolakehuron.ca/
The Growling Beaver Brevet
September 28
Collingwood, Ontario

This social ride offers routes of 40 km, 60 km, 100 km or 200 km through the scenic Beaver Valley with all riders gathering for a post-ride meal and social at the Side Launch Brewing Company in Collingwood. With the fall colours at their height and stops planned along the routes that feature local cuisine and entertainment, riders complete their passports while having a blast with fellow cyclists—all in support of the Davis Phinney Foundation and Parkinson Wellness Project. The route is a mix of paved and gravel roads with scenic views and elevation changes. Find out more at https://www.growlingbeaver.com/
PanAm Cyclocross Championships
November 9/10
Little Lake Park, Midland
Some of the best cyclocross riders in the world will face off at Midland’s Little Lake Park on November 9 and 10. Cyclocross is a unique animal in the cycling world and is super exciting for spectators who can get up close to the riders and the action. To find out more visit https://www.silvergoosecx.ca/