VIP Experience Returns to Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race
Inspired by the Paris-Roubaix Race in France, P2A is one of the original ‘gravel grinder’ races in Canada. The event has three race distances, 70km, 40km and 20km, all of which are point-to-point courses. The 70km race takes riders from Paris to Ancaster, while the 40km starts in St. George and runs along the second half of the 70km course. The newest addition to the race is the 20km self-timed ride, starting at Bishop Tonnos High School in Ancaster and finishing at the same iconic finish line as the 70km and 40km races. With these three different options, P2A has become a classic race experience for everyone from kids and families, to cycling enthusiasts, to professionals. There is also a fundraising option in support of research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, one of the top research hospitals in the country. Any cyclist is welcome to help fundraise.
The VIP Experience was introduced as part of the 20th anniversary, and, due to popularity, has continued to be part of the race ever since. It allows any cyclist to race in the elite wave with the pros and Olympians. This wave is first on the course, and always the fastest, giving riders a big advantage. There are also many other perks including a meet and greet with this year’s line-up of stars, pre and post-race soigneur services, a musette full of swag, race medal, valet bike wash, reserved parking, shuttle service to the start line, pre-race mechanical services if required, and valet breakdown service. Entrants can choose to race in the elite wave in either the 70km or 40km race.
P2A organizers are pleased to announce the line-up of Olympians and pros that will be part of the VIP experience this year. The list continues to grow, but current “stars” registered for the race include 2016 race winners Canadian Gunner Holmgren and American Ellen Noble; 2014 USA National Cyclocross Champion and 2009 P2A winner, Jeremy Powers; Belgium based American pro Christina Vardaros; Canadian Olympians Gord Singleton and Sue Palmer-Komar; Former Italian National Cyclocross Champion, Paris-Roubaix veteran and giro Di Italia winner Davide Frattini; and European cyclocross pros Caroline Mani from France, Margriet Kloppenburg from Denmark and Ian Field from Great Britain.
“As we enter the race’s 24th year, we are thrilled to continue offering an enhanced cycling experience for those looking to step-up their game on course,” says John Thorpe, P2A co-chair. “We have an amazing group of pros and Olympians that join us every year, making the VIP experience truly unique and unforgettable. To race alongside names like these is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any cyclist.”
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