Posted by Editoress on 04/12/17
The organizers of the Paris to Ancaster Bike Race (P2A) have announced that the event weekend is expanding to include a P2A Pro Criterium on Saturday, April 29th, in Paris, Ontario.
The P2A Pro Criterium will feature an international field of professional men and women riders competing in a spectator friendly short, closed circuit race. Just as P2A is a unique blend of road and offroad sections, this criterium is a cross between a road criterium and a cyclocross race.
Taking place in downtown Paris, the circuit will be a technical 750 metre course with 5 corners. It will take place mostly on paved roads, but will include 100m on a gravel potholed lane and a short 50m grass section to provide a sampling of the P2A course variety. Due to this short course, there will be a maximum of 25 riders for each heat and the final.
Early confirmed Canadian riders include 3-time Paris to Ancaster winner, Mike Garrigan and perennial P2A podium finisher, Aaron Schooler. Leading the international field against some of the strongest riders in Canada include 5-time British cyclocross champion, Ian Field; Danish cyclocross champion, Margriet Kloppenberg; and Belgium-based American cyclocross champion, Christine Vardaros.
The P2A Pro Criterium is offering a $5,000 cash prize list, with equal payout for men and women; a last chance to qualify for the P2A 70k elite wave, as all finalists are guaranteed elite wave entry; and P2A call up for the top ten of the P2A Pro Criterium.
This criterium is open to UCI license holders, road Category 1/2, Master 1 road, Expert and Elite mountain bike, or Category 1/2 cyclocross license holders.
As part of the criterium there will be a finish line festival with food and beverage vendors, kids activities and an awards ceremony, all in downtown Paris.
Registration is available at www.parisancaster.com.
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