April 19, 2011 (Stouffville, ON) – Our own ‘Hell of the North’ will be held Sunday, April 24, 2011. Starting / ending at Cedar Beach Resort, on the shores of Musselmans Lake. The epic 90km course will test your early season fitness. The route will include rail trails, dirt roads and some of the area’s nicest climbs – for Cedar Beach Resort click here.
Entry fee is $50 before April 23rd and $60 afterwards. Entry fee includes a fully catered lunch. 200 rider limit
Proudly sponsored by Rapha, visit here.
Online registration is now open through the OCA!
History: Although this is the 3rd year Real Deal Racing is organizing the Hell of the North, it is not the first time it has taken place. Started in 1988 by the likes of Mike Barry (his blog can be found here) and Sam Watson (who are both helping us recreate this wonderfully horrible event), it was originally called Toronto’s Paris-Roubaix Challenge and ran from the Toronto Zoo and finished at the Irish House in Sutton.
It was approximately 70km and covered paved and dirt roads, some small tracks but the hardest battles were usually saved for the infamous trench. Mr. Barry ran the event from 1988- 2002 and the race has had a great palmares of distinguished victors and exciting races. After 2002 several versions of Toronto’s Paris-Roubaix challenge were held, notably by Cervelo and the Midweek Cycling Club. There was even a spin-off called “Hell and Back”, held in December racing to Lake Simcoe and back, sometimes in snow storms, taking riders 5-8 hours to complete.
Present Day: A lot has changed since the inception of Toronto’s Paris Roubaix challenge. The first and most important is to stress this is not a race, it is a tour. The roads are open and all riders must and need to obey all traffic laws. As well you do not need to have a racing licence to do this event. It is sanctioned by the OCA. The start and finish are now in the same place at Cedar Beach Pavilion in Musselmans lake.
The course is very challenging and the optimal bike is probably a cross bike, a lot of people will probably use a road bike and even though there are off road sections nothing that you would need a mountain bike for. The length is approx 90km and features the TRENCH and many sharp steep small hills. The start of the ride is 9am and the field limit is 200 people. When you finish there will be a small lunch with soup and chili coffee and tea.