Jan. 22, 2013
Unique “Steaming Nostril” Cycling race set for March in Elmira.
Waterloo, ON – Cycle Waterloo, organizers of the popular Tour de Waterloo and KW Classic O-Cup cycling events are pleased to announce a new, unique cycling race is coming to the region this March. “Steaming Nostril” will be a race like no other with riders using cross bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes to assess their readiness for the season ahead. The start/finish line will be near the Woolwich Memorial Center in Elmira with the 64 km course covering portions of the Kissing Bridge Rail Trail and rural farm roads of Woolwich and Wellesley Townships.
Cyclists are expected to come from across Ontario and challenge themselves on Sunday March 24th no matter what the weather may bring. In fact, messy weather is what these hardy Canadian cyclists look forward to, along with riding on rough terrain. Co-Race Director Blake Ellis said “we’re expecting upwards of 500 cyclists and want to thank the community of Elmira for welcoming this new race. Cyclists in this region are really excited to see Cycle Waterloo add a 3rd event to our cycling Series, an event that showcases our wonderful rural roads and the fabulous Kissing Bridge Rail Trail for cyclists. Cross events like this are very popular in Europe and Steaming Nostril will be unique in Ontario”.
Doug Cerson of the Kissing Bridge Rail Trail Advisory Board was anticipating that cyclists will have an opportunity to experience the Trail and come back again to the Region for more cycling adventures “the Rail Trail is a collaboration of many stakeholders who are all very proud of the Trail, we’re excited to see this new cycling race and it will help us promote the use of the Trail with both residents and tourists alike”.
Steaming Nostril will be one of the first races of the Ontario Cycling Association season and is OCA sanctioned which means some tough competition will be battling it out for the win. Although it is expected some National and Provincial level cyclists will be racing, all cyclists are encouraged to participate and enjoy this exciting new event. A hot lunch of chili, soup, bread and hot beverages will be served after the race at the Lions Hall during the awards ceremony.
Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan commented “It’s very exciting to have this significant race take place in Woolwich Township. Thanks to the commitment of dedicated volunteers and Township staff, Woolwich has over 80 kilometres of public trails for cyclists and pedestrians. Hosting this race is a strong endorsement of the great trails in Woolwich and we look forward to welcoming riders to our beautiful Township”.
The event features a course mainly on farm roads, the Kissing Bridge Rail Trail and some pavement with the start coming right down Arthur St. in downtown Elmira. Spectators are encouraged to bring cowbells, hand clappers and cheer loudly for the cyclists as they leave town and return for the exciting sprint finish on Snyder Ave. S. A portion of the registration fee is going to support the Kissing Bridge Rail Trail to help fund maintenance and additional trail improvements. Cyclists are encouraged to register early. With the expected large number of cyclists participating there will be 2 wave starts approximately 5 minutes apart.
For more information on Steaming Nostril or to register go to www.cyclewaterloo.com
Additional details please contact:
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Elmira Lions Hall – Elmira, Ontario
11:00am Start Time
The 65km course consists of 55% gravel, 40% rail-trail, 5% paved road. The course is a loop route that starts and ends at Lions Hall in Elmira.
So you’re tough, gritty and take pride in riding in all kinds of conditions. Your cycling buddies have seen you “steamed” and suffering in the worst of weather. This cycling race was named in your honour. “Steaming Nostril” consists of 60km of rural farm road, gravel and rail trail with the added benefit of full police support. Each year in March “Steaming Nostril” will be contested because we know you just wanna ride. You don’t care what the weather will bring; you say “bring it on” because riding defines you. You belong here in Ontario Mennonite country on March 24th, saddling your mountain bikes, cross bikes and beefed up hybrid bikes ready to ride some of Waterloo’s best country roads. “Steaming Nostril” will challenge your cycling durability from the tip of your cranks to the top of your helmet and set you up for the best cycling season ever. On March 24th the true cyclists will saddle up at the starting line; nostrils flaring and steam rising. Just remember – breathe hard, RIDE harder! “Steaming Nostril” awaits you – register today at www.cyclewaterloo.com .
Tour de Waterloo cycling race announces BlackBerry as lead sponsor.
Waterloo, ON – Tour de Waterloo today announced that BlackBerry® will be the lead sponsor of the 3rd Annual Tour de Waterloo in support of Grand River Hospital Foundation – Cancer Care programs and KW Counselling Services.
The event is expected to attract between 800 and 1,000 road cyclists on Sunday, June 24 to Waterloo Region for what is billed as the largest Gran Fondo race in Southwestern Ontario. This is the first year the event will be a timed race event with all types of participants taking part from serious enthusiasts to recreational road riders.
“The Tour and our charitable partners are excited that BlackBerry has come on-board to support this important cycling event in our community,” said Malcolm Steven Chairman of the Tour. “It’s a great opportunity to promote health and fitness in our city and a really fun cycling event that all levels of road cyclists can take part in.
The Tour de Waterloo has three distances participants can choose from including the “BlackBerry 130km”, “Adventure Guide 70 km” or the “Conestoga Rovers 40 km.” All the events will be timed with prizes to the top three male, female, masters male and female, and team champions. Participants can register as individuals or in five person teams, with the lowest combined times deciding team winners. They are also encouraged to set up personal web donation pages and raise funds for the Grand River Hospital Foundation or KW Counselling Services. The top five fundraisers will become the “VIP riders,” wear a special yellow cycling jersey and lead out all cyclists for the first five kilometers.
Research In Motion will also have a select “Team BlackBerry” group of cyclists racing in the Tour de Waterloo and are encouraging their employees to participate, volunteer, raise donations and cheer their teams on.
Register by June 3rd for early bird pricing. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of reduced pricing available until June 3rd by registering online at www.cyclewaterloo.com.
For more information, contact:
Chairman, Tour de Waterloo
519 747-2924 or [email protected]
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