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Cyclists gear up for Paris to Ancaster race

Cyclists gear up for Paris to Ancaster race

Kelsey Reidl, of the Brant Cycling Club, is one of several cyclists from Brantford-Brant who are competing in the Paris to Ancaster Bike Race on…

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Kelsey Reidl, of the Brant Cycling Club, is one of several cyclists from Brantford-Brant who are competing in the Paris to Ancaster Bike Race on Sunday. Article content

Gritty, gruelling and a whole lot of fun is how local cyclists describe the Paris to Ancaster bike race, which returns Sunday after a two-year COVID-19 pandemic hiatus. Article content

“My favourite memory was the race five or six years ago when we had snow, hail and rain,” Adam Herring recalled. “The weather was absolutely miserable.

“But it really was a great time.”

Herring said he felt a great sense of accomplishment after battling the elements to complete the race, which includes cycling along paved and gravel roads, mud chutes and hills.

Now, he is gearing up for this year’s race, which begins at the Paris fairgrounds.

Herring, a member of the Brant Cycling Club, will be competing in the 70-kilometre event, along with fellow club member Kelsey Reidl, while Ed Doucet and Duncan Ross, also club members, will be racing in the 100-kilometre event.“I did it four or five years ago so I kind of feel like I’m going into it blind this year,” Reidl said. “From what I remember, it’s a gruelling, gritty race.“It gets so muddy in some areas, some of the riders had to carry their bikes on their shoulders to get through it.”Started in 1994, the Paris to Ancaster race was inspired by the Paris to Roubaix race in France, which has taken place annually for more than 100 years.For […]

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