Crank The Shield
The possibility of a return in 2014? We will see.
People travel from all across North America to be a part of those who hold the honour of Cranking The Shield. Crank participants describe the courses as the best they have ever ridden anywhere!
Why Crank the Shield?
As Eastern North America's answer to the popularity of mountain bike stage races, Crank the Shield is a 3-day (or 2-day for 2012) cycling odyssey through Ontario’s stunning Canadian Shield country. Riders “crank” their way through amazing singletrack, alongside stunning vistas, lakes and exposed rock, and eventually to the finish.
Along the way, riders aren’t ushered into cramped tents, as one of Ontario's premier summer camps complete with mess halls, cabin lodging and beautiful, swim-able lakes await you at day’s end. Food has been described as the best at any stage race, with all-you-can-eat buffets including everything imaginable to keep you fueled up for 3 or 2 long days in the saddle. Along the way, you’ll find incredibly well marked trails, friendly, helpful aid and marshal stations, and a top-notch safety staff. If you’re gonna crank, you need to Crank the Shield?
Stay on Course with Crank Updates
We're working out details on a possible return to Crank for 2014 and thank you for your patience. We will announce further details in the fall of 2013. Thanks for your support.
Crank The Shield 2012 was a huge success and we have YOU to thank for it! Miss the final edition of Crank The Shield? This video by Ryan Smith will let you in on all the fun you missed....
We've received a lot of requests for course maps and elevation profiles for each stage of Crank The Shield 2012. However, due to a heavy reliance on private lands and our desire to make Crank a true adventure, we've decided not to post course maps until last minute before the event.
However, course designer Sean Ruppel has decided to share the trails in Haliburton Forest that will be featured in CTS 2012. This trail network is accesible to the riding public for a very reasonable fee. Additionally, Sir Sam's Ski and Bike is also open for riders to preview even more of the awesome trails featued in CTS 2012. Check out the Haliburton Forest trails on Sean's map below and head to www.sirsams.com.
Crank The Shield registration closes September 9th at midnight.Sean Ruppel - Course Manager
"Thanks for a great experience. All the effort you all put in showed in the fact that everything ran so smooth. The bar has been set pretty high for other Mtb Stage Races. I am sure as word gets out there will be line ups to sign on for next year."Jim Brogden - Participant
"Everything was absolutely perfect and spot on from the rider's perspective! From the bags and drop bags to the cabins, food, course markings, volunteers, course, etc - well it was one of the best ever."Laurie Woodbury - Participant
$549 plus HST for the first 80 registered. First 80 spots SOLD OUT.Crank The Shield 2012
$599 plus HST for the next 100 registered. Spots are selling quickly at this price level.
Be sure to check out the new Fall Crank the Shield Event Trailer by CLICKING HERECrank The Shield NEW Fall Trailer
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