About Crank The Shield
Chico Racing's Vision:
A Multi-Day Point-to-Point Adventure
Crank the Shield offers a unique experience to riders from across North America. This is Eastern North America's most challenging and popular mountain bike stage race that combines incredible food, excellent accommodations, and some of the best mountain biking Eastern Canada has to offer! Mountain bikers with international experience agree that Crank The Shield is one of the best stage races in the world, and also one of the toughest!
Chico Racing decided to offer this unique adventure once people settle into their post-summer routines. Ontario has a long and sometimes brutal bug season. Imagine swatting mosquitoes and horseflies for 5 hours a day in late July? September will have virtually no bugs, and the weather can still be downright balmy. Lakes are still swim-able, the leaves have yet to fall, and the humidity of summer has dissipated. Add to this the availability of summer camps that would otherwise be full, and it's obvious the best time for an event like this is late summer/early fall.
Two Person Team vs Solo
Solo participants race on their own for the duration of Crank The Shield. Two person team participants must ride together within 2 minutes of each other and finish within 2 minutes of each other. The advantages of working as a team include moral and technical support with many stage events originally only having this two-person component. If you find an evenly matched friend, or don't feel like getting caught riding alone on the course, maybe the two person division is for you.
3-Day Crank The Shield
Solo Under 30 Men, Solo 30-39 Men, Solo 40-49 Men, Solo 50+ Men, Solo Singlespeed Men, Solo Under 40 Women, Solo 40+ Women
Two Person Under 60 Men, Two Person 60 – 79 Men, Two Person 80 – 99 Men, Two Person 100 + Men, Two Person Team Mixed (all females choose this as well)
2-Day Crank The Shield
Solo Women Under 40, Solo Women 40+, Solo Men Under 40, Solo Men 40+
2012 CRANK TECHNICAL GUIDE (Updated Aug. 8/12)
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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