Thursday, August 15:
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Registration Pick-up available – location TBD, but we are hoping to be able to register and load the train all at the same time!
Friday, August 16:
The action begins!
Approx. 75km Course (yes, shortened from 2018!)
STAGE 1 Batchawana Station to Stokely Creek Lodge
6:00am to 7:30am: Very last minute package pick-up, train loading at the Railway. Bag drop off also at this location. For 2019, you need not box your bike, but please remove pedals and Turn the handlebars 90 degrees. They will be loaded with heavy cardboard in between each one.
7:30am: Agawa Canyon Tour Train departs, with all riders, spartan group of organizers “All-aboard”!
10:00am(ish): After a super fun 2.5 hour train ride, we unload the bikes, put our pedals on and turn the handlebars. We will have some local mechanics on-hand and a few spare parts in case you forgot to pack something in the box (but we suggest you don’t leave it to chance)! If you’d like to box your bike, we will take the boxes or bike bags back to the Holiday Inn.
10:00am to 10:30am: Riders have time to assemble their bikes, warm up, and get ready for the 90 kms ahead!
10:45am: Riders hammer 75-80 spectacular, wild kms to our finish at Stokely Creek Lodge 2:30 pm(ish) to approx 6:30pm. Depending on water levels, we will either be crossing the Batchawana River, or hammering down the Mile 38 road, crossing the Chippewa river valley as we make our way on a wide variety of trails to Stokely Creek Lodge! Big changes are in the works for 2018 – with a faster course and a few singletrack sections thrown in!
3:00pm to 6:30pm: Riders finish at Stokely Creek lodge, with yummy pizza at the finish, and great facilities!
6:00pm, and 7:00pm: Two separate seatings for dinner, those who finished early use first sitting, later riders use second sitting, good thing there was pizza!
8:00pm (ish): Slideshow presentation on the following day, and a showing of the locally inspired movie “The Painted Land”, where locals go through the stunning backcountry in search of Group of Seven painting sites
Saturday, August 17:
Stokely Creek Lodge to Searchmont Resort
Approx. 55km Course
STAGE 2 Stokely Creek Lodge to Searchmont Resort
7:30am – 9:30am: Buffet Breakfast served inside the beautiful lodge. 2 sittings, at 7:30, and 8:30am respectively.
9:45am: Brief Riders’ meeting.
10:00am: It’s go time – riders hit all the Stokely singletrack, summit King Mountain, and continue riding towards Searchmont.
1:30pm – 5:00pm: Riders finish with epic singletrack at Searchmont, a long hard climb to the summit and a hold onto yer seats epic downhill to the finish! Oh, and there’ll be fresh yummy Pizza!
6:00pm – 8:00pm: Riders enjoy a fantastic buffet dinner, a beer thanks to Outspoken, and enjoy a night by the campfire!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Tentatively – our second artist in residence, Tim Packer will be doing an amazing presentation on his art career, the inspiring topography of the area, and life in general! Slideshow about the final day to follow!
Sunday, August 18:
Searchmont Resort to Kinsmen Park (the end)!
Click here for map!
Approx. 65km Course (+15KM Neutral ride from Searchmont to the start)
STAGE 3 Searchmont Resort to Kinsmen Park
7:30am – 9:00am: Buffet Breakfast served inside the beautiful lodge.
9:00am to 9:45am: Riders complete a scenic, 15 km neutral ride to Day 3’s start. This mirrors Crank the Shield: Haliburton, and by the third day a nice paved warm-up, fraternizing with new friends is a great way to start the day (and, it just worked out that way)
10:00am: Riders quickly line up, and start on the incredible last day with some great singletrack and a wicked backcountry ride to Sault Ste. Marie, with piles of awesome singletrack at Kinsmen Park to finish off in style!
1:00pm to 4:00pm: Riders finish off their incredible 3 day odyssey with an awesome BBQ, Beer c/o Outspoken brewery, and have plenty of time to get back to their hotel for a shower and a bit of relaxation before our afterparty at the incredible Bushplane Museum in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie!
3:45pm: Awards Ceremony gets underway – quick recognition of the days fastest riders, and the overall awards. After the ceremony, shuttles will take you back to either your car at the start, or your hotel. We will have a secure locations for bikes, and you can make the quick 10 minute drive back to pick up your bike (sorry, we’d rather not transport your bikes unless we have good, safe room for them, there will be many people with extra room on their racks) Your other option is to ride the 20 minutes or so back into the Sault.
7:30pm: FREE for 2019!! Crank the Shield:SSM Afterparty, with Beer for sale from Outspoken, and some finger foods, starts at the Bushplane Museum in downtown Sault Ste. Marie! Friends and additional visitors can come for a $20 fee! Riders are FREE! Unwind with all the friends you’ve made, get a tour of the awesome museum (we have it all to ourselves), and watch the ships go by along the beautiful St. Mary’s River!
Monday, August 20
The “Afterparty afterparty” at Salzberger Hof Resort along the shores of Lake Superior!!
7:00pm: For those of you staying around the area after the race – we hope you can join us for an “afterparty afterparty” at the organizers favourite Austrian – inspired restaurant, the Salzberger Hof. This is a true treat, looking out over the majesty of Lake Superior, and we will have most of the staff that brought you Crank the Shield:SSM on hand and are excited for a good time! If you can join us, it’s 50 minutes North of the Sault, give Sylvia or one of their staff a call at: (705) 882-2323 You can even book a room on-site! Check out their website HERE