The Granite Anvil 2017

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Ride description: This 1200km ride starts east of the suburban area of Toronto, Ontario.  Leaving Oshawa, you will ride to the north and west of the region heading to Parry Sound for the first night's break (or riders may continue at their own pace). This region is cottage country and contains many scenic areas as well as a number of challenging climbs. On the second day of the ride you will be heading east through Algonquin Park towards Bancroft, a small town deep in the sparsely populated granite hills of eastern Ontario. The third day's ride will be through more forested hills before turning south towards Lake Ontario. The day will finish at Napanee for the overnight stop and recharge with a meal.  The last section of the ride takes you along the shores of Lake Ontario. The ride concludes back in Oshawa.



Elevation: 11,800 metres (38,700 feet)

Date: August 24-27, 2017

Start time: 4:00 am

Location: The ride will start in Oshawa at Durham College, which is east of Toronto. 

Rider Limit: 50 riders (we will be accepting up to 70 registrations which includes pre-riders as well as an allowance for those who end up not being able to do the ride).  We will accommodate everyone who has successfully registered before hitting the limit.

Safety requirements: 

  • The club requires that each participant wear an approved cycling helmet.
  • For night riding, machines must have front and back lights that are solidly attached to the machine, and which are continually on. The organizers will not let any participant begin or continue a brevet if their lighting system does not conform to this requirement. Each participant must turn on his or her lights at dusk and at any time when visibility is not sufficient (e.g., rain, fog, etc.). Even if participants are riding in a group, each person must have his or her lights on. At night it is obligatory to wear a reflective vest and it is recommended that light coloured clothes and reflective bands be worn. Any infraction of these requirements, which are noted outside of the control points, will result in disqualification.

Ride rules: Complete listing of brevet regulations under which the Granite Anvil will be run are found here.

Qualifications:  "--recommended but not required--" prior 1200k, recent SR series - "do you know what you are getting into?"

Cost: $575 Canadian dollars

Registration: Opens January  8, 2017 at 12:01am  (i.e. right after midnight on the 7th) first come first served with a waitlist created once we hit the registration limit. 

Registration includes: 

  • Accommodations at Durham College the night before and after the ride
  • Pre-ride breakfast buffet
  • Accommodations at 3 overnight motel controls
  • One drop bag transported from overnight to overnight
  • Dinner and breakfast will be provided at each of the overnight controls
  • Post-ride dinner 
  • Light snacks will be available at some of the intermediate controls, however, you will be responsible for your own meals in between the overnight controls.


Moon Phase: New moon August 21st.

Can-Am Challenge:


Randonneurs who complete a 1200 km brevet in the same year in Canada and the USA, are awarded the Can-Am challenge medal. Contact the organizers for more information.


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