Double Cross 2018


What is it?

An appetite seminar and fundraiser every Thanksgiving Monday, Double Cross is a rally/randonnee through Gatineau Park, to Wakefield and back. Initiated as a cyclocross ride, Double Cross is open to all manner of trail-worthy bikes. Cyclocross bikes with big tires are great, but drop bar mountain bikes, regular mountain bikes, and even fat bikes are all fair game. The route, however, is specifically chosen for cyclocross bike friendliness, so it will be tame on BIG tires, not to mention slow on the paved sections. Featuring road, trail, and Pipolinka Bakery, the route is an 88k loop.

Who can ride?

Double Cross is an OCA sanctioned ‘Club Ride,’ meaning all riders are required to be an Ontario or Quebec affiliated cycling club member or hold a Citizens Permit or UCI license in order to participate. Proof of membership/license will be required at ‘sign-in’. This enables us to ensure the ride is insured without having to pay the OCA for ‘event’ sanctioning and insurance. This allows us to put the ride on without taking on undue risk, ensure riders are covered, and maintain the donation-only format for entry. All riders are required to wear a helmet – it’s amazing I actually have to state this….

When is it? 

Thanksgiving Monday, October 8, 09:00 is the DEPARTURE time,  so please arrive early enough make a donation and receive your cue sheet.

Where is it? 

Gamelin Gate of the Gatineau Parkway, P3.


Registration is on-site only; there is no pre-registration. All you have to do to register is show your proof of club membership, make a donation, and receive your cue sheet.

Where do donations go? 

Every dollar collected goes to the Maison Libère-Elles shelter in Chelsea. The shelter sustained a great deal of costly water damage over the spring and summer of extreme rain, and need our help to make repairs!

Is it a race? 

No. Double Cross rides like a rally or randonnee. Like our Ride of the Damned, Double Cross is all about creating the context where teams – in this case of 2 rather than 5 – can do whatever they feel works for them, be it ride full-on, or a conversation pace. It’s up to teams to decide what they want out of the ride. We provide the route and let everyone loose. There are no prizes for placing. Whoever finishes first will simply be finished, first.

Why teams of two? 

Teams afford riders some security in the case of a mechanical, biological, or navigational.  Ideally, you’ll want to pair up with someone who you can ride your comfortable pace with. If your partner likes to bring along lots of spare tubes and tools, or say, cookies and a flask, that’s good too. Teams larger than two are fine. The priority is to avoid having riders alone on the route. Groups form organically once we roll out. If teams want to hang with other teams, make your intentions very clear so everyone knows the plan.


The ROUTE IS NOT MARKED. We will provide very basic cue sheets to each team (see below). If you wish to create your own more elaborate version, please do. This is a good exercise for those who aim to do rides like D2R2the Kearsarge Klassicor any other randonnee. Since the map below doesn’t provide trail numbers, you’ll want to use the Gatineau Park map in tandem if you are not familiar with the park. Please familiarize yourself with the map; we won’t be providing any. If you are not familiar with the trails in the park, this is a good opportunity to put your navigation skills to work. Its very hard to go wrong with this route, and there are maps around in the park to refer to.
You can purchase the Gatineau Park map from any of the NCC information centres, or World of Maps on Richmond Road.

How will the route unfold?

We will all roll from the Gamelin Gate to bike path at the base of the Pink Lake climb to Mine Road. We’ll work our way over to Scott Road, then Highway 105, which we will follow until the split to River Road. At this point, we’ll continue on the 105 to Pine Road, turn Left onto it, and continue straight onto the trail (#50). We’ll take the 50 all the way to Lac Phillipe, then ride along the lake to P19. Continue on the road to the Covered Bridge, and turn Right on Schnob (before crossing the bridge). This will become the 53, which we will follow to the 52. Head left and downhill on the 52 under the Highway 5. Continue on Mill Road to Pipolinka. Think of Pipolinka as a lunch stop in a randonnee or century ride. No rush, enjoy it.
To return, reverse course to the 52, and follow it to the 50, and head Left. This will take you back to Pine Road, where we entered the Park from the 105. Retrace your steps from there. Below is the GPS file.



What happens at the end?

Nothing is prescribed here, many will be heading to Thanksgiving dinners. Those who don’t have commitments after the ride may want to catch a drink and food afterwards. This will likely largely depend on the weather. In the event of rain, most will likely want to get home and into warm clothes. Its probably best to play it by ear and make plans on the fly.