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 9, 09:00 is the DEPARTURE time, so please arrive early enough make a donation and receive your cue sheet.
Where is it?
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.
How will the route unfold?
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.