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The Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race is known for its difficult route that takes riders over some of the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads in southern Ontario.

Paris to Ancaster sets gruelling standard for cyclists

Inspired by France’s Paris-Roubaix Cycling Race, the Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race is known for its difficult route that takes riders over some of the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads in southern Ontario.

Combined with unpredictable spring weather and one of the largest fields of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from recreational riders to Canadian Olympians.

There are two races, both ending in Ancaster. One starts in Paris and a shorter race starts in St George.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary this year, the Paris to Ancaster race has been extended to 70 kilometres and the St George race will be 40 kilometres. An additional 20th anniversary feature is the Olympic Experience VIP package that enables race entrants to set out on the first wave alongside Olympian and other Canadian cycling stars and joining them for lunch afterwards. A portion of proceeds from the package, plus entrance fees, will go towards funding the 2015 Pan Am Velodrome, to be built in Milton.

To register, visit www.parisancaster.com.

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