THE CAL­EN­DAR

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APRIL

16 The Am­s­tel Gold Race, one of the Ar­dennes Clas­sics, runs on the hilly roads of the Lim­burg re­gion in the Nether­lands. You too can ride here in the Am­s­tel Gold Sportive. Find out more on p.98.

17

Tro-bro Léon, what you might call the orig­i­nal gravel race of the mod­ern era, hits the dirt of Fin­istère, Brit­tany. Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling’s Ryan Roth won the event five years ago when he was on Team Spi­dertech.

19

It’s Bi­cy­cle Day, com­mem­o­rat­ing a fa­mous bi­cy­cle trip. Or, trip on a bi­cy­cle. On this day in 1943, Al­bert Hof­mann in­gested 250 mi­cro­grams of a drug he had de­vel­oped, ly­ser­gic acid di­ethy­lamide or lsd. He biked home from his lab while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the psy­che­delic ef­fects of the hal­lu­cino­gen. Trippy. 28–30 Many top Cana­dian moun­tain bikers, such as Ge­off Kabush, Maghalie Ro­chette and Raphaël Gagné, are plan­ning to com­pete in events by Epic Rides. The first event of the Off-road se­ries hits the trails of Prescott, Ariz., in the Whiskey Off-road.

MAY

3-7 Roughly 100 km east of Los An­ge­les, the Red­lands Bi­cy­cle Clas­sic chal­lenges pros within the North Amer­i­can cir­cuit. Last year, Mat­teo Dal-cin, then rid­ing for Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling, be­came the first Cana­dian to win the race in its 31 years. Will the Ot­tawa rider, now on Rally Cy­cling, be able to de­fend his ti­tle?

5-28

The Giro d’italia takes top-level rid­ers across Italy for the 100th time. Check out our race pre­view on p.20.

19-20

The elite events of the Grand Prix Cy­cliste Gatineau – the Chrono Gatineau (May 19) and Grand Prix Cy­cliste Gatineau road race (May 20) – bring top women cy­clists to the na­tional cap­i­tal re­gion. Make sure to fol­low our live cov­er­age of the road race on­line. 27

Road rid­ers kick-start their sea­son with the Gran Fondo Mont-trem­blant. For more info on this event and other big rides you can do on road, gravel or sin­gle­track, see p.44.

27-28

Rid­ers from around Ed­mon­ton take part in the two-stage Alex Stieda Clas­sic by the Ju­ven­tus Cy­cling Club. The first day fea­tures the Le­duc County road race, while the sec­ond day has the Ed­mon­ton Re­search Park cri­terium.

29-June 2 It’s

Bike to School Week in the greater Toronto and Hamil­ton area. Read about Hamil­ton’s Franklin Road Ele­men­tary School, on p.17, which won a Bike to School Week award in 2016.

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