Cy­clists take to the roads of Wool­wich Sun­day for Steam­ing Nos­tril

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - ALI WIL­SON

THE GRAVEL ROADS, ROLLING hills and scenic coun­try­side of Men­non­ite coun­try are the draw again this year at the Steam­ing Nos­tril bi­cy­cle races that start in St. Ja­cobs Sun­day morn­ing.

The Steam­ing Nos­tril race it­self cov­ers a 65-kilo­me­tre route, while the less in­tense Runny Nose sees com­peti­tors take a 40km course.

Sanc­tioned by the On­tario Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion, the cy­cle-for-all event is geared to­wards cross, moun­tain bike, fixed gear and fat bikes. Of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of grades, the routes are about 60 per cent gravel roads, 20 per cent paved roads and a mix of farm laneways, trails and farm prop­er­ties.

With the sup­port of a lo­cal farmer, riders this year will have the chance to bike through parts of his farm prop­erty with some good cow trails and a steep in­cline where they’ll need to dis­em­bark and carry their bikes be­fore get­ting back onto the farm lane – and has been nick­named the “long­est kilo­me­tre” and “mud moun­tain” by par­tic­i­pants.

One of the first Cy­cle Water­loo races of the sea­son, this is an op­por­tu­nity for a spring tune-up be­fore the road race sea­son be­gins.

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