Cyclists take to the roads of Woolwich Sunday for Steaming Nostril
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.