Q & A
Q: What is the 29er all about?
A: This event is all about the spirit of mountain biking, testing your skills and enjoying a fun day for the whole family.
Q: Why has the Lake to Lake course been shortened from 50 km to 29 km?
A: The original course has a great history with 13 years in the running, however our participants demanded more single track, more parking, better facilities and more fun. We listened and created a new event. Feedback from the 2012 and 2013 events are overwhelmingly positive!
Q: What changes should I be aware of for 2014?
A: We will make some course and start refinements this year and will build on the things that worked well
- Family Team Category will be run again this year (Parent and child aged 8-14)
- Single speed category eliminated this year for lack of participants last year
- The minimum age for registration will be 8 years of age
- Professional registration system for smoother and trouble free registration
Q: What kind of bike should I be using in this event?
A: We strongly recommend that you use a mountain bike. Road bikes, tandem bikes, baby carriers and recliners are not permitted. Cyclocross and hybrid bikes may be used, if conditions allow.
Q: Is the course safe to ride?
A: We recommend that you ride to the level of your ability and use common sense in technical areas and at road crossings. For safety, we have St. John’s Ambulance personnel riding the course; as well, they are stationed at the finish area. In addition, the feed-zones, police crossings and many volunteer locations have cell phones for deploying emergency services.
Q: Can I pick up my friend’s or team-mate’s kit and number?
A: Yes, but please let them know you are doing this to avoid confusion
Q: Do I have to be at the award ceremonies to qualify for all the great draw prizes?
A: Yes, most definitely, and the prizes are well worth staying for! Awards will start around 3:00-3:30 pm, or as soon as the last finisher crosses the finish line. The awards will last for about 1 hour
Q: Are you accepting any mail in or drop off registration?
Q: I forgot to buy an event T-shirt during registration or want to buy an extra one for a friend. Are these T-shirts available for purchase at the event?
A: Yes, shirts and other items can all be bought after the ride at the event Expo.
Q: I registered but did not get a confirmation by e-mail. What’s going on?
A: The issue is that many people have spam filters set to HIGH, so many confirmation e-mails end up in the junk mail folder, particularly with hotmail and yahoo accounts. Just check the ‘confirmation list’ on the ‘register’ link and if you find your name, then you are registered.
Q: Will there be a bus and bike shuttle this year?
A: No, due to the close proximity of Brock University and Charles Daily Park, participants are asked to organize their own transportation.
Q: When does online registration close?
A: Online registration closes at 11:00 pm on the Friday before the event. This allows us time to get the number plates assigned and labeled for pick-up the next day.
Q: How difficult is the new Lake to Lake 29er course?
A: The route contains a variety of trails, ranging from technical single track to paved road. Compared to past years, we have added a lot more single track to the Lake to Lake event for an action-packed and fun 29 km course.
Q: How long does it take to complete the course?
A: This year we expect the top riders to finish in less than one hour, with fun riders taking up to 2.5 hours.
Q: Is there day-of or day before registration?
A: There is no day-of registration, but you can “Late” register between 12-4 pm at Charles Daley Park, in the Township of Lincoln on the Saturday, the day-before the event.
Q: Can I pick up my event kit and number plate prior to race day?
A: Yes, as above on Saturday, day-before the event, between 12-4 pm at Charles Daley Park, Lincoln.
Q: Am I able to get a copy of the course map, so I can pre-ride the course?
A: The Lake to Lake organizers obtain special permits each year to use private lands that are off limits to the public. Therefore, we are unable to promote the use of our route and cannot give you a copy of the map; however, a full course map will be posted the morning of the event at Brock University.