It looks like the Tour of Elgin is a go for this year http://eeanb.com/tour-of-elgin/?fbclid=IwAR2QtOEIZgvgmwrecHiPNYGIisJyPZCwL4Nd5fAcv9i4CsD3GTuSlpZwU6Y#1528192944522-8d745746-ca71
This race has been on my to-do list for a long time. I’ve got a few questions for anyone who has raced it in the past:
Q: What’s the course like?
Q: Is it rideable on a gravel bike with 650b x 47mm tires?
Q: Is it fully self supported or are there aid stations on the course?
Q: Are there any nearby accommodations worth recommending?
I raced The 120 in 2014 and the singletrack required a true mountain bike. I rented a hotel room in Moncton for the nights before and after. There was no way I wanted to try to drive home to Halifax in the dark after 120k. Some of my friends slept in the fire hall. That probably won’t be an option this year. There were three 40k loops that all went through the centre of town where there was food and water. There was one other food station on a loop but it was at the bottom of a hill and I just couldn’t bring myself to stop. I know that the course has changed but I hear they keep adding more singletrack. Someone who has been more recently should be able to help.
I am much slower than Terry. It took me over 8 h. Definitely was glad to have a full squish trail bike with 2.3s, but if you’re racing it then an XC bike would be best I suppose. A gravel bike would make the couple non technical climbs faster but I would have lost time on the singletrack and I think I would have terrified myself on a sketchy descent or two.