The Toronto Chapter is excited to be hosting the 2019 Devil’s Week, starting on Saturday May 25th from Markham, Ontario.
The week consists of a series of four brevet intended to get you qualified for Paris-Brest-Paris. Participants are not required to have registered for PBP, nor are they required to ride in each brevet! However, those that do accomplish this incredible feat will have completed a full randonneur series' riding over 1,500km distance and climbing over 9,000m during the week.
Those who survive the full fury of Devil’s Week 2019 will receive the personal growth from experiencing that level of suffering, but also a commemorative medal. (Design to be announced.)
(If you’re worried about that distance or elevation, two points; Firstly, PBP has 12,000m of climbing over 1,200km. Secondly, it’s called fricking Devil’s Week for a reason. )
|Sat May 25||Carden Plain 300
We'll be visiting the Kawartha Lake region with a loop around Lake Simcoe to start this week off. Don't be fooled by the title, the Carden Plain Important Bird Area only covers about 30km of the journey. The rest, well... you might be calling this route the "Carden Pain" by the end.
|Sun May 26||Markham-Keswick 200
A personal favourite of mine, this route starts off fairly easy and lulls you into a sense of confidence and speed. At least until kilometre 130 in which we throw in enough climbing to make someone question their faith in the sport.
|Mon May 27||Rest Day
Mondays, the traditional day of rest for the weekend warriors. We’ll be providing an optional social activity for those visiting and a recommended sports massage location for those weary legs. (Details to be announced.)
|Tue May 28||Old 400
We’ll be crossing the north side of Lake Simcoe to head straight towards the short climbs of rocky Muskoka. Expect some stretches of gravel, and the opportunity to sing some Tragically Hip at the control in Bobcaygeon.
|Wed May 29||Rest Day
Oh, you’re still reading? I’m impressed. If you haven’t thrown your bike in the dumpster at this point in the week, we’ll be organizing a group dinner in the evening and that sports massage will still be waiting for you. (Details to be announced.)
|Thu May 30-31||Georgian Wood 600
True to form, we’ve saved the worst for last. We’ve created a new route just for this that takes you just in sight of "Hope Island" in Georgian Bay and pulls you right back.
This overnight is going to be the hardest you’ve ever had because it’ll be back at the start. Don’t pack it in! Don’t give up! Finish Devil’s Week!
For those coming from out of town, we’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn Toronto Northeast. Each ride starts and ends in this location, with the traditional 600km overnight landing here too.
If you’re looking for a roommate, you can use our facebook group to connect with other riders.
Please let Erin Marchak (VP Toronto) know if you’ve booked a room email@example.com
Comfort Inn Toronto Northeast
8330 Woodbine Ave
Markham, ON L3R 2N8
Friday, May 24 - Saturday, June 1
$139 for Double Room under the group "Randonneurs Ontario"
Rooms must be booked before April 19 to receive this group rate. At least 10 rooms must be booked for us to receive this rate. You are not required to stay the full week to receive this rate.
Reach out to Erin Marchack (VP Toronto) for any questions you may have firstname.lastname@example.org
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