This week will be our first of two sprint/regroup sessions on St. Joseph Island. For the A and B groups, we’ll have two climbing segments and a flat segment. Shawn will lead the C-group on a social tour of Sailor’s Encampment and surrounding roads
Reminder: Rides are now starting at the large parking lot in Richards Landing at 7:00pm. Map: Google.
A and B groups: This format is fun for riders of varying speeds, so we’re mixing the two groups this week. Everyone will struggle and most will get dropped on one segment or more, but never for more than 10min before we regroup and ride social to the next segment. Format reminder: Riders are expected to light it up on the segments, and some riders will absolutely get dropped. At the end of the segment, everyone will stop or soft-pedal until the entire group is back together before riding at an easy social pace (no pushing it at all, everyone should feel comfortable) to the next segment.
If you’re normally a B-group rider, you will get dropped on the sprints. Use them as an opportunity to push yourself or see how long you can hang on to the back of the lead group and you’ll get a solid interval workout. It’s a great way to get faster. Don’t worry about holding anyone up in a sprint/regroup format since you can bet the fast riders will need a break at the end of the segment!
The route is about 45km out of Richard’s Landing via back roads and up the mountain on 10th Sideroad to P-line. Loop around on P Line to A Line to Hilton Road and cross P Line headed to 20th Sideroad. We’ll head down 20th to I Line avoiding the gravel at the end of Hilton Rd then cut across I-line to Hwy 548 riding around the north corner of the island and back to Richard’s Landing. Map: RidewithGPS.
Segment 1 (climb) – Hwy 10th Sideroad Mountain.
Start: The I Line intersection. If there is traffic at the intersection, neutralize until regrouped, then start.
End: Parks Canada sign before the intersection with P Line
Segment 2 (flat) – Hilton Road.
Start: As soon as we’re all regrouped after the stop sign at Hilton Rd and P Line.
End: 20th Sideroad intersection
Segment 3 (climb) – Gawas Hill.
Start: Intersection Hwy 548 and Gawas Bay Rd
End: Where the pavement changes on top of the hill. Same finish line as this year’s Isle of Joe.
C group: This will be a social, no-drop ride about 30km touring some of the more picturesque roads near Richard’s Landing.
If you’re not sure which group you should ride with, we have a breakdown at the end of the formats page based on the pace or power that you normally ride at.