Sunday, May 2, 2021

Register: Fill out this form if this is your first race of the season. Send us a copy or deliver when signing in at your first race. No memberships or licences are required to participate.

Payment: eTransfer (at least 1 day prior) or cash on site. See prices (free or $20). If unable to attend, payment will be transferred to your next race.

Prepare: Review the race info below, including route links. Ride the course in the days prior to the race to familiarize yourself with the route and surroundings.

Notify: Send a brief message naming all who are attending, including volunteers, or if you need more information about the event.

Race Info

Stanley Cruiser Gravel Race

  • Gravel Race #1 of 4
  • Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • 10:00 (C/D) and 10:30 (A/B)
  • A, B, C, D
  • Stanley, East Hants
  • [A/B] and [C/D]
  • 45.6 km (A/B), 24.8 km (C/D)
  • gravel: 3.6 km (A-D);
    dirt: 42.0 km (A/B), 21.2 km (C/D)
  • 253 m (A/B), 131 m (C/D)

From Halifax: Hwy 101 West to Saint Croix (Exit 4) ... Hwy 1 East for 3 km to Newport Corner ... Hwy 215 East for 7 km to Union Corner (past Brooklyn) ... Hwy 236 East for 12 km to Stanley ... North River Road (left) for 500 metres, turn right, 200 metres to airport gate.
From Valley: Hwy 101 East to Three Mile Plains (Exit 5) ... Hwy 14 East for 9 km to Brooklyn ... Hwy 215 East for 2 km to Union Corner ... Hwy 236 East for 12 km to Stanley ... North River Road (left) for 500 metres, turn right, 200 metres to airport gate.
From Truro: Hwy 236 West (at Hwy 101 Exit 14) for 66 km to Stanley ... North River Road (right) for 500 metres, turn right, 200 metres to airport gate.

Stanley Airport at 50 Stanley Airport Road, Stanley, Nova Scotia. Race info continues below ...

airport site plan

Airport gate opens at 09:00. Cats C/D park near front gate, A/B by end of runway. Families and other mixed groups may park in overflow near race HQ. There are no washroom facilities on site. Closest public facilities en route are at Hwy 14/215 (Newport Arena and Brooklyn PetroCan) and on Hwy 236 in Kennetcook (Robin's Donuts).

Registration opens at 09:00. Pick up number plate (fits under seat). No bib numbers or pins. Be at start line at least 5 minutes prior to start time (C/D at 9:55, A/B at 10:25) for race instructions. After completing the race, return number plates, check results, and help yourself to a light homemade lunch. Bring a volunteer and we will waive your race fee: marshal, first aid, mechanic, photographer, security, sweep vehicle, or anything you can offer that will enhance the race experience.

There will be a first aid station at the race headquarters. If you require further medical attention, call 9-1-1. The nearest hospital is 25 km away in Windsor, located just off Wentworth Road, 1 km west of Exit 5A Hwy 101. Just follow the H signs on Hwy 14 and Hwy 1 when approaching Windsor.

If you have previous race experience, even if only road or time trial, you will know in which category you should belong. For those who have never raced before, start in Category D, unless you are very confident in your ability to start in Category C. Regardless, you can always move to another category at the next race if this one was not challenging enough. A relatively tame course like this one won't be any easier, just faster.

Do not park in front of any hangar nor enter any hangar without permission from the airport manager or pilots. Please, for everyone's safety, stay away from the runways as this flying club is active. The members of Stanley Sport Aviation have been very generous to allow us to park on their site. Thank them when you see them.

Do not take vehicles on the race course. There will be cyclists warming up. Other road users may also be in the area, so exercise caution when approaching intersections and be alert for anything coming from behind. The roadway is mostly single lane, so you may have to ride single file when encountering ATV's or other vehicles.

While there are horseback riders in the area, Evangeline Trail Rides is helping by routing their rides away from the course on race day. They will be on site at the start to share valuable information about how to respond when encountering horses, no matter where you are riding your bike.

There are no feed zones nor support vehicles. You will be required to carry your own water, food, and tools. A sweep vehicle will pass through after the race to confirm that no one has been left stranded.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions. In case of rain, the course will be muddy in places, so prepare accordingly.