Sunday, July 24, 2021

Register: Fill out this form if this is your first race of the season. Send us a copy or deliver when signing in. 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

Pembroke Gravel Race

  • Gravel Race #4 of 4
  • Sunday, July 25, 2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • A, B, C, D
  • Upper Stewiacke, Colchester
  • [A/B] and [C/D]
  • 50.7 km (A/B), 23.8 km (C/D)
  • paved: 4.7 km (A-D);
    gravel: 25.2 km (A/B), 19.1 km (C/D);
    dirt: 20.8 km (A/B)
  • 445 m (A/B), 256 m (C/D)

From Valley/Halifax/Truro: Hwy 102 to Brookfield (Exit 12) ... Hwy 289 East for 27 km to Upper Stewiacke.
From New Glasgow: Hwy 289 West (Exit 23, Hwy 104) for 53 km to Upper Stewiacke.

Upper Stewiacke Volunteer Fire Department at 5336 Hwy 289, Upper Stewiacke, Nova Scotia.

Park on left (east) side of building. Do not park out front. Additional parking space located across highway at elementary school. There are no washroom facilities on site. Closest public facilities en route are at Hwy 2/289 (Brookfield Esso).

Registration opens at 07:00. Pick up number plate (attaches under seat). No bib numbers or pins. Be at fire hall no later than 07:55 for race instructions. Categories will depart at 2-minute intervals for a 1-km single-file neutral ride to the start line at the Baptist Church on Otterbrook Road. Race begins when everyone has arrived.

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 fire hall. If you require further medical attention during the race, call 9-1-1. The nearest hospital is 38 km away in Truro, located just off Hwy 102 at Exit 13. Just follow the H signs.

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 confident in your ability to start in Category C. Regardless, you can always move to another category at the next race. This course is a little more challenging than at Stanley, having roughly double the amount of climbing.

Do not park in front of the main doors at the fire hall.

Do not take vehicles on the race course. Other road users may also be in the area, so exercise caution when approaching intersections and be alert for anything coming from behind. While much of the course is on wide gravel roads, there are significant sections of narrower tracks where you may have to move to the far right when encountering ATV's or other vehicles. When returning to the finish line on the highway, you must ride in single file (ie. no packs), though you may attempt to pass another cyclist.

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. Most of the route is on all-weather roads. However, in case of rain, some parts of the long course may be muddy, so prepare accordingly.