Stop number five on the inaugural XTERRA Pan American Tour takes racers to the magnificent Kelso Conservation Area in Milton, Ontario, Canada - just 40 minutes outside of the bustling city of Toronto.
For Americans, the XTERRA Mine over Matter off-road triathlon on June 25 provides a great opportunity to mix destination travel with premier XTERRA racing.
“Right now the U.S. dollar is incredibly strong which makes our entry fees a fraction of what they would be normally. We probably have some of the cheapest XTERRA races on the calendar due to the drop of Canadian dollar,” said race director James Kowalewski, who hosts three events in the XTERRA Ontario Series.
“As for touristy suggestions, I think racers would enjoy seeing the newly designed Toronto Waterfront, perhaps go kayaking around the 13 Island archipelago of the Toronto Islands, they could go see the Toronto Blue Jays, or even climb the CN Tower – which was once the tallest free standing structure in the world.”
Jason Carr from Nashville, Tennessee has already booked his trip.
“Guys trip full of XTERRA and some Canadian beer,” exclaimed Carr, who said he and his friends will drive up Thursday, do a bunch of pre-riding, race, and then play in Toronto on Sunday. “I haven’t been to Canada in a long time and this race/place is just the perfect combination.”
XTERRA Mountain Region Champions Carl Horton (55-59 division) and his daughter Heather (15-19 division) from Draper, Utah are also headed to Milton, both with their sights set on collecting valuable points in the Pan American Tour.
“We are going for it,” said Carl. “We are also doing Victoria BC, Beaver Creek, Oak Mountain, and of course Ogden. Heather decided to make XTERRA her primary race goal this year, even at the expense of high school and club mountain bike races. She would like to see how far she can go with it over the next few years.”
For David Iozzo of Michigan it’s the mountain biking that has him excited about his trip to Milton.
“I've ridden previously in Kelso and can tell you they have great mountain biking trails,” said Iozzo. “Plus, Toronto is a great city and this a brilliant excuse to go race and visit.”
The race will also dish out 25 qualifying spots to Maui to the top finishers, and for Canadians it serves as a qualifier into the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships.
Sign up now at http://elementracing.ca/mine-over-matter/.
HOST CITY INFO
We will be using Burlington Ontario as the host town. Its a medium sized city which is positioned along the shores of Lake Ontario. It has many hotels to choose from including along the waterfront itself.
It boasts a 2km sandy beach walking distance from downtown as is flanked by a very large network or trails to hike, run and explore.
Burlington is also a city which seeks out the tourism and has a very active and supportive Tourism board. http://www.tourismburlington.com/
Burlington is an excellent option for those wanting to stay in a city type environment with lots of restaurants and activities all walking distance from your hotel.
Burlington is situated a 30min drive from the the Kelso Conservation area and the XTERRA Mine Over Matter race course and itself.
If you are looking for hotel type accommodations much closer to the race site, Mohawk motel is your stay. Situated less than a 10 min drive from the event course, patrons can even ride their bikes to the trials of the Kelso Conservation area and the event site itself.
Option 3 is camping directly at the Conservation Area. And directly next door to the event site.
People looking for additional activities and things to do while visiting Ontario can check out Ontario Tourism. http://www.ontariotourism.com/
OR Toronto - http://www.seetorontonow.com/ (60km from Burlington and 60 km from the Race site – both are approx 35 – 45 min drive from either location)