This local series has run non-stop since the early 90s - making it one of the longest running cross country mountain bike events in the country. With a focus on fun, family, and progression of skills and fitness, we have turned rookies into passionate cyclists and veterans into champions.
Our forest is the "home track" for Canadian National Champion Andrew Watson, Olympian and Hour Record holder Ed Veal, and X-Games World Champion Brett Rheeder. This is truly the birthplace of champions.
Throughout this history, great friendships have been forged, skills tested, and endurance pushed to its limits. But despite the different skill levels and riding expectations of our participants, we always return to one fundamental truth: The riders who join us at Coulson Hill leave with an experience that will forever change them.
The sense of accomplishment and exhilaration will get you addicted. And you will ride more. And you will get stronger and fitter. And you'll have the time of your life doing it! But don't say I didn't warn you.
Family & Fun-Focussed
What makes our series unique is the broad skill and age range that we draw. For example, our youngest rider was only 4 years old and our oldest, 69 years. No other series in Ontario is as family-focussed and fun-oriented as the Coulson Hill Weekly Series.
The welcoming vibe at our series is legendary. Everyone there knows the fear and anxiety of coming out for the first time - we've all been there! Once you arrive on site, locate the registration tent, speak with our friendly team, let your tension go and watch the arenalin flow. We will ensure you know what to do, how to share the trails with other users, how to handle passing, and what signage to be aware of. Before every race, we discuss the particulars of a given course and make sure everyone is aware of specific challenges that lay ahead. All technical obstacles are optional. You will never be faced with a situation where you have to ride beyond your abilities - unless you want to!
Our Mini-Me participants are treated to their very own simplified course with minimized technical difficulty and reduced climbing. The goal is to create the funnest possible atmosphere for these budding young riders to ensure that become cyclists for life.
- The races run every Wednesday from April 24 to September 4, 2019.
- Racing starts at 7pm sharp and courses are open for pre-riding from approximately 5pm on race day.
- The courses remain marked throughout the week although some signage may be missing or incorrect.
- Race length varies depending on category (~1-4.5km)
- Overall race length is ~40-60 minutes (~20-30 minutes for Mini-Me)
- Courses are always fresh!
- A new course is created from scratch every other week - no two are alike.
- Courses are meticulously groomed, safe, and well marked.
- More than 16 hours/week goes into course preparation.
- No one in Ontario puts more work into their race courses.
- Multiple categories - every rider will compete against people of similar skills & fitness. Inclusivity is the name of the game and everyone has a home:
|Expert (open age)||Master Expert (age 40+) |
|Sport Women (open age)||Master Sport Men (age 40+)|
|Senior Sport Men (age 18-39)||Junior Sport Men (8-17)|
|Novice (combined men/women, open age)||Mini-Me (age <12)|
- Participate often for Championship Points
- Medals & prizing for top 3 in each category
- Weekly draw prizes - you don't have to win to be a winner.
- Factory demo days
- Ride bikes from a variety of different manufacturers - real "in the dirt" test rides!
- An Ontario Cycling Association Citizen’s Permit must be purchased by every participant (unless you have a valid OCA/UCI permit).
- These permits are not available on-site. They MUST be purchased online from the OCA before you participate in your first race! Link
- This is a non-negotiable insurance issue. "Test rides" or "tryouts" are not permissible under any circumstances. Single-day licenses are also unavailable.
- If you would like to expand your participation beyond the dirt, please consider joining our cycling club. Once you have your Citizen's Permit it is only $20 to join and you can then join us on the road as well to expand your cycling horizons. More information here.
- A bicycle in safe operating condition with at least one functioning brake.
- A properly fitted CPSC-certified bicycle helmet.
- The first time you join us, please try to arrive by 6pm. This will allow time for paperwork, number plate assignment and a pre-ride of the course.
- Race plate - $5 annual fee
- Races are $15 each (20 races total)
- Seasons packages are available for $260 including race plate (SAVE $45!)
Family & Season Packages
We love our family. That includes the extended family that rides with us at our series. And we want EVERY member of the family to get out there and ride so we've introduced an awesome way for riders to save money:
Location & Directions
Hosted in the Hodgson Tract of Simcoe Regional Forest, riders are treated to varied terrain suitable to all skill levels. The variation of tight, twisty sections to fast, flowing corners never gets boring and our knack for trail building means that the forest is always evolving. Just 20 minutes from the Newmarket/Aurora corridor and the same distance from Barrie, Coulson offers a real challenge when you are looking for it or a pleasant Sunday cruise when that's just what the docrtor ordered. It's a blast to tear downhill heading north from the parking lot and the return trip can be as mellow or painful as you choose.