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Crank the Shield is Back for 2024

with a whole new format

August 16 - August 18

3-DAYS OF RACING

A multi-day point to point stage race with food, chip timing, medals and more!

BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

A cycling odyssey through stunning norther Ontario countryside!

FINISHER PRIZES

Finisher medals, T-shirts, socks and more!

VIP SPOTS AVAILABLE

50 VIP spots available with accommodations!

ABOUT CRANK THE SHIELD

People travel from all across North America to be a part of those who hold the honour of Cranking The Shield. Crank participants describe the courses as the best they have ever ridden anywhere!

Crank the Shield offers a unique experience to riders from across North America. This is Eastern North America’s most challenging and popular mountain bike stage race that combines amazing food over the duration of the event, cabin accommodations, baggage transport, event goodies, great aid stations and some of the best and most rewarding days you will experience on a bike. Riders will also experience some of the best mountain biking Eastern Canada has to offer!

A multi-day mountain bike adventure that some ride, some race, but all conquer!

Package #1 (food/on-site accommodations)*

  • 3 days of EPIC riding in the Canadian wilderness
  • Camping (Bring your own tent) & RV parking
  • Incredible food to keep you fueled throughout the event
  • Chip timing
  • Finisher medal
  • Event shirt, socks & other goodies
  • Award ceremony feast
  • 1 free beer each day (courtesy of Outspoken Brewery)
  • Parking
  • Bag transportation
  • Entry for special draw prizes
  • Friends for life
  • Famous catered CRANK afterparty

 

Package #2 (Ride/Race only)

  • 3 days of EPIC riding in the Canadian wilderness
  • Super well stocked aid stations and finish line food
  • Chip timing
  • Finisher medal
  • Event shirt, socks & other goodies
  • Award ceremony feast
  • 1 free beer each day (courtesy of Outspoken Brewery)
  • Parking
  • Entry for special draw prizes
  • Friends for life
  • Famous catered CRANK afterparty

*If you would like the full VIP experience, you can book a bed at Stokely Creek for a reduced rate. With registration and the ride starting at Stokely on Friday the 16th, ideally you will stay for Thursday through Saturday, and could even book Sunday if you want to head back after the CRANK afterparty – however the Holiday Inn is just a 10 minute walk from our afterparty location, making it perhaps the better option for Sunday night!

To book a bed, call (705) 649-3421 or email: info@stokelycreek.com

MORE great singletrack – a new format without the long backcountry Stage that we used to start with. While it was epic, those sections of unique backcountry are largely private property and are becoming harder to access.

Ride/Race only category – with the race starting and finishing within 25 minutes, and no need to bus riders and bikes to the start, you can decide to do your own thing – camp, grab an airbnb maybe even on the water – or get a hotel room at our host hotel, the Holiday Inn! There are more options now to bring the family, or race hard during the day and explore the area by night. With a ride/race only, camp and eat, and VIP beds at Stokely available, there is now more ways to CRANK with us!

For 2024 we are doing things a little differently. With the big ticket price of Crank the Shield, the additional 5 – 6% online/Credit Card fees amount to as much as $35 – $40 extra. To save you this money, we are using an online registration form, and accepting payment in 3 ways. Etransfer (auto deposit), Paypal, or a mailed cheque the old fashioned way. This also gives us better control and you lose less money should you need a refund on or before our refund date of May 1, 2024.

2024 Prices:


 

Package #1

Full experience, includes 3 days of riding/racing, Breakfast/Dinner Friday night to Sunday morning, a tent or RV site, use of the wonderful facilities at Stokely Creek Lodge, and the famous CRANK afterparty!

Early Bird December 1 to April 19th: $759 + HST ($857 total)

Standard Price April 20th to August 9: $799 + HST ($902 total)

Package #2

Ride/Race only, includes all 3 days of racing, aid station, finish line food, Stage 3 final feast, and the famous CRANK afterparty). You are also welcome to attend the awards ceremonies on Friday and Saturday night at Stokely Creek. You are responsible for your own lodging away from Stokely Creek.

Early Bird December 1 to March 31: $549 + HST ($620 total)

Standard Price April 1 to August 9: $589 + HST (665 total)

All totals rounded down to the nearest dollar to make things simpler.

Payment

After you have filled in the online form, please make payment, in full in one of 3 ways:

  1. etransfer. I have autodeposit, please include your name and “Crank the Shield payment” in the description. This can be sent to sean@superflyracing.com
  2. Paypal. Use this secure online system to pay directly. https://paypal.me/superflyracing?country.x=CA&locale.x=en_US
  3. Cheque. You are welcome to mail me a cheque at:
    Superfly Racing 1033 Crawford Road. Bracebridge, ON. P1L 1W8

A verification email will be sent once we receive your payment. Filling out the online form alone will not get you verified and registered in Crank the Shield:SSM 2023!

3 UNIQUE DAYS OF RIDING

Some backcountry riding, epic climbs, and more singletrack than ever await riders for crank the shield: SSM 2024!

Stage 1

Total climbing: 2500 feet

Stage 1 is essentially Stage 2 from the last two Cranks! We start with a loop that comes back to Stokely! While the former wilderness Stage 1 was 75km, Don’t let the 52km stage fool you – there is a TON of climbing, some amazing, tough singletrack and even a swimming hole at the 35km mark! Summit King mountain – one of Ontario’s highest peaks – and enjoy the aid station before you continue on one of the coolest trails you’ve ever seen!* An awesome singletrack decent caps off an epic day of riding before a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Stokely Creek! *As long as we don’t get 120mm of rain two days prior (2022)!

Stage 2

Total Climbing: 3000 feet

Our second stage is what was traditionally the third – the day starts with a now 13km neutral ride. Yes, we will have a new climb to the top of the famoush Bee Sting 2.5km Singletrack descent! This fun, technical trail is perhaps the longest singletrack descent in Ontario! After Bee Sting, 20km of mixed trail links riders with the newly created farmer lake trails, and a portion of the established singletrack cornucopia at Kinsmen Park! With all the new trail initiatives that have happened over the last two years, we have switched up the days to allow a full day of Singletrack BLISS on Stage 3!

Stage 3

Total Climbing (estimate) – 1800 feet

Everyone, including the town of Sault Ste. Marie is super excited for our all new Stage 3! This will start, and finish at Kinsmen park, and feature over 75% amazing, world class hand and machine built singletrack over 55kms! Some trails may be reused from the prior day, but ridden in reverse, while the entire Red Pine section and many of the amazing, fast bermed trails will be featured for Stage 3! Finish off the event with the final Awards Ceremony, some great food and beer – but save some room for the famous Crank the Shield SSM after party at the Heritage Bushplane Museum!
Race Epic 8 Hour

The Course

Accommodations

Participants will enjoy the warm hospitality of northern ontario

Participants can break up their travel and book-end the race weekend on Thursday and Sunday night at the Holiday Inn Express Sault Ste Marie – or with the new ride/race only option, you can easily stay the entire weekend! Special rates are available for the race weekend! See the button below to book the Holiday Inn!

Riders that chose the full package can set up a tent or park their RV at the Stokley Creek Lodge for the event days – Friday and Saturday, or can choose to set up Thursday evening as registration will be at Stokely Creek. Stokley Creek is the the perfect basecamp for your race weekend! It’s also where up to 60 VIP riders will be staying in beds, for an additional fee.

Stokely is located in the Algoma Highlands, just north of the U.S. border in Goulais River, Canada. Near the shores of Lake Superior, Stokely has perfect terrain for outdoor fun. 100 kilometers of trails traverse to the highest peaks of King Mountain and cross the valley and creeks below.

NOTE: Holiday Inn is our host hotel for the weekend. Click the link below for special race-weekend rates!

HOLIDAY INN

Stokely Lodge
Holiday Inn Express Sault Ste Marie

Don't Miss Out

Register today to experience some of the most rewarding days you will have on a bike!

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our great sponsors! We are also working with the quebec singletrack experience to offer discounts to anyone doing both events, so contact us for more details!

Have Questions?

We’re here to make crank the shield the best experience you’ll have on two wheels! please feel free to contact us if you need any further information.

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