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Ellens Tour de Sussex

Ellens Tour de Sussex

June 16 2018
Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada

Preserving the memory and passion of Ellen Watters through an epic cycling event and legacy memorial fund for young athletes in New Brunswick.

You choose the distance, you choose the challenge:

The Warmup - Dust off your vintage bicycle, or tune into cjcw for the yardsale report. no experience needed, just two wheels and a little endurance. but gear up, this 20km ride will still provide a great snapshot of king's county's rolling hills; one that might catch you off guard as you roll through a historic covered bridge.

The Challenge - so maybe you own your own bike or you stop into a spin class every now and then. you know how to pronounce chamois but don't necessairly pride yourself on wearing one. put yourself to the test on this 60km tour of sussex's finest fields.

The Masterpiece - how many farms is too many farms? we dare you to try and keep track. this 100km ride is a true work of art, not for the faint of heart. need we say more?

About Ellen

Ellen was struck by a car on December 23rd during a training ride while home for the holidays in Sussex, New Brunswick. Police reported conditions were sunny and clear when the collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. Watters and a Volkswagen Golf were travelling in the same direction on Riverview Drive East in Lower Cove. Watters was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Ellen Watters had been steadily rising up the ranks since joining the Ottawa-based The Cyclery Racing program under the guidance of former national team member Jenny Trew. A former triathlete and a kinesiology graduate, Watters adapted quickly to road cycling and her sunny personality and aggressive racing style has become a fixture at events throughout Canada and the U.S.

The 2016 season was a breakout year for the 28-year-old. She won the Tour of the Battenkill and Tour of Somerville in the U.S., and won bronze in the criterium at the Canadian Road Championships. These results, among others, led to an invitation to take part in her first-ever Canadian National Team project in August. Despite missing some races early in the trip after suffering a minor concussion, she bounced back to victory in a kermesse in Hasdonk, Belgium, on Aug. 18th.

Watters’ cycling career had stepped up another level on the cusp of 2017. She had just signed for the U.S.-based Colavita-Bianchi team at the same time as being invited to be a part-time member of the Canadian women’s development program under national NextGen coach Cameron Jennings.

Along with the rest of the cycling community, we continue to offer our sincere condolences to Ellen's family, team mates and friends.

Ellens Tour de Sussex

Routes: 25, 75, 120 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: B - Gently rolling terrain with one or two short hills
Entry Limit: 250
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
Start Times / Itinerary

June 15th @ 1800h - Package Pickup

June 16th

@ 0800 - Package Pickup

@ 0900 - 120km Departure

@ 1000 - 75km Departure

@ 1100 -  25km Departure

@ 1300 - The Celebration


25km - $59/70

75km - $79/90

120km - $99/110


What's Included?

- Tour Of Where Ellen's Cycling Career Blossomed

- Traffic Controlled Course

- Aid Stations

- Mechanical/medical Support

- Post Ride Farm2table Style Meal

- Local Craft Beers

- Live Music

A Guaranteed Great Time!

Packet Pickups

Outdoor Elements - Main St - Sussex NB - June 15th @ 1800

Leonard's Gate - Main St - Sussex NB - June 16th @ 0800

Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Pre-Packet Pickups
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Escort / Police Escort
Roving Mechanical Support
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Post Ride Shower
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Event Size
Less Than 500 Riders
Start Address: Leonards Gate, Sussex, New Brunswick
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