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XCOntario #2 -
Highlands Nordic

Saturday, July 1, 2023 - Duntroon, Ontario

A classic MTB venue. New courses and new features. Fun and punchy.


Youth Comp. & Adults: approx. 4.5 to 5 km per lap

Youth Age-Group: approx. 3 km per lap

See categories here

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Course pre-ride & Coaching lesson


Youth Age-Group (Male & Female) races start  (7-9y, 10-12y, 13-18y)


Male Competitive (Youth & Adult) races start


Male Adult Age-Group races start (19-29y, 30-39y, 40-49y, 50-59y, 60+y)


Male Adult Sportif race starts


Female Youth Competitive & Adult Age-Group races start (19-29y, 30-39y, 40-49y, 50-59y, 60+y)


Female Adult Sportif race start

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Need help figuring out what category to pick?

Check out our "Categories explained" page

Sportif categories

Male - Open

2 laps

Female - Open

1 lap

Age-Group categories

Male - 7-9y

2 laps

Male - 10-12y

2 laps

Male - 13-18y

3 laps

Female - 7-9y

2 laps

Female - 10-12y

2 laps

Female - 13-18y

3 laps


Male - 19-29y

3 laps

Male - 30-39y

3 laps

Male - 40-49y

3 laps

Male - 50-59y

3 laps

Male - 60+y

3 laps

Female - 19-29y

2 laps

Female - 30-39y

2 laps

Female - 40-49y

2 laps

Female - 50-59y

2 laps

Female - 60+y

2 laps

Competitive categories

Comp B Male - under 16y

2 laps

Comp A Male - under 19y

3 laps

Comp B Female - under 16y

2 laps

Comp A Female - under 19y

3 laps


Male - Open (19+y)

4 laps

Male - 40+y

4 laps

Female - Open (19+y)

3 laps

Female - 40+y

3 laps

Non-binary category

Non-binary - Open (all ages)

Laps TBD by event

What bike can I ride?

Any mountain bike that is trail worthy and safe!


We've even had some people have a great day riding a gravel bike or fat bike. (Just keep in mind that with a gravel bike, you may feel the bumps at bit more.)

Substance Projects' Weather Guarantee

Weather is always challenging and can completely change a race. So we developed the Substance Projects 100% Weather Guarantee: We guarantee that 100% of the course will have weather.


If any section doesn’t have weather we will refund you that percentage of your entry fee upon proof there was no weather.

Inclusive Race

These are races for everyone! In the spirit of equity and inclusion we celebrate difference and especially encourage those who have historically been excluded from sport.


See our Inclusion Statement on our About Us page.

Cancellation / Refunds

For 2023 there will be NO REFUNDS for those who can’t make it on race day or for cancellation of the event for any reason.


If the event cannot proceed, registrants will have their entry carried over to the re-scheduled date or have credit for another Substance Projects Event.

Registration Form

10am Start
11:30am Start
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