What started as one event in 1994 has burgeoned into a company that promotes Ontario mountain bike events, riding and trail development. Think B.C. is the epicenter of cycling in Canada? Guess again. With a large variety of accessible, moderately difficult trails, the rolling terrain of Southern Ontario is just the ticket for riders of all ability levels to enjoy the fun and exhilaration of winding through a row of pines or a flowing hardwood trail.
Chico Racing has concentrated on the Ontario market, and because of this we have been able to create a unique relationship with the sport in our area. The result? A legacy of many trail systems that support some of the biggest events in the world, a knowledge of all facets of the sport, and an inter-personal relationship with our riders that sets us apart from marketing companies that simply target Mountain Biking. Having grown up in a family who started mountain biking in its' infancy (Papa Ruppel bought a high-end Ritchey bike in 1985), the staff at Chico Racing were riders first, and can still turn over a crank with the best of them (at different times of the year).
Some of Chico Racing's past and current successes include:
• North America's Most Popular 24 Hour Mountain Bike Festival - 24 Hours of Summer Solstice.
• Eastern North America's Most Popular MTB Stage Race - Crank The Shield a three-day stage event taking place again in 2014.
• Plastiglas Ontario Cup Series - Canada's most successful x-country series attracting lots of families and youth. 2013 Superfly Racing has taken over it's management.
• Opus Spring Epic 8 Hour - Ontario's most popular 8 hour relay.
• Development of a mountain bike trail system at Albion Hills Conservation Area, plus the creation of trails at Ganaraska Forest, Durham Forest, Dagmar, Haliburton Region and the creation of our own race venue Woodnewton.
• Mud Hero Obstacle Running Series created by Chico founder Adam Ruppel, and his business associate Ted Mcleod.
While events and racing is our passion, we see our role as creating a way for people to enjoy their mountain bikes.