So a full year after we first starting putting the 2018 course design together, we're now willing to make a little confession. Relocating to Haliburton was a bit of a question mark for us - we weren't
entirely sure whether or not the move would be a good one for Storm the Trent. The further travel north; the potential for a late thaw and even more unpredictable weather; the new race date; the breaking of 16 long years of tradition in the Kawartha Lakes region. Was this really the right thing to do?
Haliburton proved to us pretty quickly that it was. The community is so incredibly warm and welcoming. The course design options are so abundant. The local amenities and services are so ideal for an event of this nature. All in all we couldn't be happier with how it worked out, and honestly can't wait to start planning again for next year. In fact, we're actually starting to wonder what took us so long!
But what's far more important for us to know now, is what did you think?
We would love to gather your feedback if you're willing to share it, as how much we enjoyed race weekend really doesn't mean a thing if you feel otherwise. So far it's been overwhelmingly positive, which we're taking as a good sign for a return to Haliburton in 2019!
In fact, if you have a review that you're willing to post to either Facebook at
or to Google at
(Google sign-in required), we would really greatly appreciate it. These reviews go a long way when we're in discussions with landowners or local stakeholders about future course designs. We already have some tentative plans in the works for an all-new set of racecourses for next year, which we'll be busy fleshing out over the summer months.
And if last weekend is already just a blurry heat-induced haze, we have hundreds of race pics as well as official results and split times all available on our
Results & Photos
page. Everyone who took part in this year's series of races should feel incredibly proud no matter how much or little of the course you saw, as it was possibly one of the toughest and easily the warmest Storm the Trent on record! Someone also mentioned something about a few hills...? :)