Evan McNeely raced to first place at the 2012 Canadian cyclocross championships. (Photo: Doug Brons)

Evan McNeely raced to first place at the 2012 Canadian cyclocross championships. (Photo: Doug Brons)

Tune in, right here, on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST to follow our live coverage of the elite women’s, junior women’s and junior men’s race at the 2013 Canadian cyclocross championships. Then, at 6:15 p.m. EST/3:15 p.m. PST the elite and under-23 men will compete on the course in Surrey, B.C. We’ll have live commentary and analysis, and the opportunity for you to join the conversation on the muddy art of cyclocross. Also, for more background on the races, check out our pre- and post-event coverage.

 

 

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2013 Canadian cyclocross championships
(11/30/2013)
Saturday November 30, 2013
4:47
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the Canadian cyclocross championships. The races are held for a second consecutive year in at the South Surrey Athletic Park in Surrey, B.C., but this year the races are on a brand new course.

4:48
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The championships are held in conjunction with the B.C. Grand Prix of Cyclocross, which will take place tomorrow.

4:50
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Stay tuned for the elite and junior women’s race, which starts in about ten minutes. The junior me, aged 17-18, will be on course at the same time, starting two minutes after the women. The riders are all rolling to start line…

4:59
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

There are lot of fans hovering with umbrellas over the women’s starting area. They all want to catch a glimpse of their favourite riders as they prepare for the start of the race.

5:01
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The elite and junior women are 30 seconds from the start.

5:03
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The front row includes defending champion Mical Dyck (Pro City Racing-VAC), Catharine Pendrel (Luna), Wendy Simms, Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) and Natasha Elliott (Rare Vos Racing-Stevens).

5:05
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Last year, Mical Dyck won the elite women’s race ahead of Wendy Simms and Emily Batty. Batty is not racing today.

5:06
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

And Pendrel is leading the elite/junior women’s field, taking the hole shot and leading the race into the first of three sand pits on course.

5:07
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Pendrel is followed by Dyck, Simms and Sandra Walter (Liv/Giant Canada)

5:08
5:10
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The women are on the staircase run-up. Pendrel, Dyck and Simms are gaining a few seconds.

5:13
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Our reporter Rob Sturney is on the ground and told us that the course is very soggy. All the grass sections have turned to mud. Riders who have already raced are saying that it has a peanut buttery texture and it’s very sticky. Some racers are taking multiple bike changes because of the heavy mud sticking to their frames, tires and drive chains.

5:14
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The women have started lap 2 with three leaders sticking together; Pendrel, Simms and Dyck. Walters is about 10 seconds back and on her own.

5:16
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Our reporter Rob Sturney said the weather conditions are getting worse and worse as the day progresses. It’s raining very hard and there are strong gusts of wind blowing riders all over the course.

5:17
5:18
5:18
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Here we have a picture of Dyck winning the race last year.

5:20
Good luck to everyone at cyclocross nationals! I’m going to miss standing in the rain and heckling you all @CyclingCanada @CyclocrossBC
5:24
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Race organizers have designed a great course this year. It’s on what looks like a high school field. It’s very serpentine-looking and not too spread out, which is great for the spectators. Volleyball sandpits are being used for the three sandpits on course, there is a set of stairs to run up and one set of barriers.

5:26
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The women are about to finish lap 2. Pendrel is now in the lead by herself. Simms is trailing by about three seconds, followed by Dyck, Walter and then Elliott.

5:26
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Both Pendrel and Dyck crashed during lap 2. They slid out in the same muddy corner.

5:30
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Cycling Canada Cyclisme is pleased with the new championships course this year, “We are excited for Cycling B.C. to build on the success of the 2012 Canadian championships to host another great event. B.C. is the hotbed for cyclocross in Canada with a large numbers of grassroots riders,” said Nicholas Vipond, Competition Coordinator at Cycling Canada Cyclisme.

5:32
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The women are on lap 3 and Pendrel is building a pretty big lead, now 16 seconds ahead of Dyck and Simms.

5:34
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Elliott is riding in fourth place, over one minute behind the leader. Walter is riding in sixth place, a minute and a half back. Chantell Widney is riding in sixth place and Dawn Anderson is riding in seventh place.

5:34
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The women are seeing one lap to go …

5:36
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Pendrel is racing each lap in about 9:15 minutes.

5:37
5:38
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Dyck and Simms are racing for second place. This is a photo of them racing together from last year.

5:38
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Pendrel is leading the race by 15 seconds and she has half a lap to go to the finish line.

5:41
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

It looks like Dyck is going to have to settle for second place today. She is riding in second place, 15 seconds behind Pendrel.

5:42
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Pendral is your new Canadian cyclocross champion!

5:42
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Mical Dyck rode in for second place about 20 seconds behind the winner.

5:42
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Simms crossed the line in third place about 30 seconds back.

5:43
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Natasha Elliott was fourth and Sandra Walter was sixth today.

5:43
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

correction, Walter was fifth.

5:44
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Willem Boersma (Cycle-Smart) won the junior mens race!

5:46
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Unofficial results for the Elite women:
1. Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro)
2. Mical Dyck (Pro City Racing-VAC)
3. Wendy Simms
4. Natasha Elliott (Rare Vos Racing-Stevens)
5. Sandra Walter (Liv-Giant Canada)

5:48
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Unofficial results for the junir men:
1.  Willem Boersma (Cycle-Smart)
2. Mason Burtnik (Team AB-Juventus)
3. Sean Germaine (Team AB-Juventus)

5:51
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Unofficial results for the junior women:
1. Siobhan Kelly (Specialized)

5:54
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The elite and under-23 men are warming up on course. Stay tuned for their race in about 15 minutes.

5:58
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The rain is absolutely pouring down as the elite/junior women and the junior men wait for the awards ceremony.

5:59
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The rain is going to thin out that sticky mud and make for a very slippery course during the elite and under-23 men’s race. We’re certain that defending champion Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) is welcoming this weather today.

6:02
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Here is what winner Catharine Pendrel had to say before the start of her race today,“Every time I go to ‘cross nationals, I always leave feeling like I could have done better if I had one more race on my legs. The idea was to come to the U.S. to race against a strong women’s field and work on some ‘cross specific skills.”

“Having a good start is always critical. You can lose a lot of time in traffic and burn a lot of matches trying to get to the start. It’s also something that I’d really like to improve in my mountain bike racing.”

6:02
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

She is no doubt pleased with her winning performance today.

6:07
Catharine Pendrel wins the 2013 elite women’s Canadian cyclocross championships
6:10
2013 Canadian cyclocross championships elite women’s podium
6:11
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The elite and under-23 men are about to start …

6:12
2013 Canadian cyclocross championships junior women’s podium
6:14
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The elite and under-23 men are on the start line. The front row includes defending champion Geoff Kabush (Scott 3Rox-Racing), Evan McNeely (Norco Factory), Mike Garrigan, Craig Richey, Derrick St. John (Stevens p/b The Cyclery), Evan Guthrie (Norco Factory) and Aaron Schooler (Team H&R Block).

6:15
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The elite men will race for 60 minutes and the under-23 men will race for 50 minutes. There are 30 seconds to the start of the race.

6:16
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

And Garrigan took the hole shot ahead of Guthrie and Kabush …

6:18
2013 Canadian cyclocross championships junior men’s podium
6:19
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Kabush told our reporter Rob Sturney before the start, “I’m excited. This is what cyclocross is about. There will definitely be some pinch points. It’ll be a race of attrition.”

6:21
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

He also told us earlier this week that his, “riding and training has been a little inconsistent, but I’m definitely hoping to hold onto some form and defend my cyclocross national title for Scott-3Rox Racing. I’m finally getting settled at my new home base in North Vancouver, which should help make things a little simpler moving forward.”

6:21
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Garrigan is leading the field over the set of stairs followed by Kabush, McNeely and Schooler.

6:23
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Earlier this week, Garrigan told us, “I hope to have a smooth race and see what result that achieves. To win again would be pretty sweet.”

6:23
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

He looks like he is racing to win today, that’s for sure.

6:25
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Garrigan is still leading the race followed by Kabush and McNeely. The trio have gained a few seconds on the next set of riders.

6:26
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Schooler is racing in fourth place, six seconds behind the lead group of three riders.

6:28
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Kabush’s teammates Cameron Jette and Derek Zandstra are racing in fifth and sixth place, together.

6:30
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The next group of riders on course are Andrew L’Esperance (Norco Factory), Mark McConnell (Synergy Racing – Cyclepath), Evan Guthrie (Norco Factory), Craig Richey and Kevin Noiles.

6:31
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Michael van den Ham (Cycle-Smart) and Connor Wilson (Team AB-Juventus) are leading the under-23 men’s race.

6:32
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

It’s still raining and the sun is starting to set on the elite and under-23 men’s race. It could be nearly dark by the end of the race.

6:34
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Lap 3, Kabush is now leading the race. He overtook Schooler on the staircase run-up.

6:34
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Schooler had fallen into fourth place on the second lap due to a crash but he got back up and he is trying to win this race.

6:35
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Schooler is five seconds behind Kabush.

6:35
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Garrigan and McNeely are together, riding in third and fourth place, 15 seconds back.

6:38
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The mechanic’s pit has been very busy today. The mud isn’t as thick as it was earlier in the day, but it’s still causing problems in the racer’s drive chains.

6:39
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

In the under-23 race, van den Ham is leading by 35 seconds ahead of Wilson and Marc-Antoine Nadon (Scott-3Rox Racing) and

6:43
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Kabush is gaining time at the start of lap 4 (4 laps to go).

6:44
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Schooler is racing in second place, 10 seconds back.

6:44
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

McNeely is riding in third place, 25 seconds back.

6:45
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Jette and Zandstra just caught and passed Garrigan. They are 45 seconds back.

6:46
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

van den Ham is putting on a show in the under-23 mens race. He’s riding away with the championships title, more than a minute ahead of Wilson and Nadon.

6:47
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

van den Ham told us earlier this week that, “I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going to nationals with the hopes of taking the jersey home.”

6:48
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The under-23 men have two laps to go.

6:52
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

In the elite men’s race, Schooler is trying desperately to pull those 10 seconds back to Kabush. Ealier this week he told us,“I’m gunning for a podium again, and to try and put some pressure on Geoff, which is no easy feat.”

6:55
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Kabush’s teammates Jette and Zandstra are making up for their slower start. They have catch and passed McNeely!

6:58
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Kabush is leading the race by 12 seconds ahead of Schooler. His teammates Jette and Zandstra are racing together in third and fourth place, 45 seconds back. McNeely is now over a minute back. And under-23 race leader van den Ham, is riding in sixth place.

6:59
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Although van den Ham is riding in sixth place overall with the elite men at the moment, he is on his last lap and about to win the under-23 men’s title.

7:01
7:01
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Here’s a picture of Kabush winning the title last year.

7:01
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The sun has set and the elite and under-23 men are racing in the dark.

7:02
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Not to worry, though. The race organizers have turned on the lights around the race course.

7:04
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

van den Ham is about to win the under-23 cyclocross title. The elite men still have two laps to go. Kabush has increased his lead to 30 seconds over Schooler and a 1:30 minutes to his teammates Jette and Zandstra.

7:09
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

It looks like Schooler is going to spoil Scott-3Rox Racing’s plans of sweeping the podium in the elite men’s race. He’s riding in second place, behind Kabush and infront of Jette and Zandstra.

7:12
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Michael van de Ham (Cycle-Smart) was exstatic to have won the under-23 men’s title. He told our reporter Rob Sturney, “I can hardly believe that I’ve come this far. It shows how much my coach has helped me.”

7:13
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The elite men are on their last lap.

7:14
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

van den Ham won the under-23 race ahead of Marc-Antoine Nadon and Connor Wilson.

7:16
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Kabush is leading the elite men’s race to the finish line nearly one minute ahead of Schooler and nearly two minutes ahead of his teammates Jette and Zandstra.

7:19
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The crowds are ringing their cowbells as Kabush leads the last lap of the elite men’s cyclocross championships.

7:20
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Geoff Kabush wins the 2013 Canadian cyclocross championships!

7:23
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

The unofficial results of the elite men’s race,
1. Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing)
2. Aaron Schooler (Team H&R Block)
3. Cameron Jette (Scott-3Rox Racing)
4. Derek Zandstra (Scott-3Rox Racing)
5. Mike Garrigan
6. Evan McNeely (Norco Factory)

7:31
Canadian Cycling Magazine:

Thank you for following our coverage of the 2013 Canadian cyclocross championships. Please visit our website for a full race report, photos and results,  http://cyclingmagazine.ca.

7:33
Elite men are off @CyclingCanada National Cross Championships! @raceinbcpic.twitter.com/cDcr93juPo

7:34

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