The race tackled a variety of surfaces. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Cyclocross bikes were the most common but mountain bikes were also used by some racers. Photo: Lauren Daniells
The weather was warm and the gravek was dry. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Despite the favourable conditions mechanicals still slowed some. Photo: Lauren Daniells
The race also used Mennonite farmland. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Dry grass was just one of many surfaces on the course. Photo: Lauren Daniells
The lead group of the men's race on the wide gravel roads of the Waterloo Region. Photo: Blake Ellis
Mud Mountain was relatively dry compared to previous years. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Dismounting was still necessary to navigate the steep uneven surface. Photo: Lauren Daniells
A group navigates Mud Mountain. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Riders needed to get creative to clear the muddiest section of the course. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Some choosing to try their luck atop their bike. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Which didn't always go quite as planned. Photo: Lauren Daniells
Some went for a little refreshing dip. Photo: Lauren Daniells
The fifth annual Steaming Nostril spring race saw a field of over 400 riders come out for the fun on a warm, sunny spring day in the Waterloo Region in southern Ontario. With a 40 km short course Runny Nose race and a 65 km Steaming Nostril, riders had a parkour filled with gravel, farm laneways, trails and private farm property with a little bit of pavement in between ahead of them.
A combination of UCI level riders, recreational athletes, and serious enthusiasts set out on a variety of cross and trail bikes.
As riders navigated the course including the most challenging section, what organizers call the longest kilometre that traverses a Mennonite farmers property in Maple Valley and Mud Mountain, Lauren Daniells was on hand to capture the fun.
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Before riders had to tackle this challenging section, they could stop at the maple syrup shooter rest stop in the valley before Mud Mountain which was drier than it has even been in past years.
Sjann Gerth (Mariposa Cycling Racing) crossed the line first in the men’s Steaming Nostril with Matt Surch (Takne Cycling Club) second and Gaelan Merritt (Wheels of Bloor) third. Former U23 cyclocross champion Ruby West (Rise Racing) won the women’s race with Kelly Ellis (Waterloo Cycling Club) second and Natascha Piciga ( Giant Toronto Liv PB) third.
Craig Vanderbult (Milton Bicycle Club) won the Runny Nose men’s event and Kat Sullivan (C3) won the women’s event.
To see Daniells full album from Steaming Nostril.