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Bike checks: the fastest frames from Canadian ‘cross championships

Race winners and custom team rides from Layritz Park

Photo by: Nick Iwanyshyn

Canadian cyclocross championships brought out a wide range of very fast bikes. With the ride of gravel, some brands aren’t making a ‘cross specific bike anymore. In fact, several of these “gravel” bikes won cyclocross championships in Victoria, showing that it really is about the rider, not the bike, right?

Check out the winning bikes from Layritz Park and some standout very fast steeds from Victoria.

Ava Holmgren – Orbea Terra

Ava Holmgren raced up from junior to elite to win the women’s national championships ahead of a very strong field on this Orbea Terra.

Tyler Clark – Santa Cruz Stigmata

Tyler Clark used momentum from a fast fall at the USCX series to win his first elite men’s national title on this Santa Cruz Stigmata.

Ruby West – Factor LS

Past under-23 Pan Am and Canadian national champion Ruby West didn’t have the day she was looking for Saturday, being slowed down by a mechanical, but at least her bike looked amazing.

Holly Henry – Colnago GRV

Holly Henry soared to a podium at home in Victoria in the elite women’s race on this Colnago GRV.

Luke Valenti – Canyon Inflite CF SL

Luke Valenti is headed to the road next year, but first he won the under-23 men’s title on this Canyon Inflite CF SL.

Michael van den Ham – Giant TCX Advanced Pro

Three-time elite men’s national champion Michael van den Ham wasn’t able to defend his jersey, but he’ll keep racing this Giant TCX all winter.

Jenn Jackson: Canyon Inflite CF SLX

Jenn Jackson is back on a cross bike, racing this Canyon Inflite CF SLX in Victoria.

Gunnar Holmgren – Pivot Vault

Gunnar Holmgren was another past champ returning to cross for 2022 nationals. He raced this Pivot Vault to a top-5 in the elite men’s race.

Matt Hornland – Cervelo R5-CX

Matt Hornland didn’t win the master’s men’s 35-44 race but his Cervélo R5-CX, with #PandaPower custom green FMB tubulars, did carry him to a top 10.