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Pendrel and Kabush win elite titles at 2013 Canadian cyclocross championships

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) and Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) won the elite titles at the Hansen Industries 2013 Canadian cyclocross championships held in South Surrey, B.C., on Saturday. They won their respective races with commanding leads over their nearest competitors under wet and muddy course conditions.

The championship race was held for the second straight year at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  The course included long muddy straightaways, three sandpits, a staircase run-up and a set of barriers. Rain poured for most of the day causing the already challenging course to be covered with thick mud.

The elite women’s 40-minute race kicked off with a small lead group that included Pendrel, Mical Dyck (Pro City Racing-VAC), Wendy Simms, Sandra Walter (Liv-Giant Canada) and Natasha Elliott (Rare Vos Racing-Stevens).

Pendrel opened a gap on her rivals during the second lap. She crossed the finish line 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Dyck, who won last year, and an additional 10 seconds ahead of Wendy Simms in third place.

Mike Garrigan led a series of title-worthy contenders at the start of the elite men’s 60-minute race including Kabush, Evan McNeely and Evan Guthrie (Norco Factory), and Aaron Schooler (Team H&R Block).

Garrigan, Kabush and McNeely gained a few seconds on Schooler, who crashed through a slick corner on the second lap.

Kabush put pressure on the group until he opened a small lead on the third lap. Schooler recovered from his crash enough to catch and pass Garrigan and McNeely, but Kabush was already 10 seconds ahead.

Not too far back, Kabush’s teammates Cameron Jette and Derek Zandstra worked together to close the gap to Garrigan and McNeely, and eventually found themselves riding for third place.

Kabush finished the race by a minute ahead of runner-up Schooler and nearly two minutes ahead of Jette in third place and Zandstra in fourth.

Michael van den Ham (Cycle-Smart) took charge of the under-23 men’s 50-minute race. He started with Connor Wilson (Team AB-Juventus) but quickly opened a gap that Wilson couldn’t close. Marc-Antoine Nadon (Scott-3Rox Racing) caught up to Wilson and the pair raced for second place.

Van den Ham soloed to the win 35 seconds ahead of Nadon in second and Wilson in third place.

“I feel absolutely amazing, to be out here, this course is so great,” Van den Ham said. “It’s a goal that I barely imagined was possible even a year ago, two years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed about it. To actually cross the line first . . . it’s great, it shows all the support I have from my coach Shawn Adamson, Cycle-Smart and all my sponsors. It feels awesome.

“On a course like that, the worst part is often the best part too, the most fun. There are a lot of sections on this course where you have to choose whether to run it or ride it. Riding it might be faster, it might be safer. So all those spots where you had to make decisions really shows the quality of the course and it really made me think.”

Elite women

Distance 11.63 km
Average speed 18.18 km/h

Position Bib No. Name Team City Province
1 2 Catharine Pendrel Luna Pro Team Kamloops B.C.
2 1 Mical Dyck Pro City Racing / VAC Victoria B.C.
3 3 Wendy Simms Nanaimo B.C.
4 5 Natasha Elliott Rare Vos Racing Gatineau Ont.
5 6 Sandra Walter LIV/Giant Canada Coquitlam B.C.
6 9 Chantell Widney PRW Edmonton Alta.
7 12 Carey Mark Steed Cycles Nanaimo B.C.
8 7 Dawn Anderson Oak Bay Bikes/ Wheelers Victoria B.C.
9 4 Maghalie Rochette Cyclocrossworld.Com St-Jérome Que.
10 8 Andrea Bunnin Deadgoat Racing Calgary Alta.
11 13 Mandy Dreyer Tuf Rack Racing Dundas Ont.
19 17 Stacey Spencer Squamish B.C.
12 15 Tessa Pinckston Trek Red Truck S. Surrey B.C.
13 14 Morgan Cabot Glotman Simpson CX Vancouver B.C.
14 10 Kelly Jones Steed Cycles N. Vancouver B.C.
15 16 Denise Ramsden Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Yellowknife N.W.T.
16 11 Shantel Koenig Redbike Edmonton Alta.
17 24 Alexandria Massé Winlaw B.C.
18 18 Brenna Pauly Tripleshot CC Victoria B.C.

Junior women

Distance 11.63 km

Position Bib No. Name Team City Province
1 203 Clara Mackenzie Pro City Racing/VAC Victoria B.C.
2 204 Tarryn Côté Pro City Racing/VAC Victoria B.C.
3 205 Holly Simonson Pro City Racing/VAC Victoria B.C.
4 201 Kia van der Vliet Trailbikes Courtenay B.C.
DNS 202 Siobhan Kelly To Wheels/Specialized London Ont.

Junior men

Distance 11.63 km
Average speed 18.98 km/h

Bib No. Name Team City Province
1 101 Willem Boersma Cycle-Smart Portage la Prairie Man.
2 109 Mason Burtnik Team AB/Juventus Edmonton Alta.
3 104 Sean Germaine Team AB/Juventus Edmonton Alta.
4 103 Joel Taylor Pro City Racing/VAC Victoria B.C.
5 102 Tyler Lee Team Ontario/St. Catharines CC St. Catharines Ont.
6 105 Rhys Verner Team Squamish Garibaldi Highlands B.C.
7 110 Kellen Viznaugh Revelstoke Cycling Assoc Revelstoke B.C.
8 112 Trevor Stothard Trek Red Truck Victoria B.C.
9 107 Fergus Horrobin Escape Velocity/Devo Vancouver B.C.
10 116 Brendan Cowley Devo Vancouver B.C.
11 106 Christopher Macleod Tripleshot CC Victoria B.C.
12 114 James Grant JamesGrant VIPYRS Merville B.C.
13 111 Damian Parlee Comox B.C.
14 113 Oliver Wood Escape Velocity/Devo N. Vancouver B.C.
15 108 Rowan Morris Tag Cycling Vancouver B.C.
DNF 115 Finn Blackurn Devo N. Vancouver B.C.

Under-23 men

Distance 14.51 km
Average speed 19.35 km/h

Bib No. Name Team City Province
1 102 Michael van den Ham Cycle-Smart Brandon Man.
2 110 Marc-Antoine Nadon Scott – 3Rox Racing Ottawa Ont.
3 103 Connor Wilson Team AB/Juventus Camrose Alta.
4 105 Trevor Pearson Team H&R Block Delta B.C.
5 104 Evan Wishloff Pedalhead Racing Club Devon Alta.
6 108 Spencer Skerget Watson Lake Yukon
7 107 Devon Moonie Kamloops B.C.
8 109 Jay Lamoureux Tripleshot CC Victoria B.C.
DNF 106 Isaac Niles Bicisport Turner Valley Alta.

Elite men

Distance 20.27 km
Average speed 20.19 km/h

Position Bib No. Name Team City Province
1 1 Geoff Kabush Scott-3Rox Racing Courtenay B.C.
2 6 Aaron Schooler Team H&R Block Edmonton Alta.
3 9 Cameron Jette Scott-3Rox Racing Toronto Ont.
4 30 Derek Zandstra Scott-3Rox Racing Trenton Ont.
5 2 Mike Garrigan St Clements B.C.
6 33 Evan Mcneely Norco Factory Team Ottawa Ont.
7 7 Andrew L’Esperance Norco Factory Team Halifax N.S.
8 12 Kevin Noiles Vancouver B.C.
9 4 Derrick St John Gatineau Que.
10 11 Tyler Trace Victoria B.C.
11 3 Craig Richey Smithers B.C.
12 10 Mark Mcconnell Synergy Racing p/b Cyclepath Calgary Alta.
13 5 Evan Guthrie Peachland B.C.
14 28 Kris Sneddon Sechelt B.C.
15 8 Andrew Watson Norco Factory Team Barrie Ont.
16 19 Drew Mackenzie Victoria B.C.
17 13 Thomas Skinner Victoria B.C.
18 14 Raphael Lalumiere Russ Hays/Accent Inns Victoria B.C.
19 36 Kelly Guest Victoria B.C.
20 15 Brett Wakefield Local Ride Racing Vancouver B.C.
21 21 Parker Bloom Victoria B.C.
22 26 Geoffrey Homer Victoria B.C.
23 17 Richard Machhein Local Ride Racing Port Coquitlam B.C.
24 27 Terry Mckall Stuckylife/Viacra Victoria B.C.
25 25 Shawn Bunnin Deadgoat Racing Calgary Alta.
26 31 Seth Lanauze-Wells Burnaby B.C.
27 37 Halldor Gunnarsson Victoria B.C.
28 22 Brandon Thomson Speed Theory Squamish B.C.
29 29 Noah Bloom Garneau Evolution Vancouver B.C.
30 16 Sherwood Plant Musette Caffe Racing Vancouver B.C.
31 23 Matthew O’Hagan Independant Revelstoke B.C.
DNF 18 Matt Hornland Mighty Cycling Vancouver B.C.
DNF 24 Jamie Biluk N. Vancouver B.C.
DNS 20 Robert Harbrove Mighty Cycling New Westminster B.C.
DNS 32 David Gillam Glotman Simpson CX Vancouver B.C.