Michael van den Ham on his way to victory in Sherbrooke.

For two years, Canada’s top cyclocross racers contested the national championships on a technically challenging and fun course in Sherbrooke, Que.’s Parc Jacques-Cartier overlooking Lac Des Nations. UCI cyclocross racing is coming to Quebec for the first time in 2018 when the venue will host two days of C2 racing.

Parc Jacques-Cartier will host racing for all categories on Oct. 20 and 21. The course is spectator friendly and held on the bank of the lake with the course featuring a variety of challenging and fun obstacles. With Siboire brewery as one of the main supporters of the event, the beer will be flowing in the upbeat atmosphere on race day. The on Saturday night, the brewery right next to the park hosts a evening get together for all those who make the trip out to the race.

All categories will get a chance to race on a technical and fun course in Sherbrooke.

Siboire is brewing a special Belgian IPA for the event. Rumour has it that cyclocross legend Tim Johnson is being brought in to brew up the microbreweries La déraillée beer.

With UCI points on offer, many of North America’s top riders are expected to make the trip to the race. The course has all the challenges of a good ‘cross course with steep run-ups, off-cambers, stairs, hills and descents with some high-speed sections.

With the Silver Goose and nationals the following two weekends, it’s also a perfect chance for the top athletes to test their form. Until Sept. 16 you can get early bird pricing for registration. Visit sherbrookecx.com for more details and go to bikereg.com/sherbrooke-cx for registration.

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