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Gallery: Warm and windy spring racing at Waterloo’s Steaming Nostril

Gravel, farmpaths and the longest kilometre through a Mennonite farm in the Waterloo region are the main features of the Steaming Nostril

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.

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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.

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.

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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.