Toronto CX Race Report

This year, Ontario’s biggest cyclocross race was also the province’s most challenging. Without question it lived up to Jeremy Powers assessment of a “perfect mix of hard and fast.”

Overnight rain left the rolling off camber course slick and riders were suffering to get up the steeper sections. Three ditch crossings and a monster 25 foot run-up that left racers crying for their mommies (bacon cookie hand-ups didn’t seem to ease the pain), although a hot-lap prime midway through the suffering managed to draw some smiles.

The Beginner Men’s race was dominated by the usual suspects (upgrade time perhaps?) with Nigel Roedde taking his second victory and fourth podium this season. Tyler Boucher, of the Dark Horse Flyers, and Myke Seppa of the Sudbury cycling club closed out second and third.

Patrick Elliot took his second victory in a row in the Master 3 category. Independent rider Richard Thomas and Ciprian Scruiba, of the Dark Horse Flyers, sprinted it out for second and third.

The Under 17 Women’s race was taken by Paige Foxcroft of the Trek Store Cycling Club. The Under 17 Men’s race was won by Graydon Staples of Centurion Development Canada and the Under 15 Men’s race was won by independent rider David Moore.

The Master Women’s race was won by Lisa Holmgren, of Velocity Cycle and Ski, with Lori Kofman, of the Erace Cancer Cylcing team, and Provincial Mountain Bike Champion Linda Shin, of Blacksmith Cycle, rounding out second and third.

The Elite Women’s race was convincingly won by crowd favourite, Canadian Mountain Bike and Cyclocross Champion Emily Batty of Trek Factory Racing. Second and third were taken by Mandy Dreyer, of Tuf Rack Racing, and Ashley Barson of CoachChris.ca/Te Velikonja.

Shannon Hunt, of the Morning Glory Cycling Club, took his first victory of the year in the Master 2 Men’s race beating Patrick Kings, of Sound Solutions, in second and George Organ, in third, of Cyclepath Oakville Race Team.

Junior racer Tyler Lee, of the St. Catherines Cycling Club, continues to destroy everything in sight – winning almost every cross race he has entered this season. Brian Moore of the Muskoka Lakes Cycling Club and Bayley Simpson of Invita-FCV took second and third.

In the Elite 3 race the Dark Horse Flyers dominated the top two steps of the podium with Andrew “The Missile” Merrick taking his first victory of the year over his teammate Chris Bozek – who ran a 5km running race the previous day and who had spent the last three days setting up the race course. Third place was taken by Zachary Tatem.

Adam Morka rode away to win the the Elite 1/2 race while behind him was a fierce battle between Peter Disera, of CASJCC P/B Norco LG, Marco Li, of the Beaches Cycling Club, Jon Barne, of the Trek Canada Mountain Bike team, and Independent rider Nathan Chown. Ultimately second and third came down to a sprint finish with Disera edging out Lee.

Toronto CX was the second day of the weekend long Hoss Cross Festival that raised over $10,000.00 towards Ontario Youth Cycling Development. For more details, check out http://hosscross.midweekclub.ca.

Thanks to everyone who came out for this great event!

Report courtesy Hoss Cross Festival