2019 Cyclo-cross Series Winners

The Ontario Cycling Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Ontario Cup Cyclo-cross Series winners. To capture the title, participants earned Ontario Cup points based on their best finishes across five events.  This year’s series included: We Need More Cowbell, Belleville Riverside Rumble, Baseball Cross, Hardwood Cross, and Dam Cross.

Congratulations to all our winners this year!

Series Winners

Elite Women-Dana Gilligan

How long have you been CX racing?       

I have been racing CX since 2015.

How did you get into the sport?              

I got into cyclocross because everyone I had trained with (for mountain and road) raced cx, also it was another way to keep racing through the fall.

Favourite CX race this year?

My favourite Ontario Cup this season was Dam Cross. I really liked the course, it was spectator friendly and the hecklers at the sandpit were awesome.

Fondest accomplishment?

My proudest moment (so far) in the sport would be racing in Europe with Cyclocross Canada.

Junior Men-Matthew Leliveld

How long have you CX been racing?

My first cyclocross race was in 2017 at Hardwood Hills at their Wednesday night series. I did a few races that season but I was still learning the basics so I wasn’t doing much traveling yet. I did all the races at Hardwood Hills that season including the Ontario Cup and didn’t attend any others, I guess I was easing into the sport.

How did you get into the sport?

Growing up in mountain biking I was always hearing people talking about cyclocross around the end of each season but never knew what it actually was. I decided I wanted to try it out a few years ago so I got a cross bike that I would also use on the road, and my first season started that fall.

Favourite CX race this year?

I enjoy flat and techy races with lots of cornering and obstacles, and Dam Cross seems to fit that description. The course was fun and I had a great race battling with some fast riders including some who upgraded from u17. It was a tight race and was exciting right until the finish, both for me and apparently for the people watching, as many people told me afterward.

Fondest accomplishment?

My fondest achievement so far in cyclocross is probably my 2nd place finish at the UCI C2 race in Rochester this year. It was a fun and motivational way to start the season which got me even more excited for the rest of the season.

Master Women-Valerie Flower

How long have you CX been racing?

I started racing CX at age 38, five years ago.

How did you get into the sport?

I gave cyclocross a try after my husband suggested I might enjoy it as it combined my love of running and riding. It turned out to be a lot of fun, like an obstacle course on bikes

Favourite CX race this year?

My favourite O Cup CX race this year has to be Hardwood. The Holmgren’s designed the course and they utilized plenty of elevation changes, sand, and a steep run up, making it incredibly challenging and very hard-a perfect cross course.

Fondest accomplishment?

One of the standout moments for me was at the Centennial Park O Cup a few years ago. It was raining and the course was really slippery. Everyone was crashing and sliding down the off camber sections. I flatted my front wheel with 1.5 laps to go and subsequently crashed on the road section breaking my shift lever and rear derailleur. It was not a favourable situation, but somehow I managed to ride that bike, flat tire and all, another lap and take the win. It was really special as I could have quit so many times, but just kept doing the best I could in the moment.

Elite 1/2 Men-Trevor O’Donnell

How long have you CX been racing?

I’ve been CX racing since 2014, where I started in Elite 3 and my first year in U23.

How did you get into the sport?

I worked with a good friend who was all about CX, so I bought a cheap bike and started racing local series and coups.

Favourite CX race this year?

My favourite course this year was Baseball Cross. I am a bit bias because my hometown is Barrie and I’ve always been involved in the Barrie Cycling Club. But Davide Frattini, my former coach, is a beauty and knows how to design an amazing course. The flat and technical course really suits me and I always love having my friends and family there to support me every year.

Fondest accomplishment?

I would say my proudest moment was in 2018 when I was racing in Europe. I landed myself 22nd in an U23 C1 race at the Sven Nys Centre one Baal, Belgium. It was super muddy and the last race of our journey, I had a good start and was able to battle it out with the Belgians.