Cycling Canada, in collaboration with CykelHaus Race Promotions and the Pan-American Cycling Confederation, has announced that the Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championships will be held in Canada in 2018. The Pan-American Championships have been awarded to Midland, Ontario, for the 2018 and 2019 race seasons. The Championships have previously been held in Kentucky and Ohio, but this marks the first time ever that Canada will host the championships.
“Our team is incredibly excited to invite the Americas to Midland,” said Silver Goose Event Director, John Hauser. “It is a fantastic opportunity, and the benefits will go well beyond cycling for our rural community. We have partnered with the local Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation to raise funds through the event.”
Pan-American champions will be selected in five categories of racing: Junior Men, U-23 Women and Men and Elite Women and Men. The Championships provide an opportunity for racers to gain valuable UCI points for international seeding, in addition to winning the coveted Pan-Am Champion’s jersey. A Masters Pan-American Championships will also be held for the first time for 10-year age groups, aged 35 and above.
The Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championships are open to racers from the 44 nations included in the Pan-American Cycling Confederation (COPACI), spanning the continents from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. Chairman of the Pan-American Cyclo-cross Commission, Brook Watts said, “The announcement is further proof of the continued globalization of our sport as the Championship begins to draw interest and host bids from other nations.”
“Cyclo-cross continues to be one of our country’s most sought-after racing disciplines,” added Josh Peacock, Competition Coordinator for Cycling Canada. “Welcoming the Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championships to Canada will be a testament to the strong level of organization and competition that our country has become known for in recent years.”
A full weekend of racing is scheduled including a UCI C2 race and the Masters Pan-American Championships on Saturday. On Sunday, the racing continues with the Elite Pan-American categories as well as racing for all other categories.
The complete international Cyclo-cross calendar, including the Pan-American Championships, will be formally announced in early February after ratification by the UCI Management Commission. Complete event details, including racer info, registration info, hotel info and sponsorship opportunities will be available soon.