Cycling Canada has confirmed a field of over 300 riders at the Pan American Cyclo-cross Championships, which took place on November 3-4 at Little Lake Park in Midland, Ontario, 90 minutes north of Toronto. This is the first time the Continental Championships for cyclo-cross have taken place in Canada.
Organizers of the UCI-sanctioned Silver Goose cyclo-cross races and CykelHaus Race Promotions hosted the event, which featured Elite, Under-23, Junior women and men, and, for the first time, Masters age-category competition for both women and men. Over 300 riders registered to race. This was noted as ‘a significant increase over last year’s event in Louisville, Kentucky.’
“We are thrilled to welcome the Pan American Cyclo-cross Championships to Midland, Ontario, as a part of the Silver Goose Festival of Cross,” said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada.
“This event represents two important milestones; not only is this the first time the event has been hosted in Canada, but the very first time this event will offer official Pan Am titles to Masters riders. Continental Championships offer an important opportunity for riders to gain access to a higher level of UCI points compared to a traditional C1 or C2, and as a result we expect the competition to be strong at this year’s event.
“Elite and Junior racers will also be treated to a UCI C2 sanctioned event on Saturday, providing maximum racing and points-grabbing opportunities.”
Competition began on Saturday, November 3rd, with the Pan American Championships for Masters categories, plus UCI C2 sanction races for Elite women and men, and Junior men. On Sunday, the Pan American Championships took place for both women and men in the Elite and Under-23 categories, as well as Junior men.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting this premiere event in Midland,” said event organizer John Hauser. “This event would not be possible without the generous support of the Government of Ontario Sport Hosting Program. Through the Sport Hosting Program grant we will bring world class competition to rural Ontario, and hopefully inspire youth and individuals of all ages to aspire to the determination exhibited by the athletes in this competition.”