Provided by Joseph Litke, Fiera Race Team
There were two Alberta Cup Cyclocross races in Calgary this weekend, and they were totally awesome; well organized, swarming with volunteers and spectators, and most importantly brilliant and very punishing course design. To top it all off, the weather was absolutely fantastic, dry, warm and sunny.
A personal highlight for many on Saturday at the Brian Kullman Memorial CX ( put on by Speed Theory) was participation of international women’s road cyclist, Julie Beveridge, who rode a strong race, showing spectacular superiority on the straight flats, but revealed some weakness in the technical sections. Local rider Bridget Linder, of Hardcore Bikes in Edmonton, came from behind after a crash on the first lap. Bridget is well respected in mountain biking and cyclocross for her technical abilities, and she employed these methodically to wear Beveridge down and eventually build a gap to take the win. It was an excellent spectacle.
On Sunday at the Beans n’ Barley Halloween CX (put on by Terrascape Racing) there were many highlights. First, there was beer. Second, in the spirit of Halloween, many racers came in costume. In the women’s race, nearly every racer was in masquerade, with appearances from Wonder Woman, Super Woman, a run-away-bride, a pirate, Little Bo Peep and a bumble bee, to name a few. As if she needed to earn even more respect from the Expert field, Katy Curtis (Bow Cycle) made a bid for the win in full Tim Horton’s uniform. By far the most crowd-pleasing was a cardboard and tin-foil robot who contested the Elite field.
To summarize; if you race ‘Cross in Alberta, and you missed the races this weekend, you really missed something special, they may have been the best yet. If you don’t race ‘Cross in Alberta, then you have my sincere sympathy; you don’t know what you’re missing!
The fine-tuned staff at the ABA has already posted results for you to check out [here]
And check out more of Bill Quinney’s photos [here]