CX National Championships & Jim Horner GP Results & Report

Provided by the Alberta Bicycle Association

Day 1 (National Championships) began overcast and very cold, below zero and with heavy frost on the ground for the morning Masters categories. The wind was also the most significant obstacle in the race, making riders leery of attacking solo in the headwind on the long straightaway. The weather didn’t stop a number of Albertan’s from putting in great performances. Sian Barraclough (Velocity) and Nancy Burden (Juventus) started the great performances off by going 1 -2 in the women’s masters event. Lance Adamson (Juventus) was next as he realized is his goal for 2008 by taking the bronze in the Men’s Masters C race. Sean Barr (Pedalhead Roadworks) took home the Gold in the Master B category – his first in Masters B but 4th as a Masters rider. Dallas Morris (H & R Block) finished off the strong showing for Alberta’s masters by taking home the silver in the Masters A race in his first Cyclo-Cross race of the year!

In the Junior men’s race a group of 5 riders pulled away early from the rest of the pack with Evan Guthrie (BC) taking the win over Kris Dahl (Team Alberta/CMC/Bow Cycle) who took home the silver.
Mike Bidniak (Team Alberta/Juventus) gave the hometown crowd a special treat by winning the Under-23 men’s title. In an display of teamwork by Bidniak and David Larson (Team Alberta/Juventus) riding away from the field by the halfway mark.

Olympic mountain biker Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) and Wendy Simms (Kona) took the Elite Men’s and Women’s had powerful performances each braking clear of the field in their respective races on both days. Alberta’s Pepper Harlton (Juventus/Alberta) kept it close, pushing Simms all the way to the line to take home silver. In a hotly contested battle men’s race Sean Bunnin (Team Alberta) was the top Albertan taking home 4th place in the Elite Men’s category at the Nationals.

The second day brought along the Jim Horner GP and despite cold conditions racers were again treated to a great course, competitive fields and lots of fun. The Masters races were dominated by the previous days winners in all categories. The sun came out later in the day to see Pepper Harlton (Team Alberta/Juventus) take home the silver in the women’s race to excite the Edmonton crowd just behind Simms. In the Men’s race Edmonton’s Tim Heemskerk (United Cycle) showed he was up to the challenge staying with newly crowned National Champion Geoff Kabush for most of the race before Kabush pulled away in the last part and Heemskerk would take a well earned second.

For full results and information visit http://www.cyclocrossedmonton.com.

Photo from www.canadiancyclist.com

Results from the National Championships can be viewed [here]

Results from the Jim Horner GP can be viewed [here]

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