2017 Vanier Park CX Classic Race Report
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Race photos can be found below. Thanks for all photographers for coming out and taking some great shots!


The 2017 edition of one of the longest running cyclocross races brought close to 500 racers to Vanier Park, one of Vancouver’s most scenic parks. This large turnout of attendees broke a new record making Vanier Park cyclocross Canada’s biggest cyclocross race for 2017.

Situated along False Creek and overlooking English Bay the 2nd stop of the Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition (VCXC) series was organized by West Coast Cycling (WCC) and TREK Red Truck Racing (TRT).. The weather was a mixed bag of with sunshine at times, but with some showers keeping the Elite racers on their muddy toes.

Race #1 saw the Men’s Novice category and the Men’s U15 + U13 battle it out. The Novice had a massive field of over 100 starters and everybody made it to the finish, with North Vancouver’s Drew Paulter taking the honors of the Novice.

Race #2 was an all-female affair, with a solid Master Women’s field that was close in numbers to the Intermediate Women’s, the youth categories (U13/U15/U17/U19) and the Novice Women’s. The Master Women was won by Kirsten Campbell, the Intermediate speed queen was Clair Anderson and the fastest Novice was Caroline Kenning. All races were decided early on with one exception: the U17, where the top three fought hard and in the end Josie Welbourn took 2nd to Elle Bush over Lilly Ujfalusi in 3rd.

Race #3 took the Intermediate Men, U17 + U19 Men and the combined Single Speeder (SS - M&W) out for a spin around the park. The Green Machine (STEED) Rich Costello edged out Euro Michael Wegner (2nd) and Grant Gill (3rd), while the Single Speed were dominated by Lucas Strain with Kevin Smith in 2nd.

Then the most important part of the day: the Kids’ race, where the youngsters were racing around the small circuit or tackling the full course. Tons of fun, lots of laughter and some serious talent on display. Thanks to the Cycling BC’s iRide program they picked up more skills along the way.

Finally, Race #4 – Elite (Men & Women) and Master Men A & B. In the Women Elite’s Natasha Cowie took the honors ahead friend and teammate Kelly Jones, both in shiny green STEED kits. The Master B Men’s were dominated by Shawn Petterson (hint: green!), the Master A’s by the talented Mr STEED himself (Nice green outfit, Kim!) and the Elite Men’s by a pattern of yellow and blue, team colors for Garneau-Easton. It was first time Vanier CX racer and UCI World Cup competitor Michael Van Den Ham from Edmonton, AB, who dethroned multiple Vanier Champ and teammate Craig Richey. On their heels was another Easton supported yellow outfit the Mustache Mafia’s Nathan Killam, after a blistering fast start settled for 3rd. Not bad for a new dad, but thanks to mom. Some exploding footwear sent Sherwood Plant literally walking home after sitting in 4th early in the race. Such is life in the fast lane …

Overall, it was yet another exciting day of cyclocross racing in Vanier Park: some fresh faces on the podium, the wetter than usual conditions creating some challenging turns on the otherwise famously fast paced course and a vocal crowd that knows how to heckle. It was cyclocross at its finest.


The final course layout for 2017 is shown below. Please click image to enlarge.

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2015 Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic - Unofficial Results
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Another year, another Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic done and dusted.  We've had some great years at Vaner before, but we think this 2015 edition tops the list.  A huge turnout of well over 300 racers and spectators (pending confirmation as the largest single day cyclocross race ever in Canada), primo racing action, and a big present from Mother Nature washing sunshine over the entire day against the iconic backdrop of Vancouver's north shore mountains made it one for the history books.  You made it all work by coming out and support the event, so please accept our thanks from co-organizers West Coast Cycling and the Trek Red Truck Racing Team, plus kids race hosts Steed Cycles.  Full unofficial results here at the Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition web site which has all the goods for other great upcoming CX events in the coming weeks.



Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 22:25
2015 Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic - Sunday Oct. 4th
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It's been said there are only two things you can count on. One of them is taxes. That means the other must be the Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic, BC's longest-running 'cross event, back again as always for another year of knobby tired, drop bar action on Sunday, October 4th. In one of the great mysteries of the universe, the 2015 Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic transcends the boundaries of time and space, existing simultaneously as part of both the Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition series and the Cycling BC Premier CX series. Full details are at the Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic info page.

Gorgeous waterfront venue in one of Vancouver's premier public parks? Check. Hordes of screaming ‘cross fans to make you feel like a rock star on wheels? Definitely. Mud? Perhaps. Free BBQ lunch? You betcha. Legions of pint-sized 'crossers in the free kids races proudly sponsored by North Shore's premier bike shop Steed Cycles? Always. Warp speed straightaways and enough G-forces on corners to make F1 drivers jealous? Oh ya, count on it. Vanier is going to be through the roof this year, and you can be a part of it. Co-organizers West Coast Cycling and the Trek Red Truck Racing Team are holding your spot open for you. Your job is easy, just slide yourself over to online pre-registration, through to Friday, Oct. 2nd 11:59pm and you're locked in. Pre-registered racers who also already have their 2015 VCXC bib number and timing chip will breeze through race day - look for our Fast Lane express check-in queue at the registration desk.



Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 07:07

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