2017 Vanier Park CX Classic Race Report
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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:49 ; Last Updated on Friday, 06 October 2017 08:00


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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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