Vanier CX - 2010

BC Cup

     Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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The 2010 Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic, event number 3 in the BC Cup CX series, was a smash success, pulling in record numbers with almost 200 participants of all ages. West Coast Racing and TREK Red Truck Racing were proud to host the longest running event in the BC Cup CX series near downtown Vancouver set against the beautiful backdrop of Stanley Park and north shore mountains, featuring a grassy mix of tight turns, fast flowing corners paired with a rather challenging double barrier and a power section along Vancouver's most scenic waterfront. The weather cooperated once again and racers were greeted to a dry and fast course with moderate temperatures.

In the mens’ category 1/2 start Tyler Trace, 4th place finisher at the 2009 national championships, represented strongly for event co-hosts TREK Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes. Trace made his move over the middle laps to establish a gap, then held his half minute advantage over a small band of strong chasers to rack up his 2nd straight win at Vanier. The victory was well-earned redemption for his mechanical mishap the previous day where he walked away empty handed.

The winner of the previous day’s New Brighton race Kevin Calhoun (Rocky Mountain Bicycles – Different Bikes) dropped his chain after only a few meters into the race and started a furious chase passing over half the elite field in the process. He would fight for second but ultimately lose to mountain bike standout and current national under 23 ‘cross national champion Evan Guthrie (Rocky Mountain Bicycles). Both were part of the well stacked chase group containing Kevin Noiles (La Bicicletta Pro Shop), all-rounder Drew McKenzie (Island Racing Club), Nick Berry (Mighty Riders) and another mountain biker Greg Day (Rocky Mountain Bicycles – Different Bikes).

While Trace managed at the front of the race after being shadowed early by strong Noiles the chase group was further reduced when Berry encountered some mechanical difficulties coming over the tricky uphill barriers. Despite an enormous effort to rejoin he only managed to pass struggling Day towards the end of the race for 6th place. In the chase group the suffering continued until the final score was settled with McKenzie (4th) beating Noiles (5th).

Rounding out the Top 10 were Mathew Hewitt, race director Sven Sturm (TREK RedTruck Racing p/b and Yukon’s elite roadie Jessie Reams (Garneau Evolution) who only recently tried his hands (and legs) on a cyclocross bike.

In the womens’ open category Jean Ann McKirdy (Local Ride Racing) continued her strong start to the CX season, completing a weekend double that was never in doubt. Jean Ann also gave 2 thumbs up for the revised layout by course designer and race director Sven Sturm. “I really liked the new course, and found it really flowy and fast. It was rideable and fun for all abilities, which is great”. Ann Yew (Team Whistler) concurred, adding, “Great venue and organization - thanks! Loved twisting through the trees, running up the stairs and the challenge of trying to get myself and bike over the barriers on the hill, 7x lucky! First weekend of cross racing ever and you can be sure I'll be back for more”. Kelly Jones (North Shore Sports Medicine), Stacey Hutton (Mighty Riders) and Nicola Mann rounded out the podium with solid rides from each.

Graeme Martindale (Team TNA Shape) nearly saw a whole event of work near the front go to waste in the master men 35+ race, but drew upon his experience to stay calm and peg back an 8 second deficit on the final lap to overhaul 3 close adversaries of the day. Kim Steed (Steed Cycles) and Island CX super-organizer Normon Thibault (Frontrunners) brought home the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively in an extremely close finale.

Other category winners were Peter Whalen (Local Ride Racing) in the men under 17, Paul McCloskey (Mighty Riders) for the men category 3, Eric Robertson (Kissena Cycling Club) for the men 4, Greg Johnson taking the citizen men, plus Hannah Nubeck (WWU) for the citizen women. Special mention goes to our brave group of young womens’ racers, who collectively decided amongst themselves to scrap the planned U17 category so that they could help make a larger field for the citizen womens’ race, putting in some excellent results along the way!

Bike Gallery brought out their huge array of spare Mavic Ksyrium wheels all set up for CX action to operate a neutral wheel pit service, while Steed Cycles made sure all the participants in the kids’ U10 and U15 fun races left with a smile and a prize pack. M&M Meat Shops were on hand once again to fill up some hungry stomachs with a free BBQ allowing spectators and racers to settle in and watch some close quarters racing.

Deep thoughts from race director Sven : The 2010 Vanier Park event was part of the now infamous Vancouver double cross weekend and produced two days of great racing. Maybe it’s time to bring the UCI to the lower mainland … ?

Dedicated volunteers, Cycling BC staff, commissaries and a special contribution of lap by lap timing courtesy of Andrew Paradowski all kept the nuts and bolts attached behind the scenes.

Co-organizers West Coast Racing and TREK Red Truck Racing would like to thank great list of excellent sponsors helping us to run the event plus provide a stack of great podium and draw prizes including;

Race Face – performance components
Ryders Eyewear – slick shades
Bike Gallery – neutral wheel pit service
Steed Cycles – kids’ races and racer prizing
Bicycles Sports Pacific – bikes and service
Schwalbe Tires – superb racing tires
TrainingFX – bike fits, coaching, and cutting edge gear
M&M Meat Shops – tasty BBQ
Active Life Physiotherapy – keeping racers healthy and mobile
Uprising Breads - best fresh bread in town
Sugoi – jerseys and shorts
Vancouver Parks - venue and event support



Contact Information:

Race Director: Sven Sturm
Email: sturm.sven (at) yahoo (dot) (com)
Phone: 604-984-6835

Who is West Coast Racing?
West Coast Racing is a community cycling club operating as a not-for-profit society run entirely by volunteers from within its membership. Various outdoor and indoor cycling programs are run by West Coast Racing year-round for mountain bikers, road riders, and cyclocrossers. West Coast Racing is also the organizer of the Cardiac Classic BC Cup Cross Country event and the West Coast Super D. The 2010 Vanier Park Cyclocross Classic is proudly presented by premier sponsors Trek Red Truck Racing, Race Face, PowerBar, Ryders Eyewear, Schwalbe Tires, M&M Meat Shops, Bike Gallery (sponsor of the awesome neutral tech support zone and wheel service!), Steed Cycles (sponsor of Kids' Cross events!) and Vancouver Parks.

Other participating sponsors include Active Life Physio, SugoiBicycle Sports Pacific, North Shore Athletics, and Uprising Breads.

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