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Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships Return After Two Years

Michael van den Ham winning the 2019 Elite Men’s Cyco-cross National title. Photo credit:

Saanich, BC (Nov. 22, 2022) – Athletes from across Canada are getting ready for the 2022 Lazer Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships in Saanich, BC, after two years without Championship racing in the discipline.

While riders in U13, U15, U17 and Sports categories will race for a spot on the podium, it will be the Junior, U23, Elite and Masters classifications who aim to take the maple leaf jersey home and the title of 2023 Canadian Cyclo-cross Champion.

“We are thrilled to be heading to beautiful Saanich, BC for the 2022 Lazer Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships,” said Josh Peacock, Director of Marketing & Events at Cycling Canada. “With a rich history of cyclo-cross event hosting on Vancouver Island, this event promises to deliver the atmosphere and excitement that the cyclo-cross community has come to expect of the Canadian Championships. Following a two year hiatus of the event, we’re very much looking forward to bringing the Canadian cyclo-cross community together again.”

Familiar names include the current Canadian Cyclo-cross Champion, Michael van den Ham, who has won four maple leaf jerseys and will look for his fifth Championship title on the weekend. Ruby West will also be in attendance after coming off her track season, where she competed at the Track World Championships earlier this year. Switching gears, the Dundas, ON, rider says she’s excited to be back racing cyclo-cross as she pursues her first Elite Canadian title.

“I’m so excited to be coming out to Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships this year,” said West. “I was bummed when the last few years’ nationals got cancelled, first because of COVID in 2020, then flooding in 2021. I felt like this was finally my chance to get out to some west coast cyclo-cross and the fact that it’s Canadian Championships makes it extra special! My goal any time I race at Canadian Championships is always to race for a jersey, so I’m going to do my best to chase that. I’m not sure where my form or other rider’s form is at. All I do know is that it’ll be a great battle with whoever shows up and I cannot wait!”

Championship racing will be on Nov. 26 across categories with the TREK Bear Crossing Grand Prix the following day. Live timing and full results can be found on the events page of the Cycling Canada website.

Online registration for the event closes Thursday, November 24th at 6PM (PST).

Source: Cycling Canada
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