The 2017 Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships took place on Saturday, October 28 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where nearly 400 riders from across Canada competed for national titles in the Junior, Under-23, Elite and Masters categories.
BC’s Michael van den Ham (Garneau – Easton p/b Transitions Lifecare) won the Elite men’s race followed closely by fellow BC rider, Geoff Kabush (Scott Sports – Maxxis), in second place and Alberta’s Mark McConnell (Hot Sauce Cycling) in third. Quebec racer and Rio Olympian, Raphael Gagne (Cannondale 3Rox Racing), along with another BC rider, Craig Richey (Garneau – Easton p/b Transitio), came within one second of each other for the fourth and fifth spots. BC definitely had a strong showing at this year’s national championships owning three of the top five spots in the Elite men’s category.
“It feels amazing,” said van den Ham. “I’ve gone into the last three Nationals ranked Number One, so, to be honest, this feels like a weight off my back. It feels good to finally get the maple leaf jersey; I’ve been dreaming about it for a long time. I didn’t have a great start, so I decided to sit tight for a lap or two and follow the front group. I could see Mark [McConnell] was starting to make mistakes, and I could ride the run up, that was my secret weapon. I got five seconds and then just rode it steady.”
The Elite women’s race was won by Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (SAS Macogep Aquisio) of Quebec who beat out defending champion Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) also from Quebec. Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing) of B.C. took the bronze medal.
Click here for the 2017 Canadian Cyclocross Championships full results (PDF).
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