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Pumpkin Cross Coming

Maggie Coles-Lyster at Pumpkin Cross 2013. Photo by Paul Craig.
Maggie Coles-Lyster at Pumpkin Cross 2013. Photo by Paul Craig.

With less than 2 weeks to go, preparations for Pumpkin Cross 2014 are well under way, and this year’s event promises to be the best yet. With new events, new sponsors, combined with the music, MC and Halloween festivities, Pumpkin Cross is ready to show the cyclocross community why it was voted Pedal Magazines “Best Bike Race” in 2013.

The ever popular costume contest is back, and has become almost as competitive as the race itself. New Balance has come on board to offer a pair of shoes to the individual with the best judged costume. New for 2014 is the team event. The winner of the team event will include the rider’s placing along with their team costume ranking.

Novice Women at Pumpkin Cross 2013. Photo by Paul Craig.
Novice Women at Pumpkin Cross 2013. Photo by Paul Craig.

Youth participation at cyclocross races in BC has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and Barry Lyster, race organizer, is passionate about seeing more kids on bikes. There is a special price of $20 for new youth wanting to participate in Pumpkin Cross. This will include a one day license along with a race entry. Almost any bike will work for this race. There is also a free kid’s race on a short course held at 12:15 pm for those youngsters on run bikes and small wheelers.

With cyclocross being one of the more inclusive cycling events, this year’s Pumpkin Cross has partnered with the Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre to create a “Specialty Wheeled Race”. This fun event is for those young aspiring athletes that want to compete on their adapted bikes and race chairs.

Back again by popular demand is our clinic, race and license package for beginner women. For $25 women will be able to join Liv Giant’s, Sandra Walter, for a cyclocross skills clinic, receive a day-of license and then be able to race Pumpkin Cross. “We are seeing some real interest and growth in the women’s categories. Having the opportunity to be part of this is great for the sport,” commented Barry Lyster.

Pumpkin Cross will return to the North Alouette Greenway Park in Maple Ridge, BC. Registration is openand going strong and call-ups will be in order of registration. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Pumpkin Cross would like to thank its sponsors: Local Ride Racing, Cycles Lambert, Giant Canada, MEC,Kicking Horse Coffee, Moosehead Beer, Golden Ears Physio, Power2Max, Pedal Magazine, New Balance, Cycling BC, District of Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge Equestrian Centre.

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