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Cross Nat’s early bird reg ends Oct 17th, 10pm

The Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championship weekend, Oct 24th to 26th, is almost here.   Register before 10 pm on Oct 17th to take advantage of the early bird deals.

If you’ve loved the races you’ve already attended this fall you gotta finish off the season with his event!  If you haven’t jumped into a race this year the Canadian Cyclocross Championships, with Open races that are great for newbies being held on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of race weekend, is the perfect opportunity to get in on the action before it’s too late.

After October 17th at 10pm race fees increase by $20/race, so sign up now!

‘Cross Nats are coming soon!

Due at least in part to the efforts of hard working local organizers the 2014 Canadian Cyclocross Championships, being held right here in Winnipeg, is getting good web coverage so we haven’t felt compelled to plug it here, but on second thought why shouldn’t we do our little part and push this thing for all it’s worth?  Frankly, it’s worth a lot.

Believe it or not Winnipeg and the surrounding area has seen its fair share of top rate, world class cycling events.  If you’ve been a local cycling enthusiast for a while you might recall the awesome downtown Coors Cobblestone Classic criteriums of the ’80’s that attracted top international pro teams to our Exchange District, or more recently the ’99 Pan Am games cross country mountain bike race near the Birch Ski Area that was named by a few pro riders as the toughest mountain bike race course they had ever ridden.  With our full respect to those events, its organizers, and its competitors, the 2014 Canadian Cyclocross Nat’s is going to be even bigger for the casual and the diehard fan, and to newbie racers.  Here’s why:

Cyclocross has an inherent advantage.  Whether planned or by accident (we suspect some of both) its format and physical layout is perfect for spectating.  Taking place on a closed, looped 2.5 – 3.5 km course the race is timed; participants race for 30 to 60 minutes (depending on their category) for however many laps they can do within the allotted time, suffering in full display for spectators to see.  We can literally feel the breeze as racers push barely past us (but safely on the other side of the ropes), and we can almost literally feel their pain.

Cyclocross is also very identifiable for almost anyone who ever had a 10 speed as a kid.  Okay, we’re dating ourselves a bit by saying that though it might not be that different for kids who grew up with mountain bikes.  If you were adventurous as a kid (and frankly we hope you still are) you quickly grew bored of the same route from A to B and began to take your bike through short cuts that included a set of stairs, or through some rougher terrain; you maybe you even have had to dismount and haul your bike over something to complete the trip.  That’s pretty much what cyclocross racing is like, though probably faster.

What’s more, this particular cyclocross race happens to be located on and around the banks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers at The Forks in downtown Winnipeg, arguably the most popular physical attraction in the city and perfectly suited to cyclocross riding AND spectating.

We’re referring to ‘a race’ here but in reality there are plenty of races on offer during the upcoming Canadian Cyclocross Nationals weekend for all age and ability levels, whether this is your 10th season racing or if you’re brand new to the sport, whether you have a $6000 ‘cross specific bike or your trusty mountain bike commuter, so really there’s no excuse not to race AND spectate yourself.

Check out the official site and follow the links there to other related social media, but most importantly mark October 24th to 26th on your calendar and plan to be a part of the event.

‘Cross Nats Needs Volunteers

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This just came to us from the folks putting on the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg this Oct 24-26th…

Greetings cyclists, sports fans, and friendly Manitobans,

The Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships will descend upon the majestic Forks Market in Winnipeg on October 24, 25, 26 and we need your help. Please follow this link for further information: http://winnipegcx2014.ca/get-involved-2/volunteer/

Over the course of the weekend festival approximately 1000 racers aged 4 through 99 will compete for national titles, or fun and bragging rights, in approximately 25 different races. For those unfamiliar with this unique mode of bike racing, cyclocross challenges racers on multiple different terrains including gravel, grass, and pavement, traversing through sand and mud and over natural and man-made barricades, on a course that will weave its way through the Forks grounds.

Cyclocross is spectator friendly and adrenaline filled. Winnipeg is proud to host this championship event for the first time in Canadian history.

It is estimated that over the course of the three day festival, over 200 volunteers will be required to make this event successful. We need volunteers with a variety of talents and enthusiasms for roles such as course safety and marshalling, registration, equipment security, and hospitality. If required, training will be provided for these roles.

Not since the Cobblestone Classic of the 1980s has a cycling event of this magnitude been hosted in our city. Whether you are a loyal cycling community member or unfamiliar to the sport, it is guaranteed to be a weekend that will be the talk of the town for years to come. The infectious race atmosphere and spectator cheer, guarantees that you may arrive knowing no one, but you will leave with many friends.

Please consider lending your talents. Follow the link below to complete our volunteer registration form and you will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator before the end of September for more details: http://winnipegcx2014.ca/get-involved-2/volunteer/

For more information about the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships, please visit http://winnipegcx2014.ca

If you are unable to volunteer, please consider donating to the event at http://winnipegcx2014.ca/get-involved-2/donate/

On behalf of the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championship planning committing, the Manitoba Cycling Association, Cycling Canada Cyclisme, and cyclocross racers and enthusiasts nation wide, we thank you. If you have further questions, please email volunteer@winnipegcx2014.ca and you will be contacted by one of our volunteer coordinators.