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Mud, Poutine, and Cowbells

Dirt, mud, roots, loose gravel, steep hills and low hanging obstacles.

For most of us all of this is a recipe for an uncomfortable commute, but for the men and women in last week’s Cyclocross Championships it was a great ride. On November 6, local bike shop ZM Cycle & Fitness hosted the Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Cedarvale Park in Toronto. Racers from all over Canada competed for top honours in this national, UCI sanctioned race.

For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a gritty cycling race in which riders race along an off road course. Technical skill is important as they have to ride in tight quarters with each other but navigate around or through obstacles like barriers, roots, and ruts. Some barriers such as low walls or even stairs force riders off the bike making running and jumping a key element in cyclocross racing as well.

Cyclocross races are as much fun to watch as they are to race in as onlookers get to watch riders attempt to tackle some of the most difficult parts of the course whether it be bombing down a muddy hill or slaloming through trees and roots. To add to the fun, Smoke’s Poutinerie and Steam Whistle Brewery were on hand to fuel the audience throughout the race.

I took some photos and video footage of the race last week but I was having so much fun watching the racers and cheering them on that I didn’t do much shooting. Here are a few of the shots I took:

and here’s a short youtube clip of the action:

Posted: November 12th, 2010
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Cyclocross Crash

Yesterday, local bike shop ZM Cycle & Fitness hosted the national cyclocross race in Cedarvale Park in Toronto. The best cyclocross racers across Canada participated in the most grueling sport of mud, dirt and hills. I took some photos and video but here’s a sneak peak of what to expect:

Posted: November 7th, 2010
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