Oct. 2, 2016
A new attendance record was set on Sunday Oct. 2nd as 38 racers lined up for the Thunder Bay Cycling Club’s first cyclocross race of the year. Cyclocross is an especially demanding style of racing where athletes are challenged by brutally steep hills, frustratingly tight corners and multiple barriers which force riders to dismount and remount their bikes at full speed. The annual fall series has been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years and this year’s first event even attracted racers from as far away as Edmonton and Calgary.
In the Junior Girls race, Brooke Ailey took the win, followed by Mattea Hakanen and Charlotte Ailey. In the Junior Boys race, Eric Jamsa crossed the line first, with Jakob Hollmann and Daven Jamsa rounding out the podium positions. In the mountain bike division, it was Keith Ailey earning the victory, followed closely by Phil Brown while 2015 division champ Dave Krasnichuk took third. Cristine Sillen won the women’s race with Maureen Page and Pam Saranpaa also stepping on the podium. And in the Category1/Elite event, Dylan Bailey won the mountain bike division while Chris Mitchell won the cyclocross division ahead of Keith Ailey and Josh Gillingham. Ailey & Brown opted to race in both the mountain bike and cyclocross events this week, but in the future, race categories will be combined to speed things up. Action continues with our first Thursday night event, featuring a 6pm start and a short and fast race right in the heart of the city (at the parkland adjacent to the Canada Games Complex)