November 03, 2016 (Maple Ridge, B.C.) – The fifth stop in the BC Premier Cyclo-cross Series, the 10th Annual Pumpkin Cross Cyclo-cross, drew more than 300 cyclists to North Alouette Greenway Park in Maple Ridge on Sunday for the Halloween-themed event, which featured costume contest and race categories for all ages and levels of riders.
“We had lots of creative costumes again this year,” said event organizer Barry Lyster of Maple Ridge, who was dressed as a wizard. “Part of the fun of Pumpkin Cross is seeing what the riders will come up with.”
Lyster has found a formula that works, catering his race to those who embrace the silliness of riding around a slippery track in costumes that oftentimes inhibit performance, like men’s costume contest winner Dominic Toa, who was literally enclosed inside a gigantic inflatable Minion getup.
The elite men’s race saw Cyclo-cross World Cupper Craig Richey (Garneau Easton) of North Vancouver take victory, as he used the competition as a tune-up for the upcoming nationals as well. He was followed by Ben Chaddock (TaG Cycling) of Whistler in second, with young gun 15-year-old Conor Martin (TaG Cycling) of Kelowna in third.
“It’s great to see the BC Premier Series being used by our top racers to prepare them for national and international level competitions. It’s a real testament to the quality of our events,” said Lyster.
Lyster attributes the huge increase in female participation at Pumpkin Cross largely to his specific catering to novice women through offering a special first-time racer entry fee that includes a skills clinic with Walter the day before the event. Plus, title sponsor Liv Cycling Canada – a brand that makes bikes, parts, accessories and clothing just for women – has come on board to support the race.
The free kids race attracted 25 enthusiastic kids on all sorts of bikes wearing an array of costumes.
A break in October rain storms ensured a pleasant and sunny race day with a muddy track from wet weather all week.
Next up in the BC Premier Cyclo-cross Series is the final event at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford on November 20.
Pumpkin Cross was made possible with support from Liv Cycling Canada, TaG Cycling, Giant Bicycles, Jubilee Cycles, Cycles Lambert, Kicking Horse Coffee, doTerra Essential Oils, Team Giant Vancouver, Power2Max, Julian’s Chamois Cream, Cycling BC, City of Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre.