August 18, 2006 – Belgian Geert deCock is the champion for The Crossing 2006.
The Order of Merritt is the recognition for a rider on The Crossing
with the best combined times over mountain regions across Canada in
this 6500 kilometre trans-continental ride.
The five stages, with Geert’s times, are:
*Hope to Merritt, over British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, 111 km (69
miles) in 3 hours 31 minutes with an average speed of 31.56 km per
hour (19.61 miles per hour)
* Jasper to Saskatchewan River Crossing along the Icefields Parkway
in the Rocky Mountains, 193 km (120 miles) in 6 hours 5 minutes with
an average speed of 31.73 km per hour (19.71 miles per hour)
* New Liskeard to Mattawa, Ontario through the Canadian Shield and
the western fringe of the Laurentian Range, 219 km (136 miles) in 6
hours 27 minutes with an average speed of 33.95 km per hour
(21.10 miles per hour)
* Mattawa to Cobden, a continuation of mountainous terrain that
begins in New Liskeard, 190 km (118 miles) in 6 hours 0 minutes
with an average speed of 31.67 km per hour (19.68 miles per hour)
* St. Alexandre, Quebec to Grand Falls, New Brunswick, over the
northern tail of the Appalachian chain, 195 km (121 miles) in 5 hours
41 minutes with an average speed of 34.31 km per hour (21.32 miles
Geert’s combined time over the total distance of 914 km (568 miles)
on those five days of climbing was 27 hours 44 minutes. His average
speed was 32.64 km per hour (20.28 miles per hour).
The name for this distinction comes from the destination on the first
of these five difficult days on The Crossing. In total there are 36
riding days on The Crossing which began this year on July 9 and
finishes in Halifax on August 20.
For more information, including times by day and rider and rider
biographies please visit: http://www.CycleCanada.com/TheCrossing/
or contact Cycle Canada at 705-434-1100