October 3, 2005 – Under skies that felt more like summer than fall, stage three of the Quebec cyclo-cross cup took place this past Sunday, October 2, in Parc de la Domaine Verte near Mirabel, Quebec. As per usual, the somewhat wacky course hid plenty of surprises for riders. The rain and mud that bathed the region three days ago was happily awaiting eager crossers in the rooty and woody single-track sections of the course, while a glowing sun beamed down and simmered riders in the open sections. The famous sandhill climb was present, giving riders the lung-busting, leg burning sensations they love about cross, and the course was run backwards from the direction of seasons past, adding a new twist.
In the senior women’s field only two women came out to race and Marie-Pier Bedard (Espoirs de Laval) took the race with a convincing lead against Stephanie Gervais (Xprezo) coming out for her first appearance in ‘cross competition 2005.
The Senior Men’s field took advantage of the absence of Jurgen “Belgian Thunder” Van Den Dreissche (Xcluziv) and Benoit “Specialized in Vegas” Simard (Perigny). David Gagnon (Sportif Bromont), a seasoned cross-country mountain biker, took the honours on top of the men’s podium, followed by Xprezo’s Olivier Bordeleau. Coming in third was Joel Dion-Poitras (Espoirs de Laval), showing some solid mid-season form before the Canadian Cross Championships, a short month away.
Stage four and five of the Quebec Cyclcross series will take place in the QuÃ©bec region – Stage four at Mont Sainte Anne, and Stage five at Montmorency Falls October 8- 9. Come out and enjoy the coulours and mud this Thanksgiving weekend!
1. Marie-Pier Bedard – Espoirs de Laval
2. Stephanie Gervais – Xprezo
1. David Gagnon – Sportif Bromont
2. Olivier Bordeleau – Xprezo
3. Joel Dion-Poitras – Espoirs Laval
1. Yohan Patry – Espoirs de Laval
2. Alexandre Tardif – Martin Swiss
3. Micheal Smith – Martin Swiss