November 16, 2017 (New Westminster, BC) – One day after the solemn observance of Remembrance Day, cyclists descended upon the lovely Queen’s Park in New Westminster, BC, for the latest skirmish in the Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition’s 2017 campaign: Queen’s CX. The theme was mud. Mucilaginous, peanut-butter mud that threatened to reduce every drivetrain to one gear or less. Pits of mud. Fields of mud. Mud in corners. Mud in ditch-dips, hiding unplumbed depths. So, pretty great course!
A special note goes to the youth movement in the race: teenager Cody Scott didn’t so much bunny-hop the barriers as flow over them. His performance (including the non-barrier portions of the course) was good enough for eighth. Elliot Jamieson, Jacob Rubuliak, and Evan McBeath also put up credible performances among those barred from the beer garden.
Regrettably, there was also a Singlespeed race, and not satisfied with taking New Westminster’s status as provincial capital, Victoria’s Terry McKall rubbed mud in the wound by nabbing the win. Gastown Cycling’s Kevin Smith was a semi-credible threat, good enough for second, and Sam Whittingham, once famous as The Fastest Man on Earth for his human-powered vehicle records, was the third-fastest man on one gear.
We are also once again concerned that overzealous spectators may have been offering unsanctioned solid and liquid refreshment to riders, and some riders may have partaken. However, thanks to careful investigation, this reporter can assure you that no performance advantage could be gained from these feeds. Once again, we urge a crackdown on this deplorable practice, and hope that cyclocross will return to a culture of propriety and gustatory forebearance.
Complete results are available here.