Emily Batty, Chris Sheppard, Yohan Patry and Evan McNelly Motor to Victory at the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships—Updated Report

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The Men's Podium, Chris Sheppard, Batty and Schooler © Brandon Thomson

The Canadian Cyclocross National Championships were held today at Pine Point Park in Toronto, ON under sunny skies. Early races for Master men and women got underway with frost still on the ground, with the course getting slick as it melted in the sun.

The course took riders along the Humber river and around the sports fields, with the main feature being a steep hill that was climbed three times per lap with fast and somewhat technical descents. The consensus among riders was that the course made it very difficult to close down any gaps with its many stop and go corners and relative lack of open sections aside from two which followed the park’s paved path. The many ascents of the hill wore on everyone’s legs and it was ultimately the riders that were able to attack while others were still recovering who were able to open gaps.

By the time the U23 Men took to the course at 1 pm it was starting to dry out and ride much faster. Evan McNeely (EMD Sorono / Specialized) took the early lead and rode on to win with Jared Stafford (Ride with Rendall) 16 seconds behind. Jared applied pressure the entire race, while a chasing group of four gradually fell off the pace of the lead two. Jeremy Martin (Rocky Mountain Factory Team) rounded out the podium.

The Junior Men’s race saw last year’s defending champion Ben Perry (Team CHCH) fall behind in an early crash. With the silver and bronze medallists now riding in the U23 category, Yohan Patry who last year took 4th place was the rider of the day. Taking an early lead he maintained a gap of 20-30 seconds over a chasing group. Meanwhile, Perry rode back through most of the field, connecting with the chase group on the final lap and finishing 3rd just seconds behind Tommy Beaulieu (Team Alberta).

The Elite Women’s race saw a number of early aggressors including Pepper Harlton (Juventus) and Mical Dyck (Pro City racing) who would go on to finish 2nd and 3rd, but it was Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) who took the lead on the third of four laps and did not look back. Harlton gave chase alone, but was unable to match Batty who takes her first cyclocross national title, adding depth to what is already a very strong list of palmares on the mountain bike circuit for her first year out of the U23 category.

2011 Canada Nationals © Brandon Thomson

In the final race of the day the Elite Men took the start at 3:30 pm. In the first lap a lead group of 10 was quickly established, which Mark Batty (Spidertech powered by C10) wasted no time in attacking. A chase group led by Aaron Schooler (Team H&R Block – SRI Importing) and Mike Garrigan (Lapierre Canada) was followed by a second group containing other favourites including Craig Richey (Renner Custom CX Team) and defending champion Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain). A lap three crash saw Richey fall back, while the groups consolidated and a new split developed. Sheppard attacked the front group on lap four, throwing down the fastest lap of the day by any rider. Only four were able to respond, with Schooler, Batty, Andrew Watson (Norco Factory Team) and Derrick St. John (Stevens p/b The Cyclery) chasing while the rest of the front group was left behind by this acceleration. Batty and Schooler eventually got a small gap and sprinted for the silver medal with Batty taking it 21 seconds behind Sheppard.

Photos to come.

2011 Canadian Cyclocross National Championships - U23 Men

RacerTeamTime
Evan McNeelyEMD Serono/Specialized
Stafford JaredRide With Rendal16"
Jeremy MartinRocky Mountain Factory Team2" 17'
Felix BouvettePrudÕHomme/IGA2" 59'
Mitchell BaileyTrek Canada MTB Team3" 16'
Andrew LÕEsperanceNorco Factory Team4" 05'
Michael Van Den HamTeam Manitoba4" 17'
Conor OÕBrienEMD Serono/specialized5" 56'
Stephen CooleyTeam Saskatchewan6" 06'
Andrew DecalLiberty Bicycles6" 23'
Mathew FarquharsonLapierre Canada6" 35"
Joel DesgreniersUnattached6" 46'
Zachary HugehsNorco Factory Team7" 15'
Preston Wagler3 Rox Racing7" 31'
Bretton MatthewsTotal Sports the Bike Shop7" 39'
Alexander GibsonEsteemtraining.com1 lap
Tyson Wagler3 Rox Racing1 lap
Kiernan OrangeRide With Rendal1 lap
Alex SchmidtLibert2 laps
Corey BrioschiRevolt Racing2 laps
Steophan AndrichukCyclemeisters3 laps

2011 Canadian Cyclocross National Championships - Women

PlaceBibRacerTeamTimeGap
14BATTY, EmilySUBARU-TREK0h 40' 59"
22HARLTON, PepperJUVENTUS0h 41' 32"ˆ 00' 33"
31DYCK, MicalPRO CITY RACING0h 42' 14"ˆ 01' 15"
49BLOUIN, EvelyneUNATTACHED0h 42' 57"ˆ 01' 58"
518BERKENPAS, Jean AnnXPREZO-BORSAO0h 43' 17"ˆ 02' 18"
65SIN, Amanda3 ROX RACING0h 43' 29"ˆ 02' 30"
714FORTIN, VeroniqueROCKY MOUNTAIN VALEUR MOBILIER0h 44' 19"ˆ 03' 20"
87LAFRENIERE, JulieSTEVENS RACING CANADA P/B THE0h 44' 22"ˆ 03' 23"
98BUNN, MelissaSTEVENS RACING P/B THE CYCLERY0h 44' 24"ˆ 03' 25"
106HOBSON, LeighTHE HUB RACE TEAM0h 44' 33"ˆ 03' 34"
1121PICHETTE, AndreanneOPUS/OGC0h 44' 42"ˆ 03' 43"
1217STEWART, SarahINDEPENDENT0h 44' 51"ˆ 03' 52"
1315KOENIG, ShantelTEAM ALBERTA0h 45' 42"ˆ 04' 43"
1410BIETOLA, Laura3ROX RACING0h 46' 06"ˆ 05' 07"
1520DREYER, MandyLAPIERRE CANADA0h 46' 15"ˆ 05' 16"
163THOMAS, VickiOTTAWA.CX0h 46' 34"ˆ 05' 35"
1712FLYNN, EmilyEMD SERONO-SPECIALIZED CYCLING0h 46' 51"ˆ 05' 52"
1813ILLINGWORTH, BrianaTRUE NORTH CYCLES0h 48' 28"ˆ 07' 29"
1919SCHAPPERT, AnnaBIKES AND BEYOND0h 48' 43"ˆ 07' 44"
2016DUNDAS, KatlynTEAM HARDWOOD CYCLING AND SKI0h 48' 45"ˆ 07' 46"
2111WAKELING, AmandaTRAIL BICYCLES EATMORE SPROUTS0h 51' 44"ˆ 10' 45"

2011 Canadian Cyclocross National Championships - Juniors

PlaceBibUCI CodeNameTeamTimeGap
1102CAN19940830PATRY, YohanRIDE WITH RENDALL0h 38' 17"
2103CAN19940317BEAULIEU, TommyTEAM ALBERTA0h 38' 43"ˆ 00' 26"
3101CAN19940307PERRY, BenjaminTEAM CHCH0h 38' 48"ˆ 00' 31"
4111CAN19950527BEAUDOIN, SamuelTEAM ALBERTA0h 38' 49"ˆ 00' 32"
5108CAN19950417SYMINGTON, NeilATLANTIC CYCLING CENTRE0h 39' 02"ˆ 00' 45"
6112CAN19940919PRENDERGAST, ChristopherTEAM MANITOBA/WOODCOCK0h 39' 09"ˆ 00' 52"
7117CAN19950429TOUGAS, EdouardPRUD'HOMME-IGA0h 40' 15"ˆ 01' 58"
8114CAN19940216VIALLE, AlexandreCVM VAL DAVID0h 41' 00"ˆ 02' 43"
9109CAN19960705LEE, TylerST. CATHARINES CYCLING CLUB0h 41' 13"ˆ 02' 56"
10116CAN19960212JAMIESON, AdamTEAM HARDWOOD CYCLING AND SKI0h 41' 21"ˆ 03' 04"
11119CAN19950329TOELDTE, MaxBYRDS0h 41' 39"ˆ 03' 22"
12110CAN19950404ELLIOTT, WilliamBLACK TOOTH GRIN0h 41' 50"ˆ 03' 33"
13106CAN19951124MACKINNON, SeanRACER SPORTIF/ MATTAMY HOMES C0h 42' 05"ˆ 03' 48"
14104CAN19961224MILOSEVIC, StefanCHAIN REACTION/ MOLSON 670h 42' 17"ˆ 04' 00"
15105CAN19961003NEVIN, ConnorINDEPENDENT0h 43' 58"ˆ 05' 41"
16113CAN19950708ETHERINGTON, WilliamJ&J CYCLE0h 45' 19"ˆ 07' 02"
17107CAN19951004RAPUS, ConnerINDEPENDENT0h 46' 10"ˆ 07' 53"
18118CAN19941015MACPHEE, MorganSOIGNEUR RACE SERVICES RACE TE0h 47' 43"ˆ 09' 26"
19115CAN19940818MARTIN, DonovanREACTIVATED RACING0h 28' 37"-2 Laps

2011 Canadian Cyclocross National Championships - Elite Men

PlaceRacerTeamTime
1SHEPPARD, ChrisROCKY MOUNTAIN BICYCLES/SHIMAN
2BATTY, MarkSPIDERTECH POWERED BY C10ˆ 00' 21"
3SCHOOLER, AaronTEAM H&R BLOCK - SRI IMPORTINGˆ 00' 22"
4ST. JOHN, DerrickSTEVENS P/B THE CYCLERYˆ 00' 42"
5WATSON, AndrewNORCO FACTORY TEAMˆ 00' 55"
6GARRIGAN, MikeLAPIERRE CANADAˆ 01' 16"
7MORKA, AdamTREK CANADAˆ 01' 21"
8RICHEY, CraigRENNER CUSTOM CX TEAMˆ 02' 08"
9MCCONNELL, MarkTEAM ALBERTAˆ 02' 37"
10CALHOUN, KevinROCKY MOUNTAIN FACTORY TEAMˆ 03' 05"
11GLASSFORD, PeterTREK CANADAˆ 03' 19"
12LAFLAMME, AroussenXPREZO-BORSAOˆ 03' 59"
13CHOWN, NathanTEAM CFˆ 04' 22"
14ADAMSON, ShaunCYCLE-SMARTˆ 04' 30"
15TRACE, TylerTREK RED TRUCKˆ 04' 52"
16MORSE, PeterJET FUEL COFFEE/ LA BICICLETTAˆ 05' 06"
17KRAHN, MatthewREDBIKEˆ 05' 21"
18UNDERWOOD, NathanRIDE WITH RENDALLˆ 05' 25"
19DAIGLE, Marc-andreGARNEAUˆ 05' 52"
20LALIBERTE, ThierryXPREZO - BORSAOˆ 06' 44"
21VAN DEN HAM, DouglasNINE2FIVEPRO.COM CYCLING TEAMˆ 06' 54"
22BOX, ErikNATIVO/DEVINCIˆ 07' 19"
23MANCINI, PeterESTEEMTRAINING.COMˆ 07' 57"
24GOODFELLOW, WilliamLOTTO-BODYSOL POLE CONTINENTAL-2 Laps
25BUSBY, ColinCHAIN REACTION/ MOLSON 67-2 Laps
26KEEPING, StephenSTEVENS PRESENTED BY THE CYCLE-3 Laps
27MOOTE, JeffCYCLOCROSSRACING.COM-3 Laps
28ZDRILUK, MattREACTIVATED RACING / PRIMARY/S-3 Laps
29POLL, AdamWATERLOO CYCLING CLUB-4 Laps
DNFNOILES, KevinSPORTIQUE
DNFMACKENZIE, DrewTHE CONDO GROUP/SHIMANO/MARIN
DNFLI, MarcoGARNEAU-CLUB CHAUSSURES- NORTO
DNFTHOMAS, MattSOIGNEUR RACE SERVICES RACE TE

 

 

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