While cyclocrossers in the States are busy racing at Cincy and HPCX, their friends to the north are headed to Sherbrooke, QC for the 2017 Canadian National Championships.

The race takes place at Jacques Cartier Park along the shores of Lac des Nations, which is where the 2016 Canadian Nationals were also held.

Last year’s Women’s winner Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) is back to defend her title, while defending Men’s winner Jeremy Martin is not registered for the race. Rochette is missing out on the opportunity to vie for the expanded US Cup-CX overall prize purse to race for the honor of donning the Maple Leaf kit for another year.

Maghalie Rochette had a strong ride for second on Sunday. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 2. © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Maghalie Rochette had a strong ride for second on Sunday. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 2. © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

The Canadian Nationals races are taking place on Saturday. The Elite Women start at 1:20 p.m. and the Men at 2:20 p.m. Eastern.

Below is a course map for 2017. Last year’s race turned into a mudder, so the course is not a stranger to gnarly cyclocross conditions

2017 Canadian Nationals course map. Sherbrooke CX.

2017 Canadian Nationals course map. Sherbrooke CX.

The Women’s race features several names that should be familiar to fans on both sides of the border. Joining Rochette will be Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Sas Macogep Aquisio), Mical Dyck (Naked Factory Racing) and Natasha Elliot (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare). Ruby West (Cannondale p/b will be racing in the Women’s U23 race.

Christel Ferrier Bruneau stayed in the top ten for the 45-minute race at the Trek CX Cup, making her way into third by the time the final lap came to an end. ©D. Mable /

Christel Ferrier Bruneau is one of the riders vying for the Canadian national championship in 2017. ©D. Mable /

The Men’s list is headed up by Michael van den Ham (Garneau Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare), Geoff Kabush (SCOTT Sports – Maxxis), Mark McConnell (Hot Sauce Cycling), Craig Richey (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare) and Raphael Gagne (Cannondale 3Rox Racing).

Michael Van Den Ham attacks the lead group at midpoint in the race. © Randy Lewis/lewisimages

Michael van den Ham is looking to win his first Canadian Nationals since winning as a U23 in 2013. © Randy Lewis/lewisimages

Full start lists for both races are below.

Women's Start List - 2017 Canadian Nationals

AshleyBarsonBoltonONFocus CX Canada
LaurenceBourqueBouchervilleQCClub des Dynamiks de Contrecoeur
MicalDyckCumberlandBCNaked Factory Racing
NatashaElliottGatineauQCGarneau - Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare
ChristelFERRIERGranbyQCSas Macogep Aquisio
Genevi?veFradet-CarlosMont-RoyalQCStingray-trek par ultime velo
LisaHolmgrenorilliaONCenturion Next Wave
BeatriceLe SauteurBouchervilleQC
JillMessierGatineauQCWest of Quebec Wheelers
CindyMontambaultVal-DavidQCTrek GPL
Andr?anneMurdacaMontr?alQCDynamiks de Contrecoeur
NataschaPicigaTorontoONGiant Toronto/Liv pb Powerwatts
MaghalieRochetteSt-JeromeQCCLIF Pro Team
Julievan der HoopWoods HoleMAGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar
SandraWalterCoquitlamBCLiv Cycling Canada
JodiWendlandOttawaONCyclery Racing

Men's Start List - 2017 Canadian Nationals

OsmondBakkerStittsvilleONThe Bandits
ChrisBarsonBoltonONCoachChris.Ca/Joe Rouseau/Garneau
WilliamBlackburnlasalleQCV?lo 2000-Peak Centre
ParkerBloomVictoriaBCBroad Street Cycles p/b Stuckylife
LeandreBouchardAlmaQCBH SR Suntour KMC
MathieuB?langer-BarretteQuebecQCPIVOT CYCLES OTE CANADA
PatrickChartrandBromontQCBromont Represent
Marc-AndreDaigleMontr?alQCGarneau Easton p/b Transsitions Life care
MichaelDalterioSt faustin lac carr?QC
RyanDeWaldMt pennPATeam Skyline
PeterDiseraBarrieONNorco Factory Team
ScottFitzgeraldTorontoONMariposa Bicycles
RaphaelGagneQu?becQCCannondale 3Rox Racing
SjaanGerthOttawaONMariposa Cycle Racing Team
JanGohMontrealQCBikurious Racing Collective
SylvainJeanMorin-HeightsQCMad Alchemy
GeoffKabushSquamishBCSCOTT SPORTS - Maxxis
GuillaumeL. WalshBromontQCVeloselect
RichardMachheinMaple RidgeBCTeam Giant Vancouver
PeterManciniMontr?alQCCrank Studio
CesalpinoMarques FariaInhapimBRAVALES DE MINAS
MarkMcConnellCalgaryABHot Sauce Cycling
EvanMcNeelyOttawaONRide with Rendall pb/ Biemme
IsaacNilesTurner ValleyABgarneau easton p/b transitions lifecare
XavierPerreaultVal d'OrQCAccro v?lo
AntoineProulxRimouskiQCV?lo Plein Air
CraigRicheyNorth VancouverBCGarneau - Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare
PhilippeRiopelCalgaryABRidley's Cycle
DerrickSt JohnGatineauQCVan Dessel p/b Hyperthreads
Jean-PhilippeThibault-RobergeSherbrookeQCTrek Cyclocross Collective
BryanTyersnewcastleONLakeside Storage Cyclocross
Michaelvan den HamAbbotsfordBCGarneau - Easton Cycling p/b Transitions Life Care
AntonvarabeitorontoONTORONTO HUSTLE