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Team Canada is sending a 13-rider contingent to this weekend’s World Championshps in Valkenburg-Limburg. The large group is a reflection of the growing strength of the nationa’s cyclocross program and the increasing popularity of the sport up north. The entire team made the trip early to race at the Hoogerheide World Cup, where some riders even had their own traveling fan club.

Hot Sauce Cycling Mark McConnell had some fans in Hoogerheide. 2018 Hoogerheide World Cup. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Hot Sauce Cycling’s Mark McConnell had some fans in Hoogerheide. 2018 Hoogerheide World Cup. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Similar to U.S. riders, Canadians have to fund most or all of their trips themselves. A press release from Cycling Canada said this about the funding structure for cyclocross in Canada: “Cycling Canada does not receive government funding for Cyclo-cross programs, which means all projects are funded through sponsorships, private donations or by the athletes themselves. Any amount donated has a direct impact on the development of this sport in Canada.”

If you are interested in supporting Canada’s cyclocross athletes at Worlds, a donation page supporting all athletes is available.

The full Canadian team roster is below.

Junior Men

Tyler Clark had a strong ride, finishing fifth. 2017 Derby City Cup. © D. Perker / Cyclocross Magazine

Tyler Clark had a strong ride, finishing fifth. 2017 Derby City Cup. © D. Perker / Cyclocross Magazine

Paul Mysko – Barrie, Ontario
Dylan Kerr – Horseshoe Valley, Ontario
Conor Martin – Kelowna, BC
Tyler Clark  – King City, Ontario

Under-23 Women

Ruby West NBX Gran Prix 2017

Ruby West. NBX Gran Prix 2017

Magdeleine Vallieres Mill – Sherbrooke, Quebec
Siobhan Kelly – London, Ontario
Ruby West  – Dundas, Ontario

Under-23 Men

Nicholas Diniz – Oakville, Ontario

Elite Women

Christel Ferrier-Bruneau finished a strong third in her first race wearing the Canadian National Championship kit. 2017 Pan-American Championships. © D. Perker / Cyclocross Magazine

Christel Ferrier-Bruneau finished a strong third in her first race wearing the Canadian National Championship kit. 2017 Pan-American Championships. © D. Perker / Cyclocross Magazine

Mical Dyck – Cumberland, BC
Maghalie Rochette – St-Jerome, Quebec
Christel Ferrier Bruneau – Granby, Quebec

Elite Men

Van den Ham and Ortenblad battled to the last few hundred meters. 2017 Pan-American Championships. © D. Perker / Cyclocross Magazine

Van den Ham and Ortenblad battled to the last few hundred meters. 2017 Pan-American Championships. © D. Perker / Cyclocross Magazine

Mark McConnell – Calgary, AB
Michael Van den Ham – Abbottsford, BC

For more from Valkenburg-Limburg, see our dedicated 2018 Cyclocross World Championships page.