ChooseCornwall.ca – Cyclocross racers from across Eastern Ontario will be descending on Cornwall this weekend as the city hosts a stop on the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series.
Held in Cornwall for several years now, Sunday’s race is expected to attract over 250 competitors of all ages from across eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
There will also be a handful of local competitors in the race field, including Cornwall’s Rob Allen.
“Cyclocross is a great off-season extension to cycling that works on bike handling skills due to the nature of the terrain and courses,” said Mr. Allen. “The Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series is a volunteer-driven series with something for everyone and it boasts some of the largest cx fields in Canada.”
The racing will take place Sunday morning along the Cornwall waterfront in the area east of the Cornwall Civic Complex. The hills and elevations in the area make it a suitable location for cyclocross racing.
There are four different races planned, started with the Master’s division at 9 am. That will be followed by Under-11 and Under-13 at 10:10 am, Women’s categories at 11:10 am and Senior divisions at 12:10 pm.
The Cornwall race is one of nine legs on the 2018 Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Race Series. The series kicked off at the end of September and wraps up with a race in Almonte on November 25th.
Cyclocross is the fastest growing discipline in cycling, and its popularity is skyrocketing worldwide. Special cyclocross bikes are used (think of a road bike with narrow mountain bike tires) as racers ride on grassy fields, dismount off their bikes and carry them over barriers, run up steep, short hills and ride through sand pits or mud (depending upon conditions).