Queens Cross

Mud and glory.

What happens when you cross a bike race with a mud bog?

Queens Cross, that’s what.

Saturday’s driving rainstorm may have deterred all but the hardiest spectators, but dozens of riders from beginners to elite men and women relished the chance to battle each other and the elements at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park in the fifth race of the eight-race Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition’s series.

Cyclocross is an off-road version of a road cycling criterium race in which riders lap a number of circuits on a two or three kilometre course comprised of dirt trails, grassy meadows, over barriers and across creeks or gullies. It evolved in Belgium and Northern France in the early 1900s as a way for road cyclists to stay fit during the fall and winter off-season. Sometimes getting to the warmth and shelter of the nearest café or brasserie meant cutting across farmer’s fields and through forests; cyclocross replicates that experience.

Saturday’s cold torrential downpour was worthy of the worst weather of the Ardennes and turned most of the course at the west end of Queen’s Park into a track of thick, viscous muck. At the end of each event, the line at the hose station was 20-30 muddy cyclists deep. Even through their exhaustion, many managed a smile. After all, there’s often a rainbow at the end of a rainstorm.

Full results of the Queens Cross.

Mario Bartel

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  1. Hello and thanks for the coverage and the photos of the race [ mud fest 🙂 ? ] at Queens Park on Sat.Oct 8. Oh good grief was it ever muddy and wet. Participants seemed to have a good time,in spite of the muck. Thanks to New West Parks Dep’t for the use of said park. Let’s hope there will be another next year.

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