The Cal­en­dar

Novem­ber 10, 2018

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Na­tional Cy­clocross Cham­pi­onships

John Hauser is go­ing to have a very busy fall. For the past five years, he’s been grow­ing the Sil­ver Goose CX race in Mid­land, Ont. In 2017, it be­came a uci C2-level event. This year, it’s the Pan Am cham­pi­onships. Then, the week­end fol­low­ing the Sil­ver Goose, Hauser will mi­grate much of his op­er­a­tion from Mid­land roughly 175 km south­east to Peter­bor­ough, in­clud­ing the dou­ble-ramp fly­over.

“That’s al­ways been an eye-catch­ing part of the spec­ta­tor ex­pe­ri­ence in Mid­land,” Hauser says. “The rid­ers have al­ways loved it, whether it was young elite guys get­ting air off the ramp and gap­ping the flat sec­tion in the mid­dle or a lot of the On­tario ’cross rid­ers who’ve never rid­den such a fly­over. The fly­overs we saw at Sher­brooke, which hosted na­tion­als pre­vi­ously, were stair-to-ramp and the other On­tario fly­overs are stair-to-ramp as well. I think hav­ing ramp-to-ramp is unique and fun.”

Hauser will set up the struc­ture in Nicholls Oval Park, which is on the Oton­abee River. The land next to wa­ter­ways is of­ten great for stak­ing out cy­clocross cour­ses; the banks by the Oton­abee will pro­vide in­tense ride- and run-ups. The roughly 3.1-km course should be a nice chal­lenge for both ama­teurs and elites.

The na­tion­als week­end is more than just races for rid­ers vy­ing for maple-leaf jer­seys. On Fri­day, the day be­fore na­tion­als, there’ll be fun, re­lay-style rides. On Sun­day, there are C2-level races for elite men and women, and ju­nior men, as well as races for ama­teurs. Spec­ta­tors will find lo­cal brew­eries set up in the expo area and ven­dors sell­ing fries with mayo, a very Bel­gian touch, as well as more North Amer­i­can sport­ing-event fare (that is, hot dogs). Brands such as Shi­mano, Trek and Wild Rock will be on-site, too. (pt­ — MP

Con­fu­sion for a na­tional cross coun­try cham­pion

Peter Dis­era was start­ing the last lap of the elite men’s cross coun­try cham­pi­onship race when a friend yelled, “He’s got a flat.” Dis­era’s re­ac­tion: “Oh crap.”

In 2017, his race in Can­more had been mag­i­cal, he said. Ev­ery­thing went right. But this past July, the de­fend­ing cham­pion found his legs just weren’t there. He had gone re­ally hard from the be­gin­ning in an ef­fort to sim­ply get away from ev­ery­one. Around the lat­ter part of the sec­ond lap, Raphaël Gagné got a gap on Dis­era, which then grew and grew. Dur­ing the sixth and penul­ti­mate lap, Dis­era had re­signed him­self to sec­ond. He still had to suf­fer to the fin­ish to stay ahead of the rid­ers be­hind, but it was an ef­fort he could man­age. His “oh crap” mo­ment was partly for Gagné. Dis­era had some sym­pa­thy for his com­peti­tor who got a flat at a ter­ri­ble time in the race. It was also partly for him­self. Dis­era would now have to go re­ally hard, again. If Gagné were to catch back up to Dis­era, he didn’t know if he could bat­tle for the win. Luck­ily, Dis­era was able to stay ahead and de­fend his na­tional ti­tle.

Al­most a week af­ter the win, Dis­era was home in Bar­rie, Ont., and con­fused about the rest of sea­son. Even though he won the na­tional elite ti­tle for the sec­ond time, this was his first year rac­ing in the elite field at uci World Cups. He was strug­gling to gain uci points, which would give him bet­ter start­ing po­si­tions at events and even en­try into the short track races. The long sea­son had started to wear on his fit­ness. He needed to de­cide whether to rest or train. Should he tar­get the Mont-sainte-anne World Cup about two weeks away? Or should he fo­cus his ef­forts more on the world cham­pi­onships in early Septem­ber? He also had the fi­nal se­mes­ter of his wa­ter re­sources en­gi­neer­ing de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of Guelph com­ing up. He didn’t ut­ter any soft cuss words, and also un­like at na­tion­als, the tac­ti­cal de­ci­sions he faced were much more com­pli­cated.

Many jersey wear­ers for Sun­web at the Giro Rosa

About three weeks af­ter Leah Kirch­mann wore pink at the Giro d’italia In­ter­nazionale Fem­minile, or Giro Rosa, she was at the Team Sun­web house in the Nether­lands. She looked back to the two days in July that she led the 10-day stage race, the big­gest event in the women’s road cal­en­dar. She also com­pared this year’s Giro Rosa with her one day in pink in 2016. “Both were re­ally spe­cial be­cause it is such a pres­ti­gious jersey to wear,” Kirch­mann said. “I didn’t know if I’d ever get an­other chance af­ter 2016. I won it in­di­vid­u­ally in a pro­logue the first time. This time it was spe­cial to win the first day’s team time trial, then pass the jersey around be­tween four of us. That was a re­ally cool ex­pe­ri­ence, that we were able to keep it within the team for so long.”

Team­mates Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand led the Giro Rosa af­ter Stages 1 and 2. Kirch­mann was in pink fol­low­ing the third and fourth stages. Ruth Winder was first over­all af­ter Stage 5, be­fore the jersey went to Team Mitchel­ton-scott for the rest of the event. Team Sun­web also shared the best young rider award. Liane Lip­pert wore white af­ter the ttt, while Juli­ette Labous had it for three stages. Their strong team time trial only puts one rider in a jersey, but Kich­mann was pleased that al­most ev­ery­one was able to get in­di­vid­ual recog­ni­tion.

In the end, Sun­web won the team clas­si­fi­ca­tion at the Giro Rosa. That hon­our isn’t as­so­ci­ated with a jersey.

Learn­ing the roads at home and abroad

Near the end of July, Ali­son Jack­son was i n Bel­gium. That up­com­ing week­end, she’d race Erpe-mere, a uci 1.2 event. “It has a good fin­ish for me: a power sprint up­hill,” Jack­son said. Be­fore Bel­gium, she and her team Tibco – svb par­tic­i­pated in the Ride­lon­don Clas­sique. And be­fore that, they were at BC Su­per­week.

It had been Jack­son’s fourth time at Su­per­week. In 2014, at her first ap­pear­ance, she won the Tour de White Rock’s hill climb and om­nium com­pe­ti­tion. In 2016, she won the Tour de White Rock om­nium once again. This year, she owned White Rock with wins on both stages and the over­all. Her 2018 suc­cesses are partly thanks to her strong team, even though she had fewer and fewer team­mates through­out Su­per­week as they were shipped off to Europe for La Course. But the fourth-year pro also at­tributes those wins to ex­pe­ri­ence. “When I first did Su­per­week, those last races were tir­ing and hot,” Jack­son says. “Now, tac­ti­cally, I’m bet­ter. Also, I have women’s World­tour strength, so at the end of 10 days, I can still be quite strong.” She also knew how to best time her sprint in the road race, which she learned from com­ing in sec­ond on a pre­vi­ous edi­tion.

Back i n Europe, de­spite hav­ing raced on that con­ti­nent for the past four years, Jack­son is still learn­ing the routes. “Euro­pean rid­ers just know the roads bet­ter,” she says. “The in­for­ma­tion they get in visu­ally while they’re rac­ing means more to them than to me, at this mo­ment.” Still, Jack­son seems to be re­mem­ber­ing lessons from the Bel­gium roads. When she raced Erpe-mere in 2015, she was 44th. This past Au­gust, she fin­ished sixth.— MP

aboveThe ramp-to-ramp fly­over in ac­tion at the Sil­ver Goose CX 2017

be­lowLeah Kirch­mann in pink at the Giro Rosa

leftPeter Dis­era takes the win in Can­more, Alta., at the 2018 na­tional cross coun­try cham­pi­onshipsop­po­siteAli­son Jack­son, BC Su­per­week

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