National junior cyclocross champion Emilly Johnson (p.64) competes in the cyclocross world championships in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The country was a CX powerhouse in the 1970s and into the ’80s, especially during the reign of Albert Zweifel, the elite men’s champion from 1976 to 1979. Today, Switzerland might be better known for mountain biking and stunning road riding in the Alps, which you can read about on p.58.
“A few years ago, I bought an old red bicycle with the words ‘Free Spirit’ written across its side – which is exactly what I felt like when I rode it down the street in a tie-dyed dress.”— Drew Barrymore, actress, born on this day in 1975.
The final instalment of the Manitoba Fat Bike Race Series is the Dauphin Dash. It’s put on by the Dauphin Derailleurs Cycling Club, whose North Gate Trail System saw its first sanctioned race this past summer. The Dash should be a good rip in the snow.
–March 1 The track cycling world championships hit the boards in Berlin. Even though Sherwood Park, Alta.’s Kelsey Mitchell is fairly new to track cycling, she set a world record in the sprint in September and took bronze in that discipline at the Hong Kong World Cup in November. The odds of Michell landing on the podium in Germany look good.
–March 1 Vancouverites can enjoy starting the BC Bike Show on Feb. 29, something they won’t be able to do again until 2048.
Emilly Johnson at the CX national championships, 2019