Cy­clocross event eco­nomic im­pact pegged at $250K

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - EX­AM­INER STAFF

Or­ga­niz­ers of the 2018 Shi­mano Cana­dian Cy­clocross Cham­pi­onships held ear­lier this month in Peter­bor­ough are tout­ing the eco­nomic im­pact the event had.

An early eco­nomic im­pact study pro­jects the event to con­trib­ute in ex­cess of $250,000 to the lo­cal econ­omy, or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced Tues­day, tout­ing it as wel­come at a time of the year when vis­i­tor num­bers are tra­di­tion­ally low and not­ing that lo­cal tourism of­fi­cials are pro­mot­ing the Kawarthas as a cy­cling des­ti­na­tion.

The Nov. 9 to 11 event at­tracted past Cana­dian cham­pi­ons, Olympic medal­lists, and nearly 500 riders from across Canada and two Amer­i­can states, com­pet­ing for both na­tional cham­pi­onships and UCI points.

About 5,000 spec­ta­tors were on hand over the week­end, or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced, and the livestream on­line drew nearly 6,000 view­ers from 20 coun­tries.

Peter­bor­ough will again host the event next year.

“Ath­letes were quick to praise the event, the venue, the course and the vol­un­teers, with many quick to call it one of their favourite Cana­dian cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ences, one that they were keen to re­turn to in 2019,” event chief John Hauser stated.

“The 2018 Shi­mano Cana­dian Cy­clocross Cham­pi­onship event held in Peter­bor­ough was eas­ily one of the top high­lights of our 2018 na­tional cal­en­dar,” Cy­cling Canada events man­ager Josh Pea­cock stated.

“We were thrilled by the level of sup­port re­ceived by the lo­cal com­mu­nity not only at the mu­nic­i­pal level, but also by the un­prece­dented num­ber of vol­un­teers who sup­ported the suc­cess of this event .... We are al­ready look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Peter­bor­ough in 2019 for the sec­ond edi­tion of this event.”

Some ini­tial re­me­di­a­tion work was con­ducted af­ter the event on the muddy tracks left be­hind at Ni­cholls Oval by the event. Peter­bor­ough Cy­cling Club and PTBO CX or­ga­niz­ers will do more re­me­di­a­tion to re­main­ing sec­tions, or­ga­niz­ers said Tues­day.

“From eye-level, the ef­fect of cy­clocross on the land im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing a race is pretty high-im­pact. At ground level, though, it’s quite the op­po­site, and very low im­pact on the root struc­ture and ground,” Pea­cock­stated. “The first pre­cip­i­ta­tion fol­low­ing the race will wash the grass down, al­low the ground to set­tle out again, and about 95 per cent of the course will re­me­di­ate nat­u­rally.”

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Cy­clist Chris­tian Ricci ped­als up­hill in men’s elite race dur­ing the 2018 Shi­mano Cana­dian Cy­clocross Cham­pi­onships Nov. 10 at Ni­cholls Oval.

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