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11/06/2010

Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer

Just when you think you have covered every sport out there, a new one drops in.

I've covered Road racing, sprint and pursuit cycling and mountain biking. Today I got to cover the hybrid, Cyclo-Cross. Cyclo-Cross also adds elements that force the cyclists off their bikes. Little hurdles, some steep sections and some tricky corners make riders dismount and run on foot.

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Cyclists zig-zag their way through Cedarvale Park at the Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships in Toronto. The cyclo-cross, which mixes road racing with mountain biking, championships were held at Cedarvale Park near Vaughn and Oakwood Roads.

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Cyclo-cross, which mixes road racing with mountain biking also adds a little running for those that have to get off the bike on a steep hill. Amanda Sin stays on the bike for the big hill while Melissa Bunn runs up.

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If you are tall enough, like Junior Male rider Daniel Hope, you don't have to dismount to use your feet.

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Spectators are surrounded by riders through a zig-zag technical section.

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Wendy Simms leads Katy Curtis up a hill, Simms would hold off Curtis to win at the Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships in Toronto. The cyclists race over a three kilometre course for about 40 minutes for elite women and 60 minutes for elite men.

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Cow bells in hand, Kaitlyn, Melissa and Ella cheer on a Junior rider Bretton Matthews at the Canadian Cycle Cross Championships.

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Gruelling, racers are relunctant to take their hands off the handle bars no matter what annoys them at the Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships.

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Wendy Simms who rides for Ridley - FSA, right, is congratulated by a fellow rider and a coach after winning.

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Wendy Simms holds some of the rewards of winning the Women's National title, Champagne and flowers!

 

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Riders jump over the second of two small steeples that force them to get off their bicycles at the Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships.

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Derrick St. John of Ontario would finish fourth at the Canadian Cycle Cross Championships in Toronto.

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A spectator watches as a flight of Elite men ride by at the Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships.

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Mike Garrigan of Ontario and Chris Sheppard of British Columbia power up a steep hill, Sheppard would win at the Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships.

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Chris Sheppard of British Columbia wins the Men's title at the Canadian Cyclo-Cross Championships.

One More,

Sometimes mistakes are fun, well, today a rider's mistake cost him the race, my mistake rewarded me with a fun an pretty picture.

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Awewsome photos and great choice of sport!

Great pictures, Steve. You captured the facets of our sport brilliantly!

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