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October 11/18 9:07 am - Inaugural Batty Cross a Success


Posted by Editoress on 10/11/18
 

It's no secret that new and exciting cycling events are popping up all across North America in the past few years. The late 90's is referred to as the "hay day" of cycling when road racing and mountain bike racing was at its peak in attendance, and there was a list of sponsors lining up to invest in the quickly growing cycling disciplines. That growth in the 90's seem to have fizzled, but fast forward to 2018 and some in the cycling industry have mentioned that the sports interest is nearing an all-time high and exceeding the "hay day" of cycling in the 90's.

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So, it's no surprise that two time Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist Emily Batty is creating an event of her own and continuing to build a legacy in the sport.

 

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"Cyclocross is a unique discipline that has a spectator friendly race format and challenges riders in different ways than road and mountain bike racing. With Batty Cross, we wanted to create a cyclocross race that was also an experiential event, where a Halloween theme echoed throughout and had no limit in participation for spectators or riders." - Emily Batty

When asked about producing Batty Cross, Emily won't take all the credit for entering the event space and credits the team of people around her including her husband Adam Morka and sister Charlotte Batty who have formed an event team named Emily Batty and Co. When asked about their long-term plans. Adam said, "We are certainly in this for the long haul and there is a great sense of accomplishment in supporting the cycling community and providing an event that has something for everyone, including nonracers. We always wanted to produce an event in proximity to the GTA and after Emily's family gave us the go-ahead to utilize the family farm as a venue, we went full steam, and it worked out perfect with the featured corn maze, spooky spectator path, trick or treat tech zone, and the haunted forest. We are going to continue building out this event for the next three to four years and once established, look at producing a mountain bike event with a similar framework to Batty Cross." - Adam Morka

It would seem strange that three mountain bikers would want to produce a cyclocross event and especially when most of their experiences stem from mountain bike competitions. We asked Charlotte why they chose cyclocross and she was quick to answer.

"Cyclocross is viable in the sense that you can have many people in a small venue with a course that is spectator friendly. With Batty Cross, we only marketed the event for two weeks leading up to event day, and that was because we were so focused on event operations. However, we exceeded our expectations and had 200 racers and over 500 people in attendance. Now that the event is off the ground and built, next year we will have a comprehensive marketing lead-in, and we are confident we can double the number of people participating and in attendance." - Charlotte Batty

 

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We asked a few people what their overall impression of Batty Cross was and the feedback was nothing but positive, and some raved about the positive energy and good vibes of the venue and expo. Most had no idea what to expect, but from the sounds of it, they had a good time on a course that tested racers abilities and one that proved to be exciting for spectators on the sidelines. Poutine, smoked meat, beer, candy, good music and games and activities for everyone to participate sounds like the perfect fall event.

Huge thanks to all the sponsors that made Batty Cross a success. Pfaff Auto, Brooklin Home Hardware, Red Bull, Brock Street Brewing, Durham Shredders, Emily Batty Project, Joy Ride 150, and Sam Moffat Photography. To learn more about Batty Cross and stay up to date on the 2019 event, be sure to check emilybatty.com/battycross
Report courtesy Batty Cross - Adam Morka

Results

Elite 4 Men, 5 laps - 14 km
1 Justin Minicola (Peterborough Cycling Club - CME.4) 0:38:14
2 Andrew Scollard (Independent - CME.4) at 0:35
3 Kevin Bowker (Morning Glory Cycling Club - CME.4) 2:28
4 Michael Eves (Independent - CME.4) 2:41
5 Ben Daub (Waterloo Cycling Club - CME.4) 4:36
6 Kim Vo (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.4) 4:39
7 Kyle Laing (Independent - CME.4) 5:41
8 Edwin Ampolitod (Independent - CME.4) 6:21
9 Kemal Kapetanovic (Independent - CME.4) 6:59
10 Patrick Clancy (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.4) 9:26
11 Daniel Walker (Dark Horse Flyers Cycling Club - CME.4) -1 Lap
12 Matthew Randall (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.4) -1 Lap
13 Oscar Te (Independent - CME.4) -1 Lap
14 Igor Provod (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.4) -1 Lap
15 Matiss Mezulis (Independent - CME.4) -1 Lap
16 Edwin Pabitu (Independent - RME.4) -1 Lap
17 Winston Chong (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.4) -1 Lap
DNF Reynaldo Dela Rosa (Independent - CME.4) -4 Laps
 
Master 3 Men, 5 laps - 14 km
1 Shawn Hill (Lapdogs Cycling Club - CMMA.3) 0:39:18
2 William Hellems (Coachchris.ca/Garneau - CMMB.3) at 0:28
3 Vance Lai (Faction-Smile Tigerc.R. P/B Wcc - CMMB.3) 0:34
4 David Clark (Independent - CMMB.3) 0:39
5 Brent Shaw (Cyclepath Oakville Race Team - CMMB.3) 1:14
6 Michael Fletcher (Ancaster Velo - CMMB.3) 1:22
7 Jamie Vrooman (Vélocolour - CMMA.3) 1:53
8 Arjan Stroomberg (Morning Glory Cycling Club - CMMB.3) 2:29
9 Gordon Drewitt (Speed River Cycling Club - CMMB.3) 2:51
10 Mike Clark (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMMB.3) 3:04
11 Kevin Sundberg (Faction-Smile Tigerc.R. P/B Wcc - CMMB.3) 3:06
12 Julian Simpson (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMMB.3) 3:21
13 Kevin Gibson (Faction-Smile Tigerc.R. P/B Wcc - CMMB.3) 3:38
14 Adrian Jackson (Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club - CMMC.3) 3:42
15 Jonathan Warkentin (Lapdogs Cycling Club - CMMA.3) 3:58
16 Sam Cohen (Canadian Cycling Magazine - CMMC.3) 3:58
17 Shane Hotchkiss (Independent - CMMC.3) 4:18
18 Harold Walker (Independent - CMMC.3) 4:52
19 James Eaton (Techy Kids - CMMA.3) 5:12
20 Warren Hoffner (Lantern Rouge - CMMA.3) 5:25
21 Richard Pickering (Independent - CMMB.3) 5:53
22 Jason Williams (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMMA.3) 5:56
23 Mike Mcinnis (Midweek Cycling Club - CMMC.3) 6:04
24 Bogdan Paraschivu (Toronto Hustle - CMMB.3) 6:04
25 Grant Edmonds (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMMC.3) 7:28
26 Nial Fisher (The Hub Race Team - CMMB.3) 7:32
27 David Denduk (Hamilton Cycling Club - CMMC.3) 7:48
28 Barry Cox (Lapdogs Cycling Club - CMMB.3) 9:21
29 Mathew Bradbury (Independent - CMMC.3) -1 Lap
30 Jamie Osborne (Morning Glory Cycling Club - CMMD.3) -1 Lap
31 Lorenzo Zatta (Independent - CMMC.3) -1 Lap
32 Mike Orrico (Lantern Rouge - CMMB.3) -1 Lap
33 Fred Bergen (Oakville Cycling Club - CMMC.3) -1 Lap
34 Kris Hernandez (Vélocolour - CMMA.3) -1 Lap
35 Tim Landon (Independent - CMMB.3) -1 Lap
36 Ed Stanley (Independent - CMMC.3) -1 Lap
37 Pedro Caraballo (Full Throttle Cycle Club - CMMC.3) -1 Lap
38 Ken Jobba (Ancaster Velo - CMMD.3) -1 Lap
39 Jeff Kielley (Veneto Cycling Club - CMMD.3) -2 Laps
DNF Antonio Kazulin (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMMA.3) -4 Laps
DNS Ondrej Benjik (Rock&Road Cycle Club - CMMB.3)
DNS Dennis Fong (Morning Glory Cycling Club - CMMB.3)
 
PeeWee Boys, 4 laps - 11.2 km
1 Ashlin Barry (Mariposa Cycle Racing Team - CMU13) 0:31:43
2 Sheldon Drewitt (Speed River Cycling Club - CMU13) -1 Lap
3 Jake Bradley (Durham Shredders - CMU13) -1 Lap
4 Grayson Jewiss (Independent - CMU11) -1 Lap
5 Pim De Koning (Techy Kids - CMU13) -1 Lap
DNS Jackson Smithson (Durham Shredders - CMU11)
 
Minime Boys, 4 laps - 11.2 km
1 Ian Ackert (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling Team - CMU15) 0:26:05
2 Colton Bartholomew (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling Team - CMU15) at 1:30
3 Connor Mcinnis (Midweek Cycling Club - CMU15) 7:28
4 Seth Kelly (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling Team - CMU15) -1 Lap
5 Jacob Barnes (Durham Shredders - CMU15) -1 Lap
6 Benen Macewen (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting - CMU15) -1 Lap
7 Ben Stevens (Independent - CMU15) -1 Lap
DNS Bas Stroomberg (Independent - CMU15)
 
Cadet Men, 4 laps - 11.2 km
1 Oscar Clark (Thenorthhub P/B Bolton Tire - CMU17) 0:27:00
2 Finlay Macewen (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting - CMU17) at 2:46
3 Milo Nixon (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling Team - CMU17) 4:02
4 Lucas Barnes (Durham Shredders - CMU17) 4:36
5 Greg Morrish (S&S Racing Pb Garneau / Frog Cycles - CMU17) 6:32
6 Jonathon Stones (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling Team - CMU17) -1 Lap
7 Grant Black (S&S Racing Pb Garneau / Frog Cycles - CMU17) -1 Lap
 
PeeWee Girls, 2 laps
1 Ruby Jardeleza-Toole (Blacksmith Cycle - CWU13) 0:29:54
2 Elizabeth Eaton (Techy Kids - CWU11) at 5:47
 
Minime Girls, 3 laps
1 Sonia Martin (Independent - CWU15) 0:26:55
2 Laine Bradley (Durham Shredders - CWU15) at 2:13
3 Sydney Stones (Hardwood Next Wave Cycling Team - CWU15) 3:40
4 Jett Jardeleza-Toole (Blacksmith Cycle - CWU15) 5:44
 
Cadet Women, 3 laps
1 Sarah Fuller (S&S Racing Pb Garneau / Frog Cycles - CWU17) 0:32:41
 
Junior Men, 6 laps - 16.8 km
1 Logan O'krafka (Independent - CMJ) 0:42:45
2 Jack Ciotlos (Mariposa Cycle Racing Team - CMJ) at 1:31
3 Matt Birchard (S&S Racing Pb Garneau / Frog Cycles - CMJ) 1:45
4 Zakariya Jackson (Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club - CMJ) 3:29
5 Ben Kierstead (Durham Shredders - CMJ) 4:38
6 Parsa Moeini (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting - CMJ) 8:23
7 John Noble (S&S Racing Pb Garneau / Frog Cycles - CMJ) -1 Lap
8 Noah Deen (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMJ) -2 Laps
 
Elite 3 Men, 6 laps - 16.8 km
1 Mark Weymouth (Faction-Smile Tigerc.R. P/B Wcc - CME.3) 0:47:37
2 Hinkel Yeung (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.3) at 0:42
3 Ryan Kent (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.3) 2:21
 
Master 2 Men, 6 laps - 16.8 km
1 Brook Smith (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMMA.2) 0:44:16
2 Keith Moore (Morning Glory Cycling Club - CMMA.2) at 0:02
3 Andrew Buzzell (Fitworks - CMMB.2) 0:18
4 Jamie Elcombe (Peterborough Cycling Club - CMMB.2) 0:56
5 James Cook (Canadian Cycling Magazine - CMMC.2) 4:07
6 Mark De Koning (Techy Kids - CMMC.2) 4:40
7 Ryan Prystai (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CMMA.2) 6:50
8 Jason Rodrigues (Lantern Rouge - CMMB.2) 7:00
9 Robert Daniells (Faction-Smile Tigerc.R. P/B Wcc - CMMA.2) -1 Lap
DNS Joel Rose (Faction-Smile Tigerc.R. P/B Wcc - CMMB.2)
 
Master Women, 5 laps - 14 km
1 Kathleen Macewen (Lapdogs Cycling Club - CWMB) 0:41:52
2 Christina Alsop (Giant Toronto Pb Liv - CWMA) at 0:55
3 Trish Snyder (Lantern Rouge - CWMB) 2:30
4 Amy White (Towheelsespaylmerexpress - CWMB) 2:51
5 Andrea Kausel (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CWMA) -1 Lap
6 Suzanne Carlsen (Vélocolour - CWMA) -1 Lap
7 Shannon Hegarty (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CWMA) -1 Lap
8 Sarah Fasullo (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CWMA) -1 Lap
DNF Jackie Fuller (S&S Racing Pb Garneau / Frog Cycles - CWMB) -3 Laps
DNS Rebecca Christensen (Peterborough Cycling Club - CWMA)
 
Elite Women, 5 laps - 14 km
1 Siobhan Kelly (Black Dog Racing - CWE.2) 0:37:42
2 Ashley Barson (Rise Racing - CWE.1) at 2:01
3 Andrea Burley (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CWE.3) 5:40
4 Elizabeth Archbold (Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club - CWU23.2) 6:01
5 Stephanie Rankin (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CWE.3) 8:41
6 Tara Black (S&S Racing pb Garneau / Frog Cycles - CWU23.2) -1 Lap
7 Sophie Hotchkiss (Independent - CWE.3) -1 Lap
8 Stephanie Au (Vélocolour - CWE.3) -1 Lap
9 Meg Siegel (Lantern Rouge - CWE.3) -1 Lap
10 Rachel Blair (Giant Toronto Pb Liv - CWE.3) -1 Lap
11 Liz Stathakos (Beaches Cycling Club(Bcc) - CWE.3) -1 Lap
12 Danielle Schon (Independent - CWE.3) -1 Lap
DNF Mimi Scowen (Independent - CWE.3) -4 Laps
 
Master 1 Men, 9 laps - 25.2 km
1 Jon Barnes (Trek Canada - CMMB.1) 1:03:28
2 George Organ (Cyclepath Oakville Race Team - CMMB.1) at 1:10
3 Tim Gale (Velofix Ontario - CMMA.1) 2:14
4 Nathan Silverthorn (Independent - CMMB.1) 2:38
5 Chris Pollett (Towheelsespaylmerexpress - CMMB.1) 4:19
6 Mike Patte (Faction-Smile Tigerc.R. P/B Wcc - CMMB.1) -1 Lap
7 Solomon Amos (Morning Glory Cycling Club - CMMB.1) -1 Lap
8 Noah Rosen (Vélocolour - CMMB.1) -1 Lap
DNF Kevin Mahood (Giant Toronto pb LIV - CMMB.1) -2 Laps
 
Elite 1&2 Men, 9 laps - 25.2 km
1 Christian Ricci (Lakeside Storage/Bicycles Plus - CME.2) 1:00:47
2 Anton Varabei (Toronto Hustle - CME.1) at 0:08
3 Ryan Rutherford (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.1) 1:01
4 Chris Barson (Coachchris.ca/Garneau - CME.1) 3:04
5 Connor Gregory (Bateman's Bike Co p/b Cloud9 AV - CME.2) 4:37
6 Peter Morse (Mariposa Cycle Racing Team - CME.1) 4:54
7 Stephen Cooley (Independent - CME.2) 5:13
8 Mitch Kaiser (Lantern Rouge - CME.2) 6:41
 
Single Speed Men, 6 laps - 16.8 km
1 Ondrej Benjik (Rock&Road Cycle Club - CMMB.3) 0:45:08
2 Mathew Bradbury (Independent - CMMC.3) -1 Lap


 


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