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September 18/12 12:24 pm - Second DarkCross Cyclo-cross a Huge Success


Posted by Editoress on 09/18/12
 

DarkCross raises the bar for cycling events on the Prairies.

$4000 purse and dozens of prizes from Mad Alchemy Embrocation, Dugast Canada, Banjo Brothers, Jägermeister, and zone41 theatre divvied up by Manitoba's finest cyclists.

Reports began flooding in via Facebook and Twitter just after midnight on a gorgeous late-summer prairie night. DarkCross had taken the bar for a cycling event in Manitoba and sent it heavenward. With the Red River Co-op Speedway transformed into a fast and flowing 3 kilometre course that utilized every inch of the facility, a huge crowd of cow-bell toting fans, the imposing Qualico Homes Flyover, the now legendary Wallace + Wallace grandstand run-up, old school sounds from DJ Riddim, and two sets from Winnipeg's best new rock band, The Vibrating Beds, it was a night few will soon forget. Speedway General Manager Blair Bodley echoed that enthusiasm, saying "the atmosphere was unlike anything we see during the course of the summer and if you missed it, you need to be there next year."

Danny Bubis, President of Cat 1/2 Race sponsor Tetrem Capital Management added, "In all my years cycling in Winnipeg, never have I seen an event with that level of fan and rider participation. It was exciting for everyone."

Racers were equally impressed with DarkCross. David Coughlin, who spent three years racing pro cyclocross in Belgium, had this to say, "In Europe the courses are spectator driven. They love fast and twisty courses with sand pits, flyovers, deep muddy run-throughs, and lanes that get close to the beer garden. In many ways, it is the fans who propel you through the race. DarkCross felt exactly like this sort of race—especially running up the grandstand through the crowd, with the cowbells, the yelling, and the rapid fire camera flashes. I came out the top of it flying high. The course design was fantastic, with open technical corners, varied terrain, and excellent flow."

The excitement of the races matched the excitement of the event as a whole. The Cat. 1&2 Mens Race was not decided until the late in the last lap. Last year’s second place finisher, Don Sawatsky (Woodcock Cycleworks), attacked as they exited the dirt track oval for the final time and held on to take a narrow win over Daniel Enns (Fast Old Guys) and Craig Penner (FGBC). Anna Schappert (FGBC) easily won the Tétro Design sponsored Womens Cat. 1/2/3 Race, finishing just a few seconds behind Cat. 3 Mens winner Jake Allaire (MB Dev. Team), in his Snider Orthotic Design and Epp Siepman Engineering sponsored race. The Cat. 4 Womens race – sponsored by Manitoba Egg Farmers – was Haley Warkentin (MB Dev. Team) and the Klassen Concrete sponsored Mens Cat. 4 race winner was Kurt Penno (MB Dev. Team). More than 100 raced in the Kids and Open races.


"DarkCross 2012 . . . what an event!" said James Buhler of title sponsor Wallace + Wallace Fences, "Starting off with perfect weather and a great crowd, the course was thoughtfully designed to use as much real estate as possible—the varied terrain providing racers with ample opportunity to showcase their talents. Congratulations to all of the organizers and riders who created another cyclocross race that will be memorable for years to come."


Results

Cat 1/2/3 Women
1 Anna Schappert (FGBC) 0:39:15
2 Andrea Tetrault (FGBC) 0:44:36
3 Charlene Guenter (FGBC) 0:44:54
4 LeAnn Friesen (FGBC) 0:39:05 (-1 lap)
 
Open Women
1 Michelle Annandale (Red River Racing) 0:39:38
2 Cherrie Fournier 0:40:36
3 Barbara Gasser-Bohm 0:41:29
4 Terese Anne Beaudry 0:41:4
5 Rachel Huebner 0:32:56
6 Terri Wolfe 0:33:01
7 Corrina Kroeker 0:33:57
8 Sheena Butler 0:38:16
DNS  Genevieve Krahn
 
Cat 4 Women
1 Haley Warkentin (Devo MB) 0:24:33
2 Alex Bairos-Novak (Team Manitoba) 0:25:51
3 Jenna Leonhardt (Team Manitoba) 0:25:59
4 Jasmine Bohemier (Independent) 0:27:17
5 Cheryl Koop (ABES) 0:27:30
6 Jane Braun (Tinker Creek Cycle) 0:27:45
7 Kim Mitchell (Alter Ego) 0:28:09
8 Jane Payment (Woodcock) 0:29:06
9 Anne-Marie Palfreeman (Woodcock) 0:29:09
10 Mary Prendergast (Team Manitoba) 0:29:19
11 Vanessa Peters (FGBC) 0:30:02
12 Grace Kennedy (Alter Ego) 0:30:16
13 Miriam Huebner (Wolseley Wheels) 0:31:01
14 Jaydi Wiebe (Tinker Creek Cycle) 0:31:05
15 Chloe Penner (Bikes & Beyond) 0:31:24
16 Natalie Young (Alter Ego) 0:31:56
17 Autumn Rodriguez (Bikes & Beyond) 0:34:12
18 Taylor Fawcett (Bikes & Beyond) 0:27:19 (-1 lap)
 
Cat 1/2 Men
1 Don Sawatsky (Woodcock) 0:58:18
2 Daniel Enns (FOG) 0:58:19
3 Craig Penner (FGBC) 0:58:21
4 Willem Boersma (Team Manitoba) 0:58:31
5 JP Peters (FGBC) 0:58:32
6 Milo Del Bigio (Team Manitoba) 0:59:09
7 Olli Hyytiainen (FGBC) 0:59:39
8 Graham Wiebe (FGBC) 0:59:46
9 Ari Robinson (Team Manitoba) 0:59:59
10 Paul Lapointe (Olympia) 0:60:05
11 Chris Huebner (FGBC) 0:60:15
12 Greg Sherwin (A&L) 0:60:36
13 Rob Brigden (Woodcock) 0:60:47
14 Adrian Huemmer (Olympia) 0:61:20
15 Daniel Nemetchek (Independent) 0:61:51
16 Dan Lockery (Olympia) 0:62:17
17 Ron Kaulins (Olympia) 0:62:33
18 Hal Loewen (Olympia) 0:63:38
19 David Coughlin (FGBC) 0:64:31
20 Kevin Braun (Tinker Creek Cycle) 0:64:49
21 Dave Chennell (Alter Ego) 0:66:19
22 Kevin Kilbrei (Red River Racing) 0:70:78
23 Jon Guenter (FGBC) 0:61:44 (-2 laps)
24 Mike Giesbrecht (Red River Racing) 0:64:06 (-2 laps)
 
Cat 3 Men
1 Jake Allaire (Devo Manitoba) 0:38:32
2 Aaron Carter (Team Manitoba) 0:39:30
3 Jon Carson (Woodcock) 0:39:55
4 Jared Fawcett (Team Manitoba) 0:39:40
5 Peter Dueck (CMU Cycling) 0:39:46
6 Cameron McLaren (Independent) 0:39:59
7 Nathan Weselake (JYD) 0:40:00
8 Ian Hall (Olympia) 0:40:06
9 Gavin Faurschou (ABES) 0:40:28
10 David Epp (FGBC) 0:40:32
11 Tim Runtz (CMU Cycling) 0:40:33
12 Phil Tripp (Alter Ego) 0:40:37
13 Chris Duester (Red River Racing) 0:41:19
14 Mark Reimer (FGBC) 0:41:26
15 Robert Friesen (Tinker Creek) 0:41:34
16 Craig Doell (Tinker Creek) 0:41:34
17 Jaron Friesen (CMU Cycling) 0:41:57
18 Dave Pitcher (Independent) 0:41:58
19 Liam Mohan (Olympia) 0:42:09
20 Lyle Weins (FGBC) 0:42:11
21 Trevor Ketler (Alter Ego) 0:42:19
22 Drew Romanovych (Team Manitoba) 0:42:21
23 Chris Yorke (Independent) 0:42:21
24 Paul Krahn (ABES) 0:42:27
25 Bill Algeo (Birch) 0:42:55
26 Jonathan Thompson (Body Driven Sports) 0:43:05
27 Zachary Peters (CMU Cycling) 0:43:22
28 Brandon Bertram (Woodcock) 0:43:27
29 Aaron Gregory (Alter Ego) 0:43:42
30 David Ristau (Woodcock) 0:44:05
31 Murray Braun (Independent) 0:44:36
32 Oliver Evans (Devo Manitoba) 0:45:39
33 Chris Ciastko (Alter Ego) 0:38:32 (-1 lap)
DNF Adam Bergen (FGBC)
DNF David Gerrard (FOG)
DNF Jarret Labuick (FOG)
DNF Johnny Sawatsky (ABES)
DNF David Unger (FGBC)
DNS Brad Enns (Red River Racing)
 
Cat 4 Men
1 Kurt Penno (Devo MB) 0:23:13
2 David Hamm (Devo MB) 0:23:52
3 Patrick Burr (Alter Ego) 0:24:03
4 Jason Howden (Alter Ego) 0:24:14
5 Greg Mickelson (Independent) 0:24:45
6 Alex Normandeau (Body Driven) 0:24:55
7 Gary Bistyak (Bikes & Beyond) 0:24:56
8 Jeff Fawcett (Bikes & Beyond) 0:25:16
9 Jackson Lockean (Woodcock) 0:25:17
10 Steven Wiebe (ABES) 0:25:18
11 Graham Lock (Devo MB) 0:25:29
12 Nick Epp (FGBC) 0:25:41
13 Jonathan Millions (Woodcock) 0:25:43
14 Randall Klassen (Alter Ego) 0:25:44
15 Myles Dancho (Alter Ego) 0:25:44
16 Jiri Skopalek (Alter Ego) 0:25:55
17 William Gendron (Woodcock) 0:25:58
18 Sean Monaco (Woodcock) 0:26:03
19 Don Rose (Alter Ego) 0:26:09
20 Mitchell Kettler (Devo MB) 0:26:23
21 Albert Falk (ABES) 0:26:24
22 Dave Bell (Alter Ego) 0:23:31
23 Hayden Rose (Alter Ego) 0:26:47
24 Vic Pankratz (FGBC) 0:26:51
25 Geza Bistyak (Devo MB) 0:26:55
26 Sebastian Kroupa (Devo MB) 0:26:56
27 Tristan Brenneman (FGBC) 0:26:59
28 Harold Ramos (Alter Ego) 0:27:03
29 Brent Brentnall (Olympia) 0:27:05
30 John Brubacher (FGBC) 0:27:29
31 Carson Thompson (Body Driven) 0:27:48
32 Matthew Blenkinsopp (Body Driven) 0:28:00
33 Teagan Algeo (Birch) 0:28:45
34 Mark Seel (Alter Ego) 0:29:02
35 Robert Young (Alter Ego) 0:29:06
36 Colin Fast (Independent) 0:29:16
37 Phillip Evans (Independent) 0:29:35
38 Muhib Chughtai (Alter Ego) 0:31:14
DNF David Newsom (Independent)
 
Citizen Men
1 Daniel Katrensky (Independent) 0:24:54
2 Justin Rempel (Independent) 0:26:34
3 Christopher Neufeld (CMU Cycling) 0:26:39
4 Jackson Martin (Independent) 0:26:58
5 Marc Lebrun (Independent) 0:30:51
6 Brendan Cade (Woodcock) 0:31:52
 
Citizen Women
1 Jennifer Holmes (Alter Ego) 0:28:23
2 Lisa Gagne (ABES) 0:29:10
3 Anita Ens (FGBC) 0:29:13
4 Sandra Carr (ABES) 0:29:24
5 Cindy Hiebert (ABES) 0:30:38
6 Valerie Smith (Iron Maidens) 0:34:01
 
Open Men
1 Dave Lipchen (Triathlon MB) 0:31:33
2 Marty Roy (Alter Ego) 0:32:32
3 Marc Leclair (Independent) 0:33:19
4 Brent Miller (Independent) 0:33:20
5 Fernie Conrad (Independent) 0:33:20
6 Al Pauch (Birch) 0:33:40
7 Kevin Miller (Triple Threat) 0:34:21
8 Charles Klippenstein (ABES) 0:34:41
9 Nils Vik (Independent) 0:35:19
10 Jens Bauermeister (Independent) 0:35:47
11 Kevin Bairos-Novak (Independent) 0:35:54
12 Mark Stobart (Independent) 0:36:16
13 Graham Poole (Independent) 0:36:29
14 Chris Siemens (Independent) 0:37:15
15 Jeff Brooks (Independent) 0:37:20
16 Franklin Rempel (ABES) 0:37:20
17 Kurt Bredeson (Independent) 0:37:35
18 Aiden Enns (FGBC) 0:38:42
19 Reynold Friesen (Independent) 0:39:48
20 Jonato Dalayoan (Independent) 0:39:50
21 Darryl Dyck (Independent) 0:41:02
22 James Doell (ABES) 0:32:19 (-1 lap)
23 Chris Kilpatrick (Independent) 0:38:17 (-1 lap)
24 Noah Baker (Independent) 0:39:02 (-1 lap)
25 Aaron Epp (FGBC) 0:33:39 (-2 laps)
 
Kids Race (Two Laps)
1 Auckland Lebrun (Wolseley Wheels) 0:16:08
2 Rowan Penner (Bikes & Beyond) 0:16:34
3 Ben Kilbrei (Wolseley Wheels) 0:16:50
4 Tristan Wiebe (Tinker Creek Cycle) 0:17:07
5 Jonah Huebner (Wolseley Wheels) 0:17:38
6 Timothy Gerbrandt (Wolseley Wheels) 0:17:41
7 Eryn Guenter (Wolseley Wheels) 0:19:13
 
Kids Race (One Lap) Participants
Jack Brennenstuhl
Kaitlyn Childs
Ethan Doell
Matthaeus Dyck
Airo Enns
Nelson Faurschou
Jesse Friesen
Caleb Friesen
Coen Gagne
Loch Gagne
Ephriam Giesbrecht
Solomon Giesbrecht
Jack Giesbrecht
Abby Guenter
Marcus Huebner
Mia Koop Sawatsky
Kate Koop Sawatsky
Angela Kroeker
Simon Lobe
Sophia Lobe
Alyssa Mateush
Maren Penner
Catie Roy
William Sawatzky
Jacob Sawatzky
Carter Seel
Tyler Seitz
Laurel Smith
Alayna Smith
Adam Smith
Jackson Smith
Olivia Wiebe
Paulos Wiebe
Levi Wiebe
Thomas Wiebe
Meski Wiebe

 


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