Posted by Editor on 11/13/15
The incredibly successful Vancouver Island cyclo-cross series - Cross on the Rock (COTR) - wraps up this weekend at Shawingan Lake School with the Ronde Van Hogwarts, which offers double points.
Rounds 5 and 6 took place last weekend (November 7-8) in Nanaimo and Nanoose, with a total of 553 racers taking part across the two days.
COTR #5 - After pulling her race numbers off her skin suit from Tokyo Cross (February 2014), Wendy Simms (Kona) took a study break to win her only COTR appearance of the year at the Kona Kup, Beban Park, Nanaimo. Taking the holeshot on a slippery and technical course she led wire to wire. Simms had not raced on the Island since 2013 as she is in the middle of doing a PhD while working full time (and "mom"ing). Beban park is the closest course to Simm's house making popping up for a bit of exercise feasible.
Raphael Lalumier (Russ Hayes Racing) took his second win of the season in a close battle with Drew MacKenzie (Shimano, Pearl Izumi, Marin) and Rob Parkin (Russ Hayes). Lalumier slipped away from his competition on a ultra-slick course that was deteriorating through the day.
COTR #6 - Carey Mark (Steed Cycles) had a wheel to wheel battle with Janna Gillick (Cowichan Cartel) that did not sort itself out until the finish line, with Mark taking a 1 second win.
Raphael Lalumier (Russ Hayes Racing) made it 2 for 2 on the weekend after Rob Parkin (Pro City Racing) took the early lead but flatted half way through the race (eventually finishing fourth). Lalumier now takes a lead in the Expert Men's category into the last race.
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