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September 27/05 8:34 am - Ontario and Alberta `Cross

Posted by Editoress on 09/27/05

Cyclo-Cross Hits Toronto!
Courtesy OCA

For the first time in over a decade, a Cyclo-Cross event is taking place right in the heart of Toronto. Ziggy Martuzalski, the organizer of this event, has broken through the red tape and obtained a permit to host an all ages, all ability event on October 2nd.

With the Ontario Cycling Association's support, entry fees for the event will be brought down from $20 to $5 for 18 and under participants. This support is made possible through the OCA's involvement in the OLGC's City of Toronto District Bingo program.

The October 2nd event will start at the Phil White Arena in Toronto. It is a great opportunity for kids in Toronto as you can use any bike you want to participate.

Proceeds from the event will be given to both the Victoria D'Agostino Children's Benefit Fund and Toronto Parks & Recreation.

For more information on participating or volunteering, please visit or call 416-652-0080.

Cyclemeisters Fietscross
Courtesy Greg Achtem

When the leaves are turning, temperatures are hovering around zero, and there is a hint of snow in the air, it means one thing to the cycling community in Alberta. Cyclocross.

Bow Cycle/Cyclemeisters Calgary is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Cyclemeisters Fietscross at 10:00 a.m.Sunday, October 2 at SAIT Polytechnic, 1301 16th Avenue N.W.. Sign on and the Start/Finish line will be at the Student Centre. Spectators will have access to the winding course with excellent vantage points at the Student‚s Centre and Heritage Hall.


Cyclocross, sometimes called the Steeplechase of cycling is a demanding event held on a course consisting of both on and off road sections. Challenging terrain and artificial barriers are used to force the racers off of their bikes multiple times per lap. The Fietscross course at SAIT is a 2.5 kilometre combination of long grassy climbs, off camber corners, sidehills, and a slightly downhill pavement section that will allow the racers to hammer or recover, depending on their skill and fitness.

Racing starts at 10:00 a.m. Sunday with the Expert class breaking in the new course, racing for 45 minutes. Sport class and Open Women start next on their 45 minute race at 11:15 a.m.. Elite Men/Open finish off the day‚s events at 12:30 p.m. with a 60 minute lung-busting effort.

Bow Cycle will be on location providing technical support and quick fixes for riders in need. Note: this service will NOT be available to riders during their race. Bow Cycle has also generously provided prizes for the event.


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