Pan American Cyclocross championships coming to Midland

CykelHaus Race Promotions and Silver Goose Cyclocross are gearing up to host the Pan American Cyclocross championships, Nov. 3-4, at Little Lake Park in Midland.

Midland’s Silver Goose has quickly gained a reputation as a world-class cyclocross event and venue. The 2018 championship competition will be open to cyclists from 44 nations within the Americas.

It will be an event of many firsts. It’s the first continental championship to feature the elite women’s event as the marquee race of the weekend, as the final competition on Nov. 4. It will also be the first-ever Pan Am Cyclocross championship hosted in Canada and the first-ever Pan Am Cyclocross championship for masters athletes, aged 35 and over. All championship races will also be live-streamed, another first for the event.

Cyclocross is the fastest growing discipline of bicycle racing in North America. The sport, dating back to 19th-century Europe, consists of riding a type of knobby-tired road bike on a short circuit for multiple laps including varied surfaces of asphalt, grass and sand with obstacles such as stairs, fly-overs, sharp turns, steep hills, off-camber sections and barriers – often requiring competitors to bunny-hop or dismount and run with their bikes. Cyclocross provides an ideal opportunity for spectators to take in the entire racing event due to the compact nature of the course, where hundreds of fans cheer on their favourite riders, friends and teammates while clanging cowbells and creating a social, party-like atmosphere that has made the sport so popular.

Over the weekend, race organizers expect more than 700 competitors from across the Americas to take the start over two days, with thousands of support staff, cycling enthusiasts and sports fans alike at the Simcoe County venue. Spectators are welcome, free-of-charge, and will find plenty to do with a demo area, kid’s event, beer garden and more.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting this premiere event in Midland,” said race director John Hauser. “Through the Government of Ontario Sport Hosting Program grant, we will bring world-class competition to rural Ontario and hopefully inspire youth and individuals of all ages to aspire to the determination exhibited by the athletes in this competition.”

The hosting program exists to help applicants deliver national and international amateur sport events in Ontario. Program funding is awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Visit sil vergoosecx.ca for more information on the Pan Am Cyclocross championships.

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