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Pumpkin Cross registration open

The fifth annual Pumpkin Cross B.C. Cup cycling race is set to roll through Maple Ridge on Sunday, Oct. 23, and registration is now open for those wanting to participate in the event.

The Halloween-themed cyclocross race takes place at Maple Ridge Equi-Sport Centre and will feature all levels of cyclists competing while dressed in costume.

“There are going to be some new twists and turns to this year’s course that will keep all of the racers on their toes,” said race organizer Barry Lyster, owner of Local Ride Bike Shop.

“In addition to obstacles like Lezyne Lake, the Spooky Forest, and the Coffin, our course designers have some tricks up their sleeves.”

Cyclocross is a type of off-road cycling where racers take multiple laps of a course that typically takes under 10 minutes to complete, with the entire race time clocking in at under 60 minutes.

Racers face obstacles and barriers for which they may have to dismount from their bicycles to overcome. Due to its fast-paced and spectator-friendly nature, cyclocross is a popular activity for all levels of competitors, and offers a range of categories from beginner to elite.

Over the five-year history of the race, organizers have strongly encouraged participants to dress in costume, with a cash bonus offered for racers who can win their race in costume and a prize for overall best costume.

“We anticipate an even larger rider turnout than last year with a larger percentage getting creative with costumes,” said Lyster. “It’s great to see more and more people embracing the festive Halloween spirit by dressing up and having fun.”

Pumpkin Cross offers a free kids’ race and a $10 race entry for youth under 17.

To register for the race, visit www.karelo.com.

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