The eighth annual Pumpkin Cross race attracted more than 220 cyclocross racers competing for fast times and the coveted prize for best costume.
“The day could not have turned out any better,” said event organizer Barry Lyster of Local Ride.
“One of the most impressive moments was the field of 30 beginner women, who took part in the event. We have worked hard over the years to support and grow women’s cycling.”
Canadian Cyclocross medallist Sandra Walter (Liv Canada) led a free novice women’s clinic the day before the race, offering a sneak peek at the course, as well as sharing lots of useful tips.
In the Elite women’s category, it was Walter who ripped up the course in her award winning cow costume, putting the hooves to her competition. Rocky Mountain Factory Team’s Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau took second, while Maple Ridge’s own Maggie Coles-Lyster, dressed as “The Princess of Maple Ridge,” bested cyclocross veteran Kelly Jones (Steed Cycles) in a sprint for third.
A scantily clad Craig Ritchey (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes) continued his domination in the Elite Men’s class by taking the win, crowd favourite Kevin Calhoun (Rocky Mountain) was second, and Team Squamish’s Rhys Verner rounding out the top three.
A strong group of youngsters participate in the free kid’s race, and the Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre held a Specialty Wheel Race for children on adapted bikes, trikes, and chairs, making it one of the most inclusive cycling events possible.
Tim Sherstobitoff dressed as “Devo” proudly took the men’s best costume winner.
For full results see www.localride.ca/results/