NATASHA ELLIOT POSTS CANADA’S TOP RESULT AT CYCLO-CROSS
Canadians taking part in World Cup event as
part of preparations for Cyclo-cross Worlds
January 23, 2011 - The last World Cup stop of the 2011
UCI Cyclo-Cross season was held today in Hoogerheide,
Netherlands, as the top cyclo-cross specialists from
around the world are fine-tuning their performances
before the 2011 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
held next weekend in St. Wendel, Germany.
Canada had a crew of six cyclists entered in this World
Cup event, all of whom will be competing at the World
Championships next weekend.
Natasha Elliott of St. Andrews, ON was the only Canadian
in the women’s elite category. She went on to
place 26th with a time deficit of 4m26s on the winner,
American Katerine Compton who posted a time of 40m59s.
“I am very happy overall with the result,”
commented Elliott. “I definitely felt I was racing
hard. It feels good heading to Worlds next week to know
that the legs are good. I just need a little fine tuning
In the men’s elite race, Derrick St-John St. Andrews,
ON, finished the race in 55th position, while Craig
Richey of Smithers, BC, came in 56th.
In the Men’s junior racing, Canada’ s Karl
Hoppner of Carp, ON posted the top Canadian result with
a 34th place as he crossed the finish line 3m27s after
Belgium’s Laurens Sweeck, the winner.
Hoppner was satisfied with his result: “It’s
a good result to have before the week before World championships.
I'll be going to Germany with confidence. Today, the
conditions were soft, and not too slippery. It’s
definitely hard on the legs.”
Yohan Patry of St-Jérome, QC finished the gruelling
race placed 45th, while Benjamin Perry of St. Catharines,
ON, crossed the line in 51st position.
Full results can be found here: http://www.uci.ch/templates/BUILTIN-NOFRAMES/Template3/layout.asp?MenuId=MTU5OTQ&LangId=1
Cyclo-cross races last approximately one hour. Races
are held on technical and hilly circuits of 2.5-3.5
km. Cyclo-cross provides a real education in cycling
as it requires accomplished bike handling skills and
unfailing physical fitness. Competitors have to carry
their bikes over some sections.
Benjamin Perry and Yohan Patry