11.06.11 - SHEPPARD
AND MCNEELY DEFEND TITLE; EMILY BATTY TAKES THE WIN
AT 2011 CANADIAN CYCLO-CROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sheppard and McNeely both defend in their categories,
Batty takes career first Elite title
(November 5, 2011 – Toronto, ON) Chris Sheppard
(Kamloops, BC/Rocky Mountain Bicycles) successfully
defended his title at the 2011 Canadian Cyclo-cross
Championships in Toronto, Ontario, today, while Emily
Batty (Brooklin, ON/Subaru-Trek) took her first title
in the category in the women’s Elite race, highlighting
an exciting day of cyclo-cross racing.
In the men’s race, 2010 Champion Chris Sheppard
crossed the finish line with a time of 1:01:52, beating
to the line Mark Batty (Brooklin, ON/Team SpiderTech)
and Aaron Schooler (Edmonton, AB/H&R Block), who
both sprinted in a tight race for the silver medal.
Sheppard, a former mountain bike specialist, was thrilled
with his performance and the opportunity to wear the
coveted Maple Leaf Jersey for the next 12 months. “It
was a great race. It started fast right from the horn.
I was starting to panic when, on the second lap, a group
of 10 of us got together. The young guys were looking
really strong. When Aaron Schooler bobbled in the wooded
area I saw an opening and told myself it was time to
go! As I got a gap half way through the race I just
stayed in my zone and aimed for the line!”
Emily Batty, a four-time Canadian U23 Champion in mountain
bike and rising star on the international scene, took
the win in the women’s category, winning her career
first Canadian elite title. “Mical (Dyck) and
Pepper (Harlton) set a really fast pace. It was a lot
of fun and its motivating going into my winter training.
The crowd and atmosphere was energetic and it was great
to see such a big spectator turnout. My new Trek cross
bike was perfectly set-up and I appreciated its light
weight on the climbs.”
Batty crossed the line with a time of 40:59, before
Pepper Harlton (Edmonton, AB/Juventus), second, and
Mical Dyck (Victoria, BC/Pro City Racing), third.
Evan McNeely (Kingston, ON/EMD Serono/Specialized)
also successfully defended his title in the Men’s
U23 race, showing a 16-second lead win over Jarred Stafford
(Newmarket, ON/Ride with Rendall), and a 2:17 lead of
Jeremy Martin (Boischatel, QC/Rocky Mountain Factory
Team), second and third respectively. Yohan Patry (St-Jérome,
QC/Ride with Rendall) won the Men’s Junior race.
The event was organized by ZM Cycling and Fitness in
collaboration with the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA)
and is sanctioned by the Canadian Cycling Association
The 2012 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships will be
held in January in Koksijde, Belgium.
Cyclo-cross is an exciting cycling sport that is typically
practiced by cyclists coming from either mountain bike
or road disciplines during the fall months. The discipline,
internationally governed by the Union Cycliste Internationale
(UCI) saw its first World Championship in 1950 in Paris,