Westbrook Cyclocross Race Dec. 1 2012
Where: Westbrook Golf Club, 3651 Genge Road in Kingston, ON
When: Dec. 2, 2012. 10:30 a.m. start. Registration closes 9:45 a.m.
Cost: $20 per person which includes a chili lunch in the club house after the race
Kingston, ON: Westbrook Golf Club and Tourism Kingston, a division of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, announced that they are bringing back the sport of cyclocross to Kingston. Westbrook Golf Club will host the Westbrook Cyclocross on Saturday, December 2.
Cyclocross is racing on sturdy bicycles through fields and across hills and manmade barriers. In early November, organizers of the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series cancelled a popular Kingston race when they could not find a suitable venue.
"After learning about the cancellation, we asked around in the Kingston cycling community to see if there is interest in bringing this event back next year,” said Marco Smits of Westbrook Golf Club and Multi Sport Complex. “The race we are organizing is not replacing the cancelled cyclocross series race, but just a fun event to bring the cycling community together and for us to test the waters and see what is involved in hosting different types of races. We are very excited that Tourism Kingston is able to provide support for this event; we wouldn’t be able to go through with this race without it,” said Smits.
Cyclocross is a well-established sport in Europe and is continuing to grow in Canada and the United States. This January the world championships will be held in North America for the first time, in Louisville, Kentucky. Kingston will be represented in Louisville by local cyclist Evan McNeely who won the Canadian U23 cyclocross title November 17 in Surrey, B.C.
A cyclocross bike resembles a modified road bike and uses knobby tread tires for traction and lightweight frames because competitors need to carry their bicycle to overcome steep paths, muddy tracks and artificial obstacles. The December 2 course, a loop between two and four kilometres in length, will in part cover Westbrook's driving range and parking lot.
“We’re pleased for the opportunity to partner with Westbrook Golf Club and Multi Sport Complex on this event,” comments Jacqueline Bell, Sport Tourism Manager for Tourism Kingston. “Finding appropriate venues for cyclocross can be a challenge so it’s great that Westbrook has stepped up to work with the local cycling community to host a race. Our hope is that working with a venue and the cycling community will help bring the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series back to Kingston in 2013 and provide opportunities to host new events in this growing sport.”
The Westbrook Cyclocross Race is open to all members of the public from all levels of experience, and most types of bicycles are allowed, including mountain bikes. The race will start at 10:30 a.m. at Westbrook Golf Club, 3651 Genge Road in Kingston, ON. "As of now, we are having one main race for everyone, adults and children, but if the interest is overwhelming we may end up holding two separate races on the day," said Smits.
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