By Rob Jones, VeloNews correspondent
Peter Wedge (Kona) is proving to be unbeatable when it comes to the Canadian cyclo-cross national championships, having just won his fifth consecutive title on Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta.
The New Brunswick rider, who rides for Sympatico.ca on the road and Kona off-road, rode away from the 32 strong field on the second lap, never to be seen again. Mountain bike pro Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain) battled all race with Carter Hovey (Bolla-Bianchi) for second place, finally pulling away in the last lap and a half of the 10-lap competition. Hovey took the bronze medal.
The women’s event got off to a poor start – only 4 riders, all from Alberta, showed up, meaning that whomever won would not be awarded the national title (regulations require a minimum of 5 starters from 3 provinces). Defending champion Shauna Gilles-Smith (Gearworks SRP) was the clear favorite, and did not disappoint, dropping Marg Fedyna and Annie Tykwinski (Pedalhead) on the first lap (of four). Fedyna then dropped Tykwinski on the next lap to take the silver medal. Race Notes: – The weather was most uncyclo-cross like – sunny, dry and with temperatures in excess of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This brought its own problems, when the warming ground turned slippery in some wooded sections. – Gilles-Smith’s defense of her title did not start off well; she broke off a shift lever in practice. The Cambridge, Massachusetts based rider borrowed a bike for one lap while mechanics rebuilt her own machine. She switched back to her own bike at the start of the second lap, briefly losing the lead during the switch before regaining it for good.
1. Peter Wedge (NB) KONA 59:17;
2. Andreas Hestler (BC) Rocky Mountain 1:02:51;
3. Carter Hovey (BC) Bolla-Bianchi 1:03:09;
4. Mathew Decore (AB) Hardcore 1:03:43;
5. Roddi Lega (AB) Green Mountain Cycle 1:04:07;
6. Robin Bailes (SK) Cycledlia 1:04:34;
7. Drew Mackenzie (BC) Pro-Lab/Brodie/EZUP 1:06:55;
8. Mark Webster (AB) Deadgoat;
9. Daniel Macdonald (BC) Bicycle Cellar/Trek;
10. Troy Woodburn (BC) IND.;
1. Shauna Gilles-Smith (AB) Gearworks SRP 28:59;
2. Marg Fedyna (AB) Trek / Bow Cycle 29:19;
3. Annie Tykwinski (AB) Pedalhead 29:44;
4. Annette Svederus (AB) United Cycle 33:20;