This is not a race report. Let’s call it a photo essay with a few words. Local Ride’s much anticipated annual cyclocross race, Pumpkin Cross, always has a halloween theme and this year with record numbers of racers (except Elite men and women) the costumes were the centre of attention. Of note, the other big draw was Canada’s own World Champion of XC mountain biking, Catharine Pendrel, who won the Elite women’s race. She was chased the whole way by Jean Ann Berkenpas who would not give up.
OK, a little more about the races; mine more precisely. The course felt excruciatingly long, was bumpy and early on quite wet and muddy. Perfect! Let the suffering begin. The weather was incredible and I rode with no leg/arm warmers, in late October. Go figure. Suffice it to say, I was happy to not finish last, there were three racers behind me. They were probably impaired by elaborate costumes that prevented them from passing me. My arch-rival, Maggie toyed with me most of the race, glancing back regularly to make sure I wouldn’t gain on her. She had a gap of about 20 metres most of the race, but being the astute racer that she is, was saving something for the last lap and when she saw me closing in at “Lezyne Lake” she stepped on the gas and left me in the…dust, I mean wet grass.
By the time I’d cleaned off the layers of grass and mud, I almost didn’t have the energy to pack my camera around the course. I was beat. But, the weather was great, the scenery unsurpassed and of course, the costumes had to be documented. Enjoy.