Valley Cross bike race returns on Sunday

Abbotsford-based bike race hits trails of Mill Lake

The Valley Cross bike race returns to Abbotsford on Sunday morning.

After a successful debut last year, the Valley Cross cyclocross bike race series returns to the trails of Mill Lake on Sunday.

The 2015 edition of the event attracted nearly 200 cyclists from all over Metro Vancouver to the two-kilometre course.

Organizers expect this year’s event to be even bigger, with over 200 riders of all levels taking on the course, which featured wood and paved sections, a stair run-up and a sand section.

The series also debuted a race at Cultus Lake in October, which attracted 170 racers.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, with the course open for practice starting at 10 a.m. Beginner riders hit the course at 10 a.m., while elite and masters competitors get going at 11:30 a.m. A kid’s race hits the trails at 12:45 p.m, and intermediate racers end off the event at 1:15 p.m. A podium to honour division winners is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

Organizers said there are plans to expand the series to three races in 2017, with the inclusion of a race in Mission.

For more information on the event, visit valleycross.ca.