Competitors hit the trails at last year’s Valley Cross cyclocross event. This year’s race goes Saturday and Sunday at Mill Lake Park.

Competitors hit the trails at last year’s Valley Cross cyclocross event. This year’s race goes Saturday and Sunday at Mill Lake Park.

Valley Cross bike race returns to Abbotsford

Two-day event takes over trails of Mill Lake Park this weekend

For the third straight year, the Valley Cross cyclocross bike race is returning to the trails of Mill Lake Park.

The two-day event runs Saturday and Sunday, with provincial title races on day one and the valley cross invitational race on day two.

It’s the first time in the event’s history that it has become a two-day affair.

Last year saw over 200 riders from across the Lower Mainland take on the course, which features wood and paved sections, a stair run-up and a sand section. Sandra Walter of Coquitlam claimed top prize in the 2016 women’s elite category, while Benjamin Chaddock of Whistler won the men’s elite crown.

Cyclocross consist of many laps around a tight layout, and presents multiple hurdles as racers navigate through muddy terrain and slippery grass.

“Throughout the day, there are different heats competing and always someone to cheer them on – from little racers to elite athletes,” stated race director Matt Scott in a press release. “The Fraser Valley is home to many athletes who currently represent Team Canada at the World Cup level. The layout of Mill Lake is the perfect venue to host these athletes and showcase Abbotsford’s beauty to spectators.”

Races run on both days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning at the west end of Mill Lake Park, near Centennial Pool at 2310 Emerson St.

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