Valley Cross debuts in Abbotsford

Bike race attracts hundreds to Mill Lake Park in debut race

Cyclists make their way through the trails at the first ever Valley Cross bike race on Sunday.

Cyclists make their way through the trails at the first ever Valley Cross bike race on Sunday.

Close to 200 cyclists hit the trails at Mill Lake Park for the first-ever Valley Cross cyclocross bike race on Sunday.

The debut event attracted riders from all over Metro Vancouver, and featured a two-kilometre course with wood and paved sections, a stair run-up and a sand section.

North Vancouver’s Craig Richey took home bragging rights in the elite men division, after completing 10 laps of the course in 1:00:22. He beat out North Vancouver residents Kevin Calhoun (1:02:32) and Bob Welbourn (1:04:31) to earn top spot.

Vancouver’s Morgan Cabot was tops in the elite women division, completing six laps in 46:07. North Vancouver’s Kelly Jones and Maple Ridge’s Maggie Coles-Lyster were second and third, respectively.

Other division winners included: Vancouver’s Matthew Drown (master men), Vancouver’s Alyssa Myshok (master women), Vancouver’s Greg Matthews (intermediate men), Whistler’s Marie-Anne Prevost (intermediate women), Maple Ridge’s Richard Machhein (single speed open), Arnold Cross (fat bike open), Mission’s Seth Maggard (beginner men), and Vancouver’s Katrinna Roth (beginner women).

Abbotsford’s Carsten Ivany was the top local finisher, placing third in the intermediate men’s division. Other local top ten finishers included: Kelly Jones (sixth, intermediate women) and Harvey Bergen (10th, beginner men).

For complete results from the event, visit valleycross.ca.