Top flight field for Toronto 'cross weekend

NACT series continues in Canada

The North American Cyclo-cross Trophy series will have its third weekend of racing at the GNC Toronto International Cyclo-Cross, and organisers have assembled a top-quality field for the event.

The Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com crew swept last weekend's North American races, with Jeremy Powers taking all three races in Ohio, and Tim Johnson doubling up in Providence. Jamey Driscoll, second in both Rhode Island rounds to his teammate and winner of Cross Vegas, will be a wild-card.

Last year, Johnson and Powers took turns atop the podium on Saturday and Sunday. Look for a repeat of 2008 as both Powers and Johnson look to move closer to the top spot of the leader's boards with strong performances in Toronto. With current leader Jonathon Page (Planet Bike) and second place Christian Heule racing in Europe, the top two steps are up for grabs.

Bissell's Andy Jacques-Maynes is a challenger to Cannondale contingent. Jacques-Maynes finished third and fourth in 2008 and is sandwiched between Johnson and Powers in the overall standings.

In the women's event, Natasha Elliott (Louis Garneau) will enter into the third round of the NACT series in second place, but is heading back north for a home field advantage. Elliott went two for two in Gloucester, and the Louis Garneau racer also took home double wins at Toronto in 2008. Challenging Elliott is Pepper Harlton (Juventus Cycling Club) at her first NACT race of the year.

There will be plenty to see and do in Toronto this weekend. Urban Male Magazine in conjunction with Cameron's Brewing Company, are hosting a pre-race party at downtown Toronto's iconic Brunswick House at 481 Bloor Street West on Friday, October 16. Registration is open at www.bikereg.com and www.ontariocycling.org.

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