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Bessette defends national title

Lyne Bessette (cyclocrossworld.com)

Lyne Bessette (cyclocrossworld.com) (Image credit: Mitchell Clinton)

Gutting out a mucky, technical race Team Cyclocrossworld.com’s Lyne Bessette defended her Canadian National cyclo-cross championship on Saturday, November 11 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Lyne out lasted Wendy Simms (Kona), making a last-lap move that proved too much for the Nanaimo resident.

"It was a technical course and the first really muddy race of the year," said Lyne of the Nanaimo course. "I realized pretty early that it wasn’t a good course to chase on, so I tried to lead as much as I could. With two laps to go I had a mistake in the sand section, Wendy was ahead of me and she rode the section and I couldn’t. On the last lap I led into the sand and I rode it and she came off. That’s where I got my gap. I noticed I’d been faster up the last run up, so I went extra hard and that was enough to win. It was a fun race because it was so close the whole time."

In the men's race, Greg Reain (Stevens Racing) bested Cyclingnews diarist Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) to take the national title.

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