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Bessette defends national title

Lyne Bessette (

Lyne Bessette ( (Image credit: Mitchell Clinton)

Gutting out a mucky, technical race Team’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.

Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.