Rochette wins Canadian 'cross title

Maghalie Rochette (CX Fever Specialized) won her second title in less than a week, when she took the Canadian Elite women's cyclo-cross championship on Saturday, in Peterborough, Ontario, after previously winning the Pan American title.

After snow and rain the previous day, riders woke to sun and bitterly cold winds on race day, taking the windchill value to -8C, with blowing snow squalls thrown in for good measure.

"It was cold out there," agreed Rochette, "but it was perfect for the Canadian national championships. It is a challenge riding in the cold - it's difficult for the breathing and you tighten up ... you just have to keep pushing hard because that is the only thing that will warm you up. The track was muddy, but it was so cold that it was starting to freeze; some turns were slippery mud, some were icy ... it was a challenge all race."

Rochette took the lead in the first kilometre and never looked back, eventually winning by over a minute. Behind, mountain bikers Jenn Jackson (AWI Racing p/b The Crank and Sprocket) and Sandra Walter (Liv Cycling Canada) battled for silver all race, with Jackson eventually pulling clear in the final lap.

Elite Women Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maghalie Rochette (Can)0:45:48
2Jenn Jackson (Can)0:01:34
3Sandra Walter (Can)0:01:45
4Catharine Pendrel (Can)0:02:17
5Mical Dyck (Can)0:04:35
6Jasmin Duehring (Can)0:04:49
7Natasha Elliott (Can)0:04:50
8Haley Smith (Can)0:06:09
9Natascha Piciga (Can)0:06:18
10Siobhan Kelly (Can)0:07:54
11Helena Coney (Can)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Shantel Koenig (Can)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Alana Heise (Can)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Anna Schappert (Can)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Jodi Wendland (Can)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Emily Flynn (Can)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Jill Messier (Can)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Jenny Leblanc (Can)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Nicola Coles (Can)Row 18 - Cell 2
DNSCarolyn Smith (Can)Row 19 - Cell 2
DNSEvelyn Sifton (Can)Row 20 - Cell 2

U23 Women Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruby West (Can)0:38:41
2Dana Gilligan (Can)0:01:37
3Laurie Arseneault (Can)0:01:47
4Sidney Mcgill (Can)0:01:59
5Magdeleine Vallieres Mill (Can)0:02:12
6Emilly Johnston (Can)0:02:41
7Nicole Bradbury (Can)0:04:07
8Holly Henry (Can)0:04:20
9Maude Plouffe (Can)0:04:30
10Kelly Lawson (Can)0:04:58
11Katelyn Walcroft (Can)0:06:17
12Mireille Larose Gingras (Can)0:06:57
13Kaitlyn Shikaze (Can)0:07:35
14Juliann Vanderhaegen (USA)0:08:30
15Elizabeth Archbold (Can)0:10:14
16Claire Steciuk (Can)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Carys Reid (Can)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Elizabeth Gin (Can)Row 17 - Cell 2
DNFTara Black (Can)Row 18 - Cell 2
DNSErica Leonard (Can)Row 19 - Cell 2

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