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Mixed categories create upheaval at Bear Crossing GP

Mixed categories create upheaval at Bear Crossing GP

Day 2 of 2022 Canadian cyclocross national champs delivers fast racing and surprise winners For Day 2 of 2022 Canadian cyclocross national championships, under-23 and…

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Day 2 of 2022 Canadian cyclocross national champs delivers fast racing and surprise winners

For Day 2 of 2022 Canadian cyclocross national championships, under-23 and elite categories were combined for the Bear Crossing Grand Prix UCI C2 race. That ended up creating a few upsets, as the younger riders were keen for to take the race to their elder elite racers. Further complicating the elite women’s field, Isabella Holmgren decided to join her sister, Ava, in racing up from juniors.

All in, the mixed categories made for an exciting day of racing at Layritz Park in Victoria. With the younger riders shining bright, it’s clear the two-year wait hasn’t dimmed the future of ‘cross in Canada in the slightest. Jenn Jackson leads Holly Henry and the Holmgren’s up Layritz’ slick grass. Photo: Nick Iwanyshyn. Elite Women

On Sunday, both Isabella and Ava Holmgren decided to race up from juniors up into the elite field. Showing that the twins are relatively evenly matched, it was newly minted junior national champion, Isabella, taking Sunday’s elite win over elite women’s national champion, Ava.

“It’s a big confidence boost. It feels nice to take the win today,” Isabella Holmgren said after the race. “I stood up to get into a corner first and I got a bit of a gap, so I just kept pushing from there. Ava caught up to me and we worked together a bit. She made a bit of a mistake on the last lap and I just went as […]

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