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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Returning for a fourth year, Firemen’s Park Cross is back in Niagara Falls this Sunday, Oct. 19. Some exciting changes are in store for racers taking part in the third stop of the Provincial O-Cup Cyclocross Race series.
Team 905 Cycling, a Niagara-based team working in partnership with local Autism and Cystic Fibrosis-related charities, is co-organizing this year’s event along with returning race director Jeff Moote.
The result is a bigger Firemen’s Park Cross than ever before with a professional race atmosphere, more prizes, more space for team tents and a licensed beer tent from local craft brewery Silversmith. As always, Firemen’s Park offers easy access from the QEW, a huge playground for the kids, indoor washrooms, a bike wash and plenty of free parking right in the park. The already fantastic course design is also getting a few small enhancements this year which will be well-received by both racers and spectators.
Pre-registration closes Thursday at midnight, so visit to get signed up and avoid having to pay higher day-of registration fees (cash only).
To encourage more junior racers to try out cyclocross racing, entry fees are just $15 for anyone racing U-17 or U-15. As a BONUS though, Outdoors Oriented in St. Catharines has generously offered to cover the entry fees of 10 random U-15/17 racers. The names will be drawn at the start of the 12:15 youth races.
The schedule for Sunday is:

CategoryRace TimeStart Time
Elite 4 MenMaster 3 Men40 mins10:00am10:00am
U19 MenElite 3 MenMaster 2 Men50 mins11:15am 11:15am 11:15am
Elite Women (incl. U19 Junior)Master Women40 mins11:15am 11:15am
U15 Men/WomenU17 Men/Women30 mins12:15pm 12:15pm
Elite Men 1/2Master 1 Men60 mins1:15pm 1:15pm

For more information, visit the new Firemen’s Park Cross website at

Contacts: Dan Dakin – or 905-347-1970; Jeff Moote –; Jamie Schuman –
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