Halifax’s Andrew L’Esperance (Norco Factory Team) repeated as the elite men’s winner at this year’s Ontario Cyclocross Provincial Championships, but the gold medal and the provincial jersey was awarded to Erik Box (Independent) — who was second — for being the top Ontario resident. Jon Winfield (Team Bikeland) and Marco Li (TOwheels/Epicsport/BCC) rounded out the podium with the silver and bronze respectively.
Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) won the provincial title in the elite women’s field, topping Lisa Holmgren (Velocity Cycle and Ski) and Jamie Gilgen (Realdeal/Gears P/B WASPcam)
The course, which featured a mix of grass, sand, hard-packed dirt and double track ski trails, got tackier as the day progressed. There were a lot elevation changes and an S-shaped sandpit that most riders chose to ride into and run out of.
The race was held at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Barrie, Ontario, which will also be venue for mountain biking events at next year’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.