About the Cyclo-cross program
Cyclo-cross is one of the most difficult forms of cycle racing because it is highly technical, on top of being a winter-time sport. Woodland trails, open meadows, and short, steep hills are the main features of a cyclo-cross course.
Since restructuring in 2015, the Canadian Cyclo-cross program has been successful in running its second Christmas Cross Camp and took the largest ever Canadian team to Europe for the Cyclo‐Cross World Championships, where Maghalie Rochette finished 5th in the Elite Women's race. Several other Canadian athletes from various categories also finished among the top 25.
Our program priorities are:
- To develop a sustainable Cyclo‐cross program
- To continue to introduce developing athletes to international competition
- To continue providing support to elite athletes at select international competitions
Why are we raising funds?
Canadians have participated in Cyclo-cross at the international level for many years with the administrative and logistical support of Cycling Canada. However, as Cyclo-cross is not an Olympic cycling sport, Cycling Canada does not receive any funding to support these programs, so the costs are entirely borne by the athletes.
While this situation is broadly accepted by members of the Cyclo-cross community, there is always the feeling that more can be done to ease this situation. With your help, Cycling Canada will be able to develop the program and send National Team athletes to international competitions.