October 24 to 26 2014 in Winnipeg. Right downtown.

Never before has a Canadian National Cyclocross Championship been hosted in such a prominent location. Featuring an eclectic and culturally diverse marketplace, a wide variety of restaurants and food vendors, bars and entertainment opportunities, and an on-site hotel, The Forks in Winnipeg provides Canadian cyclocross racers with a world class venue that is comparable to courses in the Belgian heartland of the sport.

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Things Will Never Be the Same

Welcome to the 2014 Canadian Cyclocross Championships! This year, everything changes and you don’t want to miss it. A three-day championship event makes its way to the centre of the nation for the very first time, being held in Winnipeg on October 24-26. More importantly, the race will be held in a venue that will flat out blow you away. This isn’t just another cyclocross race that takes place in an open field in the middle of nowhere. We’re bringing the action right into the heart of the city with a course that showcases the very best of what cyclocross racing can be.

The weekend will be kicked off with a series of fun exhibition and relay races that will continue into the night. There will be clinics and conversations with elite racers, as well as a press conference for the media. The opening day will wrap up with a proper Peg City party just blocks from the course.

Saturday is the marquee event—the Canadian Cyclocross Championships! Elite and amateur racers from across the country will be competing for the honour of wearing Canada’s National Champion’s jersey. Racing will occur throughout the day, as various age groups in both men’s and women’s categories take to the course.

The weekend will wrap-up on Sunday with the Manitoba Grand Prix of Cyclocross, an internationally sanctioned UCI 2 event. Similar to the national championships, amateur racers of all age groups will have an opportunity to race on the same course as elite racers. The elite men and women will be competing for coveted UCI points as well as cash prizes.

The weekend will conclude on a high note with an official after party. Don’t miss your chance to share a drink with the 2014 National Champions!

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The Sweet Part of the City

All events throughout the weekend will be held at Winnipeg’s ‘meeting place’—The Forks—a national historic site in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Located at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, The Forks is one of the city’s most popular public gathering spaces. It also makes for an incredible cyclocross venue, with a variety of on-site restaurants and bars, a hotel, the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and a variety of family entertainment opportunities.

For racers, The Forks provides a world class venue that is comparable to those in the Belgian heartland of the sport. The course leverages the steep and muddy riverbanks, rolling grassy embankments, historic cobbled roads, and deep sand pits.

The course also winds its way through the Forks Market Plaza, bringing the action into close proximity with one of the most heavily trafficked areas of the venue. After all, racing is so much more fun when there is a throng of screaming spectators on hand.

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It’s a big party built around a bike race

The explosion of Cyclocross in North America is due to the strong appeal for an incredibly wide range of participants. It’s common to arrive at a cross race and see an eclectic mix of roadies, mountain bikers, pros, rookies, hipsters, parents, kids and grandparents, all united in a common quest for mud, cowbells and a spectacular display of tortuous bike racing. It doesn’t matter if racers are first timers or elites—all levels of competition are supported with enthusiastic cheering from spectators and fellow-competitors.

 Spectating at a cyclocross race is a sport unto itself. It’s competitive, tactical, and certainly more physically demanding than curling or golf. In fact, without the screaming, heckling, beer-drinking, cowbell-ringing fans, cyclocross is really just a cold and dirty road race.

Bring the kids along to join the excitement in one of the most family friendly venues in the city. Or bring your friends and hole up in the heart of the course—an outdoor beer garden next to the infamous sand pit. Conveniently located right in front of the most grueling stretch of the racecourse, the decisive moves and spectacular spills will most likely come from this location.

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GET INVOLVED!

Cyclocross is driven by the community that supports it, the hard work of volunteers behind the scenes and the relationships of event sponsors. Volunteering is a great way to connect with like- minded people and a way to help cycling continue to grow in Canada.

As a sponsor, it’s a great way to interact with an engaged and passionate audience and build your brand’s reputation by supporting active lifestyles. We encourage you to look at this opportunity from a two-year perspective, and leverage your relationship with the event and the sport throughout the year.

We are specifically speaking with brands that are interested in on-site activation and interaction with our spectators and racers. With the right partners, we can work together to build sponsorships that enrich attendees’ experiences during and after the event, provide value and unique engagement opportunities to our sponsors, and elevate the championship weekend as a whole.

We would love to talk with you about how we can work together to form a sponsorship package that makes sense. Please contact us to start getting involved today!

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Photo credits (top to bottom): John Denniston, Kyle Thomas, Paul Verwymeren, Timothy Dueck, John Denniston, Kyle Thomas, Timothy Dueck