The Canadian Championships take place in Sherbrook, Quebec each year. They are held in other countries as well, for example, the Cross Crusade in the U.S. and the DVV Trophy in Belgium.
Overview, Races, and Categories
The Championships take place in January and November in the U.S. and Canada. Races include short courses through obstacles, steep hills, grass, wooden trails, and pavement. Races take about 1 hour through rough terrain. Cyclo-cross usually utilizes 1 to 3 km races with steps, run-ups, mud, dirt, sand, tarmac, and other obstacles. Spectators use cowbells and horns at races to create a fun environment. Basically, cyclo-cross is a type of cycle racing. The race schedule covers different categories such as U23 Men, Junior Men, Master 30-39 Men, Elite 23+ Women, and others. The junior championship first took place in 1994.
History and Developments
The Cyclo-cross World Championships were first held in 1950 in France. The race was open to professional athletes and enthusiasts in the 60s and 70s. It was in 1967 when two separate races were held, one for professional athletes and one for amateurs. Today, top athletes come from countries such as the Czech Republic, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and others.
Recent Developments in Canada
Cycling Canada made important changes this year, one being the fact that the Vélomotion Canada Cup was introduced and added to the 2018 calendar of events. Dates were moved for other events such as the Toronto BMX Canada Cup, Baie-Saint-Paul Canada Cup, and other events. New categories have been added as well, including U17 Expert Women and U17 Expert Men. They are both official categories now. Changes were introduced to different categories such as road, cyclo-cross, BMX, and others. When it comes to cyclo-cross, The CX event held in Toronto was posted as a C2 sanction instead of a C1 sanction.
Programs and Funding
At present, Cyclo-cross is not funded under government programs, and all events are funded through donations and sponsorships. Unlike cyclo-cross, government assistance is offered through different agencies and bodies to organizations such as Speed Skating Canada, the Canadian Soccer Association, Canadian Luge Association, and others. The Canadian Soccer Association, for example, receives government assistance for Canadian Olympians. Read more here.
Goals and Priorities
One of the key priorities is to identify additional funding sources, including fundraising, donations, and sponsorships. Other strategic priorities include support for elite and developing athletes, introduction of a sustainable program for all athletes and community members, and improved planning and communication strategies. There are new goals and objectives as well. One is to win a medal at the Pan Am championships.
Supported projects and activities are organized for different events such as the World Championships/ Hoogerheidge World Cup and Christmas Cross Camp, among others. There are athlete quotas for Junior Men, U23 Women, U23 Men, Elite Men, and Elite Women.
Services Offered to Tier 1 Athletes
Tier 1 athletes are offered sports science services in different fields, including mechanic, research and development, equipment, mental training and sports physiology, and strength conditioning. Additional services include performance analysis, nutrition, biomechanics, and physiology. Sports medicine services are also available in fields such as soigneur and massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, sports therapy, and medicine. Additional services include career and life counseling, osteopathy, medical insurance, acupuncture, and others. Services are offered through the CSC network at different sites such as the Canadian Sports Institute Calgary, Canadian Sports Institute Saskatchewan, CSC-Manitoba, Institut National du Sport du Québec, and others.