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Bicycles! bicycles! bicycles!

Paul Krahn

By Paul Krahn

photo caption: Cyclocross racers push through the notorious meatgrinder at Southern Cross, in Altona Centennial Park.

Southern Cross is an annual cycling event hosted by the ABES (Altona Bicycle Enthusiast Society) and held in Altona, MB, that involves participants of all ages competing against other riders from across the province.

Southern Cross is an MCA (Manitoba Cycling Association) sanctioned event, and is one of seven provincial races held during the fall cyclocross season, culminating in the Shimano Canadian National Cyclocross Championships p/b Volvo hosted at The Forks in Winnipeg, from Oct 24-26.

The Southern Cross race course is set up in the Altona Centennial Park and takes advantage of the varied terrain in such a way that it provides challenge and fun for every level of rider, from children under 5, to elite national champions. There’s a chance for anyone who wants to, to race on Saturday, but Sunday’s Provincial Championships are for MCA-licensed riders only.

This year, for the second year in a row, the ABES race event will be a two-day affair with Southern Cross on Sunday, and the Provincial Cyclocross Championships on Sunday, October 17 & 18, 2015, when over 200 registered racers, with at least 100 out of town participants and their families, will come to our community.

Southern Cross is generously supported by the Town of Altona, and sponsored by many local businesses, whose donations make it possible for kids under 14 to register and participate free! To register, google altonasoutherncross, go to our site, and click on the “Bikereg” button and follow the instructions there.

This year all participants will eligible to win a prize draw for one of two new bicycles, donated by Altona Farm Service, one of Southern Cross’s regular sponsors. In order to be eligible to win one of these two bicycles, participants must pre-register online – online registration closes on Friday, October 16 at 5 pm.

In addition to racing for prize monies, the event features many other free draw prizes available to all participants who have registered online, and Pioneer Meats Smokin’ Haut food truck will be onsite for participants and spectators to purchase from their menu down home Menno-inspired gustatory delights.

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