Nanaimo racers finished strong as the Cross on the Rock 2017 cyclocross season rolled to a conclusion at Beban Park Saturday.
The Hot Cross Bunnies race featured cyclocross racing, which series organizer Norm Thibault said uses road bikes through a course. The 2017 race series consisted of eight races, with the Hot Cross Bunnies punctuating the season.
Sean Lunny took third place in the masters men’s race Saturday with a time of 48:51, 31 seconds off first place, but finished first overall in that category with a total of 1,955.
Haley Kuntz took second in the beginner women’s division, with a time of 31:56, 12 seconds out of first, and finished second overall with a total of 1,925.
Nik Kay finished second in the intermediate men’s race with a time of 42:29, a mere two seconds off top spot, and finished atop the division during the series with a 1,910 total.
Carey Mark finished fourth in the expert women’s class with a time of 43:02 and overall, 1:05 off first, and finished sixth overall with 1,650.
The course was muddy in parts, but Thibault said the racers “live for that.”
“We had a race at Western Speedway two weeks ago … and it was snowing and people were psyched,” said Thibault. “These guys like the bad weather. They like all the weather, it’s just different conditions, so when it’s raining, it’s more muddy and when it’s dry it’s faster. The cross racers, they look forward to anything.”
For full results from the Hot Cross Bunnies race, as well as overall season results, go to www.crossontherock.com.