Matt Mahoney navigates an obstacle at the My Little Pony Cross cyclocross race Sunday at the Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre at Nanoose Bay.

Matt Mahoney navigates an obstacle at the My Little Pony Cross cyclocross race Sunday at the Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre at Nanoose Bay.

Double race challenges cross riders

The Cross on the Rock series held its Kona Kup on Saturday at Beban Park, then the My Little Pony Cross on Sunday at Nanoose Bay.

Just one lap of cyclocross is a challenge, but somehow, riders managed a whole lot of laps this past weekend.

The Cross on the Rock series held its Kona Kup on Saturday at Beban Park, then the My Little Pony Cross on Sunday at Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre at Nanoose Bay.

The expert women’s divisions were highlights both days for local racers. In the Kona Kup, it was a one-two-three finish for Nanaimo riders, with Wendy Simms winning, finishing her four laps in 42 minutes, four seconds, with Carey Mark second and Janna Gillick third. At Nanoose the next day, Mark, in 45:19, was the winner by one second over Gillick in 45:20.

Nanaimo’s Bill McMillan won his masters 55-plus division both days, with Lantzville’s Chris Cameron coming third at Beban.

Also at the Kona Kup, Keaghan Mogg was second in half track.

At the My Little Pony Cross, Nicholas Kupiak came third among expert men, completing his six laps in 57:59.

Participation numbers were strong, with 269 racers in Nanaimo and 284 in Nanoose.