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2103 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship West - Wrap up

July 24, 2013

For Immediate Release – July 24, 2013

The 2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship West is in the books and WEC has crowned Champions in all classes from Junior Under to Pro. It was an exciting season with great racing in all classes. In order to make this series happen the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association and the Alberta Motorsports Association worked together with World Enduro Canada to develop a class structure that allowed racers from BC, Alberta and the northwest USA to score points in their own series as well as the Canadian Championship. It was the first time these organizations have worked together, and everyone involved was very pleased with how well it went. There were a few growing pains and lessons learned that will go towards making 2014 an even better year.

At each of the 4 rounds there was over 25 racers who travelled to compete in their neighboring province, setting new attendance records for all the rounds. The individual event organizers were thrilled with the turnouts.

Round #1 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club put together a great course for round #1. The Piston Run is a can’t miss event on the PNWMA calendar. Like all the western events the name of the game is a long challenging course with big climbs and decents in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The Piston Run is known for having a lot of tight single track making passing more difficult. In the Pro Class KTM's Bobby Prochnau took the win with a 5 minute lead over Honda's Jason Schrage. Jason and KTM's Geoff Nelson battled for most of the race with Jason getting a bit of an edge by midway point. These guys along with CGRT’s Ben Rego finished thier 3rd lap just minutes before the 3 hour limit was up so all 3 had to do a 4th lap which had them racing for 4 hours!

Round #2 – Pincher, AB

The Lethbridge Motorcycle Club hosted round #2 in the Alberta foothills. Honda's Jason Schrage was on his home turf this weekend and had a battle with KTM's Bobby Prochnau. The two Pro's swapped the lead numerous times and Bobby managed to cross the line first with Jason literally a few feet off his back fender. BC's Tyler Murray put in a solid ride on his KTM and finished in third just ahead of the CGRT Husaberg riders Ben Rego and Shane Cuthbertson.

In the Expert Class Alberta rider Daniel Scott managed to hold off the Hart brothers Trystan and Wyatt. Mark Schell too the honors in Vet Expert and Jordan Schnarr finished first in the Intermediate Class just a few minutes ahead of CGRT rider Victoria Hett.

Round #3 – Lytton, BC

CXCC West Round 3 took place on the weekend in Lytton, BC at the popular Monkey Wrench Cross Country, organized by the West Coast Dirt Riders. The Pro podium was a duplicate of Round #1 with Bobby on top step, Honda's Jason Schrage in 2nd and KTM's Geoff Nelson in 3rd. CRGT Husaberg rider Ben Rego was just behind in 4th.

With the course being over 70 km the amatuer classes only ran one loop but it was enough. Blake Watkinson took the top step of the podium in Expert followed by Aaron Richardson and Trystan Hart. In Vet JR it was Aaron York over Andy Marr and Rob Borden. Over 15 women riders entered with Bree Taber winning over Bunny Dey and Melissa Harten.

Round #4 – Old Man River, AB

The final round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship West took place in the foothills southwest of Calgary. The event was held at a location that has not hosted a race in many years, know as Old Man River where the trails and scenery are second to none. For riders who are familiar with Race Horse Creek riding area – site of the Canadian Enduro Championship in 2009 & 2012 – this location is approx 20 km farther north in the hills. It is a true privelege to be able to host a National calibre event in such a beautiful and remote area.

Fortunately the horrible weather conditions and heavy rain that has caused so much hardship in Alberta this year did little damage to this area but there were lots of uprooted trees along the river banks to keep us mindful of the power of Mother Nature.

In the Pro Class KTM’s Bobby Prochnau and Honda’s Jason Schrage put on a thriller. Jason got the holeshot and Bobby got by within the first mile, from then on the two riders stayed on each others fender and swapped the lead numerous times throughout the day. At the gas stop, after over 50 km of racing they were litterally 3 seconds apart. At the end of the race Bobby managed to win by a mere 6 seconds. Bobby commented after the race it was easily the toughest event of the series and the best race he has had with Jason all year.

In the Expert Class BC riders Wyatt and Trystan Hart finished less than a minute ahead of Alberta rider Daniel Scott. Jesse Niefer took the honors in Intermediate and BC’s Chantelle Bykerk won the Women’s class only 13 seconds ahead of Alberta’s own Shelby Turner.

Matthew Bossley won Junior and Alberta’s Ty Riviere took honors in Junior Under. In the hotly contested Vet Expert class Alberta’s Mark Schell finished ahead of BC’s Scott “the Killer” Kanakin. Ryan Larson won Vet Jr over Shawn Span and Jayson Huff. Shaun Enmark won Vet and Clint Riviere took honors in Vet Sr over his Alberta team mate Bob Reed and Alberta’s Ron Schlosser won Super SR.

2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship West Champions
1. Bobby Prochnau
2. Jason Schrage
3. Ben Rego

1. Trystan Hart
2. Daniel Scott
3. Blake Watkinson

Vet Expert
1. Mark Schell
2. Scott Kinakin
3. Stephen Foord

1. Victoria Hett
2. Jesse Niefer
3. Brandon Adams

Vet Senior
1. Glen Labby
2. Clint Riviere
3. Robert Reed

Super Senior
1. Tony Allen
2. Ron Schlosser
3. Andrew Christianson

Vet Junior
1. Aaron York
2. Shawn Span
3. Andy Marr

1. Rodney Katchen
2. Michael Richter
3. Glenn Wilton

1. Zachery Shamley
2. Daylan Larson
3. Carter Lowry

1. Laura Katchen
2. Melissa Harten
3. Bree Taber

Junior Under
1. Jessen Katchen
2. Chasen McKenna
3. Ty Riviere

Now that the West has its National Champions its time for the Eastern part of Canada to crown its Champions. The Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship East kicks off at sandy Gopher Dunes in Courtland, ON on Aug 24 & 25th followed two weeks later by the finale with a double header at Walton on Sept 7 & 8th.