Sunday, September 16, 2012

DarkCross 2012 photodump

Last night was awesome, pure and simple.  I have no idea how many riders raced or supporters attended but the DarkCross organizers should be very pleased with themselves this morning.  From a Kids group of around 60 racers to a very fast A group race everyone was loving this kickoff to Cross season.

The ABES and Athena were well represented last night.  Not sure how everyone placed but Cheryl K. was close to a podium in the Women's C race and Gavin was hovering near a top ten finish in the Men's B race.  Details will follow from someone else.

These are a few of my pics from the event and due to my limited photographic skills they taper off as the light fails.  But I got a few good ones.


The start

Moms and Dads helping out the youngsters.

William Sawatzky showing his steely determination.

Lisa and Loch Gagne negotiating turn #1.

Nelson showing off that fine Faurshou form.

Kate and Johnny Sawatsky on the switchbacks.

Marcus Huebner, tongue wagging, looks strikingly similar to the greatest basketball player ever, UNC alum Michael Jordan.

Jacob Sawatzky

Mia Sawatsky remounting after the barriers.

A smooth carryover (Ethan Doell?)


Franklin Rempel making the Wallace and Wallace Grandstand run-up look, well, Mickey Mouse.

James Doell hammering the W+W Grandstand run-up, much to the delight of his adoring entourage.

The Women's Open podium finishers.

The Men's Open podium finishers.

James Doell toasts his splendid race.

James celebrating his Jagermeister Medicinal Therapy victory!

The crowd grows as the sun sets.


The "C" race riders gather at the start.

The Wiebe siblings (Joanne and Steven) look cool and calm (or are they posturing?)

Cindy isn't buying whatever strategy Anita Ens is selling.

But she does like Anita's rah-rah pep talks!

The Qualico Homes flyover (was anything at this race NOT sponsored?)

Steven flies around the corners.


Albert Falk looking jaunty.

Anita Ens

Cindy Hiebert

Sandra Carr was too fast for my limited skills.

Athena member Cindy H. attacks the flyover.

Is that determination or fear on Cheryl's face?

No fear here from Lisa "eye of the tiger" Gagne.

Sandra Carr glides down the flyover.

Joanne Wiebe making it look easy.

FGBC racer Vic Pankratz

Sandra C.

Joanne W.

Cindy H.

The Men's "C" podium

The Women's "C" podium

"B" race

A psychedelic Gavin Faurschou

Craig Doell approaching the W+W grandstand run up.

The Men's "B" race podium

The Women's "B" race podium - a sweep for the FGBC.

Charlene Guenther basks in her Jagermeister win.

Losing a crank arm = boozy glory for Johnny Sawatsky.

Isn't this almost like incest?

"A" race

Yes, the "A" race was fast.  Fast enough that my pictures are crappy.  And a kiddie meltdown forced us to abandon the racers midway through.  Such is life.

Chris Huebner pounding through the rock garden.

PK came. He raced. He watched. He stuck out his tongue.

 Thanks again to all the organizers, you've managed to outdo yourself!  Can't wait 'til 2013 for another outstanding kickoff to MB Cross season.  And maybe I'll get to race too.



  1. Great report David. Dark Cross was a fantastic party to kick-off cross season. There should be boatloads of pictures floating around the interwebs to show how the party went down. I was having painful-fun during my race until my mechanical. The DNF sucked balls but I was consoled by sweet sweet medicine. Big props to the DRR crew. Keep up the good times. JS

  2. Great pics David. It's great to ride alongside Athena and ABES.