St. John wins bronze at cyclocross nationals

Derrick St. John and Natasha Elliott at the Daryl-Evans Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships venue in Surrey, B.C.

Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery rider Derrick St. John won his career-third Canadian cyclocross championship bronze medal in slick conditions in Surrey, B.C., Saturday.

On a rain-soaked course that did not suit his strengths, St. John had a great start to make the front group of five riders alongside 2004 and 2009 champion Geoff Kabush (SCOTT-3 Rocks) and 2010 and 2011 winner Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain).

Kabush quickly took control and powered away from the others as St. John and Sheppard battled for the next two podium spots, with Sheppard eventually gaining the upper hand.

“I made a small mistake with three laps to go in an off-camber section,” St. John said.

It was a solid day for Stevens-sponsored riders as Natasha Elliott (The Cyclery) showed she’s returning to form after illness to finish eighth in the elite women’s race; Conor O’Brien (Stevens p/b The Cyclery) was fifth under-23 man; Marc Boudreau (Stevens p/b The Cyclery) came second in the hard-fought masters 40-49 category; and Peter Mogg (Stevens p/b The Cyclery) came fourth in the masters 30-39 class.

The same venue hosted a UCI Class-2 event on Sunday. St. John again rode strongly to finish fifth elite man while Elliott was sixth elite woman.