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Local father, son win national cyclocross championships

Holmgren family dominated national event in Peterborough; Ava and Isabella Holmgren also reached the podium at event for elite cyclists

Like father, like son.

They didn't share the same podium, but a local father/son duo cycled their way to the top at the Canadian Cyclocross Championship in Peterborough on the weekend.

Gunnar Holmgren successfully defended his U23 men's national title and he did it in style. The talented Orillia athlete finished nearly a full minute ahead of his nearest competitor in the race that attracted the top riders from throughout Canada.

His father also proved his mettle. Rob Holmgren, competing in the very competitive master's division for men aged 45-54, won a tight-battle on a tough course in wintry weather to garner gold.

The father/son duo both earned coveted Canadian championship jerseys on the same day - a rare feat.

Not to be outdone, two other family members also cycled their way onto the podium.

Sisters Isabella and Ava Holmgren rushed to the cyclocross race in Peterborough after competing in the provincial high school cross-country running championship in Sudbury.

While both represented Nouvelle Alliance with distinction at the OFSAA event, they did even better in Peterborough, mirroring the efforts of their brother and father.

Ava Holmgren won her division, while Isabella, who made a minor miscue on the final lap, rolled into third place in the hotly-contested race.

There will be no rest for the talented family. They are working hard this week preparing for the Pan American Cyclocross Championship at Little Lake Park in Midland.


Dave Dawson

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