Here at Broad Street Cycles, we’re pretty into this whole Cyclocross thing. While you’ll find us riding anything from track bikes, road, xc and any other mountain bikes, Cross is the one kind of riding that draws out everyone in the shop. That means there’s usually a whole bunch of us out racing every weekend and every Wednesday night. In an attempt to put some names to the spandex — so you’ll maybe know who you’re heckling by the end of the season — we’re bringing back our Rider Profiles: CX Edition! So far we’ve talked tea varietals with Aidan, and pestered a jet-lagged Andy with questions. This week we move on from the ‘A’ names to talk snacks and syrup with BSC cyclocross racer:
Félix started racing cross with us last year, and wasted no time moving up to the front end of the race. This year, he’s back on his Focus Mares CX and right back on the podium, starting the season off as part of a BSC podium sweep at Topaz Park GP. You might have noticed that that 7Mesh Rocky kit is not the standard BSC hi-vis skinsuit. Félix spends the rest of the year, and most of the fall outside Wednesdays and Race Days, riding and racing XC with the Rocky Mountain Factory Team. That skill and fitness is immediately apparent between the tape to anyone who can stay close enough to see him ride. A shoulder injury forced Félix off the bike for Ladysmith and Coal CX in Cumberland, but we’re sure he’ll be back up to speed the minute the doctors clear him to race. On top of fitness and finesse, Félix is one of the nicest guys on and off the course any time he shows up to race, so we couldn’t be happier to have him racing cross with us again this year. We caught up with Felix over the course of a couple Wednesday Night ‘Underground’ CX practices, where he answered our questions between laps:
Broad Street Cycles: Who are you?
Félix Burke: I am the guy who is trying to figure out who he is. Here is what I know so far: My name is Félix Burke, I am 21 years old from Mont-Tremblant, Québec. I live in Victoria from September to May to ride bikes, learn things in school, and enjoy the culture of the city.
BSC: How many years have you raced cross?
BSC: Why do you race cross?
FB: For the community and for the intensity.
BSC: What is your spirit animal?
FB: Canada Goose
BSC: What are you riding?
FB: I am riding a stock 54cm Focus Mares in Ultegra with Shimano XTR pedals and Maxxis All Terrane tires set up tubeless.
BSC: Favorite music /artist from before you were born?
FB: Red Hot Chili Peppers
BSC: Espresso or Americano?
FB: Canadiano – Americano with maple syrup.
BSC: Family Guy or South Park?
FB: Family Guy
BSC: Stargate or Battlestar Gallactica?
FB: Beets, Bears, Bettlestar Gallactica.
BSC: Favorite meal?
FB: Sushi or Pizza
BSC: Race result that means the most to you?
FB: Canada Games gold medalist – Winnipeg 2017.
BSC: Favorite book ?
FB: North to the Night – Alvah Simon
BSC: Typical Breakfast?
FB: PB and honey toast or oatmeal.
BSC: Worst Cross race/memory?
FB: Dislocating my shoulder at cross practice.
BSC: What’s playing through your headphones on the bike?
FB: Classic Rock, Podcasts or Audiobooks. I am listening to Life by Keith Richards these days.