Cameron Cycling Festival this weekend – event to host Canadian Masters in 2018
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Victoria has landed another prestigious sports event – the 2018 and 2019 Global Relay Canadian Masters Road Cycling Championships p/b Lexus. This event – announced today at the launch of the 2017 Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b PISE – will be run in conjunction with the Cycling Series for those two years.
“We are a provincial event now and so we will re-format and adapt to the national standard for masters championship racing,” said Jon Watkin, Race Director of the Cameron Law Cycling Series. “Outside of the time trial, which requires a longer course, the masters competitors will be on the same roads that have hosted our cycling series for many years.” Traditionally the national event alternates from the east coast to the west. “We were approached by Cycling Canada at Bear Mountain. This will bring top masters and many former elite athletes to the capital,” added Watkin.
“The decision by Cycling Canada to crown our series as the national masters cycling championships for the next two years speaks to the success of this series and Victoria’s enthusiasm for the sport,” said Robert Cameron, title sponsor of the Cameron Law Cycling Series, which kicks off on Friday night with a time trial on Dallas Road.
The three-day cycling series takes on an omnium format which will see the top female and male riders each carry the leader’s jersey from one road race event to another. “Omnium” which is Latin for “of all, belonging to all” provides points for the race finish order – the male and female rider with the most points on Sunday wins the overall Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series leader jersey. As well, Sunday’s action will crown Masters and Elite men’s and women’s BC Criterium Champions.
Saturday's road race will be in Metchosin where cyclists tackle the gruelling hills, and Sunday, in addition to the day-long racing Russ Hay’s Grand Prix events and the Tim Hortons Timbits Challenge, the Legislature-loop course will also feature the inaugural Broad Street Cycle Fixed Gear Criterium where cyclists ride with only one gear and no brakes.
“It’s a weekend for cyclists of all ages – from the Tim Hortons Timbit Challenge on bikes to the elite pro riders,” says Robert Bettauer, PISE CEO. “These are the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians – and it’s this and the combination of healthy, active fun for families that makes PISE proud to be presenting sponsor.”
Alex Amiri, who rides with Langley-based Giant Smart Savvy Team, is looking forward to the weekend, in particular the road race, his specialty. Just last weekend he came 4th in the BC Road Championships. “I raced really hard and it was very hot, but it was good preparation for this weekend and the Nationals in June,” said the 21-year-old, who is coached by Houshang Amiri from Pacific Cycling Centre. He will also ride Sunday’s criterium which he prefers over the old Bastion Square course. “Bastion was really intense with all the crash corners, whereas with the Leg course the corners are softer and you can go faster.”
Kurt Penno, 18, who is in his first year with Red Truck Racing, is looking forward to racing at home. “It is such a great community event and it gets everyone out to watch some good racing.”
The 2017 Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series schedule:
- EnergyLab Dallas Road Time Trial, Friday, June 2 (6 pm to 9 p.m.) Dallas Road
- Schwalbe Cycling Classic, Saturday, June 3 (starting at 7:30 a.m. to about approximately 1:30 p.m.) at Liberty Road in Metchosin
- Russ Hay’s Grand Prix / BC Criterium Championships– Sunday, June 4 (starting at 8 a.m. with the women’s elite race at 12:30 p.m. and the last race, the men’s elite, starting at 1:30 pm)
- Tim Hortons Timbits Challenge – June 4, (starting at 11 a.m. at the Legislature Buildings, free event for kids aged 3- 10)
- Broad Street Cycle Fixed Gear Criterium – June 4, fixed gear race held before the elite races.