After a few days of strong winds in Victoria, it was all calm on Friday night as 200 cyclists tackled the challenging 21 km time trial on Dallas Road and Beach Drive in the Global Relay Canadian Masters Road Cycling Championships. This event kicked off the three-day Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series.
Victoria’s Heather Simonson (Triple Shot Cycling Club) only started racing two years ago, taking up cycling to keep up with her daughter – Holly Henry – who took the Cat 3 women’s title on Friday. Keeping it in the family, Simonson took back to back titles – her first national-level competition winning the women’s 50-plus Canadian Masters title in 35 minutes and 55 seconds and last weekend’s 2018 BC Provincial Time Trial Masters title. Stephen Hunt from Calgary took the Masters 40-49 men’s title, finishing in 29 minutes, 26 seconds.
Thunder Bay’s Jennifer Bell was first in the Women’s Master 30-39 category, defending her 2017 Global Relay Championship title. Her season just started in the northern Ontario town so the win was a bit unexpected. “I had no expectations – I just came out to see how I would do.”
Calgary’s Andrew Davidson (The Lead Out Project), claimed the Men’s 30-39 title with the fastest Championships’ clocking of 27:54:75. Davidson, 2002 juniors national time trial champion, is using every race to help him train for Canada’s tandem para-cycling team where he will join Paralympian Lowell Taylor at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
In the other categories – Riley Rohan from the Victoria Wheelers won Cat 4, Evan Russell from TaG Cycling won Cat 3, and Nigel Ellsay won Cat 1/2. In the women’s time trials Holly Henry won Cat 3 and Callie Swan Cat 1/2.
The series continues Saturday with the the road race in Metchosin followed by the Russ Hay’s Grand Prix circling the Legislature Building criterium course on Sunday.