Rathwell and McLeod Win Another Cycling Classic Crown
Victoria’s Megan Rathwell from Broad Street Cycle and Vancouver’s Garrett McLeod from H&R Block Pro Cycling both showed (with apologies to Chaucer) that familiarity breeds competence, not contempt, as they picked up yet another Cheemos Perogies Cycling Classic win.
Rathwell, who likes the grinding hills, calls herself a “racer of attrition” and says having done and won the Metchosin road race before (2013 and 2014) gave her an advantage in the relentless heat and unforgiving hilly course.
“A group of four of us broke away and I knew I could work with a few of them,” said Rathwell. “Then Janna (Gillick) and I worked together and I attacked on the last hill.” This last-gasp Herculean effort gave her the winning time of 2:30:29 on the 70-kilometre women’s elite course.
Nanamo’s Janna Gillick from Team ATAC was second in the four-woman sprint finish while Vancouver’s Morgan Cabot from Glotman Simpson Cycling and Calgary’s Anna Traxler from Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes were third and fourth respectively.
In the men’s elite 120-kilometre race, Trek Red Truck Racing’s Craig Richey broke free early to take a solo one-minute lead to about the 40-kilometre mark where Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s p/b Champion System’s Jordan Landolt joined him. The two worked together until about the 90-kilometre mark when Landolt dropped back to the pack and Richey’s teammate Dylan Davies joined him to try to take the pair to the end. But the last-lap effort was for naught as the pack bridged, leading to an all-out sprint for the finish where McLeod’s just slightly more fresh legs carried him to the win.
“Having won this race in 2014, I knew it was a tough course,” he said. “I didn’t have any teammates (in the race) so I just watched the others and saved myself for the end.”
Surrey’s Kyle Buckosky from Trek Red Truck Racing was second, Vancouver’s Brent Dallimore, who was riding for himself (unaffiliated) was third; the sprint pack finishing in 3:09:04.
Still leading in points, Buskosky and Gillick carry the omnium Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b PISE orange leader’s jersey to tomorrow’s Russ Hay’s Accent Inn Inns Grand Prix at the Legislature where the elite and masters 2016 BC Criterium Championships titles are on the line. Full results will be posted at www.victoriabikerace.com
- Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns Grand Prix / BC Criterium Championships – Sunday, June 5 (starting at 8 a.m. with the women’s elite race at noon and the last race, the men’s elite, starting at 1 pm)
- Tim Hortons Timbits Challenge – June 5, (starting at 11 a.m. at the Legislature Buildings, free event for kids aged 3 to 10)
- Victoria Volkswagen Celebrity Bike Relay – June 5, celebrity race held before the elite races.