Three days of exciting cycling action will hit Victoria this weekend in the annual Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b Jim Pattison Lexus. And for the first time the event will host the 2018 Global Relay Canadian Masters Road Cycling Championships.
“Cycling has grown exponentially in North America and this weekend, we’ll see local Masters cyclists compete against the best in the country,” says title sponsor and veteran cyclist Robert Cameron, “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.”
All three events – the time trial, road race and criterium, will be adapted to the national standard for masters championship racing. Youth and non-masters elite categories will also have a taste of racing on the same time trial and criterium race course as they finalize their preparations for the Elite/Youth Nationals in Saguenay, Quebec on June 21.
“Outside of the time trial, which required a longer course, the Masters competitors will be on the same roads that have hosted our cycling series for many years,” says Race Director Jon Watkin. “This series has been a springboard for world-class riders.” It’s just fortuitous fate that many of our B.C. Masters cyclists like Mick Bryson, Eugene Hahn, Nick Rowe, and Paul Taylor are still fierce competitors and are returning to where it all began.”
The series starts on Friday at 4 pm at Clover Point where the EnergyLab Dallas Road Time Trial returns to the waterfront along Dallas Road to Beach Drive for a two-lap 21-kilometer race against the clock. The time trial features para-cyclists, Canadian Masters Championship, junior, elite and other soloists racing at breakneck speeds of up to 60 km/hr. along Victoria’s scenic oceanfront.
Then on Saturday the Motus Design Cycling Classic will test riders on Metchosin’s grueling hills. The action starts at 7:30 a.m. at Hans Helgesen Elementary School in Metchosin – the final masters race is expected to end around 2 p.m.
And Sunday, in addition to the day-long racing Russ Hay’s Grand Prix and Global Relay Canadian Masters Criterium Cycling Championships events, the Legislature-loop course will also feature the Broad Street Cycle Fixed Gear Criterium where cyclists ride with only one gear and no brakes. “It’s a bit tricky to say the least, “says Watkin. “Slowing down or stopping makes it a race of skill and steely nerves.”
As well, the kid-popular, crowd-favourite, Tim Hortons Timbit Challenge – a non-competitive ride for kids aged 3 – 10 – will kick off at 12:30 p.m.
More information on the weekend’s races can be viewed at www.victoriabikerace.com.