Aquarius Marine Criterium - April 30th

Twenty-four riders took the field last night. There was a huge turnout from up-island, with the Riverway Dental contingent out of Courtenay, along with two riders from Campbell River. Two riders from Cycle Therapy in Duncan topped off the out-of-towners to have the locals outnumbered.

Janna suffered a mechanical on the first lap and unfortunately had to sit out her first MIVA crit of the season.

After the first two laps the pace picked up sharply with an attack from the Riverway squad stringing the pack out on lap four, which is where we saw the first rider get dropped. Several laps later the pack regrouped and stayed together for the most part. Halfway through the race the pace started to break apart as one by one several riders fell off the back in response to attacks from the front. With 5 laps to go Gary Macgregor from Riverway went off the front and looked to be able to hold pack off. However, somewhere on the backside of the third to last lap the bunch caught Gary and much to our confusion at the finish line Eric Rush also in Riverway kit attacked and went off the front. Eric managed to hold the pack off and soloed the last two laps to victory, with Iain Hay out-sprinting Nathan Walsh for second place.

Many thanks to the volunteers:
Brad Temple
Larry Dicker
Mary-Jo Mace
Liz Halloran
John Kinos
Glen Gordon

Video courtesy Glen Gordon

Patrick Burnham
Rock City Cycles 15k TT - April 25th

We had a great turnout for the second time trial of the season; 27 racers including a few new faces! There was a strong headwind on the outbound leg, which might become the new normal with so many fewer trees on the course than previous years.

Once again James Sage was the fastest man with a time of 21:19.5. The fastest woman was Janna Gillick with a time of 23:20.3, which also gave her second place over all!

A big thank you to our volunteers, Liz O’Halloran and Steve Olsson, and to Patrick for organizing.

Next week’s time trial is 20 km, we’ll be starting half an hour later at 7pm, now we’re getting into longer evenings.

Click here to view the results, and click here to see the series standings so far.

Peter Richards
Aquarius Marine Crit - 23rd April

Last night’s race had a great turnout. We had riders attending from several groups up and down the island including: River Dental Racing, Comox Valley Cycling Club, River City Cycles, and Cycle Therapy.

The crit started off with 2 neutral laps of a 30 lap race. Attacks started to come almost right off the gun but none stuck at first. It picked up to a very fast speed which strung out the group into a single pace line. Around Lap 15. Ian Hay put in another attack which was chased down by the group. By the end of the race there were about a dozen left in the lead group which went down to a sprint. Ian Hay took the win, James Sage for 2nd followed by Jaymi Dumper in 3rd.

Click here to view the results. Here is how the series stands so far.

Many thanks once again to Patrick and all our volunteers for making the race happen and dealing with occasionally grumpy drivers:
Mary-Jo Mace
Jack Mace
Laura Mace
Larissa Richards
Glen Gordon
John Kinos
Antonius Adema

Peter Richards
Rock City Cycles TT #1 - 15k

Seven riders braved the weather and made the drive up to Nanaimo River road last night. Including Eric Rush who gambled on the weather and made the drive down from Courtenay to join in the suffering. There was trepidation from most riders as a heavy fog was sitting on the top of Nanaimo Lakes Road making visibility a concern. But as usual the unique weather patterns around Mount Benson made for a clear course. James Sage set down a fast time to start the season finishing in 21:25.577 holding an average speed of just over 40km/hr, beating Eric by 16 seconds. In third place, in his first time trial on our challenging course was 15 year old Luke Hubner with an impressive time of 23:29.412.

It should also be noted that tonight was the last night for our other youth rider, Jack Mace, to receive a one minute interval lead instead of the standard 30 second gap; as not only was his mother unable to close the gap to supervise his race, but he also beat her time by 15 seconds.

Thank you to the volunteers, Lorrie and Steve for helping out with the start and turn around.

I hope to see everyone at the House of Kiyo Monday night development ride.



Click here to view the results

Follow this link to register for next week’s time trial:

Registration is also now open for volunteers for our next Aquarius Marine crit on April 23rd:

Patrick Burnham
Mill Bay Road Race - This Sunday!

This Sunday, the Sydney Velo Cycling Club is organising a British Columbia Masters Cycling Association/Victoria Cycling League race down in Mill Bay.

It’s on a beautiful course out in the Mill Bay/Shawnigan Lake/Cobble Hill area. There are A, B and C categories to suit your ability, and juniors are welcome too.

Sign-on starts at 11am with racing at noon, so there’s plenty of time to drive down from Nanaimo.

I rode my first road race last year and came last in my age group; it was a super-fun experience and I recommend giving it a go. There are prizes for first to third positions, so you might even win something!

For full details follow this link to the Sidney Velo Cycling Club website.

Peter Richards