June 03, 2017 (Victoria, B.C.) – With a fourth title in five years going to the same woman, the Robert W Cameron Law Cycling Series could consider renaming the Schwalbe Cycling Classic road race, the Megan Rathwell Classic.
The win for the Broad Street Cycle rider was classic Rathwell. The Victoria woman loves the grinding, hilly races as sees herself as an “attrition” rider, racing to outlast and then outsprint the elite woman field.
She now owns the 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 Metchosin women’s race title, won today’s Queen of the Mountain and will carry the Robert W Cameron Law Cycling Series Omnium jersey into tomorrow’s Russ Hay’s Grand Prix / BC Criterium Championships. Glotman Simpson Cycling’s Janna Gillick was second and TaG Cycling Race Team’s Maggie Coles-Lyster was third, the lead group finishing the 80k race in 2:29:45.
“I was the instigator,” said deVos of Victoria. “It’s hard racing without team mates especially when you are a mark because of who you are. I wanted to split things up pretty early.”
Who he is, is one of four Robert W Cameron Law Cycling Series alumni (joining pro cyclists Rob Britton, Leah Kirchmann and Gillian Ellsay) who was racing last month’s AMGEN Tour de California, North America’s biggest race.
The five-man break included deVos, Silber Pro Cycling Nigel Ellsay, Smart Savvy++/Garneau’s Mitchell Ketler and Connor Topping and Langlois Brown Racing’s Nigel Kinney. Ketler dropped back a bit with about 30K to go but battled back for the finish line sprint which took the group over the line in 3:03:58.
Ketler won the King of the Mountain and deVos will wear the orange Robert W Cameron Law Cycling Series Omnium jersey tomorrow at the Russ Hay’s Grand Prix / BC Criterium Championships. The three-day series finishes at the BC Legislature with races beginning at 8 a.m., the women’s elite race at 12:30 pm and the men’s elite race at 1:30 p.m.