July 14, 2017 (Burnaby, BC) – Allison Beveridge is a decorated track cyclist for Canada, appearing on the podium in several international events since 2011, including last summer at the Rio Olympics where she took bronze in the team pursuit. With the way she’s riding at BC Superweek this year, the Calgary product, who rides for Rally Cycling, looks set to breakthrough in road racing – if she hasn’t already.
Of the eight BC Superweek podium finishes, Beveridge now has three of them – the win in Burnaby along with a second place finish in the MK Delta Lands Criterium in North Delta last Friday and a third place finish in the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix on Wednesday. She also had a fifth place finish last Saturday at the Tour de Delta’s Ladner Criterium.
“It was pretty aggressive all day, but after halfway through the race I noticed most of the sprinter teams were trying to keep it together. From that point, I just knew I should probably try to conserve and go all in for the sprint,” she said.
In third was Josie Talbot, riding for ISCorp p/b Progress. The Aussie, who now lives in the U.S., won the junior team pursuit world title and two bronze medals at the 2014 Junior Track World Championships. She has two top-10 finishes so far at BC Superweek this year, including third place at last Saturday’s Ladner Criterium. She was also fifth in Sunday’s White Spot | Delta Road Race.
Teams and riders from Australasia are certainly making their presence felt at BC Superweek this year, and it continued on Thursday as Campbell Stewart, riding for Cycling New Zealand, won the 10th anniversary of the Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development. In second was Aussie Liam Magennis, who is riding for the New South Wales Institute of Sport.
“I guess I just kind of picked some strong guys. They were awesome out there and just the way that we worked together was perfect,” said the 19-year-old Stewart. “I think we had a few head looks during the last four to five laps. We just looked around at each other, sussing each other out and seeing what was going to happen. I guess we were pretty far cooked by then so it took a while to get to the finish, but it was good.”
“We each knew we were going to go for first, second, and third eventually and fight through it. It was every man for himself,” Stewart explained. “I’ve known Liam Magennis for quite a few years now and I know how strong he is. As soon as I jumped into that break with him, I knew that I was pretty much sorted.”
“It definitely felt like it. I knew those boys would ride it to the line, they’re both pretty quick, but Cam’s just a freak, I’ve never seen anyone as strong and as fast as him,” the 20-year-old from Port Macquarie, Australia said.
BC Superweek continues on Friday with the PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres. The women’s race starts at 6:45 pm and the men begin at 7:50 pm.
BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $140,000 in prize money with nine races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 7 – 16 and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 7 – 9), New West Grand Prix (July 11), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 12), Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development (July 13), PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres (July 14), and Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock (July 15 – 16).
1. Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling 1:09:02.83
2. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb
3. Josie Talbot (Aus) ISCorp p/b Progress
4. Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Hagens Berman|Supermint
5. Maggie Coles-Lyster* (Can) TaG Cycling Race Team
6. Joelle Numainville (Can) Independant
7. Racquel Sheath (Nzl) Cycling New Zealand
8. Jamie Gilgen (Can) Rise Racing
9. Devaney Collier* (Can) Independent
10. Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling
Full results here.
1. Campbell Stewart* (Nzl) Cycling New Zealand 1:15:41.69
2. Liam Magennis* (Aus) New South Wales Institute of Sport
3. Brendan Rhim (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team 1:15:42.81
4. Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Cinelli Chrome 1:16:04.96
5. Steve Fisher (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles
6. Elliott Doyle (Can) Garneau Quebecor
7. Trevor O’Donnell (Can) Toronto Hustle
8. Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
9. Todd Satchell (Aus) Kallisto FCV p/b Peloton Contracting Cycling Team
10. Owen Gillott (Aus) Storck-CCN
Full results here.