July 13, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – An American rider won the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix for the second straight year after Kendall Ryan took the victory and the $12,000 payday. She sprinted ahead of Rally Cycling teammates Sara Bergen and Allison Beveridge in front of the biggest crowd for the women’s finish since Global Relay rebooted the race in 2012. In total, 79 riders from 24 teams took to the start line, tying the record of most riders, which was set two years ago.
“This is my first time up here racing, it started really well pulling off a win at the Delta road race. Yesterday (in New West), that course is super brutal and I totally blew sky high and couldn’t even finish. Kudos to winner Kirsti Lay, that was a hard race,” she summarized. “Today, I think the course suited my strengths, I’m really good at tactical, technical races, just sticking it out and being patient. I really like this course and can’t wait to come back!”
Bergen, a Vancouverite riding for Rally Cycling, came second just behind Ryan as the leaders almost caught the chase group on the final lap.
“TIBCO rode a strong, aggressive race. Definitely not the exact result we wanted, we’re out here to race aggressively, which every single women on my team did, so I’m super proud of that,” said Bergen. “Too bad I couldn’t bring home the big ‘W’ today, but I’m very happy to be up here on the podium with me and Allison.”
“A huge thanks to every single one of the fans out there who screamed their heads off, it means a huge amount to all of the athletes out here. Thanks to Global Relay for putting on this awesome race,” she said.
On the Men’s side, Eric Young has cemented his place among a very select group of cyclists. The 28-year-old from Boulder, Colorado attacked on the final lap and won the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix for the second straight year on Wednesday night in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood.
When faced with the prospect of winning the top criterium prize in North America at $12,000 for a second straight year, Young was a bit beside himself. “I can’t really believe it, Gastown is a hard race, but it’s my favourite criterium of the whole year, and that’s true for a lot of guys. You host such a great race up here, it’s amazing. It’s an absolute honour to win this race two times in a row, it’s so historic.”
Wednesday’s second place finisher also made his second podium appearance at BC Superweek this year. Scott Law, an Aussie who’s riding for the Cylance Cycling Team, came in just behind Young to claim $5,000 in prize money. The 26-year-old third generation cyclist was also second in Sunday’s White Spot | Delta Road Race.
Magner, a seven-year pro from Griffin, Georgia making his first trip to BC Superweek and the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, felt the course prevented he and his Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team from sustaining any pressure in the lead peloton.
As 2017 is his first visit to BC Superweek, the 26-year-old was impressed by everything he saw in Gastown. “The crowd is incredible, I can only think of a handful of other races around the world with a crowd like this. The course is unique, the hairpin turn is super tight, it’s a really fun course,” Magner said.
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).
Pro 1/2/3 Women
1. Kendall Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 1:09:10.62
2. Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling
3. Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling
4. Elizabeth Williams (Aus) Hagens Berman | Supermint
5. Joelle Numainville (Can) Independent
6. Heather Fischer (USA) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 1:09:12.44
7. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb 1:09:14.08
8. Maggie Coles-Lyster* (Can) TaG Cycling Race Team
9. Holly Edmondston (Nzl) Cycling New Zealand 1:09:15.39
10. Jamie Gilgen (Can) Rise Racing
Full results here.
Pro 1/2 Men
1. Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling 1:17:08.90
2. Scott Law (Aus) Cylance Cycling Team
3. Tyler Magner (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
4. Davide Vigano (Ita) Team Cinelli Chrome
5. Campbell Stewart* (Nzl) Cycling New Zealand
6. Steve Fisher (USA) Hangar 15 Bicycles
7. Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
8. Elliott Doyle (Can) Garneau Quebecor
9. Felix Cote-Bouvette (Can) Garneau Quebecor
10. Pier-Andre Cote (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
Full results here.