November 16, 2014 (Montreal, QC) – This morning’s #LEXvsLARAQUE duel up Mount Royal was easily won by pro cyclist Lex Albrecht, recently signed with Optum p/b KBS, who handily defeated former Montreal Canadien hockey player Georges Laraque while light snow was falling.
The former hockey pro was apparently on his first ever ride up Mount Royal, did not appear to know how to pace himself and ended the race hunched over. Laraque was eventually taken by ambulance to the Montreal General Hospital for observation, but is OK.
“At the hospital with the champ @Lex_Albrecht , she literally killed me, I’m ok now, just had my ego shattered!” tweeted Laraque from the hospital around 11 AM. This was followed by: “Ok @Lex_Albrecht won fair and square, next week though, new challenge and more fair, a mile on flat at Gilles Villeneuve race track!”
The race was a study in contrasts, pitting the 5’2”, 53kg (117lb) Albrecht against the 6’4”, 110kg (242lb)) Laraque. Albrecht was not even out of breath when she arrived at the finish line near the 233m (764 ft) summit only five minutes after the start… she then went back down the hill again to ride up with Laraque.
Many long minutes elapsed before the two of them came into view with Albrecht literally riding circles around her rival. The former hockey player seemed very glad to reach the finish and remained hunched over for many minutes. This Pedal reporter invited Laraque in his car until an ambulance arrived.
“George is being a pretty good sport about this,” said Albrecht at the finish. “He could have dropped out after those first 100m. But I never said that I could beat him in hockey…”
One of Laraque’s friends said that the former hockey player often finishes races like this because he has a habit of pushing himself too hard. Laraque runs marathons and half-marathons, but spends little time on a bike his friend added.
An estimated 200 people turned out to watch the race, despite the early hour on a cold, wet Sunday morning. Stay tuned for the next #LEXvsLARAQUE challenge.