June 01, 2016 (Nanaimo, BC) – The scheduled event was 42 laps but, since there were just 13 starters, the distance was cut to 35 laps. On lap 2, Phil Birrer (MIVA) ws at the front of the pack but he was soon absorbed and Cycle Therapy’s Neil Bryant took over the lead, with the pack at his heels.
On the 4th lap, the horn signalled the first of four intermediate primes and at the line, it was ATAC’s feisty female, Janna Gillick, taking the flag just ahead of Nick Kupiak (Broad St. Cycles, with fast junior, Ayden Houle (MIVA) in 3rd.
Then James Sage (MIVA) opened up a 5 second gap which he held for a couple of laps and then Janna and Nick came across. After one more lap, Normon Thibault (Frontrunners) made a great effort and succeeded in bridging to the dynamic duo.
The quartette stayed clear of the bunch until just before the second prime, which was won by Kupiak, with Gillick in second and Thibault filling out the top 3, Sage having been swallowed up by the pack. With 18 laps to go, Normon paid for his earlier efforts and drifted back to the pack.
By this time both Phil Birrer and Patrick Burnham had been lapped but Patrick hung onto the leaders and secured 2nd. Place for the next prime which was again won by Nick, with Janna in 3rd.
At last, with 1 prime still remaining, Kupiak and Gillick lapped the remains of the field. Janna was content to stay with the bunch but Nick went on to grab the prime, with stragglers Burnham and Birrer taking second and third some way behind.
Nick continued to take several seconds per lap for the last 4 circuits and cruised in for his solo win with Janna 51 seconds behind. The spots from 3rd. To 5th. Went to James Sage, Neil Bryant (Cycle Therapy) and Normon Thibault.
Thanks to our course set up people and to our marshals, who received some compliments about their diligence from passing motorists.