May 20, 2014 (Pelham, ON) – The 2014 Edition of the Niagara Classic saw great weather and great racing take place on the roads of Pelham for another year. The Master 3 and Elite 4 Men’s races did not see any significant breakaway attempts with bunch sprints in both.
Mark Brouwer (Neworld Cycle) won the Master 3 race while Patrick Gostovic (Morning Glory CC) took the M3 race with his teammates taking places 2-4 as well.
The winners of the Elite 3 Women and Junior Women, Joyce Spruyt (Coachchris.ca/TedVelikonja/TrudellMedical) and Ruby West (Team NCCH P/B DEC Express) finished just seconds ahead of the charging bunch behind.
Many attempts were made by small groups to get clear of the Elite 3/U19 Men’s field, but it was a late race escape by Kallisto-FCV teammates Christian Ricci and Bayley Simpson that saw them finish ahead of the bunch first and second respectively, while Jaques Cormier (Bikes on Wheels) took the bunch sprint and Elite 3 win behind.
Chris Monette of Morning Glory CC won the Master 2 race, showing the depth of this team across the masters categories.
In the Elite 1/2 Women’s race the bunch came to the line together with Sarah Anne Rasmussen (RealDeal/Gears P/B WASPCam) taking the win, with Jessica Allen (Team NCCH P/B DEC Express) second and Suzie Brown (Holiday Inn (Calgary Airport)/P-K Express) third.
The final races of the day saw some aggressive racing from the start. A breakaway in the Master 1 race grew both its numbers and its lead over the pack, with four riders separating themselves from this group of 9 to sprint for the win. Kevin Davis (Nacsworld.com/Norco) took the win with Matthew DiSilvestro (Euro-Sports) and Shannon Hunt (Morning Glory CC) rounding out the podium.
The Elite 1/2 men’s race split early into 4 groups on the road, with an early break seeing Robert Gutgesell (Jet Fuel Coffee/Norco Bicycles) and William Elliott (Team NCCH P/B DEC Express) out front for most of the day. Jet Fuel was represented in every group, giving eventual winner Ryan Roth a free ride in the main group who were at times more than 3 minutes down.
As the final few laps passed, the chase groups came together and Roth picked his moment to launch an attack, bridging to the two leaders and then past them to finish solo 1m36s ahead. Roth’s teammate and last year’s Niagara Classic winner Anton Varabei took the group sprint for second with David Drouin (Team NCCH P/B DEC Express) rounding out the podium.
Full results here.
Thanks to all who helped make this event possible: the members and families of the SCCC, Town of Pelham and Mayor Dave Augustyn, Steve Bauer, Bissells Hideaway, Johnbear Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, Inception Cyclery, Luchetta Homes and many others who work behind the scenes.