June 06, 2016 (Victoria, BC) – They don’t call it the Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Grand Prix for nothing, as the Victoria-based elite men’s team owned the criterium podium at today’s final event of the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b PISE.
“We lost control a lot of times,” Canning, who’s the team’s captain, said after the race. “But the team kept working together and Isaac gave an incredible effort.”
This feat left second- and third-place up for grabs, setting up for a frenetic pack sprint where Maple Ridge’s 17-year-old cycling sensation Maggie Coles-Lyster of Team TaG crossed the line ahead of Vancouver’s Alysia Withers of Glotman Simpson Cycling Club.
Today’s wins crowned Bergen and Canning as the 2016 female and male BC Criterium Champions.
The 2016 Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b PISE included an elite ominium awarding points to top riders in the EnergyLab Dallas Road Time Trial, Cheemos Perogies Cycling Classic and Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Grand Prix. The overall Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series orange jerseys were won by Women’s Team ATAC’s Jenna Gillick and Trek Red Truck’s Kyle Buckosky.
The day’s action also included the BC Masters Criterium Championship, non-elite and junior category races, the Victoria Volkswagen Celebrity Bike Relay and the ever-popular crowd-favourite Tim Hortons Timbits Challenge where more than 180 tykes on trikes or bikes (aged 3 to 10) took to the street.
“This whole weekend – with about 500 participants and coming at the heels of Bike to Work Week – showcases the popularity and strength of Victoria’s cycling community,” said Jon Watkin, Race Director. “On the roads, on the trails, at the Juan de Fuca velodrome, we’re seeing not only the weekend warriors and commuters, but Canada’s next Olympians, Paralympians and other international stars.
1. Sara Bergen (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes)
2. Maggie Coles-Lyster (Team TaG)
3. Alysia Withers (Glotman Simpson Cycling)
1. Cody Canning (Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Racing Team)
2. Isaac LeBlanc (Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Racing Team)
3. Amiel Flett-Brown (Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Racing Team)