July 10, 2017 (Delta, BC) – Racing in Canada definitely agrees with 24-year-old Kendall Ryan, who makes her home in Ventura, California. The Team TIBCO-SVB rider was third at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau Road Race in May and made her way to the top of the podium on Sunday at the women’s 103.6 km Tour de Delta’s White Spot | Delta Road Race. Ryan sprinted ahead of Elizabeth Williams and Holly Edmonston to claim victory at BC’s only UCI road cycling race.
On the last lap, it looked like the TIBCO-SVB team left it a little late with their lead out, but it ended up being effective for Ryan and teammates Madeline Park, Jennifer Tetrick and Heather Fischer. “We ended up getting swarmed in the end with teams going from the left to the right,” Ryan explained. “At first, we decided we were going to come on the left, but the wind really started picking up throughout the race and I said, ‘Heather, just go right!’ last minute and she guided me into that sprint. We got behind the Rally train and once their last lead outs pulled off, I kind of just shot through a gap.”
Williams second place finish is her second appearance on the podium in three days at the Tour de Delta as she was third in Friday’s MK Delta Lands Criterium. The caliber of the field pushed the level of racing and it was unforgiving for the smaller teams like Williams’ Hagens Berman | Supermint squad.
Williams’ career is an interesting story, she originally quit cycling in 2004 and returned in 2014. In her decade away from the sport, she spent the time as a teacher and Australian Rules football player. As for the White Spot | Delta Road Race, Williams definitely recognized the threat Ryan posed.
Edmonston made it onto the podium at BC Superweek and the Tour de Delta for the second straight day after winning Saturday’s Ladner Criterium. The 21-year-old New Zealand national team member felt the race was steady for most of the time, but got more difficult 70 kilometres into the 103.6 kilometre trek.
“The field started stretching and everyone was putting a lot of pressure on trying to break away. TIBCO was really counterattacking and making it hard,” Edmonston said. “Everyone had to really fight for the finish and for me not really having a lead out train, I’m happy with my result.”
“Oh yeah, I did. It was cool though, because I have never really been in that situation before – only on the track,” she said. “On the road there are so many more factors like crashing, potholes and stuff, so it makes it really interesting. After 100 kilometres of racing, you never know how you’re going to feel in the sprint.”
The third time turned out to be the charm for John Murphy. After two straight second place finishes to start BC Superweek, the 32-year-old who rides for the Holoweski | Citadel Cycling Team made it to the top of the podium in the men’s White Spot | Delta Road Race on Sunday afternoon in Tsawwassen. He wrapped up the 155.46 kilometre circuit in three hours, 25 minutes, and 24 seconds.
“We came out swinging today, we wanted to make it a really hard race and we were aggressive. When Ellsay got off on the last lap after the hill – you just can’t let him go – so we put the guys in the front and brought him back,” described Murphy. “Then we kind of freelanced the sprint a little bit and it was a close finish, but I’m glad we got it!”
“It’s an international race with amazing competition, but anytime you can win a race, whether it’s a local crit or a UCI road race, it’s huge for us and that what we’re all about – having fun and trying to win the biggest races we can,” he said.
“We started off saying, ‘If a breakaway goes, we definitely want someone in there.’ so we were made sure we had someone in there,” he added. “I was gambling for it all to come back (on the last lap), so I decided not to put the guys on the front to ride too hard to bring back the breaks, we just told them to follow wheels and it came back together, which is nice.”
For third place finisher Scott Law, his Cylance Cycling team faced some adversity in Saturday’s Ladner Criterium when all teams were notified it is illegal in Canada to race bikes with disc brakes without UCI approval. That approval came in time for Sunday’s White Spot | Delta Road Race and a disc brake bike worked out pretty good for Law, a third generation cyclist from Australia.
BC Superweek continues on Tuesday with the inaugural New West Grand Prix. The women’s race starts at 6:15 pm while the men begin at 7:30 pm.
Women Pro 1/2/3
1. Kendall Ryan (Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank) 2:36:12
2. Elizabeth Williams (Hagens Berman Supermint)
3. Holly Edmondston (Cycling New Zealand)
4. Leah Kirchmann (Team Canada)
5. Josie Talbot (ISCorp p/b Progress)
6. Racquel Sheath (Cycling New Zealand)
7. Joelle Numainville (Team Canada)
8. Sara Bergen (Composite Rally)
9. Caroline Baur (ISCorp p/b Progress)
10. Maggie Coles-Lyster (TaG Cycling Race Team)
11. Marie-Soleil Blais (Composite Team #1)
12. Karlee Gendron (Rise Racing)
13. Sarah Coney (Fluvog’s Crit Nasty)
14. Jessica Mundy (Composite Team #1)
15. Kendelle Hodges (Composite Team #1)
16. Beth Ann Orton (Point S Racing)
17. Liza Rachetto (Hagens Berman Supermint)
18. Emily Flynn (The Cyclery-4iiii)
19. Jennifer Tetrick (Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank)
20. Janna Gillick (Glotman Simpson)
Women’s full results here.
Men Pro 1/2
1. John Murphy (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling) 3:25:24.4
2. Ryan Macanally (H&R Block Pro Cycling)
3. Scott Law (Cylance Cycling)
4. Florenz Knauer (Team Stradalli Safetti)
5. Nicholas Kergozou (Cycling New Zealand)
6. Elliott Doyle (Garneau Quebecor)
7. Ryan Anderson (Team Canada)
8. Miguel Bryon (Holowesko/Citadel Pro Cycling)
9. Liam White (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting)
10. Todd Satchell (Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting)
11. Pier-André Côté (Silber Pro Cycling)
12. Anton Varabei (FCV – Toronto)
13. Pierrick Naud (Rally Cycling)
14. Campbell Stewart (Cycling New Zealand)
15. Steve Fisher (Hangar 15 Bicycles)
16. Hendrik Pineda (Transport Lacombe-Devinci)
17. Simon Ouelette (Transport Lacombe-Devinci)
18. Felix Cote Bouvette (Garneau Quebecor)
19. Joshua Taylor (NSW Institute of Sport)
20. Laurent Gervais (Team Canada)
Men’s full results here.