July 15, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – A year ago, Team UnitedHealthcare swept the podium at the UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons. So with the UHC team returning this year, it’s no surprise it had a major target on its back.
“It’s not just me, I’ve got AltoVelo-SeaSucker taking care of me all race and with equipment, and everything else. It’s not just me who’s participating in the adventure, it’s my team that has set it up so I can be the face and today, it was super hard,” the 28-year-old from Morgan Hill, California explained. “I don’t think anyone was able to get organized with six guys and I think today was just easier to have two of us – we could really move around, stay together, really save a lot of energy. The race was so hard, this is just a shock to the legs after travelling from Boise. I’m a little surprised, I just kind of wanted an opener for Gastown tomorrow, but I couldn’t have had it any better.”
“He just said ‘patient, patient, patient’ and we sagged, then climbed about every other lap to save legs and then he just had the perfect line all the way around the course. I just trusted him on that and he delivered me perfect. He came into the final corner so fast – scared me a little – I had a gap, Kris came underneath me and it ended up being pretty perfect because it forced him to do a really long sprint and I could take about six pedal strokes, relax and then accelerate just out of the roundabout,” said Holloway.
“With UHC and AltoVelo and all those guys, and me being by myself, I wasn’t too sure of my chances in the sprint. I figured I might as well hit out and see what I could make happen,” said Dahl, who is a multiple Top-10 finisher at BC Superweek in the past and a fan of the new course at UBC. “The course is not bad, I’m more of a power rider, I’m a little heavier, so a climb is nice that’s just not too big and this is about perfect.”
With a course that was markedly different from the previous four years of the UBC Grand Prix, it was an adjustment for those who didn’t know what to expect. The course doesn’t even really represent a typical criterium.
The race was forced to be restarted after a crash occurred just two laps in, which caused more than half the field to tumble less than 100 metres past the start/finish line. There were no serious injuries as a result of the crash.
Sisters Samantha and Skylar Schneider train together, push each other, compete against each other, and work for each other on the ISCorp p/b Smart Choice MRI team – and both made an appearance on the podium at the 2015 UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons.
The race saw a number of riders breakaway, but the peloton brought them back each and every time – and the new course for the UBC Grand Prix played a big role in that happening.
The elder Schneider wasn’t exceptionally prominent during the 25-lap, 40 kilometre race, but made it count on the final sprint.
“We just got in on Sunday, we came in from Boise, Idaho, and we did an US National Criterium Calendar crit there, so (we were) just testing out the legs today. We didn’t know how it would feel in the sprint with this course… it was a really fun course,” Schneider, who is an 11-time US National Champion, said. “I was here last year at UBC and it’s a little bit different than last year, but very good crowd, very fun race and I’m really happy to be able to get the win today.”
16-year-old Skylar, a 7-time US National Champion in her own right, took her sister’s lead in the final lap.
On the final sprint to the finish line, the Schneider sisters, who finished 1-2 in the East Tosa Gran Prix series last month, were able to push Olds.
“Shelley is a world-class sprinter, so I stayed behind her up until a couple hundred metres to go and was able to come around her,” Samantha said. “Shelley’s incredibly fast and deserves congrats on the second place finish.”
“I think I just get excited and go for everything. For me, this is all training and it’s really good sprint training, every sprint is different in the primes, so I’m just training my mind and my body how to sprint right now… that’s why I’m going for all the primes,” said a smiling Olds after the race.
BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $120,000 in prize money available during eight races over nine days. BC Superweek runs from July 10 – 18, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 10, 11, 12), UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons (July 14), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 15), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 16) and Beverley by Cressey presents Tour de White Rock (July 17, 18).
Pro 1/2 Men
1. Daniel Holloway (USA) Altovelo-SeaSucker 57:00.3
2. Kristofer Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop
3. Sam Bassetti (USA) iRT Racing
4. Elliott Doyle* (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
5. Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare
6. Tobin Ortenblad* (USA) California Giant/Specialized
7. Jason Lowndes* (Aus) Garneau Quebecor
8. Aldo Illesic (Slo) Altovelo-SeaSucker
9. Luke Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare
10. Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Canyon Bicycles – Shimano
Pro 1/2/3 Women
1. Samantha Schneider (USA) ISCorp p/b Smart Choice MRI 59:12.40
2. Shelley Olds (USA) Ale-Cipollini
3. Skylar Schneider* (USA) ISCorp p/b Smart Choice MRI
4. Sara Bergen (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
5. Joanne Kiesanowski (Nzl) Team TIBCO-SVB
6. Tina Pic (USA) Pepper Palace p/b The Happy Tooth
7. Lauretta Hanson* (AUS) Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels Racing
8. Alison Jackson (Can) TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air
9. Jamie Gilgen (Can) Rise Racing p/b Cyclepath Woodbridge
10. Mandy Heintz (USA) Fearless Femme p/b Haute Wheels Racing 59:15.30
Men Cat 3/4
1. William Lewis* (Fra) Amical Cycliste Bisontine 0:40:36.90
2. Brendan Armstrong* (Can) TaG Cycling
3. Riley Pickrell* (Can) Tripleshot Youth
4. Steve Savage (Can) Steed Cycles
5. Neil Davies (Can) Jubilee Racing
6. Rowan Morris* (Can) TaG Cycling
7. Conor Martin* (Can) Norco/Kelowna Cycle/Red Devils 0:40:40.00
8. Brendan Cowley* (Can) Jubilee Racing
9. Craig Holden (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
10. Christian Frandsen (Can) Fulgas