The second stage of the CPEI Smooth Cycle Citizen Road Series is now all but history. Despite the "heavy rainfall" warnings for the day, eighteen participants came out for the dual-event day with good representation in a number of categories.
The morning event held at the Pownal Sports Center consisted of a 9.5km Individual Time Trial. This race is known as the "race of truth" as each rider is sent out on the course one minute apart and tested against the clock. The finish line was at McNeil Field, generally a fairly flat-rolling ride along the shore until they hit the 7.5km mark where the looming "Tea Hill" rises up from sea level. Normally known as a nice training hill, but when your heart rate is already maxed-out and your pushing your limits against the clock, its a tough spot for an almost 1km climb so close to the finish. From there, it's a flat run in for the last kilometer to the line. The light drizzle and showers were quoted by many as "refreshing" and the combination of the slight tailwind and relatively cool temperatures (11C) yielded some fantastic times. The event went off without a hitch with all sixteen cyclists finishing with Geoff MacDonald of the Dalvay/Taylors Team taking the best time of the morning at 0:13:16, averaging very close to 43km/h!
The Time Trial was just a warm up for the main event held in the early afternoon. The Cherry Cliffe Community Center in Cherry Valley South was the site for the start and finish line of a 10km loop through the communities of Cherry Valley South, Earnscliffe and China Point. The course was to be taken on by the cyclists doing from 4 to 8 laps (40-80km) depending on their category level (determined by age, experience and gender). The mass start of seventeen bikes and riders began pretty much on time with slightly warmer temperatures (13C) but with a noticeable increase in the winds from the morning. The pack stuck together over the first 5km, but as the first lap came around at the 10km mark, four riders had dropped off the pace. The peleton had pretty well broken up into its categories by the 14km mark as the elite riders had dropped most of the sport participants at this point. The only crash of the day occurred at 16km as Kyle Kneabone went down sliding into a wet corner #2. Geoff MacDonald, coming back to the group from a relief stop, waited for Kneabone to take his wheel and helped him against the wind to rejoin his pack; now that's sportsmanship! Lars Nilsson the only rider to brave the day with a mountain bike did extremely well considering the conditions, but had abandoned along with Kneabone (crash injuries) at approx the 30km point. Into the fourth lap, and 37km into the event, Quinn and Deighan took the lead and had a fair gap as the other five riders in the group took a needed quick relief stop. It took just over a half a lap (5.5km) to reel them back in; it was now seven together again. The wind and precipitation continued to intensify, with it now raining quite hard and the backside of the course loop into the wind was very strong. During the sixth lap (last lap for the sport category) at the 50km point, marked the first major attack of the day lead out by Duncan Sturz which quickly broke the pack of seven into three groups of 4, 2 and 1. After 4km down the road, they had a good 20" gap on the second group. The remaining two laps (20km) for the last four elite male riders was pretty uneventful, but very wet and getting colder. Not until the last kilometer and hill did the pace quicken and the first to get dropped was Sturz as the others crested the hill and sped towards the finish. During the decent and into the last gradual right turn 200M to the finish, Geoff MacDonald had the commanding lead and took the sprint of the three riders coming to the line. They all finished the road event with the same time of 2:28:18 (32.4 km/h), with Sturz coming in only 39" back. A great finish to a challenging event.
Thanks goes out to all our volunteers, sponsors and the cyclists who made the event such a success. A special thanks to CPEI Road Series Sponsor, Smooth Cycle, for their vehicle support and prizes for the event and to Chucker's Trophies and Awards as the Stage Sponsor, Pownal Sports Center, Cherry Cliffe Community Center, Dan Steele of the Brookvale Ski Patrol for First Aid and for going the "extra-mile", CPEI Director Ruth Sturz for the amazing team work and support, and our special guest and our Commissaire, Louise Lalonde from Quebec. Louise is an International Commissaire with 35 years experience in Nationals, Olympics and Grand Tours and also held a CCA sponsored Commissaire course over the weekend for a number of individuals using this event as an extension of the training.
Thanks again, we hope to see you at the next event!
Smooth Cycle Citizen Road Series #2 - June 4, 2006 Stage Sponsor - Chucker's Trophies & Awards Individual Time Trial - Pownal - 9.5km Overall Geoff MacDonald 13:16 Mitchell Jay 13:27 Mitchell Armstrong 14:09 James Quinn 14:15 Duncan Sturz 14:28 Paul Deighan 14:33 Jason Linger 15:09 Joel Mills 15:13 Kyle Kneabone 15:28 Ardelle Hynes 15:38 Jared Stretch 15:50 Derek Hughes 15:54 Evan Cribb 16:53 Frank Hughes 17:35 Breanna Rice 18:53 Lars Nilsson 19:11 Smooth Cycle Citizen Road Series #2 - June 4, 2006 Stage Sponsor - Chucker's Trophies & Awards Individual Time Trial - Pownal - 9.5km Categories U18 Male Kyle Kneabone 15:28 Derek Hughes 15.54 Evan Cribb 16:53 Lars Nilsson 19:11 Sport Male James Quinn 14:15 Paul Deighan 14:33 Jason Linger 15:09 Joel Mills 15:13 Jared Stretch 15:50 Frank Hughes 17:35 Elite Female Ardelle Hynes 15:38 Breanna Rice 18:53 Elite Male Geoff MacDonald 13:16 Mitchell Jay 13:27 Mitchell Armstrong 14:09 Duncan Sturz 14:28 Smooth Cycle Citizen Road Series #2 - June 4, 2006 Stage Sponsor - Chucker's Trophies & Awards Circuit Road Ride - China Point - 10.0 km Loop Categories Beginner Male (4 laps) Boyd Rose 1:27:09 U18 Male (5 laps) Evan Cribb 1:36:23 Derek Hughes 1:44:51 Kyle Kneabone DNF Lars Nilsson DNF U18 Female (4 laps) Keisha Rose 1:27:09 Sport Male (6 laps) Jason Linger 1:51:14 James Quinn ST Paul Deighan 1:52:09 Joel Mills 1:59:57 Jared Stretch 2:02:36 Frank Hughes 2:26:51 Elite Female (6 laps) Ardelle Hynes 1:59:57 Breanna Rice DNS Elite Male (8 laps) Geoff MacDonald 2:28:18 Mitchell Armstrong ST Mitchell Jay ST Duncan Sturz 2:28:57 ST - Same Time DNS - Did Not Start DNF - Did Not Finish Smooth Cycle Citizen Road Series #2 - June 4, 2006 Stage Sponsor - Chucker's Trophies & Awards General Classification (GC) Categories U18 Male (5 laps) Evan Cribb 1:53:16 Derek Hughes 2:00:45 Sport Male (6 laps) James Quinn 2:05:29 Jason Linger 2:06:23 Paul Deighan 2:06:42 Joel Mills 2:15:10 Jared Stretch 2:18:26 Frank Hughes 2:44:26 Elite Female (6 laps) Ardelle Hynes 2:15:35 Elite Male (8 laps) Geoff MacDonald 2:41:34 Mitchell Jay 2:41:45 Mitchell Armstrong 2:42:27 Duncan Sturz 2:43:25
A wet but successful day with a morning ITT in Pownal and a Road event in the afternoon at China Point.