MIVA Kilpatrick / Benson View Hill Climb


September 27, 2013, Nanaimo, BC – The fourth event in the MIVA climb series series was held on the 3.2 kilometre Kilpatrick/Benson View roads, finishing opposite Witchcraft Lake.

Like the Aho Road race, it was a massed event withal with all participants starting together. After a kilometre, six of the ten starters were still together but soon afterwards, Mike Gill dropped back. after a brief attempt to regain contact, he settled into his high cadence and continued alone, between the leaders and the slower riders. 

The lead pack reached the sharp right hand turn onto Benson View and, as the road kicked up to twelve percent, first Phil Birrer and then Sean de Pol were dropped. Now only MIvA rider Nick Kupiak, Justin Mark, Steed Cycles and Doug Merrick, CVCC were left. First Nick and then Justin turned on the juice, leaving Doug to find his own way to the finish.

As road dipped down slightly before the final two hundred metre rise, Steed and Kupiak were still together and that’s the way they finished, with just 0.2seconds separating them. These two have battled each other for the first four hill climbs with Justin winning three and Nick one. The final two events will give Nick the chance to catch his Vancouver opponent.

The lone woman, For Theresa Price, UBC Tri club, this was her first hill climb and also her first start in a MIVA event. She has just relocated to take a position at NRGH and weare sure to see more of her.

Abigail Hare finished behind Theresa for the female youth category and brother Aiden brought up the rear for male youth.Thanks to shutterbug Patrick Burnham for taking some photos, which should be upon the web soon.

Link to results: webscorer.com/race?race=13502

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.