BC Road Cycling Championships Hit Greater Victoria

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May 28,2014(ISN) – The streets of Greater Victoria will be renamed “Coronation” as six Provincial
Champions will be crowned during the BC Road Cycling Championships as part of the
Robert W. Cameron Law Cycling Series, May 30 – June 1, 2014.

“Greater Victoria is certainly a Crowning jewel,” says title sponsor and former
national cyclist Robert Cameron. “Holding three provincial championships pays
tribute not only to a great place to host such prestigious events but to the entire
cycling community here. And for Victoria residents and tourists, they get a free,
front-row seat to all of the exciting action this weekend.”

 

 

 

“Robert Bettauer, PISE CEO (presenting sponsor) agrees. “Greater Victoria has been a
hotbed for high performance athletes – but it’s also the training ground for up and
comers such as Alexandra Grant, Brenna Pauly, Chris MacLeod, Holly Simonson and
Jordan Landolt. From the Tim Hortons Timbit kids who for many are getting their
first taste of cycling and may well be our next generation of stars to the masters
competitors who are challenging for the BC title, this series really celebrates
sport and active living.”

“As a former national rider, I know what it means to have a “home field” advantage,”
Cameron adds. “Last year alone, we had break-out performances from Curtis Dearden,
Anika Todd and Megan Rathwell – the first two were gold and silver medalists
respectively at the 2013 Canadian National Time Trial Championships and Megan is our
defending BC Road Race Champion.”

 

 

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The 2014 Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series is the 3rd event of a new high-level
competitive road cycling circuit called the BC Premier Road Series. This brings
competitive cycling in BC to another level – providing BC’s talented and top riders
an opportunity to compete in and win a prestigious provincial tour. The 2014 BC
Premier Road Series consists of five popular events: the DEVO Spring Series Classic
Stage Race, March 29-30, Race the Ridge, April 26-27, Robert Cameron Law Cycling
Series, May 30-June 1, UBC Grand Prix on July 8, and the Tour de White Rock
Criterium on July 12.
Robert W. Cameron Cycling Series Events Include:
· Hotel Zed Dallas Road Time Trial – May 30, (6 pm) start and finish at
Clover Point
· Accent Inns Cycling Classic – BC Road Elite/Masters Road Cycling
Championships – May 31 (starting at 7:30 a.m. to about approximately 1:30 p.m.) at
Liberty Road in Metchosin
· 22nd Annual Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns Bastion Square Grand Prix – BC
Criterium Cycling Championships – June 1 (starting at 8 a.m. with the last race, the
men’s elite, starting at 1 pm)
· Tim Hortons Timbits Challenge – June 1, (starting at 11 a.m. at Bastion
Square, free event for kids aged 3 to 10)
· GAIN Celebrity Bike Relay – June 1, inaugural celebrity race held before
the elite races.
For More Information:
· www.victoria-cycling.com (RCLCS website)
· Jon Watkin, Race Director, director@victoria-cycling.com or 250 415-3246
· Sharon White, Media Director, sharon.white@telus.net or 250 595-2337

BACKGROUNDER

The Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series (RCLCS) presented by PISE, May 30-June 1, 2014
is Victoria’s #1 Road Cycling Racing Event, featuring some of Canada’s top cyclists
and consisting of events representing road cycling’s three main disciplines – Time
Trial, Criterium, and Road Race.

Hotel Zed Dallas Road Time Trial – May 30, (6 pm) start and finish at Clover Point

o The Hotel Zed Time Trial is a 5km race along Victoria’s scenic oceanfront on
Dallas Road. Known as the “Race of Truth,” riders race against the clock at
breakneck speeds of up to 60 km/hr along a 5 km route on Victoria’s scenic
oceanfront.

o Expect to see Canadian National Time Trial Champion, Curtis Dearden, as he
defends his course record

o Participants: from novice to elite with a para-cycling category and new for
2012, a special category for those wanting to try time trials for the first time.

o Photo Ops: start/finish line at Clover Point, “starting gate” on stage, scenic
waterfront, latest technology in aerodynamic frames, disc wheels, teardrop helmets,
and skin tight skin-suits.

Accent Inns Cycling Classic – BC Road Cycling Championships – May 31 (starting at
7:30 a.m. to about approximately 1:30 p.m.) at Liberty Road in Metchosin

o The Accent Inns Cycling Classic, the first BC Premier Cup event of the year, is
a grueling road race, complete with steep hills, fast descents and technical corners
that will challenge even the strongest riders. The race is run on a 10km loop
starting and finishing at Hans Helgesen Elementary School, with a total elevation
gain of 4,000 ft for the men and 3,000 ft for the women.

o As this event has been selected as the provincial championship, the women and
men winning the elite and masters races will be crowned the “BC Road Cycling
Champion.”

o Participants/Distances – categories and distances range from Junior/Cat
4/Masters Women (40 KM), Junior/Cat3-4/Masters Men & Elite Women (90km), to Elite
Men (120 KM).

o Photo Ops: Mass start at 7:30 a.m. for non-championship riders; elite riders
start at 10 a.m. Women’s elite race is expected to finish at noon; Men’s at 1:30 pm,
with podium presentations to be made at Bastion Square on Sunday June 1 at 2 pm.

22nd Annual Russ Hay’s Bastion Square Grand Prix – June 1 (starting at 8 a.m. with
the last race, the men’s elite, starting at 1 pm)

o This is the “money” event and is the BC Criterium Championship— where elite
riders put everything on the line to claim primes (lap prizes) and cash prizes
before a large rowdy crowd, just inches from the action.

o Located in Downtown Victoria, the Bastion Square Grand Prix has been a staple in
B.C.’s cycling history for over 20 years. Racing on a short, fully enclosed 900
metre loop through Victoria’s historic Bastion Square, this European-style event
features thrills and spills. Spectators can check out the infamous “Crash Corner” at
Yates and Wharf Streets, witness the “prime” and finish line sprints at Fort and
Langley Streets, or enjoy a bite to eat or a cup of java at the many “course -side”
outdoor cafes along the route. Thousands of spectators will once again line the
route to watch riders reach speeds of 65 km/hr, side to side, wheel to wheel.

o Participants/Distances – various categories and laps with women’s elite starting
at noon and men’s elite starting at 1 pm

o Tim Horton’s Timbits Challenge – kids ages 3-10 get to race and also rub elbows
with local Olympians and champions during the Tim Horton’s Timbits Challenge. Kids
get a T-Shirt, a medal, waterbottle, and a box of Timbits! Registration is free, but
must register via www.victoria-cycling.com as the field is limited to 150. Because
of popular demand, the event has expanded to include 3- and 4-year olds (on a
shorter course).

o Prior to the Elite Men/Women’s event is the inaugural GAIN (German Auto Import
Network) Celebrity Cycling Challenge where local sports/media celebrities will have
a friendly race around Bastion Square in front of thousands of fans and spectators.

o Photo Ops: the infamous “Crash Corner” at Yates and Wharf Streets, mass start,
“prime” and finish line sprints at Fort and Langley Streets, Tim Horton’s Timbits
Kids Challenge (kids ages 3 to 10 years old riding with Olympic champions at 11);
inaugural GAIN Celebrity Cycling Challenge.

Rider Profiles

At Press Conference and racing this weekend:

Curtis Dearden, Victoria, Accent Inns / Russ Hay’s Elite team
· 2013 Canadian National Cycling Time Trial Champion
· Dallas Road Time Trial record holder, by winning 2013 time trial;
· Sidney Time Trial Course record holder
· 2011 Barry Robaix road race champion

Adam DeVos, Victoria, Team Trek/Red Truck
· Defending BC Provincial Road Cycling Champion
· Walla Walla Stage Race 1st stage 4 and 2nd GC
· Lommel Kermesse 2nd
· Sidney TT fastest time of the year
· Bastion Square GP 2nd
· 2nd Victoria international Cycling fest GC

Annie Ewart, Victoria, Optum Pro Cycling Team
· 9th in the Amgen Women’s Tour of California Time Trial
· 4th Pan Am Championships – Time Trial
· 2012 – 2nd U23 Canadian Time Trial National Championships, Lac Megantic,
Quebec
· 2011 – 7th Junior World Road Championships Time Trial, Copenhagen, Denmark
· Canadian Junior Time Trial and Road Race Champion; 2nd Junior National
Championships Criterium Challenge; 1st Junior / 5th overall, Bastion Square Grand
Prix criterium, Victoria Cycling Festival; 1st Tour of Walla Walla Time Trial; 2nd
GC; 1st BC Provincial Junior Time Trial Championships
· 2010 – 2nd Junior National Championships Time Trial and Criterium, 1st
place Junior – Women’s Elite Bastion Square Cycling Grand Prix Criterium, 1st BC
Provincial Junior Road Championships

Megan Rathwell, Victoria, Team Rumble
· Defending BC Provincial Road Cycling Champion
· 2nd – 2012 Tour de White Rock Road Race;
· 2nd – 2012 BC Provincial Championships
· 2nd – 2012 Bob Cameron Cycling Series Omnium

Anika Todd, Victoria, Team Tibco (turned pro January 2014)
· Silver medal at 2013 Canadian National Time Trial Championships and top
ten in the road race.
· Represented Canada at Jeux de La Francophonie
· Riding as cat 3 for Triple Shot Cycling Club in 2013 Robert W. Cameron Law
Cycling Series, won cat three division of time trial; finished 5th in both the road
and crit events.

Weekend Schedule

Hotel Zed Dallas Road Time Trial – May 30, 6 p.m.
Start and finish at Clover Point
(Category Start Sequence, 1 min start intervals)
6:00 p.m Hand Cyclists
6:05 p.m. Unlicensed / Citizen / Cat 4 Women
6:25 p.m. Unlicensed / Citizen / Cat 4 Men
6:40 p.m. Junior Women
6:45 Junior Men
7:05 p.m. Cat 3 Men
7:25 p.m. Elite Women (Cat 1-3)
7:35 p.m. Elite Men (Cat 1-2)

Accent Inns Cycling Classic – BC Road Elite/Masters Road Cycling Championships – May
31, 7:30 a.m.
Start/Finish: Hans Helgesen Elementary School, 4983 Rocky Point Road, Metchosin, BC

Wave 1 Races
7:30 am Junior, Citizen, Masters 40+ Championship, Cat 3/4 Women – 40 km
(4 laps)
7:35 am Junior, Citizen, Masters 40+ Championship, Cat 3/4 Men – 70 km (7
laps)

BC Championship races
10:00 am Elite Men Championship – 120 km (12 laps)
10:05 am Elite Women Championship – 80 km (8 laps)
1:30 pm Approximate finish of Men’s Road Race​

22nd Annual Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns Bastion Square Grand Prix – BC Criterium Cycling
Championships – June 1 (8 a.m. to approx. 2 p.m.)
(lap is approximately 900 metres)
Start/Finish: Fort St. and Langley Street, Bastion Square, Victoria, BC
8:00 a.m. Citizen Cat 4 Women
15 Laps
8:40 a.m. Citizen Cat 4 Men
25 Laps
9:10 a.m. Cat 3 Men / Masters 40+ Championship
45 Laps
10:20 a.m. Youth Race (U15/U13)
11:00 a.m. Timbits Challenge
1 Lap
11:35 a.m. GAIN Celebrity Relay
1 Lap
Noon Women’s Cat 1-3
45 Laps
1 p.m. Men’s Cat 1-2
75 Laps

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