Victoria B.C. May 31,2014 (ISN) – It’s going to take a bit more than a finish line battle to wrestle the BC
Road Cycling Championship’s title away from Megan Rathwell as she sprinted
the last few metres of a gruelling Accent Inns Cycling Classic Road Race to
win both the elite women’s race and the provincial crown.
Victoria’s Rathwell, riding for Rumble Drinks, beat Nanaimo’s Janna Gillick
(Mid Island Velo Association) in a sprint finish to win her second
provincial championship in as many years. Rathwell and Gillick finished the
80-kilometre Metchosin course in 2:22:20 while Optum Pro Cycling’s Denise
Ramsden was third in 2:22:05. The trio broke free about half way through the
race, working together until the end.
On the elite men’s side, H&R Block’s Garrett McLeod took advantage of the
last hill of the 120-km course to escape from the lead pack with five
kilometres to go. The Nova Scotian rider crossed the line by himself in
3:04:21 to win the second race of the 2014 Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series
McLeod won by 28 seconds, the pack finish line sprint resulting in a
second-place finish for Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Cycling Team Cody Canning
from Victoria, while Lead Out Project’s Evan Bayer was third. Except for a
four-man breakaway early in the race, the lead pack stayed together the
As the first BC rider to cross the finish line, Canning takes the 2014 BC
Road Cycling Championships elite men’s title. This makes Canning and
Rathwell the unofficial King and Queen of BC cycling as they are a long-time
couple off the bike as well.
Hotel Zed Dallas Road Time Trial winners Annie Ewart and Craig Richey
relinquished their Omnium leaders jerseys to Gillick and McLeod who both now
take the jerseys and the total series points lead into tomorrow’s Russ Hay’s
/ Accent Inns Bastion Square Grand Prix which is also the BC Criterium
Cycling Championships. Sunday’s events also include the Tim Hortons Timbits
Challenge and the GAIN (German Auto Import Network) Celebrity Challenge.
Victoria’s Mick Bryson, riding for Oak Bay Bikes/Victoria Wheelers, won the
BC Road Race Masters Championship, finishing the 70-km race along with a
20-man lead pack in 1:56:20. Cordell Dickie, riding for Chain Line Cycle
Club finished first in this non-elite race. No one was registered as a
women’s master (40+), but Musette Cafe’s Louisa Scarlett won the 40-km
women’s non-elite race.
For full results and more information on the Robert Cameron Law Cycling
Series, presented by PISE, go to www.victoria-cycling.com