Victoria June 1,2014(ISN) – Knowing who’s going to win a cycling criterium at the half-way point is
rare. Rarer still is knowing the three podium finishers as well. It was that
kind of race today at the Russ Hay’s/Accent Inns Bastion Square Grand Prix,
the third and final race of the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series p/b PISE.
Dylan Davies (Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Cycling Team), Federico Marchiori (H&R
Block) and Michael van den Ham (Trek Red Truck) all lapped the field in lap
39 of the 75-lap BC Criterium Championship. With (as per criterium rules)
the pack leaving the course with three laps to go, the trio battled to a
sprint finish with Davies, Marchiori and van den Ham finishing first, second
and third, respectively in 1:18:29.
“I got to the front by staying in the back,” Davies said, explaining how he
used the pack to conserve energy for the finish line assault. “My strategy
was to use the corners and rail the last one.”
For the Vancouver former bike messenger, who expected his strongest race to
be yesterday’s Accent Inns Cycling Classic Road Race, being crowned the BC
Criterium Champion was sweet. “I’ve never won a race before such a big
crowd,” he said.
Trek Red Truck’s Dustin Andrews came fourth, winning the pack sprint before
it left the course.
In the women’s elite criterium, Vancouver’s Denise Ramsden used her former
short-track speed-skating experience to turn the tight corners into a sprint
finish line win for her Optum Procycling Team. Ramsden’s team mate
Victoria’s Annie Ewart and Tibco/To the Top’s Anika Todd came in second and
third respectively – the entire field finishing in 52:43 of the 45-lap
course. The win gave Ramsden the BC Criterium Championship title, along with
the Omnium title for the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series. Garrett McLeod
won the men’s Omnium.
“Annie and I put on an aggressive race,” Ramsden said describing the race
that kept the pack in tact the entire time. “We were trying to attack at the
front end, but that didn’t quite work out.”
The day’s events also featured non-elite and youth races, the GAIN Celebrity
Challenge and the crowd-favourite Tim Hortons Timbit Challenge where 150
children aged 3 to 10 took to the trikes and bikes for a lap of Bastion
For more information and full results go to www.victoria-cycling.com