July 14,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western middle distance and cross country runner Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) capped off a week to remember on Sunday as the multi-sport star earned the Tour de White Rock overall women’s title in what was the final event of BC Superweek.
Jackson, racing with Glotman Simpson Cycling, finished atop the heap after the three-day event, which featured a hill climb, a criterium and a road race.
“To be on the podium all of White Rock was a great way to end the week,” Jackson said. “Going into this past week, I really wanted to see where I fit with the pros. So I wasn’t intimidated by racing in really high-level fields because I really wanted to be aggressive and see how well I could do in these races.”
Jackson finished first in the hill climb, third in the criterium and fifth in the 80.8 kilometre road race, crossing the line in 2:28:25.
Her efforts saw her finish with a weekend total of 30 points to edge Denise Ramsden – a Canadian professional cyclist and 2012 Olympian – by two points.
This past weekend’s results came on the heels of a remarkable BC Superweek for Jackson in which she also competed in the Tour de Delta and the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix.
In the Tour de Delta, Jackson finished second and sixth in the criteriums and ninth in the road race. In the Gastown Grand Prix, she finished 15th.
“I can just see how being at TWU has opened up a lot of opportunities for me,” said Jackson, who will enter her fifth year with the Spartans this fall. “By taking advantage of them and growing in my athleticism, things have been going well.”
Jackson will compete in another cycling race in Calgary in early August before gearing up to compete in the ITU World Triathlon Age Group Championships in Edmonton Sept. 1.
Jackson is coming off of an indoor track and field season with the Spartans in which she captured a Canada West gold medal in the 3000m and a silver in the 4x800m relay. She also earned a Canada West gold medal in cross country while finishing fifth overall at the CIS national championships. The Canada West and CIS championships are based on the results of the same race.
This past March, Jackson, who also competes in age group and elite level triathlons, also raced in the world university cross-country championships in Uganda, finishing 17th overall and helping Canada win a bronze medal in the team competition.