Sunday, July 17, 2011

2011 Dove Creek Omnium

Hi Everyone
The 2011 Dove Creek Omnium Presented by Brian Mclean Chevrolet and Broken Spoke  and supplementary prizes from Courtenay Shoppers Drug Mart, the Blackfinn restaurant, and Quality Foodsh had a total of 56 riders in the four categories lined up for the 3 events.
Saturday mornings Dove Creek Time Trial was won by Don Gilmore in 21:18 over the 16.5km course.
 Derek Tripp won the B, Mark Grant in the C's, and Isaac Van der Vliet in the C's.
Full results here
Saturday afternoons Half Mt Washington HC in the mist was won by Steve Bachop with a 1:42 second gap over 2nd place Simon Tremblay with a time 29:34. Derek Tripp, Mark Grant, and Jessica Reynolds won each of their respective categories in the mist covered mountain.
Full Results here
Under clearing skies the Sunday morning Dove Creek Road Race A category raced 87km, B 71km, C 54km, and Cadet with 21km.
In the A category road race 23 riders lined up for a fast, surging, and surprising race that featured a large contingent of out of town riders. Despite the numerous attacks and counter-attacks the group stayed together to the very end. Steve Bachop and Doug Merrick (Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) attacked early on the climb to open up a gap, Steve Bachop sprinted away for the win as a charging Warren Muir closed the gap before taking 3rd.

In the B category, a season high 20 riders lined up for 4.5 laps around the Dove Creek course. Overall, it was a very coecive group effort, tapping out an average speed of approximately 37 km/hr. Rhonda Callendar looked strong, setting the pace on the majority of the up-hill sections, with the peloton quickly reacting before a break away could be establish. In the end, masters rider, Bill Yearwood out sprinted the majority of the group to take the win as Duane Martindale and Mike Sevcov rounded out the podium.

In the C road race a mix of young and veteran riders lined up for the 3.5 lap race. On the last lap Kia Van der Vliet and Mark Grant (Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) broke away to work together for the last lap. In the final charge up the hill, Mark Grant Pulled away to take his 3rd win of the weekend over Kia. Ernie Klassen rounded out the podium after managing to get away from the rest of the group.

In the Cadet race three young riders aged 10-12 lined up for a fast, and suprising finish as Max Andrew, in his first road race ever, took the sprint over Isaac Van der Vliet, Jessica Reynolds suffered a dropped chain to take third.
Full results here

The overall A omnium GC was won by Steve Bachop in the A's with Warren Muir and Steven Grandy tying to round out the podium.
In the B overall Mike Sevcov took the win over Aaron Amar and Duane Martindale.
In the C GC Mark Grant took the win over Kia Van der Vliet and Ernie Klassen.
In the Cadet GC Isaac Van der Vliet took the win over Jessica Reynolds and Max Andrew.
Full results here
Pictures from the road race  courtesy of Marnie, Meghan, Joanna, and Pat.
HC photos
RR photos (courtesy of Helen and Duane Martindale)
A Big thanks to everyone who came out; the volunteers, race directors, master riders, and out of town riders!

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