The Comox Valley Cycle Clubs annual stage race was enjoyed by 91 local and out of town riders who tested themselves over the 3 event weekend. The stage race featured three events; a time trial, a criterium, and a road race.
The junior U17 category was split into two separate categories to best represent the wide range of abilities at such a young age. Local cyclist Eli Simcoe-Metcalf took the win in both the time trial and the road race after taking on a huge team of riders from the Victoria Cycling Academy in junior A. In junior B local cyclist Jane Harmsworth took 3rd place overall after winning the initial time trial.
In category C out of town riders rode a great race with local riders as the heat took its toll over the three events. Local paracyclist Simon Harrington put in an impressive ride to take 1st in the criterium and tie for 2nd overall.
In category B a total of 42 cyclists competed to take top honours. Out of town riders Taylor Ellison took 1st in the road race after taking a long range solo attack. Local rider Andrew Grant took 2nd in the road race after almost catching Taylor at the line.
In category A out of town riders dominated the field as provincial team riders used their high end training and team tactics to win all three events. Local rider Doug Merrick took 3rd in the 86km road race to win the bunch sprint as the two breakaway riders fought it out for the win up ahead.
Pictures a thanks to Duane and Helen Martindale
The Comox Valley Cycle Club would like to thank all the sponsors for helping out with the stage race, the volunteers, the BC Masters Association, Mid-Island Velo Association, TripleShot, and the Victoria Cycling Academy.
The Comox Valley Cycle Club would like to thank Edible Island, Booster Juice, Royston Roasting Company, Tita's Restaurant, Extreme Runners, Billy D's, Thai Village, Mountain City Cycle, Black's Cycle, Simon's Cycle, broken Spoke, Sweet Revenge bakehouse, The Tea Centre, Coast Westerly Hotel, Blue Moon Winery, Natural Pastures Cheese, Little Caesar's Pizza, Courtenay Shoppers Drugmart, Saputo Foods Inc./Dairyland, CVRD Sport and Aquatic Centres, Courtenay Recreation, Comox Community Centre, My Tech Guys, Boston Pizza, Serious Coffee, Westview Ford, Subway, Seaview Game Farm, Comox Valley Cycle Club, Airport Service Station, and longtime sponsor Quality Foods.