Here’s a look at some of the racing highlights from the weekend.
Vuelta A Espana: three stages of this 21 stage race are in the books and so far the race is being lead by Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team with an overall time of 8:25:59. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team sits in second place of the general classification just 20 seconds off of Garcia.
Val di Sole Mountain Bike World Cup: this was an outstanding weekend for Canadian riders with Catharine Pendrel taking another win in the women’s cross-country race. Read Pendrel’s race report here. Canadian women Marie-Helen Premont and Emily Batty also had strong rides finishing in 11th and 12th respectively. In the U23 men’s category, Canadian Evan McNeely had one of his top results of the season finishing in 37th position.
Ontario Provincial Time Trial Championships: under dark skies and on wet roads, riders from through-out Ontario and a few from Quebec pulled on their skin suits and hopped on their time trial bikes to battle in the race of truth. Stevens Bikes Canada had athletes from both the women’s and men’s team out racing on Sunday. Sue Schlatter took the Ontario Provincial Champion title with a time of 56 minutes and 1 second for the 40 kilometre course. Canadian National Champion Clara Hughes did win the event with a time of 54 minutes and 28 seconds but holds a Quebec license. Tricia Spooner racing for Stevens Bikes finished in the bronze medal position with a time of 1 hour 56 seconds. On the men’s side, the provincial title was won by Aaron Fillion (Ride with Rendall) with a blistering time of 49 minutes and 44 seconds. Stevens Bikes Canada racer Shawn Clarke in 13th position (57 minutes and 51 seconds) in the elite men’s competition. Racing Eddy Merckx style, Stephen Keeping finished in 6th position in the men’s sportif category with a time of 57 minutes and 51 seconds.
Congrats to everyone who got out and raced this past weekend. Also many thanks to those who volunteered their time to put these races on!