Race report: Untimely flat costs podium finish in Terra Cotta

Braydon Bourne

Braydon Bourne

Taking advantage of the August long weekend, some of the Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery boys went to race in the hills of southern Ontario at the Tour de Terra Cotta.

The course featured 13 laps up the punchy Heritage Hill and straight through the village of Terra Cotta. The field included a strong Jet Fuel roster along with attendance from Astellas, Octto-Cervelo, and Real Deal.

On the first lap, Braydon Bourne followed an attack from Preston Street Criterium runner-up Travis Samuel (Jet Fuel) in the headwind section and the duo would be joined by three others a lap later to finalize the winning breakaway. With Matteo Dal-Cin and Braydon making up 2/5 of the break, the odds were looking good for the Stevens boys, rolling smooth and maintaining 1min 30sec on the lingering field. JS Perron followed constant attacks from the peloton, none of which would succeed in catching the break.

And then bad luck struck. With just over a lap to go, Matteo flatted his rear wheel, ending his day in the break. Of the remaining four riders, two — Yuri Hrycaj and Samuel — were from Jet Fuel, and they began attacking. This forced Braydon and Aaron Fillion (Ride with Rendall) onto the defensive. With the loss of Matteo, and being outnumbered, Braydon tried an early sprint that would be his demise, and he crossed the line in fourth. Click here for full results.

The boys are heading to the south shore of Montreal Tuesday night for the final Mardis cyclistes de Lachine. Stephen Keeping sits in third overall on the season standings.

— Courtesy Braydon Bourne