The Easter long weekend in Ontario always starts off with the Good Friday Road Race.
In Ancaster, the course is a fairly flat, square circuit with a jut through the fairgrounds which includes some gravel. With only two of us from the Stevens-The Cyclery team, (Carrie Cartmill and myself), the plan was to be aggressive and if there was a break — which is typical of this race — to be in it.
Well the race certainly was an aggressive one, with lots of attacks and counter-attacks, but nothing was sticking. Going into the last lap Jaime Gilgen attacked on the gravel, and although I was there I just could not hold on due to many previous efforts and did not make it in. Determined to close the gap, Carrie hammered it on the front and told me to sit in for the bunch sprint.
Going into the final corner I made sure I was second wheel and ready to go. As it started to speed up, I went and held it to the line for third. Considering our small size in the peloton, Carrie and I worked really well together and animated the race. Although the race was short, 63km, I was proud of the women’s field for making sure it was a hard one.
— Emily Flynn