Posted by Editoress on 06/13/16
Road Titles Awarded at 2016 Global Relay Canadian Masters Road Championships p/b Lexus
The 2016 Global Relay Canadian Masters Road Championships presented by Lexus concluded on Sunday with the road race championships, awarded across two categories for women and four for men. Held in Saint-Calixte, Quebec, nearly 250 competitors, ranging in age from 30 to over 70, raced in cool, blustery conditions for national titles.
In the women's categories, Karine Corbeil of Quebec won the 79.7 kilometre 30-39 age title, outsprinting Emily Rodger of New Brunswick and Sophie Gattuso of Quebec. Zeina Loutfi of Quebec won the 40-plus race in a sprint against Chantal Gosselin (Quebec) and Pier-Pascale Hutsebaut (Quebec).
“The race went very well for me,” said Loutfi, 40-plus champion. “I'm happy, because 2014 in Sainte-Calixte was the very first race I did, and I love this race, and I love the people here because they are outside cheering all the time. The race is very selective and the girls were very strong today. I tried to go on the hills every lap and got caught every time. I'm thrilled with this win.”
The 143.5 kilometre men's 30-39 race came down to a two-way sprint, with Eric Loiselle of Quebec outkicking Jean-Francois Leduc, also of Quebec. The 40-49 category saw Michel Jean of Quebec win by a slim one second margin over Shannon Hunt of Ontario, while the 50-59 race featured another two-up sprint, with Lorenzo Caterini (Nova Scotia) beating Ron Amos (Ontario). In the 60-plus category, Richard Westwood of Ontario outsprinted Robert Anderson (Canadian, but residing in California) for the national title.
Michel Jean, the 40-49 winner, said, “I tried many times to go on the climbs, but the pack always came back. On the last lap there was a breakaway which I joined and we worked together until the final 800 metres. Hunt attacked with 600 metres to go and I was able to come up to him. I saw that he was blown, so I was able to sprint for the victory. I'm very happy for this win because in 2014 I finished second in a photofinish.”
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