Posted by Editoress on 07/4/08
Road National Championships - Men's ITT St Georges QC
The 2008 Canadian National Road Cycling Championships began on Friday with the individual time trial events for Elite and Under-23 men and women. Svein Tuft (Symmetrics) took his fourth title in the men's 40 kilometre event, while Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine) won her second title in the women's 20 kilometre race. David Veilleux of (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast) won the Under-23 men's category and Julie Beveridge (Aaron's) the women's Under-23 race.
The out and back circuit was familiar to a lot of the men, since it was an extension of the one used a few weeks earlier in the Tour de Beauce - where Tuft took over the lead, and eventually became the first Canadian winner of Beauce since 1995.
The circuit, in the words of third place finisher Zach Bell (Symmetrics), "is a grind", but the primary obstacle was the steady head and cross wind the riders faced on the outward leg. Losing time here was impossible to make up in the tailwind on the way back, since almost everyone was spun out on their gearing.
Samplonius, the defending champion, won a very close women's race with a time of 29 minutes and 59 seconds, less than four and a half seconds ahead of Julie Beveridge and Alex Wrubleski (Webcor).
For Samplonius, the win is tinged with disappointment, since she found out a few days earlier that her appeal to win a spot on the Canadian team for the Olympic Games was denied. Samplonius beat the three Olympic athletes - Wrubleski, Erinne Willock (Webcor) and Leigh Hobson (Cheerwine) - to win the time trial title.
"Bittersweet is a good word; I was a lot happier when I won last year. The last two weeks has been a roller coaster of emotion, and it was hard to gather myself back up and find the motivation. But, I just put my head down and rode as hard as I could, and now I will focus on getting ready to do the best ride that I can at the world championships in September."
Samplonius' win was all the more impressive because she had found out at the beginning of the week that her time trial bike was damaged and not repairable in time for the event.
"I got back from Nature Valley and found out that my TT bike had the rear dropout bent. The local shop thought it could be fixed, but then realized on Monday that it was not possible, which was too late to be finding a replacement. So, I put some clipons [bars] on my road bike."
20 year old Beveridge, one of Canada's up and coming stars, commented "can you believe that? Anne's awesome."
While Samplonius won the women's title - and an automatic selection to the world championships - there was a second battle underway in the women's race for the Olympic time trial position. National coach Vincent Jourdain had asked to delay the selection of which rider would get the TT spot until after the national championships, so Wrubleski, Willock and Hobson were as much interested in their relative positions, as they were in the final standings.
Wrubleski was the clear winner here, finishing 4.31 seconds behind Samplonius, 33 seconds ahead of Hobson and 47 in front of Willock. While the official announcement cannot be made until after the selection committee meets, Jourdain agreed "this makes my job much easier".
"It was in the back of my mind," admitted Wrubleski "but really my focus was just to do the best I could in this race."
In the men's race, where the time differences are usually measured in seconds, Tuft's winning time of 51:23 was nearly two minutes ahead of second place Ryan Roth (Team RACE Pro), with third place Bell a further minute in arrears.
Tuft, who will represent Canada at the Beijing Olympic Games in both the time trial and road race events in just over one month, called his performance "the best 40K time trial of my life. Last year [when he finished second to Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Slipstream), who is at the Tour de France] I was struggling on the final climb, but this time I had power right until the end. You know when you are going well, and this was a day that I was on. I treated this like it was the Olympics in my preparation and visualization, so this definitely is a good win to have."
Both Roth and Bell had virtually conceded the win to Tuft, with Bell saying "when Svein is your two minute man, you know it is going to be hard, so my first objective was to get to the turnaround before he passed me, and I did that by 15 seconds."
Tuft might have been even faster, had a car not gotten onto the course in the final 1500 metres, forcing him to take evasive maneuvers. "The motorcycle was trying to get this woman to pull over, and she made the best decision and just stopped. I guessed it right and was able to squeeze through on the left and then dive inside the pylons to make the corner. It gave me a little adrenalin boost for the final kilometre."
- Anne Samplonius revealed that this will be her swansong for elite racing. "I believe that this will be my last Nationals and last Worlds, so I'm going to prepare to make the Worlds a good one. At the elite level I want to scale back, and have some fun. It's time to move on, and there's some good up and coming talent here in Canada now." Samplonius was a member of the silver medal team time trial squad at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, and won a silver medal in the time trial at the Road Worlds that same year.
- A number of top men did not race the time trial, saving themselves for Sunday's hard road race. Dominique Rollin (Toyota United) and Andrew Randell (Symmetrics) were both late scratches, Francois Parisien (Team RACE Pro) throttled his effort back after going hard for the first half, and Symmetrics riders Christian Meier and Cam Evans were not entered. Meier is a time trial specialist with multiple national titles to his name.
Tuft commented "the way Cam and Christian are going right now, I think you are going to see some powerful rides on Sunday."
- The men's race will take place on the same 9.6 kilometre circuit as stage five of the Tour de Beauce. It is a tough course with a long, steep climb to the finish that they have to cover 18 times. By contrast, the women race a 28.5 kilometre loop four times, which incorporates the time trial course - a rolling circuit with no significant climb to split up the field.
Wrubleski, for one, is disappointed. "We need a harder course I think. This could see the field stay together, since riders will be able to get back on after the [small] climbs."
- Eric Wohlberg (Symmetrics) finished fifth (fourth in Elite), which is the first time - as near as we can figure - that he has been off the podium for the time trial in 14 years. When it was put to Tuft that he was starting to close in on Wohlberg's 8 TT titles (note: they were consecutive titles), he laughed and said "I don't think I'll be around that long."
|Elite /U23 Men||Time||Gap|
|1. Svein Tuft (BC) Symmetrics Cycling||51:23.6 (46.7 kmph)||0|
|2. Ryan Roth (ON) Team RACE Pro||53:15.6||at 1:52.02|
|3. Zach Bell (BC) Symmetrics Cycling||54:15.7||2:52.06|
|4. David Veilleux * (QC) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||54:36.0||3:12.43|
|5. Eric Wohlberg (CA) Symmetrics Cycling||55:04.6||3:40.99|
|6. Will Routley (BC) Symmetrics Cycling||55:11.0||3:47.37|
|7. Rob Britton (BC) Trek Red Truck P/B Mosaic Homes||55:14.7||3:51.08|
|8. Bryson Bowers * (ON) Jet Fuel Coffee||55:18.3||3:54.70|
|9. Alexandre Cloutier (QC) Team Volkswagen||55:51.0||4:27.36|
|10. Charles Dionne (QC) Équipe du Québec||56:01.8||4:38.16|
|11. Jean-Sébastien Perron (QC) Eva-Devinci||56:04.3||4:40.69|
|12. Garrett Mc Leod * (NS) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle||56:06.7||4:43.13|
|13. Mathieu Toulouse (QC) Eva-Devinci||56:13.6||4:50.03|
|14. Darko Ficko (ON) La Bicicletta/J Lindeberg||56:18.3||4:54.67|
|15. Mark Walters (ON) Team RACE Pro||56:19.2||4:55.65|
|16. Charles Bryer * (ON) Ciclo Werks Presents Tempo 88||56:28.1||5:04.46|
|17. Zack Garland * (NL) Kona-Adobe||56:40.5||5:16.90|
|18. Guillaume Boivin * (QC) Équipe du Québec||56:54.4||5:30.81|
|19. Keir Plaice * (ON) Team RACE Pro||57:11.5||5:47.87|
|20. Ryan Béliveau * (NB) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycl||57:18.4||5:54.79|
|21. Mathew Bell * (QC) Calyon pro cycling t||57:19.4||5:55.78|
|22. Nic Hamilton * (BC) Team Aviawest||57:20.8||5:57.19|
|23. Dave Vukets * (ON) Trek Red Truck P/B M||57:37.4||6:13.84|
|24. Michael Joanisse * (QC) Équipe du Québec||57:51.7||6:28.07|
|25. Jonathan Prosser * (ON) Team Ontario||57:51.7||6:28.14|
|26. Éric Boily * (QC) Team Volkswagen||58:02.5||6:38.91|
|27. Arnaud Papillon * (QC) Team Volkswagen||58:02.9||6:39.26|
|28. Trevor Connor (BC) Chris Cookies/Swan C||58:10.6||6:47.04|
|29. Jamie Sparling (AB) Trek Red Truck P/B M||58:19.6||6:55.98|
|30. Nathan Underwood (SK) Team Saskatchewan/BC||58:21.1||6:57.48|
|31. Charly Vives * (QC) Calyon pro cycling t||58:21.4||6:57.77|
|32. Buck Miller (ON) Team RACE Pro||58:23.9||7:00.30|
|33. Michael Nash (ON) Ride with Rendall||58:24.8||7:01.24|
|34. Georges-Édouard Duquette * (QC) Eva-Devinci||58:36.4||7:12.79|
|35. Maxime Vives (QC) Calyon pro cycling team||58:37.5||7:13.94|
|36. Mathieu Roy (QC) Calyon pro cycling team||58:40.9||7:17.27|
|37. Jamie Riggs * (ON) Team Ontario||58:42.0||7:18.36|
|38. Antoine Matteau * (QC) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano||58:43.5||7:19.95|
|39. Thomas Devisscher * (QC) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle||58:44.1||7:20.55|
|40. Andrew Hunt * (ON) Team RACE Pro||58:45.0||7:21.43|
|41. Adam Thuss * (QC) Team RACE Pro||58:52.2||7:28.57|
|42. Stephen Meyer * (ON) Team Ontario||58:55.9||7:32.28|
|43. Glen Rendall (ON) Ride with Rendall||58:58.9||7:35.26|
|44. Ryan Anderson * (BC) Symmetrics Cycling||58:59.1||7:35.51|
|45. Eric Robertson * (ON) Team RACE Pro||59:02.3||7:38.74|
|46. André Tremblay * (QC) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle||59:05.3||7:41.73|
|47. Devon Smibert (AB) Synergy Cycling Club||59:14.0||7:50.38|
|48. Spencer Smitheman * (AB) Creusot Cyclisme||59:18.5||7:54.87|
|49. Geoffroy Dussault * (QC) Sports Bazar Inc||59:24.1||8:00.55|
|50. David Maltais * (QC) Eva-Devinci||59:25.2||8:01.62|
|51. Jean-Michel Lachance * (QC) Team Volkswagen||59:26.2||8:02.56|
|52. Andrew Bradbury * (ON) Team Ontario||59:34.2||8:10.65|
|53. Jean-François Racine (QC) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano||59:36.8||8:13.18|
|54. Bradley Kerr (SK) Team Saskatchewan||00:06.4||8:42.82|
|55. Brandon Throop * (ON) Mazurcoaching.com||00:17.6||8:54.01|
|56. Joel-Dion Poitras * (QC) Team RACE Pro||00:21.8||8:58.16|
|57. Ugo Lapierre (QC) 2peer.com||00:24.4||9:00.78|
|58. Marco Li (ON) Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny's||00:33.9||9:10.29|
|59. Simon Gagnon-Brassard * (QC) Eva-Devinci||00:41.0||9:17.36|
|60. Dave Brooks * (SK) Team Saskatchewan||01:01.5||9:37.86|
|61. Christopher Hillier * (BC) Indépendant||01:16.4||9:52.81|
|62. Mark Batty * (ON) Team RACE Pro||01:32.6||10:09.00|
|63. Brian Robinson * (AB) Team Alberta/ CMC/ B||01:52.3||10:28.74|
|64. Vincent Quirion * (QC) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano||01:52.8||10:29.23|
|65. Chris McGarity * (SK) Team Saskatchewan||01:53.9||10:30.30|
|66. Sandy Fulton * (ON) Eva-Devinci||01:54.1||10:30.51|
|67. Kyle Fry * (ON) Team Ontario||02:26.0||11:02.35|
|68. Vincent Veilleux-Lessard * (QC) 2peer.com||03:46.5||12:22.86|
|69. Jim Tsilemos (ON) Ride With Rendall||03:53.0||12:29.44|
|70. Francois Parisien (QC) Team RACE Pro||03:56.4||12:32.82|
|71. Nathan Schnarr (ON) Waterloo Cycling Club||04:15.6||12:51.96|
|72. Joel Sidhu * (QC) Team Ultralink||04:49.6||13:26.03|
|73. Luc Dionne (QC) CIBC Wood-Gundy||05:23.4||13:59.82|
|74. Duncan Sturz * (PE) Atlantic Cycling Cen||08:39.1||17:15.46|
|75. Simon Gabsch * (ON) Indépendant||09:46.7||18:23.14|
|76. Dominic Guiver * (ON) Team Ultralink||10:18.4||18:54.77|
|77. Shane Gill * (PE) Atlantic Cycling Cen||10:25.7||19:02.10|
|DNF. Kenneth Johnson (MD) Battley Harley-Davidson/Sonoma Bar|
|DNS. Bruno Bourassa * (QC) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycle|
|DSQ. Jeff Sherstobitoff (BC) Symmetrics Cycling|
|DSQ. Ryan Taylor * (PE) Atlantic Cycling Centre|
|DNS. Steffan Elzinga * (ON) Cyclingnews Jako|
|DNF. Ben Rempel * (SK) Team Saskatchewan|
|DNS. Andrew Randell (ON) Symmetrics Cycling|
|DNS. Dominique Rollin (QC) Toyota-united pro cyling|
|1. David Veilleux (QC) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast||54:36.0 (43.9 kmph)||0|
|2. Bryson Bowers (ON) Jet Fuel Coffee||55:18.3||at 0:42.27|
|3. Garrett Mc Leod (NS) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycl||56:06.7||1:30.70|
|4. Charles Bryer (ON) Ciclo Werks Presents||56:28.1||1:52.03|
|5. Zack Garland (NL) Kona-Adobe||56:40.5||2:04.47|
|6. Guillaume Boivin (QC) Équipe du Québec||56:54.4||2:18.38|
|7. Keir Plaice (ON) Team RACE Pro||57:11.5||2:35.44|
|8. Ryan Béliveau (NB) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycl||57:18.4||2:42.36|
|9. Mathew Bell (QC) Calyon pro cycling t||57:19.4||2:43.35|
|10. Nic Hamilton (BC) Team Aviawest||57:20.8||2:44.76|
|11. Dave Vukets (ON) Trek Red Truck P/B M||57:37.4||3:01.41|
|12. Michael Joanisse (QC) Équipe du Québec||57:51.7||3:15.64|
|13. Jonathan Prosser (ON) Team Ontario||57:51.7||3:15.71|
|14. Ãƒâ€“ric Boily (QC) Volkswagen||58:02.5||3:26.48|
|15. Arnaud Papillon (QC) Volkswagen||58:02.9||3:26.83|
|16. Charly Vives (QC) Calyon pro cycling t||58:21.4||3:45.34|
|17. Georges-Ãƒâ€“douard Duquette (QC) Eva-Devinci||58:36.4||4:00.36|
|18. Jamie Riggs (ON) Team Ontario||58:42.0||4:05.93|
|19. Antoine Matteau (QC) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano||58:43.5||4:07.52|
|20. Thomas Devisscher (QC) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycl||58:44.1||4:08.12|
|21. Andrew Hunt (ON) Team RACE Pro||58:45.0||4:09.00|
|22. Adam Thuss (QC) Team RACE Pro||58:52.2||4:16.14|
|23. Stephen Meyer (ON) Team Ontario||58:55.9||4:19.85|
|24. Ryan Anderson (BC) Symmetrics Cycling||58:59.1||4:23.08|
|25. Eric Robertson (ON) Team RACE Pro||59:02.3||4:26.31|
|26. André Tremblay (QC) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycl||59:05.3||4:29.30|
|27. Spencer Smitheman (AB) Creusot Cyclisme||59:18.5||4:42.44|
|28. Geoffroy Dussault (QC) Sports Bazar Inc||59:24.1||4:48.12|
|29. David Maltais (QC) Eva-Devinci||59:25.2||4:49.19|
|30. Jean-Michel Lachance (QC) Volkswagen||59:26.2||4:50.13|
|31. Andrew Bradbury (ON) Team Ontario||59:34.2||4:58.22|
|32. Brandon Throop (ON) Mazurcoaching.com||00:17.6||5:41.58|
|33. Joel-Dion Poitras (QC) Team RACE Pro||00:21.8||5:45.73|
|34. Simon Gagnon-Brassard (QC) Eva-Devinci||00:41.0||6:04.93|
|35. Dave Brooks (SK) Team Saskatchewan||01:01.5||6:25.43|
|36. Christopher Hillier (BC) Indépendant||01:16.4||6:40.38|
|37. Mark Batty (ON) Team RACE Pro||01:32.6||6:56.57|
|38. Brian Robinson (AB) Team Alberta/ CMC/ B||01:52.3||7:16.31|
|39. Vincent Quirion (QC) Garneau-Crocs-Suzano||01:52.8||7:16.80|
|40. Chris McGarity (SK) Team Saskatchewan||01:53.9||7:17.87|
|41. Sandy Fulton (ON) Eva-Devinci||01:54.1||7:18.08|
|42. Kyle Fry (ON) Team Ontario||02:26.0||7:49.92|
|43. Vincent Veilleux-Lessard (QC) 2peer.com||03:46.5||9:10.43|
|44. Joel Sidhu (QC) Team Ultralink||04:49.6||10:13.60|
|45. Duncan Sturz (PE) Atlantic Cycling Cen||08:39.1||14:03.03|
|46. Simon Gabsch (ON) Indépendant||09:46.7||15:10.71|
|47. Dominic Guiver (ON) Team Ultralink||10:18.4||15:42.34|
|48. Shane Gill (PE) Atlantic Cycling Cen||10:25.7||15:49.67|
|DNS. Bruno Bourassa (QC) Apogee-Kuota/Elicycl|
|DNS. Ryan Taylor (PE) Atlantic Cycling Cen|
|DNS. Steffan Elzinga (ON) Cyclingnews Jako|
|DNF. Ben Rempel (SK) Team Saskatchewan|
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