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June 16/13 0:00 am - Banff Fest Stage 3 and Final GC


Posted by Editoress on 06/16/13
 

A spectacular cloudless day in the Rocky Mountains greeted riders and the cool crisp air was invigorating for the 7am start of the Cat 3/4 Men's and Open Women's 78km Tunnel Mountain Road Race.

The Open Women's event was slated to be anything but predictable, featuring a 6-lap circuit around Tunnel Mountain with a start/finish in downtown Banff. The course contains a variety of terrain to challenge the riders and allow for tactical variations to play out.

First there is a long flat section along Banff Ave, followed by a steady climb alongside Tunnel Mountain. The course then meanders and rolls until the junction of Tunnel Mountain Road where a couple up-hill kickers, followed by a fast, twisty descent take riders back to town. The vistas of Cascade Mountain and the valley below adds brilliance to this special race course.

Race leader Kinley Gibson (Juventus) knew she had a big day ahead of her to secure the overall victory. Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Home had all but locked-up second through fifth, yet this strong, Vancouver-based team, was not going to settle for anything but first. And they would do everything in their power to get it. Reigning BC Road champ, Megan Rathwell commented, "We are going to try to isolate Kinley up the road. We have pretty good climbers on our team and the numbers to go for the win."

Right from the gun Rathwell and her teammates assumed the front of the peloton leading into the first climb. But with everything Trek dished out, Gibson responded in heroic fashion. At around the third lap, Trina Van Dyck (Cranked) and Allison Beveridge (Trek Red Truck p/bMosaic Homes), sitting 4th in the GC, broke away and started to put some time on the pack. Once it hit 1:05 and Beveridge was the virtual GC leader, Gibson started to be concerned. No one was going to help the solo rider from Edmonton, so it was up to her to bring it back. "The girls were taking short pulls - only I was going to pull hard. I got on the front and hammered, hammered and hammered," commented Gibson.

Gibson brought the break back, only to have Trek's Kristine Brynjolfson launch another attack leading into the final climbs. Kirsti Lay (Bicisport) saw the opportunity and went with her. "Riding without a big team I tried to work less and ride smarter," said Lay post-race. "When the lead got to over a minute I got a little worried, so when I saw Kristine jump I went with her."

The two riders gapped the peloton and powered together down Banff Ave. towards the finish on the last lap. In the final sprint to the line, it was the experience of Brynjolfson that brought her the stage win.

Once the pack had crossed the line, Gibson could celebrate her first major stage race victory. It was also a very successful weekend of racing for the Trek Red Truck team, not just by their results, but by the way they worked as a team.

Jenny Lehman, who finished fifth overall, commented about Gibson's win. "Kinley totally earned the win. She pulled hard on the front and responded to everything we threw at her. The times she showed weaknesses, she pulled something else out and pulled even harder. She deserved the win this weekend."

The Cat 1/2 Men's race also had the makings of a hard fought, entertaining battle to watch. Up for grabs was a stage win, GC victory, and the Tour of Alberta "Making the Tour" award.

There were two teams leading in pursuit of these prizes. Trek Red Truck p/b by Mosaic Homes had their GC leader in Bailey McKnight, Team H&R Block had Kris Dahl leading the fight for the Tour of Alberta "Making the Tour" award, and everyone else on the start line wanted a piece of the action including the final stage win of the 2013 Banff National Park Bike Fest.

The Trek team had suffered some damage in their offensive, attack-mode, race plan at last evening's Criterium. Both Brad Clifford and Jesse Reams got caught in a crash, with Reams leaving a full body skin graft along Banff Ave., while Clifford broke his bike and separated his shoulder. A late night trip to the medical clinic got Clifford's shoulder popped back in, and a borrowed bike gave him a ride. With Reams freshly bandaged up, these warriors were ready to do what it takes to protect their leader's jersey.

In the H& R camp things were also on track for today's stage. Dahl was leading in the Tour of Alberta "Making the Tour" category and no doubt these guys were stage hunting as well.

With part of their team back east racing at the Tour de Beauce, Aaron Schooler, the defending Bike Fest champ, commented on his support role for the team at the Banff National Park Bike Fest. "My role here is something new to me. I have never been the guy doing the lead-outs. I was originally supposed to go to Beauce, but I got sent here to support Kris." At last night's Criterium, Schooler delivered the final lead-out for Dahl's win, and for today's Stage 4 road race his role was not going to be any different.

With both Trek Red Truck and H&R Block protecting their leaders, the opportunity was there for other teams to attack and try to get away if they wanted in on the prizes at the end of the day. Right from the start, Trek Red Truck controlled the race, with battered riders Clifford and Reams doing the bulk of the work.

There were two breakaways of note during the race by two local Albertans. Mackenzie Garvin (Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle) and Prologue winner Evan Bayer (Team Niklas), got away and built up a 1:20 lead, only to eventually get reeled in by the pack on Lap 4.

With Trek taking control of the peloton, there was not much anyone could do to get away. With the pack whittled down to 41 riders, it was time for the second important break as H&R Block decided it was time to lay down an all-out attack with around 5km to go to the finish. Reams went with them and the pedal was on full throttle to the end.

The final straight-away looked like a drag strip all lit-up. No one was holding back as they were all hungry for the win. Just like at last night's Criterium, it was the black and green of HR Block's Dahl who came across the line first, hands in the air and a big smile on his face.

"Our pre-race plan was to lead me out. I was 4th wheel on the last downhill straight when Reams put down a spicy attack. I went with him and found myself first wheel around the final corner. That's when Schooler came flying by me. I got on his wheel and was able to sprint to victory. It was a total team win," said an excited Dahl. Not only did Dahl get the stage victory but he also won the great opportunity to race in the Tour of Alberta in September as part of the US Continental race team, SmartStop presented by Mountain Khakis.

Race leader McKnight saw the action unfolding and fought his way to the finish as he chased down Dahl but came-up short earning second place on the day while securing his overall GC win. "Our team was off the charts today. We played it to a tee. Clifford and Reams were an important part of our plan. They came in hurting and ended up doing most of the work," explained McKnight.

After four days and five races, the Banff National Park Bike Fest came to a fine close once again with exciting racing until the end. Once again the well-organized event was fully supported by the local community, wildlife included, and amazing weather graced this fabled town nestled high in the Rocky Mountains. Race participation was up, and as the excitement continues to spread about this superb bike race and festivities, Bike Fest promises to continue as one of Canada's top stage races.

Press release



Stage 3: Tunnel Mtn RR

Women, 78 km
1 Kristine Brynjolfson (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 2:17:28
2 Kirsti Lay (Bicisport) at s.t.
3 Megan Rathwell (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:25
4 Jenny Lehmann (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes)
5 Nik Vogler (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
6 Meghan Grant (Escape Velocity) all all s.t.
7 Erin Redl (Steed Cycles) 0:27
8 Marg Fedyna (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
9 Kinley Gibson (Juventus) both s.t.
10 Liah Harvie (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 0:39
11 Allison Beveridge (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:49
12 Sara Poidevin (Cafe Racers) 0:50
13 Kristin Baker (Pedalhead Road Works) 1:02
14 Lindsay Aspen (Team Saskatchewan) 1:26
15 Trina Van Dyck (Cranked) 3:18
16 Margie Smith (Independent) lapped
16 Sarah Coney (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) lapped
18 Aleksandra Macklem (Lamprey Systems) lapped
18 Kendra Fergusson (TCR Sport Lab) lapped
18 Melanie Tait (Bicisport) lapped
18 Juliette Wheler (Team Saskatchewan) lapped
18 Holly Ackert (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) lapped
23 Hilary Wille (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) lapped
DNF Brittany Webster (Team Mito Canada)
DNF Sheila Summers (TCR Sport Lab)
DNF Sharisse Kyle (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club)
DNF Kaylynn Purdy (Bicisport)
DNF Christina Smith (Team Feminin Languedoc Rousillon Sud De France)
DNF Marina Aspen (Team Saskatchewan)
DNF Erin Taylor (Independent)
DNF Suzanne Hamilton (Bicisport)
DNF Kerry Spearing (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Terra Manca (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Erin Ruttan (Independent)
DNF Evangeline Fletcher (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Tori Spence (Independent)
 
1/2 Men, 130 km
1 Kristofer Dahl (Team H & R Block) 3:22:13
2 Bailey McKnight (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes)
3 Douglas van den Ham (Nine2FivePro.com)
4 Dan MacDonald (Rideokanagan.com)
5 Marc Enter (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training)
6 Fraser Mills-Connery (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club)
7 Josh Krabbe (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
8 Darren Anderson (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club)
9 Emile De Rosnay (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
10 Michael Van Den Ham (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
11 Shawn Bunnin (Deadgoat Racing)
12 Brad Clifford (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes)
13 Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes)
14 Sean Crooks (Soulsportif)
15 Adam de Vos (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes)
16 Tavish Taylor (Kryki Sports / Audi)
17 Colter Young (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
18 Scott Manktelow (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club)
19 Jason Proche (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
20 Chris Mcneil (Soulsportif)
21 Jordan Cheyne (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
22 David Strasser (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
23 Aaron Schooler (Team H & R Block)
24 Ian Auld (Soulsportif)
25 Robin Clegg (Team H & R Block) all s.t.
26 Jesse Reams (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:05
27 Dan Wood (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
28 Zach Heskett (Independent)
29 Trev Williams (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) all s.t.
30 Jared Green (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 0:10
31 Dustin Andrews (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:12
32 Justin Kerr (Team H & R Block) s.t.
33 Tyson Smith (Independent) 0:23
34 Ben Wortelboer (Team H & R Block) 0:26
35 Anthony Killick (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 0:28
36 Evan Bayer (Team Niklas) 0:44
37 Dave Holmes (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 0:49
38 Raph Lalumiere (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 0:51
39 Eric Jensen (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) s.t.
40 Clayton Meisner (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports) 1:04
41 Chris Taylor (Soulsportif) 2:25
42 Peter Lawrence (Soulsportif) 4:29
43 Jeff Perron (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 9:44
44 Stephen Flanagan (Rideokanagan.com) 13:01
45 Kevin Bernstein (Independent) 14:03
46 Kevin Rokosh (Edmonton Road & Track Club) lapped
46 Jonathan Wood (Garneau Evolution) lapped
46 Henri De Boever (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) lapped
46 Andrew Cullingham (Synergy Racing) lapped
46 Patrick Paquette (Independent) lapped
46 Mackenzie Garvin (Cyclemeisters/BowCycle) lapped
46 Ty Andrews (Cyclemeisters/BowCycle) lapped
46 Drew Rapoch (Team Mito Canada) lapped
54 Thomas Yip (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) lapped
54 Markel Cherenkoff (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports) lapped
56 Harley Borlee (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) lapped
DNF Geoff MacDonald (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Stephen Mundy (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Mark McConnell (Synergy Racing)
DNF Connor Wilson (Rideokanagan.com)
DNF Blair Chapman (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Mark Bouthillette (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Scott Laliberte (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Cuylar Conly (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Cid Martinez-Arroyo (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
DNF Warren Muir (Soulsportif)
DNF James Kendal (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club)
DNF Luke Koolman (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
DNF Shaun Adamson (Velocity Cycling Club)
DNF Nicholas Jendzjowsky (Pedalhead Road Works)
DNF Kevin Boje (Team Niklas)

 

Final GC
 
Women
1 Kinley Gibson (Juventus) 5:12:13
2 Kristine Brynjolfson (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) at 0:20
3 Megan Rathwell (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 0:53
4 Jenny Lehmann (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 1:11
5 Allison Beveridge (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 1:17
6 Kirsti Lay (Bicisport) 1:37
7 Nik Vogler (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 2:16
8 Meghan Grant (Escape Velocity) 2:33
9 Marg Fedyna (Edmonton Road & Track Club) 4:57
10 Kristin Baker (Pedalhead Road Works) 5:02
11 Sara Poidevin (Cafe Racers) 5:20
12 Erin Redl (Steed Cycles) 5:33
13 Trina Van Dyck (Cranked) 5:34
14 Lindsay Aspen (Team Saskatchewan) 5:59
15 Liah Harvie (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 6:07
16 Sarah Coney (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 30:06
17 Margie Smith (Independent) 32:29
18 Holly Ackert (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 39:47
19 Aleksandra Macklem (Lamprey Systems) 41:08
20 Hilary Wille (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 44:07
21 Melanie Tait (Bicisport) 45:50
22 Kendra Fergusson (TCR Sport Lab) 46:00
23 Juliette Wheler (Team Saskatchewan) 49:27
DNF Christina Smith (Team Feminin Languedoc Rousillon Sud De France)
DNF Marina Aspen (Team Saskatchewan)
DNF Brittany Webster (Team Mito Canada)
DNF Sheila Summers (TCR Sport Lab)
DNF Kaylynn Purdy (Bicisport)
DNF Sharisse Kyle (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club)
DNF Erin Taylor (Independent)
DNF Suzanne Hamilton (Bicisport)
DNF Tori Spence (Independent)
DNF Evangeline Fletcher (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Kerry Spearing (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Terra Manca (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Erin Ruttan (Independent)
 
Cat 1/2 Men
1 Bailey McKnight (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 6:14:28
2 Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) at 0:08
3 Chris Mcneil (Soulsportif) 0:16
4 Kristofer Dahl (Team H & R Block) 0:18
5 Jordan Cheyne (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 0:32
6 Marc Enter (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 0:39
7 Michael van den Ham (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 0:54
8 Robin Clegg (Team H & R Block) 1:09
9 Ian Auld (Soulsportif) 1:18
10 Adam de Vos (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) s.t.
11 Emile De Rosnay (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 1:20
12 Zach Heskett (Independent) 1:21
13 Aaron Schooler (Team H & R Block) 1:38
14 Brad Clifford (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 1:48
15 Trev Williams (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 1:57
16 Justin Kerr (Team H & R Block) 2:00
17 Josh Krabbe (Edmonton Road & Track Club) 2:03
18 Dan Wood (Edmonton Road & Track Club) 2:11
19 Jared Green (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) s.t.
20 Scott Manktelow (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 2:19
21 Tavish Taylor (Kryki Sports / Audi) 2:21
22 Dustin Andrews (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 2:30
23 Colter Young (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports) 2:41
24 Fraser Mills-Connery (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 2:44
25 Evan Bayer (Team Niklas) 2:55
26 Ben Wortelboer (Team H & R Block) 3:06
27 Douglas van den Ham (Nine2FivePro.com) 3:12
28 Shawn Bunnin (Deadgoat Racing) 3:16
29 Darren Anderson (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 3:20
30 Jesse Reams (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 3:49
31 Eric Jensen (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 4:08
32 Sean Crooks (Soulsportif) 4:11
33 David Strasser (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 4:16
34 Clayton Meisner (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports) 4:56
35 Raph Lalumiere (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre) 5:13
36 Dan MacDonald (Rideokanagan.com) 5:15
37 Tyson Smith (Independent) 6:06
38 Jason Proche (Edmonton Road & Track Club) 6:25
39 Anthony Killick (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 7:11
40 Chris Taylor (Soulsportif) 8:46
41 Peter Lawrence (Soulsportif) 12:23
42 Jeff Perron (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 13:56
43 Dave Holmes (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 14:40
44 Kevin Bernstein (Independent) 23:16
45 Mackenzie Garvin (Cyclemeisters/BowCycle) 24:35
46 Henri De Boever (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 25:49
47 Jonathan Wood (Garneau Evolution) 26:11
48 Ty Andrews (Cyclemeisters/BowCycle) 26:29
49 Kevin Rokosh (Edmonton Road & Track Club) 26:50
50 Andrew Cullingham (Synergy Racing) 28:00
51 Patrick Paquette (Team Niklas) 28:24
52 Drew Rapoch (Team Mito Canada) 29:19
53 Stephen Flanagan (Rideokanagan.com) 29:59
54 Thomas Yip (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 40:20
55 Markel Cherenkoff (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports) 42:01
56 Harley Borlee (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 51:14
DNF Frank Woolstencroft (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training)
DNF Rob Reid (Soul Ski & Bike)
DNF Dennis Bland (Calgary Crankmasters)
DNF Shaun Adamson (Velocity Cycling Club)
DNF Charles Bougie (Calgary Crankmasters)
DNF Kevin Boje (Team Niklas)
DNF Nicholas Jendzjowsky (Pedalhead Road Works)
DNF Jevon Almond (Team Niklas)
DNF Brett Person (Team Niklas)
DNF Dave Stephens (Team H & R Block)
DNF James Kendal (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club)
DNF Mark Bouthillette (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Blair Chapman (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Luke Koolman (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
DNF Warren Muir (Soulsportif)
DNF Paul Berry (Soulsportif)
DNF Scott Laliberte (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Cuylar Conly (Saskatoon Business College p/b Red Goat Sports)
DNF Cid Martinez-Arroyo (Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre)
DNF Scott Peever (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Stephen Mundy (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Geoff MacDonald (Edmonton Road & Track Club)
DNF Geoff Power (Team SPAN)
DNF Mark McConnell (Synergy Racing)
DNF Connor Wilson (Rideokanagan.com)
DNF Seth Phillips (University of Montana)
DNF Brian Countryman (Velocity Cycling Club)

 


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