June 10/01 4:09 am - Canada Cup #1
Posted by Editoress on 06/10/01
Gears Racing Canada Cup #1 - Hardwood Hills Ontario
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1:30pm EDT - At the 2001 Canada Cup #1, the racing has just begun. A field of 55 Pro/Elite men will be followed by the Pro/Elite women and then the Junior Expert men.
Racing started under sunny skies, 25 degrees C with a slight wind kicking up some dust.
The men will do 4 laps and the women and junior men will do 3.
As the men came through the 'Rock Garden' (1/2 way through the 1st lap) it was Lucas Curran, followed by Seamus McGrath. A few seconds behind was Eric Tourville and Andreas Hestler. Bill Hurley, who had been riding well up near the front, had a spectacular wipe out part way through (great crowd entertainment, but Bill lost 15 places).
As the women came through it was Chrissy Redden followed by (at 30 seconds) Marie-Helen Premont and Trish Sinclair.
2:30pm - As the men completed lap 2, there was a group of 5 at the front. Andreas Hestler, Julian Hine, Chad Miles, Seamus McGrath and Matt Toulouse. At 30 seconds was Bruno Lafontaine. Then a minute back a steady stream of riders.
As the women completed lap 2, it was Chrissy Redden ahead of Trish Sincalir and Marie-Helen Premont by 2 minutes.
The Junior men had a group of 4 off the front: Will Routley, Julien Fillion, Martin Lazarski and Adam Coates..
2:45pm - The men are 1/4 of the way through lap 3. As they came out of the woods, Seamus McGrath had started to open up a gap. Chasing hard were Matt Toulouse, Andreas Hestler, Chad Miles, and Julian Hine. At 3 minutes are Ricky Federau and Jean Francois Laroche. Then another 30 seconds and its Carter Hovey.
Chrissy Redden has opened her gap on Trish Sinclair and Marie-Helen Premont to 3 minutes. Trish is gapping Marie-Helen on the climbs.
Martin Lazarski has a 2 minute lead on Will Routley.
Both the women and junior men are on their final lap.
3:20 - The men are on their last lap.
Seamus McGrath has opened up a gap on Chad Miles of 20 seconds. Then it is Matt Toulouse at 25 seconds, and Andreas Hestler at 45 seconds.
1. Seamus McGrath (ON) Haro Lee Dungarees
2. Chad Miles (BC) Roach
3. Mathieu Toulouse (QC)
4. Andreas Hestler (BC) Rocky Mountain
5. Julian Hine (ON) Gears Racing
1. Chrissy Redden (ON) Subaru Gary Fisher
2. Marie-Helen Premont (QC) Oryx
3. Trish Sinclair (BC) Ford Devinci
Junior Expert Men
1. Martin Lazarski
2. Will Routley
3. Julien Filion
4. Fred Bussieres