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May 24/02 9:01 am - Bikshevik Grand Prix (AB), Canadian Win in France


Posted by Editoress on 05/24/02
 

Bikshevik Grand Prix Glenmore Velodrome, Calgary - June 1-2
Courtesy Organiser: cp Walsh

With $1700 on the line, the fifth annual Bikeshevik GP ought to light-up a few wheels. This year the race features 7 categories including Masters, U16 Cub Racers and Parlympians! Entry is $40 with $2/entry going to the David Suzuki Foundation. This omnium-style event features the standard time trials in addition to scratch races, devils and points races.

We might also see an out-of-competition keirin and the oft-feared CJSW mad scramble where competitors negotiate the track going clockwise!

For more information or to register (deadline for ITTs, Thursday, May 30), please contact cp Walsh at 403-289-2664 or email fvk6@yahoo.ca


Former Ontario Junior Champ wins in France
Courtesy Avery Burdett, OBC

Saturday May 18th. Former Ontario Junior Road Race Champion from the Ottawa Bicycle Club, Colin Burn won the first stage of the the Commune de Monseret in Languedoc. The race is part of the Tour de Minervois an Elite 3-National-Regional stage race in France. Colin races for the Jeune Cyclist Haute Vallée de l'Aude out of Limoux. The team is directed by Canadian, Chris Georgas.

The 90km stage was raced on a flattish 10km/h circuit for 9 laps. Weather was nasty - blowing a gail at 15 degees. On the second lap Colin broke away with Brit team mate, Chris Penkeff, and three other guys. After being caught, on the fourth lap they rode off the front with a group of twelve. They didn't realize they had started the winning break.

The gap kept growing with every lap. Colin and Chris took turns to attack every once-in-awhile to keep the pace up. On the last lap they decided that they had the strength to attack more frequently, they agreed that as one was caught the other would attack. However after one attack Colin shot off the front and soloed for 8km straight into the headwind putting 30 seconds into the pack and riding home to victory. It was a good day for Colin and his team. The team had taken 1st place, 1st Espoir, 1st Junior, and 1st team.

 


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