Posted by Editor on 09/13/02
Tour of Hokkaido - Japan
Stage 2 - Shari to Kitame 171.5 km
1. Dominique Perras (Can) Canada 4:17:44
2. Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) Shimano Racing at 0:08
3. Hisafumi Imanishi (Jpn) Shimano Racing
4. Ken Hashikawa (Jpn) Bridgestone-Anchor
5. Kazuya Okazaki (Jpn) Nippon Hodo
7. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Canada
12. Chris Sheppard (Can) Canada
13. Andreas Hestler (Can) Canada
24. Mat Toulouse (Can) Canada all s.t.
1. Simone Mori (Jpn) Nippon Hood 8:47:54
2. Tomoya Kanou (Jpn) Shimano Racing at 0:29
3. Hashikawa 0:55
4. Mikahail Teteryuk (Kaz) Nippon Hood 1:20
5. Okazaki 1:40
30. Perras 5:18
35. Sheppard 6:00
42. Hestler 7:39
46. Toulouse 8:22
60. Pinfold 12:10
Dominique Perras se paye une victoire d'étape
Montréal, 13 septembre 2002 (Sportcom) - Le cycliste Dominique Perras a remporté, vendredi, la deuxième étape du Tour d'Hokkaido, au Japon, une épreuve des six courses en six jours. Celui-ci a terminé l'épreuve sur route de 171km en 4 h 17 min 44 s, soit 8 s devant son plus proche poursuivant, le Japonais Masamichi Yamamoto.
" Il y avait une longue montée au 110e km et nous nous sommes retrouvés dans un peloton (de tête) de cinq coureurs. Vingt kilomètres plus tard, j'ai attaqué tout seul et j'ai terminé la course en solitaire, savourant la victoire au cours du dernier kilomètre ", a commenté Perras, qui court sous les couleurs de l'équipe canadienne.
Malgré cette victoire, le Bouchervillois, qui est deuxième au classement par points, se retrouve au 30e rang du classement général. " Mon objectif était vraiment de bien faire au classement général, a avoué le cycliste de 28 ans. Mais, lors de la première étape, j'ai connu des ennuis mécaniques et j'ai dû terminer la course sur un vélo beaucoup trop petit pour moi et cela m'a fait perdre du temps. " Il accuse un retard de 5 min 18 s sur le Japonais Simone Mori, leader après les deux étapes.
Mathieu Toulouse, un habitué du vélo de montagne, participe également au tour. Le Montréalais a pris la 24e position, à 8 s de son coéquipier, et occupe la 46e place au général.
Samedi, les coureurs se frotteront à une course sur route de 170 kilomètres.
Fight Race - Nova Scotia
Courtesy Randy Gray
5km Time Trail (MTB) brought to you by TossedSaladInc. and Fosterbator Productions:
Heck of a lot o' people out for this one folks.
Great weather and trail conditions, maybe a bit too hot!
Come on out next week - everyone welcome, no entry fee!
1. Mark Foster 21:57
2. Dustin MacBurnie 23:46
3. Rob Klue 24:29
4. Randy Gray 24:51
5. John Rubinger 25:33
6. Mike Ritter 25:35
7. Neil Sinclair 26:14
8. Roger Nelson 26:19
9. Rob Edsall 26:26
10. Kyle Swain 26:46
11. Kevin Noiles 27:42
12. Shawn Skelhorn 28:08
13. Lav. MacNeil 30:04
14. Carl Simoneau 30:23
15. George Bell 30:24
16. Mike Kenny 32:13
17. Brent Nicholson 32:58
18. Paul Belhumeur 33:15
19. Anthony Lacopia 33:54
20. John VanKroonenburg 34:05
21. Jason Martin 34:35
22. Jean Jardine 36:21
23. Melanie Jardine 38:05
24. Jeremy Gass 38:43
25. Dave Beck 39:01
26. Henk '2Slow' Van Voorst 39:55
27. Mark Wood 42:46
28. Corey Mood 44:30
29. Wayne Aspinall 46:00
30. Mike Lawrence DNF
31. Dan Smith DNF
Race 6:15pm at Cowie Hill entrance to Wrandees. 5.02km TT. Finish at the parking lot.
Next week is cancelled due to the Toronto Trade Show. Be back next week though.
Cecile Gambin Retires
Canadian national downhill team member Cecile sent this message to us:
Well, it's been a long, adventurous and happy 12 years of racing for me, and I've decided this summer (after having TOTALLY mangled my index finger in a DH training run) that I would see my last dh race on July 13. You should see my knuckle, it's still 2x its normal size and it looks like a granny finger - all bent, crooked with very little movement. eeek! My physio isn't too happy with me :(
Anyways, I've had a great career, and I'm happy with myself about the results that I've put in, having made the national team 3x, numerous OCUP wins and some CC wins as well. I've made great friends, seen some awesome places, and have ridden amazing trails.
I'm sad to leave the race circuit behind as without it, I wouldn't have become the rider that I am today. Racing has taught me many goods things - nutrition, confidence, and being in excellent physical shape (ok, some good partying too). Perhaps though, the single most important aspect of racing that I have enjoyed the most is how much it pushed me. Half the stuff I'm doing now I would never have attempted. Peer pressure works, as the thought that "if she can do it so can I" became so crystal clear. That, and the fact that through racing I had the opportunity to ride in different areas of the world, some of which I'm sure I would of never have gone to, or even known about. Racing is awesome, try it if you haven't already. You owe yourself that much!
I'd like to thank all my sponsors (previous and current) for the support they have given me throughout the years. Without you, success would of been much harder. Thank you to Outdoor Gear Canada (Mavic, Rip N Hammer), On the Edge (Intense Bicycles), Briko, NORCO Bicycles, Veltec Canada (Schwinn Bicycles), my coach Dan Marshall, and of course David (my better half) for putting up with me, and cooking me dinners while I was out training. Couldn't of done it without you!!
So now I'm free to ride all the trails I want and not have to worry about a particular run. I can hack around, get hurt, or take a day off. I can honestly say though that I will not miss the interval training that my coach had me consistently, or persistently doing.
Today, I'm busy playing soccer, mountain biking, riding my dirt bike (oddly enough I'm racing that as it's a new challenge to me, and I don't have to do intervals), and going to physio for my finger. I will always ride my bicycle, I'm just doing it for fun now. Which is the key element in my decision to retire. I felt that I was no longer having fun, and with full time work, I didn't have the time, the energy and the mental discipline to train for the elite level.
I also wanted more time to pursue mountain bike instructing as that is something which I started doing a few years ago. So, if ya need some help check out my web site (he he he). It still needs a little bit of work though, so be patient with a few of the pages: www.chainlink.8m.com.
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