Posted by Editor on 04/30/98
A recent article in the U.S. Monthly Labor Review projects that between 1996 and 2006 there will be a 33.5% increase in employment for bicycle mechanics! Of course, their figures are for the U.S., but a similar increase in Canada would also be likely, so start truing those wheels...
World Class Cyclists Take to VictoriaÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s Streets on May 31st
(courtesy Lister Farrar)
Victoria (April 24) - The seventh annual Re/Max Bastion Square Cycling Grand Prix is set to electrify VictoriaÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s downtown historic core, Sunday, May 31.
Cycling fans will have a chance to see some of CanadaÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s top riders compete in the Pro categories, with national team riders like defending champion Roland Green (Kona), Melanie McQuaid (Rocky Mountain) and Trish Sinclair (Kona), all from Victoria, scheduled to take a break from their international mountain bike commitments to take the Bastion Square challenge. It is also anticipated that many of the international racers competing in the World Cup of Track Cycling, May 28-30, will compete in the event.
Others challenging the 900-metre criterium course include riders from novices to veterans. In the former category, expect to see some of the anticipated 40 graduates of the extremely successful Women on Wheels cycling clinic series which winds up May 27th. And new this year will be an Elementary School Relay, open to young riders from 8-12 years old.
"This race keeps getting bigger and better," said Lister Farrar, Race Chair. "Each year more members of the cycling community are keen to test themselves on this challenging course and our community partners are keen to continue their involvement with this popular annual downtown event."
The traditional weekend partner race, the Mt. Tolmie Road Race, will not take place this year for a variety of reasons, most notably the re-scheduling of the World Cup of Track Cycling.
"We are in full support of the international event coming to Victoria and are very excited about the benefits it will have on our community and our sport in the region," said Marischal De Armond, President of the Victoria International Bicycle Race Society. "The shortage of resources, like cycling officials and the barricades required to organize two large events on the same day, makes it near impossible to stage a race of the calibre we expect. We will be working with all of our partners in planning a more comprehensive series of events as part of Pacific BikeFest 1999."
The initial dates for the World Cup of Track Cycling, May 27-29, were changed to May 28-30 by the Union Cyclist Internationale to provide an additional travel day for athletes coming to Victoria from Cali, Colombia, site of the first World Cup event.
"The Bastion Square Cycling Grand Prix is the jewel of cycling races on Vancouver Island and a top-notch BC sport event," said Tom Mayenknecht, Vice President of the Commonwealth Centre for Sport Development, a sponsor of the event through the CCSD National Cycling Centre. "We are using this event, coupled with the World Track of Cycling, to build Pacific BikeFest into a bigger package of cycling events and activities in the years to come."
Registration forms for the Re/Max Bastion Square Cycling Grand Prix will be available at local bike stores by the beginning of May. For more information on the event, call (250) 360-BIKE.
Amended Results (courtesy Val Davidge)
There is an offical amendment to the results of the Women's race at Bobcaygeon.
Julia Bradley, Sophie Radecki and Ann Turrin now share 9th place and will be given 9th place O-cup points. Everyone else listed in the results previously published, from 9th place, moves down two places.
This very unusual change, after an event, has been brought about because the Commissaires were unable to place certain riders yet knew they were there but could not identify them. Their official postings showing blank spots brought forth no response. The Canadian Cyclist listing, however, did (three cheers for Canadian Cyclist) and the women have identified themselves and proved that the result given was wrong. This decision is now final.
Guys and Gals - please understand that it is your responsibility to check results when posted. It is not sufficient to finish a race and go home with a proud statement of how well you finished. You MUST check that the officials got you finishing in that position. That is YOUR responsibility - you have a right to appeal - look after your own interests - the Commissaires cannot always be expected to be perfect.
Thanks to Jim Cummings and crew at Bobcaygeon for their good work and decision making. Hope this closes this issue.
Circuit des Mines, France
Stage 2 - Esch sur Alzette to Auboue, 170 km
1. Damien Nazon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux 3:51:19
2. Stefano Dante (Ita) Vini Caldirola s.t.
3. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino at 0:02
4. Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93
5. Pierre Painaud (Fra) VCLVV both s.t.
9. Czeslaw Lukasziewicz (Can) Mroz all s.t.
1. Damien Nazon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
2. Stefano Dante (Ita) Vini Caldirola at 0:16
3. Guido Wirz (Sui) Post Swiss Team 0:17
4. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino 0:20
5. Peter Wuyts (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 0:23
Giro di Trentino, Italy
Stage 4 - Torri del Benaco to Riva Del Garda, 168.5 km
1. Pascal Richard (Sui) Casino 3:48:22
2. Oskar Camenzind (Sui) Mapei-Bricobi
3. Riccardo Forconi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchiboth s.t.
4. Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Casino 0:14
5. Marcello Siboni (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi s.t.
1. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 17:29:45
2. Dario Frigo (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale at 0:24
3. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Cofidis 0:26
4. Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 0:27
5. Daniel Clavero (Esp) Vitalicio Seguros 0:33
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