August 10/03 10:02 am - Preliminary Pan Am MTB, TransRockies, Quebec-Montreal
Posted by Editor on 08/10/03
Pan Am Games - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1 Jeremiah Bishop USA 2:10:39
2 Edivandro Cruz Brazil 2:10:53
3 Deiber Esquivez Costa Rica 2:12:28
4 Marcio Ravelli Brazil 2:16:43
We do not have Mat Toulouse's finishing position at this time.
1 Jimena Florit Argentina 2:02:59
2 Mary McConneloug USA 2:05:49
3 Francisca Campos Chile 2:10:55
4 Laura Morfin Mexico 2:12:14
There were no Canadian women in the women's race.
The first stage of the TransRockies Challenge has finished, and we have received a report from Gilles Morneau and Michel Leblanc of the VeloMag squad. The first stage of the revised race (due to forest fires in BC) was 45 kilometres and took the riders from Fernie to the Fernie Ski Resort.
"It was a good day. but very hard with 2000 metres of elevation gain." said Leblanc. "It was really hot, at least 35 degrees Celcius."
Morneau agreed. "We went through the best trails in the Fernie area, but on some of the powerline (sections) it was really steep - just walls that we could barely push our bikes up. I think that we spent 60% of the day in our granny gears."
Standings after stage 1
1 Team Adidas / Fiat Rotwild (Andreas Strobel/Sivio Wieltschnig) 3:06:44
2 Team Pete (Andreas Hestler/Matt Decore) 3:10:25
3 Global Xtreme TV / Gearsracing.com (Greg Reain/Matt Patterson) 3:20:48
5 VeloMag (Gilles Morneau/Michel Leblanc) 3:45:30
Note: Morneau and Leblanc are second in the Masters standings.
Quebec Montreal Update
Saturn's Tim Johnson won the 250 kilometer race from Montreal to Quebec City today in a solo effort. The race began in wind driven rain and a steady headwind facing the peloton with an estimated time for the 250 kilometers in 7 hours. Typically the race which is mainly flat except for a climb at the finish is completed in roughly five hours.
Johnson's move came in the final kilometers of the event on the only climb when he attacked out of a break of three. The break of three evolved out of an initial break of 18 riders. From 18 the break was gradually thinned down to a group of ten including Johnson, and his Saturn teammate Phil Zajicek. Eventually the break became three with Ciaran Power (Navigators) and Canadian Alexandre Nadeau making the final selection. Johnson was able to shed his breakaway companions on the final climb to the finish, soloing in for an impressive win in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Nadeau was second over Power. Johnson's teammate Zajicek attacked the remaining seven coming home for a strong fourth place finish.
1. Tim Johnson - Saturn
2. Alexandre Nadeau
3. Ciaran Power - Navigators
4. Phil Zajicek - Saturn