Posted by Editoress on 06/12/16
National championship titles were awarded across six categories in the Individual Time Trial on Saturday, at the 2016 Global Relay Canadian Masters Road Championships presented by Lexus, in Saint-Calixte, Quebec.
Men and women competed in age categories ranging from 30 years to 60-plus in the timed event. Women's titles were awarded for the 30 to 39, and 40-plus age groups, with Emily Rodger of New Brunswick taking the under 40 title, and Annick Dufour of Quebec the 40-plus title.
The men's competition was divided into four age groups, from 30-39, up to 60-plus, with the oldest competitor over 70 years of age. Dan Doddy of Ontario won the 30-39 title, while Yannick Lemire of Quebec became national champion in the 40-49 competition. In the 50-59 event, Ron Amos of Ontario was the winner, with Robert Anderson (Canadian, but residing in California) taking the 60-plus title.
"It was a really tough race," commented Doddy. "It didn't start out that well for me, with a flat before the start. It was a technical course. Last year I had some mechanical problems and finished second, so this is my first Canadian title. I drove ten hours to come back here and win this time trial."
In the 60-plus category, Anderson admitted, "there was some pressure because I want to go to the world championships, and this is the one place I can qualify. It was a course that suited me, but I knew it was going to be close and that seconds would matter, so I had to bury myself. But it ended up working out, and I won by six seconds." This is Anderson's third time trial title, and seventh national title, including two in mountain biking.
"The course was awesome," said 50-59 age group winner Ron Amos. "Technical, with some steep hills, and at the end just hang on and ride the corners as fast as you could run them. It was nice community support, with the people out on the side of the road cheering us on."
The 2016 Global Relay Canadian Masters Road Championships presented by Lexus conclude on Sunday with the road races.
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