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July 15/07 9:38 am - White Rock Road Race Results & Report

Posted by Editor on 07/15/07

Tour de White Rock Road Race

The future has arrived in the Coast Capital Savings Tour de White Rock. Three of the youngest cyclists in the 28th Annual Tour de White Rock Peace Arch News Road Race helped their Symmetrics team maintain its monopoly in White Rock. Will Routley, 24, of Whistler, conquered the mountainous streets in White Rock to pick up the biggest win of his young career. Christian Meier, 22, of Langley took 2nd and Tsawwassen's Cam Evans, 23, finished 3rd to give Symmetrics a sweep of the top spots for the first time in team and race history.

"We're all racing so well that it doesn't matter who wins," said Routley. "We just want to get out front early and push the race and if no one chases us then we know we can count on the support on the rest of the team to take over if we start to wear out."

Three laps and 30 kilometers into Sunday's 134 kilometer race, Routley took off out front, breaking the 91 man peloton into three small groups. He was joined by teammate Christian Meier, the 2007 under-23 Canadian National Road Race champ and Trek Red Truck's Dave Vukets. The Symmetrics riders quickly left Vuckets behind and opened up an impressive two minute lead midway through the race and widened to a three minute gap with four laps to go.

"At the beginning it was really, really hard," said Meier. "We knew we had to nail it and make the other teams chase. When no one did we knew we were probably going to make it although we were starting to feel it. We were hurting at the end."

Meier and Routley stayed away for the rest of cool, cloudy morning up and down the mountainous streets and along the scenic shores on Marine Drive in White Rock. The only challenge they had left was deciding who had done the most work and deserved to be first across the finish line. The honor and the race went to Routley who also wrapped up the King of the Mountain award by leaving Meier behind on the final steep climb.

"I was starting to cramp up a bit," Routley revealed. "We knew we were in danger because the lead was getting shorter and shorter with every lap. So we knew who ever had the legs would get the win.

Routley finished 22 seconds ahead of Meier completing the 134 kilometer race in 3 hours, 35 minutes and 43 seconds. Evans out sprinted Kristian House to take 3rd, 41 seconds behind Routley.

"This is only a 130 K course," said Routley, "but with all the hills it's so tough that it feels like a 200 K race. I finished 2nd two years ago in one of those races that sticks under your skin. To finally win it is sweet."

The women's race quickly separated the contenders from the pretenders among the 41 racers, the biggest women's field in race history. Only two laps and 20 kilometers into the 80 kilometer race, a five woman breakaway opened up a commanding minute and 17 second lead. Perennial front runner, Leah Goldstein of Symmetrics was up front with Saturday's Remax Criterium champion Rushlee Buchanan of New Zealand's Jazz Apple. The break also included Friday's White Rock Mufflers Hill Climb winner Allison Testroete of Abbotsford.

Three laps from the finish Goldstein, who was 2nd last year but has never won on the road in White Rock, decided it was time to gamble.

"It always comes down to a sprint here and everyone knows what a sprinter I am...'NOT!" she joked. "I knew my only chance was to get away on the hills and open up a big lead. I just treat it like a time trial, put my head down and go as hard as I can."

She took off on her own chased by Buchanan and Victoria's Erinne Willock. With a lap to go she was straining to maintain a slim six second lead on the hilliest, most exhausting race of BC Superweek. Goldstein, the strongest, toughest and most dominant woman cyclist on the West Coast put her head down and widened her lead to an insurmountable 30 seconds. She raised her arms in celebration and relief as she crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 47 seconds. Buchanan finished 50 seconds behind while Willock finished in 3rd place.

It was a triumphant victory for the courageous 38-year-old who was almost killed two years ago when she crashed on a 70 kilometer an hour descent in a race in Oregon.

"I smashed my jaw, broke 14 bones and was in a wheelchair for six months," she said. "They told me I'd never race again and that just made me angry and more determined than ever to come back and keep going as long as I can. The women's racing around here is tougher than ever thanks to BC Superweek. It's faster, more aggressive and more competitive than ever. It's changed so much since I started. It's great to see.

BC Superweek continues with the Tour de Gastown, Wednesday, the Giro Di Burnaby, on Thursday evening and concludes with the Tour de Delta Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-22.

1Leah Goldstein (Isr) Symmetrics Cycling2:24:47.9
2Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) JAZZ Apple Cycling Team2:25:28.1
3Erinne Willock (Can) Expresscopy.com2:25:49.9
4Alison Testroete (Can) Team Expresscopy.com2:28:27.6
5Shelley Olds (USA) PROMAN/Paradigm2:29:11.2
6Gina Grain (Can) Expresscopy.com2:34:16.8
7Malindills Maclean (NZl) JAZZ Apple Cycling Team2:34:17.2
8Marni Hambleton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling2:34:17.4
9Jenny Trew (Can) Giant Bicycles Canada2:34:17.4
10Sarah Stewart (Can) Symmetrics Cycling2:34:18.5
11Gillian Kornell (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team2:34:19.0
12Marie-Claude Gagnon (Can) Team Integrale2:34:19.1
13Megan Rathwell (Can) Independent2:34:19.5
14Courtney Albert (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale2:34:20.1
15Leah Guloien (Can) Team Giant2:34:20.9
16Alison Shanks (NZl) JAZZ Apple Cycling Team2:34:21.0
17Sarah Murdoch (NZl) JAZZ Apple Cycling Team2:34:22.3
18Stephanie Roorda (Can) Giant Bicycles Canada2:34:22.8
19Susy Pryde (NZl) JAZZ Apple Cycling Team2:34:23.7
20Jennifer Schultz (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team2:35:37.5
21Heather Kay (Can) ERTC/redbike2:36:06.1
22Leslie Vice (Can) Chicks Cycling Club2:36:06.5
23Claire Cameron (Can) Giant Bicycles Canada2:37:36.0
24Stella Carey (USA) Velo Bella-Kona2:42:06.5
25Carrie Eller (USA) Avanti Racing/Ti Cycles2:42:50.5
26Lisa Tasa (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale2:43:00.9
27Monica Nelson (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team2:43:19.8
28Alena Radomsky (Can) Giant Bicycles Canada2:43:53.9
29Natasha Kuzmak (Can) Synergy Racing Cycle Club2:43:55.2
30Heather Gerth (Can) Chicks Cycling Club2:43:56.2
31Kristine Brynjolfson (Can) Team Coastal- 1 lap
32Ryan Hostetter (USA) Velo Bella-Kona- 1 lap
33Michele Conrad (USA) Avanti/TiCycles- 1 lap
34Carmen Diges (Can) Independent- 1 lap
DNFLisa Howard (Can) Giant Bicycles Canada
DNFLaura Brown (Can) Giant Bicycles Canada
DNFAnna Webb (USA) A E Sport Devolpment
DNFSarah Kerlin (USA) Velo Bella-Kona
DNFAnne-Marie Lefrancois (Can) Team Integrale
DNFMarian Hunting (USA) Velo Bella-Kona
DNFJaymie McGowan (Can) Oak Bay Bikes
DNSLee Darling (Can) Team Integrale
DNSAlex Wrubleski (Can) Colavita / Sutter Home
DNSJulie Beveridge (Can) Bicisport
DNSKaren Watson (Can) Team Integrale
DNSSarah Nathan (Can) Chicks Cycling Club
1Will Routley (Can) Symmetrics Cycling3:35:43.3
2Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling3:36:03.7
3Cameron Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cycling3:36:40.8
4Kristian House (GBr) Navigators Insurance3:36:40.9
5Ryan Anderson (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale3:37:01.3
6Rob Britton (Can) La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries3:37:02.8
7Jeff Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics Cycling3:37:09.7
8Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling3:37:10.0
9Matt Shriver (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team3:37:10.6
10Trevor Connor (Can) La-Z-Boy Cycling Team3:37:43.9
11Zachery Garland (Can) Masi-Adobe3:37:52.2
12Kenneth Johnson (USA) Harley-Davidson/Baselines Pub3:37:54.3
13Philippe Abbott (Can) Ital Pasta / Transport Belmire3:38:15.1
14Mike Scheske (Can) Escape Velocity 023:38:25.8
15David Richter (USA) Ital Pasta / Transport Belmire3:38:30.6
16Jamie Sparling (Can) La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries3:38:34.5
17Cory Forrest (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team3:40:01.2
18Jonathan Gormick (Can) Masi-Adobe3:40:01.8
19David Veilleux (Can) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team3:40:04.1
20Zach Bell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling3:41:33.5
21Kevin Noiles (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale3:41:57.7
22Marcel Aarden (Can) independent3:42:54.9
23Jackson Buehler (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale-1 lap
DNFHilton Clarke (Aus) Navigators Insurance
DNFOleg Grishkin (Rus) Navigators Insurance
DNFDavid O'Loughlin Irl) Navigators Insurance
DNFCiaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance
DNFKyle Wamsley (USA) Navigators Insurance
DNFJeffery Hopkins (Aus) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
DNFEvan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
DNFAustin King (USA) Jittery Joe's Pro Cycling Team
DNFAndrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
DNFBrandon Crichton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
DNFAlistair Howard (Can) Masi-Adobe
DNFChris Reid (Can) Masi-Adobe
DNFDaniel MacDonald (Can) Masi-Adobe
DNFTrevor Haaheim (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team
DNFTim Sherstobitoff (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team
DNFDave Vukets (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale
DNFJosh James (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale
DNFAllan Prazsky (Can) Team Glotman Simpson
DNFChris Worsfold (Can) Team Glotman Simpson
DNFJohn Perkins (Can) Team Glotman Simpson
DNFMaurice Worsfold (Can) Team Glotman Simpson
DNFRobin White (Can) Aviawest - Rocky Mountain Bicycles
DNFScott Laliberte (Can) Team Intregrale
DNFJay Hawranik (Can) Team Integrale
DNFThorben Wieditz (Can) Ital Pasta / Transport Belmire
DNFStefan Rothe (Ger) MERCY Cycling Team
DNFShane Savage (Can) Mighty Cycling
DNFSimon Craig (Can) Spoke N Motion
DNFBradley Fairall (Can) SuperSport 35 ACNC
DNFJim Tsilemos (Can) Team Coastal
DNFChris Squire (Can) Escape Velocity 01
DNFDamien Waugh (Can) Escape Velocity 01
DNFJason Thompson (Can) Escape Velocity 01
DNFJeff Ain (Can) Escape Velocity 01
DNFJonathan Page (Can) Escape Velocity 01
DNFTim Abercrombie (Can) Escape Velocity 01
DNFBrad Kerr (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team
DNFCarlos Capela (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team
DNFDan Skinner (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team
DNFOwen Harrison (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team
DNFSean Williams (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team
DNFChris McNeil (Can) Team H&R Block
DNFCyrus Kangarloo (Can) Team H&R Block
DNFZane Westerbeek (Can) Team H&R Block
DNFMatthew Martyniuk (Can) Boh's Cycle/Moose Jaw Pavers
DNFRob Evans (USA) BPG/Montano Velo
DNFTeron Singh (Ind) Ciclowerks
DNFChris Reynolds (Can) CVC - Central Vancouver Cycling
DNFHugh Trenchard (Can) Island Racing Club
DNFShaun Adamson (Can) Juventus/RVC/Kona
DNFJames Larmer (Can) Sudbury Cycling Club
DNFRyan Olson (Can) Team BH/Integrale
DNFMarco Sabatino (Can) La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
DNFJeff Castenmiller (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale
DNFNathan MacDonald (Can) TREK - Red Truck Ale
DNFAnthony Steenbergen (Can) Team H&R Block
DNFPeter Sanowar (Can) Ital Pasta / Transport Belmire
DNFMike Elliston (Can) CVC - Central Vancouver Cycling
DNFJesse James Collins (Can) Bicisport Gruppo Sportivo Campione
DNFOwen Sturgess (Can) Escape Velocity 02
DNSEric Wohlberg (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
DNSAndrew Kyle (Can) Aviawest - Rocky Mountain Bicycles
DNSCraig Richey (Can) Aviawest - Rocky Mountain Bicycles
DNSWilliam Goodfellow (Can) Volkswagen - Trek
DNSStephen Ferris (Can) ERTC redbike
DNSBrian Nelson (USA) First Rate Mortgage
DNSMax Plaxton (Can) La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
DNSRon Klopfer (Can) Team Integrale
DNSMartin Lazarski (Can) Ital Pasta / Transport Belmire


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