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April 10/12 20:53 pm - Barry's Roubaix: Report, Results, Photos

Posted by Editoress on 04/10/12

Barry’s Roubaix Filled with Excitement

Flat Tires, Crashes, and Breakaways Rule Annual Pitt Meadows Cycling Race

The third annual Barry’s Roubaix cycling race presented by Local Ride Bike Shop on Sunday saw 100 riders, including some of the country’s best, take to the roads and dykes of Pitt Meadows in a remarkable show of strength, skill, and tactics.

The perfect weather and mountain backdrop set an idyllic scene for what would be a day of dramatic races. “Spectators were treated to lots of action, from aggressive attacks and photo finishes to crashes and flat tires,” said race organizer and Local Ride Bike Shop owner Barry Lyster. The race pays homage to the famous Paris-Roubaix held on the same day in northern France.

Even before the start whistle sounded, it was evident punctures would be a factor in the cycling contest that saw riders compete on a unique course composed of both pavement and gravel surfaces. As racers warmed up on the 10km course aboard carbon-fibre road racing bikes, many rolled back to the pit area on Barnes Road near the Ridge Meadows BMX Track with deflated tires.

“One section of gravel on the 5km stretch of dyke was especially deep and rough,” said Lyster. “There was also one single pothole on the paved section that took out a few riders. Hopefully it will be fixed for next year’s race.”

Despite the lack of hills on the route, the difficulty level was made high by the gravel and winds that picked up late in the morning for the elite races. “Every time we hit the rough gravel section, it was really hard to maintain my speed and hold my line, especially in the deep spots. That part was also where I felt the strongest crosswind. It was a tough race,” said Sandra Walter (Coquitlam) of the Maple Ridge based Local Ride/Dr. Vie Superfoods+ team. Walter placed fifth in the 90km Cat 1/2/3 women’s race, despite a crash on the first lap, and helped her team mate, Steph Roorda (Vancouver), earn the victory.



Moriah McGregor (Colavita/espnW) follows Steph Roorda (Local Ride/Dr. Vie Superfoods+) around a gravel corner


Roorda, recently returned from a successful season on the World Cup Track Cycling circuit with the Canadian Team, was marked as one of the favourites. She has had strong results in Pitt Meadows in the past, with a win at the 2008 Harris-Roubaix, predecessor to Local Ride Bike Shop’s Barry’s Roubaix. Roorda remained a fixture near the front over all nine laps of Sunday’s race, making the initial break of seven riders on the first lap, which was later whittled down to six, and finally four competitors. In the final 200 metres, she accelerated in an incredible sprint and definitively distanced herself from her three biggest rivals to take the win. Claire Cameron (Vancouver) of the Mighty Riders team finished second, followed by 2010 Barry’s Roubaix winner, Maple Ridge’s Jean Ann Berkenpas (Xprezo Borsao Factory Team). Roorda’s victory was no surprise, as the speedster is on track to compete for Canada at the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games in the Women’s Team Pursuit an event in which her team recently won the Pan American Championships.



l to r: Jesse Reams (Hagen Berman Elite Racing Team), Rob Britton (H&R Block), Mike Sidic (H&R Block)


The Cat 1/2 men’s race saw a pack 28 of the province’s fastest riders start the 120km race. The field separated quickly, with a break riding off the front of the field and gaining a gap. Over the course of 12 laps, 17 racers would succumb to the gravel, punctures, or other mechanical and physical factors that would lead to their abandonment of the race, leaving a select group of 11 riders to vie for the win. Despite pressure from last year’s winning Garneau Evolution team, H&R Block squad strongman Rob Britton (Victoria) put the power down where it counted and outgunned Tim Abercrombie (New Westminster) Garneau Evolution for the win by a 15-second margin. Third place was about to be decided in what was shaping up to be a nailbiter of a sprint between Mike Sidic (Vancouver) H&R Block and Jesse Reams (Burnaby) Hagen Berman Elite Racing Team when a vehicle rolled slowly through the finish line and directly in front of the photo finish camera. Recognizing the dangerous situation, both riders slowed down to avoid the vehicle. As a result, Lyster awarded both riders third place.

The Novice men’s and women’s, U17, and Cat 3/4 men’s races were the first to roll early in the morning, with the latter forming the day’s biggest field. The men’s 3/4 category also saw the most carnage – both mechanical and physical, with a large crash marring the competition mid-race. Local Ride Racing’s Ryan Newsome (Port Moody) was caught up in the wreckage and was forced to abandon after giving team mate Richard Machhein (Port Coquitlam) his front wheel. Machhein was the team’s top finisher in 14th place, with Carsten Ivany (Langley) Local Ride Racing in 18th.

Jordan Duncan (Comox) got through the race relatively unscathed to snap up the win ahead of second place, Michael Wegner (Victoria), and third place, Tristan Hughes (Vancouver) dEVo.

In the Novice women’s race, Madeleine Hawkins (Vancouver) Glotman Simpson edged out Jeanine Ball (Vancouver) Local Ride Racing, while Eric Verster (West Vancouver) won the Novice men’s contest with Brendan Hodge (Vancouver) finishing second and Jeroen Rijken (Surrey) third.

Maggie Coles-Lyster (Maple Ridge) Local Ride Racing finished the four-lap, 40km U17 women’s race solo, despite a crash on the gravel.

“Our new course received great reviews from riders and spectators,” said race organizer and Local Ride Bike Shop owner Barry Lyster.

Thank you to Local Ride Bike Shop, Kicking Horse Coffee, Hopcott Farms, Ridge Meadows BMX, the City of Pitt Meadows, Cycling BC, and to all of the volunteers who helped make Barry’s Roubaix a success.






1/2/3/ Women
1 Steph Roorda (Local Ride /Dr. Vie Superfoods) 2.34.25
2 Claire Cameron (Mighty Riders) 2.34.27
3 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Cycles Xprezo) 2.34.27
4 Moriah MacGregor (Colavita-espnW Pro Cycling) 2.34.33
5 Sandra Walter (Local Ride /Dr. Vie Superfoods) 2.35.00
6 Morgan Cabot (Glotman Simpson Cycling) 2.35.00
7 Katie Lotterhos (Glotman Simpson) 2.43.57
8 Janna Gillick (Mid Island Velo Association) 2.43.57
DNF Melanie Von Stetten (Local Ride /Dr. Vie Superfoods)
DNF Rachel Canning (Local Ride /Dr. Vie Superfoods)
DNF Meghan Grant (Local Ride /Dr. Vie Superfoods)
DNF Jennifer McMahon (Glotman Simpson Cycling)
DNF Nik Vogler (Specialized/Mazda/SGC)
1/2 Men
1 Rob Britton (Team H&R Block) 2.52.42
2 Tim Abercrombie (Garneau Evolution) 2.52.57
3 Mike Sidic (Team H&R BLOCK) 2.53.57
3 Jesse Reams (Hagen Berman Elite) 2.53.58
5 Jacob Schwingboth (Glotman-Simpson) 3.00.04
6 Greg Christian (Garneau Evolution) 3.01.14
7 Jeff Werner (Garneau Evolution) 3.01.15
8 Kyle Buckosky (Garneau Evolution) 3.01.56
9 Cid Martinez (Russ Hay's) 3.02.59
10 Emile de Rosnay (Russ Hay's) 3.03.10
11 Hugh Trenchard -105 3.03.46
DNF Andrew Pinfold (Team H&R BLOCK)
DNF Justin Kerr (Team H&R BLOCK)
DNF James Cameron (Pro City Racing)
DNF Tom Malczynski (Pro City Racing)
DNF Dave Johnson (Speed Theory)
DNF Bart Ludbrook (Glotman Simpson Cycling Club)
DNF Marvin Guzman (Westwood / Cannondale p/)
DNF Rory McAdams (Team Trek Red Truck Racing)
DNF David Stephens (Garneau Evolution)
DNF Erik Mulder (Garneau Evolution)
DNF Mike Rothengatter (Garneau Evolution)
DNF Julian Base (Fraser Valley Cycling Club)
DNF James Mollison (ProCity Racing)
DNF Scott Inman (Garneau Evolution)
DNF David Gillam (Glotman Simpson Cycling)
DNF Raphael Lalumiere (Russ Hay's)
DNF Curtis Dearden (Russ Hay's)
DNS Craig Jones (Team H&R BLOCK)
DNS Neal Kindree (Specialized / EMD Serono)
3/4 Men
1 Jordan Duncan (Russ Hay's)
2 Michael Wegner
3 Tristan Hughes (dEVo)
4 Josh Erickson (Pro City Racing)
5 John Courtney (Cycle Logic)
6 Jonathan Braunstein (Team Click)
7 Alex Langley (Cycle Logic)
8 John Livingstone (EV)
9 Tony Martin
10 Steve Grandy (Russ Hay's)
11 Jeff Ain (DeVo)
12 Geordie Morrison (ProCity Racing)
13 Kevin Ford (Pro City Racing)
14 Rich Machhein (Local Ride Racing)
15 Jackson Pickell (devo)
16 Simon Stanlake (Todd's Racing p/b HootSuite)
17 Ted Matson
18 Carsten Ivany (Local Ride Racing)
19 Albert Nomura (Triple Crown Racing)
20 Dylan Doubt (Poler stuff)
21 Brian Wong (Paincave Cycling)
22 Christopher Burk (Phoenix Velo)
23 Erik Madsen (Pro City Racing)
DNF Ryan Newsome (Local Ride Racing)
DNF Nick Berry
DNF Garry Bone
DNF Brian Griffin (Team Alliance)
DNF Sean OMahony (Team Johnny Stay Hard)
DNF Geoffrey Parslow (Todd's Racing p/b HootSuite)
DNF Joe Bishop (Todd's Racing p/b HootSuite)
DNF John Bromley (Todd's Racing)
DNF Arturo Suarez (Todd's Racing)
DNF Jason Rhodes (Todds Racing100946)
DNF Henri De Boever (Russ Hay's pb Accent Inns)
DNF John Rogers (Pro City Racing)
DNF John Langley (Vernon Wheelers)
DNF Dylan Davies (Super Champion)
DNF Sam Ratzke (cyclemeisters/ teambowcycle)
DNF Thomas Playfair (Mac-Talla Cycles)
DNF Matt Ewonus (Balance Point Racing)
DNF Alex Hui (Pro City Racing)
DNF Sheldon Boreen (daryl evans)
DNF Derek Slykerman
DNF Chad Eberle (Glotman Simpson)
DNF David Strasser (Russ Hay's)
DNS Ceren Caner (Johnny Stay Hard)
DNS Tom Baker
DNS Jeremy Crane (Atomic Racing)
DNS Ian Hay
Novice Men
1 Eric Verster
2 Brendan Hodge
3 Jeroen Rijken
4 Cameron Adam (Atomic Racing Club)
5 Andrew Pickell (Fort Langley Cyclery)
6 Peter Fung
DNS Peter Senkpiel
Novice Women
1 Madeleine Hawkins (Glotman Simpson)
2 Jeanine Ball (Local Ride Racing)
U17 Boys
1 Ulrich Langley (Coastal Racing Club)
2 Finn Blackburn
DNS Brody Hay
17 Girls
1 Coles-Lyster (Local Ride/Dr. Vie Superfood)



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