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July 12/14 8:56 am - Tour de White Rock: Stage 1 report, photos and results

Posted by Editoress on 07/12/14

Brandon Etzl Repeats as Men's Homelife Realty Hill Climb Winner at Tour de White Rock
Local BC Riders Sweep the Podium in the Women’s Race

BC riders represented their province well in the first stage of the Tour de White Rock on Friday night during the Homelife Realty Hill Climb, as four of the top five riders in the final heat list BC communities as their hometown.

In the end, it was Abbotsford's Alison Jackson of Team Glotman Simpson Cycling out of Vancouver finishing ahead of the field to claim the grueling event. It's her second podium at BC Superweek, after she was second at the MK Delta Lands Criterium one week ago.



Alison Jackson wins - photo Oran Kelly


Jackson acknowledged what a challenge the Hill Climb is, saying it's all about effort and having a solid strategy. The 25-year-old, who is a student at Trinity Western University in Langley, is a multi-sport athlete, which likely helped her in this race. She's competed for Team Canada in triathlon and cross country running and also runs competitively for TWU.

"(Whether it's the first time or the second time) it's the same hard effort. The first time, you've got to work for the time, the second time gets to be a little bit more tactical, watching people a bit more than (focusing on) speed, but it's always going to be a hard effort," she explained.

Jenny Lehmann, who rides for the local Trek Red Truck Racing team, came second and the podium is a familiar place for her. The Kamloops product was third in the Tour de Delta omnium in 2012 and also won the 2011 GranFondo Whistler. In addition, she was the BC Road Race Champion in 2012.

Riding for Langley-based ATAC Sportswear, Megan Rathwell finished third. In 2012, the Victoria native was fourth at the Homelife Realty Hill Climb and third at the Peace Arch News Road Race as part of the Tour de White Rock.

Coming in fourth was 46-year-old Maria Luisa Calle of Team Colombia, while Port Moody's Leah Guloien, who finished third at last month's National Championship Road Race, came fifth. Guloien also rides for Trek Red Truck.

The 35th Annual Tour de White Rock continues on Saturday with the Choices Market Criterium and wraps up with the Peace Arch Road Race on Sunday.

If you're wondering how truly difficult the Homelife Realty Hill Climb is, this year's winner, Brandon Etzl of St. Catharines, Ontario is proof enough.

After finishing the steep 700-metre, 16 percent grade ascent up Buena Vista Avenue in first place, Etzl had to excuse himself from his post-race interview with the stage announcers because he became physically ill. However, it didn't put any damper on the 19-year-old's celebration though, as he won the event for the second straight year. Being the defending champion gave Etzl a chance to have a bit of a leg up on the first-time riders.





Brandon Etzl defeating Florenz Knauer in the final - photo Oran Kelly


"I knew what to do and when to go on the hill. Having the experience of the five man group up the hill was definitely beneficial to my race," he said.

Etzl definitely had this race circled on his calendar as he lists in his bio on the Team Jet Fuel Coffee/Norco Bicycles website that one of his goals for 2014 was to defend his title here. He says that the final heat was pretty tactical.

"Two other riders went pretty hard at the beginning and I just kind of sat up, knowing that last year, people went really hard at the beginning and we flew past them at the top," he explained. "(This year), I just sat back and played cat-and-mouse, took some wheels and then hit it really hard a little too early at the bottom of the steep part of the hill, but it worked out for me."

There was also a familiar face in second place, as 2012 winner Florenz Knauer came in just behind Etzl. Knauer, who races for Team Heizomat out of Germany, has been on the podium at this race for three straight years, including a victory in 2012. He also cited his previous experience at the Tour de White Rock Hill Climb as paying dividends.

"You have to be tactical the whole climb and if you give too much the first time, you don't have enough energy the second time," the 25-year-old said.

24-year-old Cody Canning, who rides for Victoria-based Russ Hay's/Accent Inns p/b Scotiabank, came third. He hopes the podium finish is a spring board to better things.

"So far this week, it's definitely my best (performance). I had a little trouble finding my rhythm in the criteriums, but we still have (the rest of) White Rock to go, so I'll see if I can find some rhythm now," the Victoria native by way of Edmonton noted. "BC Superweek is BC's best racing of the year, so you've gotta get out and support it and try and do as well as you can with all the pros and all the best riders from around Canada that are out to compete against. It's a fantastic week of bike racing for us."

Other riders making it into the top five and claiming a chunk of the prize money were Sebastian Molano from Team Colombia in fourth and Team H&R Block's Garrett McLeod of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, who was fifth.


Results from the first stage of the Tour de White Rock, Homelife Realty Hill Climb

1/2/3 Women
1 Alison Jackson (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling by position
2 Jenny Lehmann (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes by position
3 Megan Rathwell (Can) ATAC Sportswear by position
4 Maria Luisa Calle (Col) Team Columbia by position
5 Leah Guloien (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes by position
6 Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits 2:04.11
7 Amy Cutler (USA) FCS|Zngine p/b Mr. Restore 2:04.87
8 Suzanne Hamilton (Can) BiciSport 2:05.00
9 Milena Salcedo (Col) Team Columbia 2:05.60
10 Heather Kay (Can) ATAC Sportswear 2:06.27
11 Sara Bergen (Can) ATAC Sportswear 2:07.13
12 Carrie Cartmill (Can) Stevens - The Cyclery 2:09.95
13 Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can) Local Ride Racing 2:10.00
14 Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Stevens - The Cyclery 2:12.88
15 Ellen Watters (Can) Stevens - The Cyclery 2:13.68
16 Meghan Grant (Can) ATAC Sportswear 2:15.26
17 Amy Bradley (Aus) Garneau Factory Team 2:15.97
18 Catherine Dessureault (Can ) Sas-Mazda-Macogep-Specialized 2:16.44
19 Anika Todd (Can) Team TIBCO 2:17.19
20 Kristine Brynjolfson (Can) ATAC Sportswear 2:17.47
21 Anne Morin (Can) Sas-Mazda-Macogep-Specialized 2:18.00
22 Allison Beveridge (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Home 2:18.13
23 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) independent 2:18.35
24 Joanie Caron (Can) Garneau Factory Team 2:18.39
25 Krista Rawlings (Can) Mount Royal Bagel Factory 2:21.00
26 Tessa Pinckston (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Home 2:21.21
27 Sarah Anne Rasmussen (Can) RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam 2:21.29
28 Kinley Gibson (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Home 2:23.80
29 Brenna Pauly (Can) Tripleshot Cycling 2:24.00
30 Erin Redl (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling 2:24.21
31 Ashley Barson (Can) RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam 2:26.71
32 Katie Rushton (Can) ATAC Sportswear 2:27.73
33 Jamie Gilgen (Can) RealDeal/Gears p/b WASPcam 2:28.73
34 Emily Flynn (Can) Stevens - The Cyclery 2:28.77
35 Natalie Koncz (USA) Nemesis Racing 2:29.79
36 Emma Lujan (Can) Bike Barn 2:31.00
37 Adriane Provost (Can) Sas-Mazda-Macogep-Specialized 2:32.36
38 Rosalie Cardin (Can) Sas-Mazda-Macogep-Specialized 2:34.09
39 Sarah Coney (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Home 2:38.62
40 Amelie Bruneau (Can) Stevens - The Cyclery 2:49.80
DNS Annie Ewart (NZl) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits
DNS Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits
DNS Courteney Lowe (NZl) independent
DNS Jade Wilcoxson (Can) Sas-Mazda-Macogep-Specialized
DNS Sam Schneider (Can) Stevens - The Cyclery
DNS Patricia Schwager (Can) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits
DNS Kristi Lay (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNS Shoshauna Routley (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Home
DNS Rachel Canning (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNS Ariane Bonhomme (USA) Team TIBCO
DNS Morgan Cabot (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits
DNS Justine Clift (Can) ATAC Sportswear
DNS Maddi Campbell (Sui) Team TIBCO
Pro 1/2 Men
1 Brandon Etzl (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee / Norco Bicyles by position
2 Florenz Knauer (Ger) Team Heizomat by position
3 Cody Canning (Can) Accent Inns / Russ Hay's p/b Scotiabank by position
4 Sebastian Molano (Col) Team Columbia by position
5 Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R Block by position
6 Derrick St-John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:01:35
7 Matt Green (GBr) Astellas Cycling Team 0:01:35
8 Alexander Grad (Ger) Team Heizomat 0:01:36
9 Shannon Johnson (Aus) NCCH p/b Dec Express 0:01:36
10 Aaron Perry (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk 0:01:36
11 Pierrick Naud (Can) Garneau-Quebecor 0:01:37
12 Justin Morris (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 0:01:37
13 Colin Gibson (USA) Keller Rohrback Cycling 0:01:37
14 Bailey McKnight (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:01:37
15 Stephen Rockwood (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery 0:01:37
16 Craig Richey (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:01:37
17 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Baku 0:01:38
18 Luke Ockerby (Aus) Garneau-Quebecor 0:01:38
19 Aurelien Passeron (Fra) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:01:38
20 Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk 0:01:39
21 Jeffrey Werner (Can) Accent Inns / Russ Hay's p/b Scotiabank 0:01:39
22 Michael Schweizer (Ger) Baku 0:01:39
23 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:01:39
24 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau-Quebecor 0:01:40
25 William Elliott (Can) NCCH p/b Dec Express 0:01:40
26 Fabian Schormair (Ger) Team Heizomat 0:01:42
27 Geordie Morrison (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:01:42
28 Mike Rothengatter (Can) Accent Inns / Russ Hay's p/b Scotiabank 0:01:42
29 Jordan Parra (Col) Team Columbia 0:01:43
30 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:01:43
31 Joel Taylor (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:01:44
32 Ole Quast (Ger) KED Stevens Radteam Berlin 0:01:45
33 Nigel Kinney (USA) Musette Racing 0:01:45
34 David Gerth (Can) Musette Racing 0:01:45
35 Eric Johnston (Can) NCCH p/b Dec Express 0:01:46
36 Conor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery 0:01:46
37 Greg Christian (USA) Accent Inns / Russ Hay's p/b Scotiabank 0:01:46
38 Benjamin Swedberg (USA) California Giant Cycling` 0:01:46
39 Jonaton Restrepo (Col) Team Columbia 0:01:47
40 Mackenzie Garvin (Can) Cyclemiesters BowCycle 0:01:47
41 Amiel Flett-Brown (Can) Musette Racing 0:01:47
42 Michael van den Ham (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:01:48
43 Ben Andrew (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery 0:01:48
44 Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Garneau-Quebecor 0:01:48
45 Glenn Ferreira (USA) Team Metra / Cycles 54 0:01:49
46 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:01:51
47 Henri De Boever (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:01:52
48 Trevor Stothard (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:01:52
49 Ty Andrews (Can) independent 0:01:53
50 Mark Mcconnell (Can) Synergy Racing 0:01:53
51 Jacob Kauffman (Aus) Garneau-Quebecor 0:01:56
52 Hendrik Werner (Ger) RRG Porz 0:01:57
53 Vladi Riha (Ger) VC Vegesack 0:01:58
54 Braydon Bourne (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery 0:02:00
55 Stuart Wight (Can) Team H&R Block 0:02:01
56 Adam de Vos (Can) Team H&R Block 0:02:01
57 Jacob Restall (Aus) NCCH p/b Dec Express 0:02:01
58 Charles Eldridge (USA) Team Novo Nordisk 0:02:02
59 Kevin Massicotte (Can) Jet Fuel Coffee / Norco Bicyles 0:02:05
60 Ruud Cremers (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 0:02:05
61 William Goodfellow (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:02:06
62 Benjamin Dilley (USA) Team Novo Nordisk 0:02:07
63 Elliott Doyle (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 0:02:12
64 Tom Soladay (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits 0:03:03
65 Dustin Andrews (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 0:03:26
66 Eric Young (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits 0:03:57
67 Brad Huff (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefits 0:04:45


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