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July 14/16 8:35 am - BC Superweek: Gastown GP

Posted by Editoress on 07/14/16

Two-time U.S. National Criterium Champion Eric Young Wins Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix
U.S. cycling legend Tina Pic claims coveted Gastown women’s title

In his ‘Fun Facts’ section of Eric Young’s bio on the Rally Pro Cycling website, he states the racing obstacle he overcame was beating teammate Brad Huff in criteriums. Whether he’s joking or not, Young overcame that obstacle once again and beat Huff on Thursday night to claim the $12,000 Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix.

The race was shortened by ten laps due to nightfall after a fire truck tending to an alarm on Water Street not far from the start-finish line delayed the beginning by thirty minutes. The riders didn’t show any rust though once things got going, with the racing aggressive right off the start of the 1.2 kilometre circuit.



Eric YOUNG (Rally Cycling) wins



Brad HUFF (Rally Cycling) 2nd, Eric YOUNG (Rally Cycling) 1st, Michael RICE (Garneau-Quebecor) 3rd

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"It was a race from the beginning, the Cylance team had control, they were strong, they were the dominant team of the day, and they showed it,” said Huff, who is the reigning U.S. National Criterium Champion and was fourth in Friday’s MK Delta Lands Criterium. “We're just happy we were able to execute our plan at three and a half to go to get up there. It got a little crazy on the final two laps with guys coming up, we were really battling Silber with Eric, and they got in our train a few times, but we're all professionals - we respect Silber, Silber respects us, so we were able to have a clean finish, I was just happy to be able to take Eric to the line. He's obviously the fastest sprinter in North America, he proved it today."

The camaraderie among the Rally team is clear, with Young willing to give just as much credit to Huff and his teammates for the win.

"The team did an amazing job being super patient. Incycle was being super aggressive, just totally controlling the front with the Australian guys, and they did a good job of that. So we just had to be really patient, not blow any matches getting frustrated,” the 27-year-old from Geneva, Illinois said. “We waited until about three or four to go, went by them with a great job by Shane (Klime) and Tom (Soladay), my teammates, and then on the last lap, Kris Dahl had a good little attack into two corners to go, he came in third wheel right behind Brad. We just yelled at him out of the last corner, 'Go with everything!' and he knows what to do when that happens, 100 metres to go, we just let loose and I couldn't see anything behind me so with about ten feet to go, I knew I'd gotten it."

Young’s been racing at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix for three years, and after top ten finishes in 2013 and 2014, he came in 16th last year. Huff and the rest of the riders are well aware of the prestige of the Gastown race, but are also thrilled by the hospitality of the BC Superweek communities.

"This is a great race, it's been going on for over 40 years, this is one of the best crits in North America, we're just happy to be here, the whole town supports us,” he said. “Every rider here is probably in a host house, and to come here and win with a former two-time national criterium champion, Eric deserves the win. It’s great!"

Third place went to Aussie Michael Rice, who made his second appearance on the podium at BC Superweek. He was third at the MK Delta Lands Criterium last Friday. The 20-year-old had a pretty good idea during the last few laps, which team’s wheel he wanted to be on

"I knew Rally was going to be the team to beat with such a strong criterium squad here. I really wanted to have their wheel going into the last three laps, full credit to Garneau-Quebecor, they set me up really nicely,” said Rice. “I had a bit too much work to do on the last two laps, but I did the best that I could and I'm happy to get third."

Women's race
During her 20 year professional cycling career, Tina Pic has won a lot of races, including six U.S. National Criterium titles, but after sprinting to the finish at the 2016 Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, even she admitted she’s never won a race like this.



Tina PIC (The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling) wins


Tina PIC (The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling) collects one of the world's richest prizes in women's cycling.

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"Oh yeah, this is awesome... all these people, and my old teammates are here and it's just great, the crowds are so fun! I mean, we don't have a huge team here and we're really excited!" the 50-year-old from Bountiful, Utah said.

The former four-time USA Cycling National Racing Calendar Points champion is a legend in cycling world and now she earns her place alongside legends like Alison Sydor, Gina Grain, and Verna Buhler as winners in Gastown.

The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling rider unretired from the sport in 2012 and has shown to be just as strong as riders more than half her age. And now she has a $12,000 prize to go along with it.

"A race like this just makes it all worth it, it's just so fun to come out here and have such big crowds, it's great!" she said.

Pic was third in Friday’s MK Delta Lands Criterium to kick off BC Superweek and had four top ten finishes at the series in 2015, including fourth at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby.

Australian riders took the second and third spots on the podium under two very different circumstances. Second place finisher Kimberley Wells rode with one of the biggest teams registered for the race, Colavita | Bianchi out of New Jersey, while third place rider Kendelle Hodges rode without a team, competing independently.

Wells, who was the 2013 and 2015 Australian National Criterium Champion, had the support of her Colavita | Bianchi teammates, including Lauretta Hanson, a fellow Aussie who finished sixth in Gastown a year ago. That said, it was hard for the teams to strategize due to the roar of close to 30,000 spectators in attendance.

“We could barely hear anything out there because these crowds were so loud. Ideally, I wanted to be third or fourth wheel through that final corner, but just the way it played out, I had to jump people before the corner and came through it first, which is a bit of a bridesmaid’s position on this kind of course. It’s a slight uphill and a very slight headwind on the finish straight, so usually people come from behind on the last 50 metres,” the 30-year-old explained. “Just given the way the race played out, I was just going to try to roll those dice and go for the win and risk losing it. Congratulations to Tina Pic, she’s certainly got some speed, so well done to that team.”

Hodges rides for the High5 Dream Team, a professional team from Australia, but is the only member of her team participating in BC Superweek. During the final lap on Wednesday night, she was part of the pack, looking to go for a bunch sprint at the finish.

"I was waiting for the bunch sprint, there are some teams with big numbers and I knew the girls from Australia, Kimberley and Lauretta, would want it to be a sprint. Kimberley went a bit early on that last corner, but it was a good wheel to follow and I knew it would be quick," she said. “I'm not a pure sprinter, I was just in a good position and made the most of it. It helped there was a bit of an uphill drag, that was good."

Only 40 of the 76 registered riders finished the 35 lap, 42 kilometre race. The top Canadian was Sara Bergen of Vancouver, who rides for the local Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes team.

BC Superweek continues Thursday night with the Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development in the historic Heights neighbourhood of Burnaby. The youth race starts at 5:30 pm, the pro women at 6 pm, and the pro men at 7:15 pm.
Report Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix

BC Superweek continues on Thursday with the Giro di Burnaby. The races start at 5:30 pm PT.


Pro/1/2/3 Women
1 Tina Pic (USA) The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling 0:59:32
2 Kimberley Wells (Aus) Colavita | Bianchi
3 Kendelle Hodges (Aus) High5 Dream Team
4 Sara Bergen (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
5 Alison Jackson (Can) Canadian National Team
6 Gretchen Stumhofer (USA) Colavita | Bianchi
7 Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canadian National Team
8 Ellen Watters (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
9 Jessica Prinner (USA) Rally Cycling
10 Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling
11 Elle Anderson (USA) Rally Cycling
12 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Colavita | Bianchi
13 Kinley Gibson (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
14 Carrie Cartmill (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
15 Hannah Ross (USA) Rally Cycling
16 Sophie Mackay (Aus) Hagens Berman | Supermint all s.t.
17 Lindsay Bayer (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint 0:59:36
18 Denise Ramsden (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
19 Justine Clift (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
20 Emma Grant (GBr) Colavita | Bianchi
21 Jessica Mundy (Aus) Fearless Femme Racing
22 Louisa Lobigs (Aus) Fearless Femme Racing
23 Jamie Gilgen (Can) Canadian National Team
24 Helena Coney (Can) Fresh Air Athena
25 Marie-Soleil Blais (Can) The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling
26 Ariane Bonhomme (Can) The Cyclery - Opus all s.t.
27 Terra Manca (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling 0:59:40
28 Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
29 Jessica Cutler (USA) Colavita | Bianchi
30 Rachel Canning (Can) Continental Crit Nasty
31 Michele Scheaffer (USA) Glotman Simpson Cycling
32 Ashley Barson (Can) Rise Racing
33 Whitney Allison (USA) Colavita | Bianchi
34 Joanie Caron (Can) Fearless Femme Racing all s.t.
35 Shannon Malseed (Aus) Colavita | Bianchi 0:59:42
36 Leah Guloien (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 0:59:44
37 Gillian Ellsay (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes s.t.
38 Allison Linnell (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint 0:59:50
39 Julie Kuliezca (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint 1:00:36
40 Alizee Brien (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Anna Talman (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Catherine Ouellette (Can) Rally Cycling
DNF Emily Flynn (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
DNF Ivy Audrain (USA) Hagens Berman | Supermint
DNF Alysia Withers (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Lucy Bechtel (Aus) Fearless Femme Racing
DNF Janna Gillick (Can) Women's Team ATAC
DNF Brenna Pauly (Can) Women's Team ATAC
DNF Marina Aspen (Can) Fresh Air Athena
DNF Anne Ouellet (Can) Fresh Air Athena
DNF Sarah Coney (Can) Continental Crit Nasty
DNF Jennifer Gerth (Can) Continental Crit Nasty
DNF Helene Pilote Fortin (Can) Crit Nasty
DNF Natalia Mulekova (Rus) Steed Cycles
DNF Lindsey Von Bloedau (Can) Steed Cycles
DNF Heidi Wood (USA) Garage Racing
DNF Manuela Escobar Jaramillo (Col) Laprairie / Pedal Colombia
DNF Haley Gill (Can) Pender Racing
DNF Sagal-Maria Kahin (Can) Independent
DNF Jenny Lehmann (Can) Independent
DNF Carolyn Russell (Can) Independent
DNF Elizabeth Steel (NZl) Independent
DNF Kaitlyn Steeves (Can) Independent
DNF Hannah Van Kampen (NZl) Independent
DNF Amy Cutler (USA) Independent
DNF Kristy Glover (Aus) Independent
DNF Anne-Marije Rook (Ned) The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling
DNS Gabby Traxler (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
DNS Erica Allar (USA) Rally Cycling
DNS Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling
DNS Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling
DNS Miriam Brouwer (Can) The Cyclery - Opus
DNS Alicia Billingsley (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNS Morgan Cabot (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNS Jody Rechenmacher (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNS Chloe Mcintosh (Aus) Independent
Pro/1/2 Men
1 Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling 1:01:22
2 Brad Huff (USA) Rally Cycling
3 Michael Rice (Aus) Garneau-Quebecor
4 Florenz Knauer (Ger) Independent
5 Kristofer Dahl (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
6 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Astellas Pro Cycling all s.t.
7 Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie 1:01:24
8 Scott Law (Aus) Subaru NSWIS & MS
9 Justin Williams (USA) Cylance/Incycle p/b Cannondale
10 Elliott Doyle (Can) Silber Pro Cycling all s.t.
11 Evan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team 1:01:28
12 Garrett Mcleod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team 1:01:32
13 Erik Slack (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano s.t.
14 David Drouin (Can) Norco/PremierTech p/b CHEWPOD 1:01:35
15 Bailey Mcknight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
16 Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes both s.t.
17 Ed Veal (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau 1:01:37
18 Mathieu Roy (Can) Norco/PremierTech p/b CHEWPOD
19 Cody Canning (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion System
20 Trevor O'donnell (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau
21 Conor Mullervy (USA) GPM Stulz
22 Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
23 Harrison Bailey (Aus) GPM Stulz
24 Jack Burke (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
25 Thorsten Askervold (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano
26 Craig Richey (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
27 Brendan Armstrong (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
28 Pier-Andre Cote (Can) Norco/PremierTech p/b CHEWPOD
29 Jonah Meadvancort (USA) Lupus Racing Team
30 Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
31 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 1:01:42
32 Sam Bassetti (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature's Bakery
33 Chris Harland-Dunaway (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature's Bakery both s.t.
34 Curtis White (USA) Rally Cycling 1:01:46
35 Shane Kline (USA) Rally Cycling
36 Jeffrey Werner (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
38 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau-Quebecor all s.t.
39 Stefan Schneider (Ger) Team H&P 1:01:47
40 Oliver Flautt (USA) Lupus Racing Team
41 Nigel Kinney (USA) Langlois Brown Racing
42 Juan Estevan Arango Carvajal (Col) Laprairie / Pedal Colombia
43 Kevin Mullervy (USA) Team CLIF Bar Cycling
44 Arturo Suarez (Mex) Langlois Brown Racing
45 Alexander Murison (GBr) Glotman Simpson Cycling
46 Anton Varabei (Can) RealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b Garneau
47 Tom Soladay (USA) Rally Cycling
48 Garrett Olsen (USA) Independent
49 Aaron Grosser (Ger) Team H&P
50 Marc Enter (Aus) The Lead Out Project
51 Joshua Carling (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature's Bakery
52 Amiel Flett-Brown (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion System
53 Christian Shobart-Knapton (Can) 1
54 Laurent Gervais (Can) Norco/PremierTech p/b CHEWPOD
55 Derek Gee (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ Cycling Team
56 Willem Boersma (Can) Team RaceClean
57 Paul Morris (USA) Team CLIF Bar Cycling all s.t.
58 Alexander Amiri (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ Cycling Team 1:01:54
59 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
60 Brad Bradford (Can) RealDeal D'Ornellas p/b Garneau
61 Jackson Pickell (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
61 Remi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
62 Warren Muir (Can) The Lead Out Project all s.t.
63 Brannan Fix (USA) Phoenix Cyclery-Orbea Development Team 1:02:02
64 Joshua Kropf (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ Cycling Team 1:02:03
65 Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 1:02:04
66 Winston David (USA) Lupus Racing Team s.t.
67 Dave Johnson (Can) Independent 1:02:05
68 Edouard Angue (Fra) Jukebox Racing s.t.
69 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 1:02:07
70 Kyle Buckosky (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes
71 Wolfgang Brandl (Ger) Team Centric Bikes
72 Brett Wakefield (Can) Team Giant Vancouver
73 Thomas Wallace (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
74 Richard Machhein (Can) Team Giant Vancouver all s.t.
75 Ole Quast (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 1:02:08
76 Clarke Lind (Can) Independent 1:02:10
77 Dylan Davies (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 1:02:12
78 Morgan Schmitt (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano 1:02:12
79 Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro Cycling s.t.
80 Tony Wolf (USA) CoreTechs Elite 1:02:16
81 William Myers (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature's Bakery
82 Vinny Owens (USA) Team CLIF Bar Cycling
83 Will Routley (Can) Rally Cycling all s.t.
84 Reece Robinson (Aus) GPM Stulz 1:02:19
85 Liam Magennis (Aus) Subaru NSWIS & MS s.t.
86 Sherwood Plant (Can) Langlois Brown Racing 1:02:21
87 Simon Ouellet (Can) Norco/PremierTech p/b CHEWPOD s.t.
88 Steve Fisher (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano 1:02:28
89 Brad Clifford (Can) Independent 1:02:32
90 Isaac Niles (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion System 1:02:33
91 David Gerth (Can) Langlois Brown Racing 1:02:35
92 Felix Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team s.t.
93 Quinten Kirby (USA) 1:02:42
94 Mason Burtnik (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ Cycling Team 1:02:43
95 Christoph Schweizer (Ger) Team H&P 1:02:45
96 Michael Jacques (USA) Team CLIF Bar Cycling 1:02:52
DNF Michael Jasinski (USA) Team CLIF Bar Cycling
DNF Miles Lamon (USA) Team CLIF Bar Cycling
DNF Lukas Adominis (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ Cycling Team
DNF Chris Macleod (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ Cycling Team
DNF Rylee Field (Aus) GPM Stulz
DNF David Manton (Aus) GPM Stulz
DNF Samuel Phipps (NZl) GPM Stulz
DNF Alexis Cartier (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
DNF Cortlan Brown (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano
DNF Kaler Marshall (USA) Canyon Bicycles - Shimano
DNF Matt Chatlaong (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature's Bakery
DNF Timothy Rugg (USA) Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature's Bakery
DNF Jem Arnold (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Christopher Bradbury (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Ryan Jones (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Isaac Leblanc (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion System
DNF Corey Davis (USA) Support Clean Sport / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coa
DNF Nathan Bradshaw (Aus) Subaru NSWIS & MS
DNF Jackson Law (Aus) Subaru NSWIS & MS
DNF Ayden Toovey (Aus) Subaru NSWIS & MS
DNF Hunter Grove (USA) Cylance/Incycle p/b Cannondale
DNF Camilo Zambrano (USA) Cylance/Incycle p/b Cannondale
DNF Cory Greenberg (USA) Cylance/Incycle p/b Cannondale
DNF Randy Bramblett (USA) CoreTechs Elite
DNF Nathanael Christensen (USA) CoreTechs Elite
DNF Zack Jensen (USA) Phoenix Cyclery-Orbea Development Team
DNF Andrew Davidson (Can) The Lead Out Project
DNF Alexander Dove (Can) Mighty Cycling
DNF Scott Wannop (Can) Mighty Cycling
DNF Wilson Tran (Can) Escape Velocity pb Fortius
DNF Adam Holcombe (Can) Gastown Cycling Association
DNF Dan Gronross (Can) Steed Cycles
DNF Mark Faas (Can) Velocity
DNF Marc Dupuis (Can) Independent
DNF Ryan Golbeck (Can) Independent
DNF Micah Medinski (Can) Independent
DNF Daniel Owsiany (Can) Independent
DNF Normand Richard (Can) Independent
DNF Jeroen Rijken (Can) Independent
DNF Matthew Van Nostrand (Can) Independent
DNF Alan Zoller (Can) Independent
DNF Joao Vitor Oliveira (Bra) Independent
DNF Etienne Samson (Can) Norco/PremierTech p/b CHEWPOD
DNF Mitch Ketler (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion System
DNF Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
DNS Fergus Horrobin (Can) Cannondale pb Fortius
DNS Brent Dallimore (Can) Independent
DNS Adam Roberge (Can) Accent Inns/Russ Hays p/b Champion System



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