Canadian Cyclist


March 31/03 9:41 am - RMB Crystal Decisions Team, Harris-Roubaix Classic Returns, Victoria Cycling League Results, Norco VPS Owner Appreciation Day

Posted by Editoress on 03/31/03

Rocky Mountain Crystal Decisions Team for 2003

Elite squad
Lesley Tomlinson
Andreas Hestler
Gretchen Reeves (USA)
Karl Platt (Ger)
Dave Norona

Returning for 2003 are Tomlinson, Hestler and Reeves, who will divide their time between XC events (Sea Otter, Norba and World Cups) and ultra marathon events. Tomlinson and Reeves are the 2002 Trans Alp Challenge team champions and will defend their championship. They have designated the inaugural UCI Marathon World Championships in Lugano Switzerland in September as a season focus.

The three returning athletes will be joined by German marathoner and 2002 Trans Alp winner Karl Platt of Germany. Platt will race Sea Otter and Mt Snow Norba National in preparation for the World Cups in North America. Karl will also race the full program of World Cups and also return as a favourite, and defending champion, to the Trans Alp Challenge in July 2003.

Norona is currently the fastest Adventure/Multi Sport Racer in Canada. In 2002, he won all four of the Sea 2 Summit Adventure races throughout Canada, and has dominated that series since 1996.

2003 Development Team
Jean Ann McKirdy (18) first year senior, 2002 Canadian National Junior Champion and Canadian National Series Champion.
Will Routley (19) National team member
Bradley Fairall (17) 2002 BC Junior Time Trial and Criterium Champion
Tyler West (18)
Trevor Mahon (16)
Eron Chorney (24) National team member

Wade Simmons, 2001 Red Bull Rampage Champion
Richie Schley
Thomas Vanderham

Harris-Roubaix Classic Returns
Courtesy Geoff Rice

After a three year absence the Harris-Roubaix Classic is back! The Roubaix will be held Sunday, April 13th starting at the Pitt Meadows Recreation Centre (Pitt Meadows, BC) . Check out for more information. There is $4000 in prizes up for grabs.

Start times are as follows: Women's Cat 1/2/3/4 at 8:00am, Men's Cat 3/4/5 at 8:15 and Men's Pro & Cat 1/2 at 10:00am

The Harris Roubaix Cycling Classic is also looking for 15 volunteers to act as course marshals and marshal captains. We have positions available all along the course. All volunteers receive a Harris Roubaix Classic T-shirt and lunch kit. Also, you will receive free entry into our raffle with a chance to win 2 seats aboard one of Prism Helicopters' for a Tour and swim in the Pitt Meadows Hot springs.

Volunteer shifts: start promptly at 7a.m. and you work until 10:00 a.m. Second Shift: starts promptly at 10:00 p.m. and you work until the end of the men's race at approximately 1:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer contact Steve at 604-328-7370 or Geoff 604-738-3685 or email to

For the second year in succession, Cycling BC aims to send a team of four women under the age of 25 to the Columbia Plateau Stage Races, one of the few point-to-point races in North America. The Harris-Roubaix Classic is one of the selection events athletes can choose from to qualify for the BC Team.

We hope you will join us and become part of the action!

Victoria Cycling League Sunday March 30
Courtesy Martin Willock

Sunday's Victoria Cycling League race was held at Latoria Road in Colwood near Victoria and hosted by the Schwalbe-Epic Cycling Club. It was a warm spring day and the road conditions were dry. The racecourse is app 2.5 kms per lap with the 'A' group doing 25 laps and the 'B' group doing 20 laps. Forty-eight riders started.

In the 'A' group, all the riders stayed together for the entire race. Sam Whittingham attacked 100 yards from the finish to take the win closely followed by Bob Cameron; the rest of the 'A' group crossed the line in a bunch finish.

A Group: 25 Laps - 63km
1. Sam Whittingham
2. Bob Cameron (Suburban)
3. Derek McMaster (Part One Int'l)
4. Taylor Little (River Valley)
5. Max Plaxton (Gears Racing)
6. Shawn Bunnin (Cycledelia)
7. Sean Cruikshank (Schwalbe-Epic)
8. Marty Johnson (Part One Int'l)
9. Ryan McNamara (PVL Forte)
10. Steven Schnare (Schwalbe-Epic)

B Group: 20 Laps - 50 kms
1. Vinko Poldruvac
2. Howard Joe (Sidney Velo)
3. Craig Richey (UVIC Tri)
4. Dave McKinney (Schwalbe-Epic)
5. Duane Martindale (Sidney Velo)
6. Ian Hay (Schwalbe-Epic)
7. Larry Wilson
8. Keith Milne (Schwalbe-Epic)
9. Lauren Kildaw (UVIC Tri)
10. Vaughn Marshall (Schwalbe-Epic)

Women: Rode 'A' or 'B' race
1. Carrie Tuck (Rona Esker)
2. Erinne Willock (Rona Esker)
3. Emma Richards (SBR)
4. Linda Robichaud (Norco)
5. Alena Radomsky (Opus)

VPS Owner Appreciation Day
Courtesy Norco

Norco Performance Bikes, one of North America's leading producers of high quality mountain bikes is proud to announce it has arranged a Norco VPS Owner Appreciation Day Sunday June 15, 2003. This event will be held at North America's premiere mountain biking resort destination, Whistler, BC. It's a day set aside to hop on your big bike and come out and play with a bunch of other VPS owners at the world-renowned Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Norco VPS owners will be able to take advantage of a super special 1/2-price lift ticket for the mountain bike park, as well as receive some cool Norco swag. Also, VPS riders who qualify will have the opportunity to partake in a Norco sponsored draw for a 2003 VPS Drop bike, a 2003 Marzocchi Super-T fork and many other wicked items. More than $5000 of product will be given away late that afternoon.

"We're planning on having our new tech support truck and staff up for the day," says Peter Stace-Smith, PR/Marketing Manager, "so we'll be offering full tech support to any VPS bike ripping in the park. We'll also have our Norco Factory Team Riders present so if you want, you can talk with or take a hot lap with a pro."

Norco will also be bringing along a full compliment of 2003 display bikes and is hoping to show some 2004 yet-to-be released bikes/frames. Redbull announcer, Brad Ewin, will be on hand to MC for the day's festivities and give us some comic relief.

PDF registration and draw prize entry forms will be posted on the Norco web site shortly, so keep checking for more information. To facilitate the 1/2-price special tickets and the prize draw registration process, people who will attend the VPS Fest need to download and print off the forms, complete them and bring them up to Whistler to hand in at the Norco Team Truck. Final note ∑although it is a VPS-Fest day, all Norco mountain bikes are welcome.


Return to Canadian Cyclist homepage | Back to Top

 Privacy Policy | Contact | Subscribe to RSS Feed  | Logout
 © Copyright 1998-2022 Canadian Cyclist. All rights reserved.