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May 22/03 9:00 am - BC Junior MTB Festival, Edmonton Weekly Series, SISU BC Cup (Rd) Update

Posted by Editoress on 05/22/03

BC Junior Mountain Bike Festival May 24/25
Courtesy Richard Juryn

Only a couple of days left to get in on one of the most exciting events of the spring in BC for young riders. The BC Junior Mountain Bike Festival starts with the Elementary School Fun Day on Saturday May 24th. With clinics and seminars from the likes of Dangerous Dan, Hoots Jay and the Baia Brothers this day runs from 9 - 5 and is chock full of clinics, seminars and prizes. Open to all Elementary School Age kids and their parents.

Sunday is the ING DIRECT BC Junior race day with participatory fun races for grade 2 though 5 and age group races for grades 6 through 12.

There are over $14,000 in draw prizes over the weekend including:
• Norco mountain bike
• Marzocchi Super-T fork
• Magura Gustav Disc Brakes
• Signed Roland Green World Championships Jersey
• Season Pass for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park
• Season Pass to Playland
• Much, much more

See for all the info or call 604 983-2215

Edmonton Tuesday Night Race Series May 20th
Courtesy Pedalhead Road Works

The first TT of the Tues. Night Series took place on a new 16 km course near Cooking Lake. This week's event was organized by Pedalhead Road Works and had 36 racers competing.

1. Greg Menard-22:47
2. Sean Barr-22:49
3. Chad Kozak-23:34
4. Dave Watson-23:57
5. G. Hevsinkved-23:58
6. Tim Deschenes-24:52
7. Clayton Wilkinson-24:54
8. Rob Sterling-25:02
10. Brys Francis-25:37
11. Harley Desprey-25:58
12. Darren Shacker-26:23

1. Kevin Rokosh-23:31
2. Ted Emes-23:51
3. Kevin Coghlan-24:35
4. Graham D.-24:48
5. Graham Rudge-24:54
6. Craig Murdoch-25:00
7. Gary Rybeneuk-25:32
8. Jayson Gillespie-25:39
9. Paul Plakas-26:06
10. Trevor Sol-26:10
11. Nick Insole-26:36
12. Kevin Noble-26:49
13. Darin Johnson-27:59
14. Carl W.-28:06
15. Shaun Adamson-29:57
16. Warren Schmitz-30:45

1. Dan Bradley-26:36
2. James Radford-27:34
3. Paul Kozak-27:49
4. Tara Lee Stilwell-28:11
5. Jeanne Hetherington-28:33
6. Alison B.-30:52

Next week's race is a road race at the Weight Scales course. For more info and course map log onto

SISU BC Cup returns to Vancouver Island May 24th & 25th!
Courtesy Cycling BC

After an undeniably successful kickoff to the SISU BC Cup Road Racing Series, where racers turned out in close-to-record numbers to compete in the Harris - Roubaix Classic, the second installment of the six event SISU Championship Series is set for the weekend of, May 24th and 25th along Vancouver Island's rugged west coast.

Set in the town of Victoria, the Times Colonist Cycling Festival encompasses two marquee events in one stage race - the Sooke Classic Road Race and the Bastion Square Grand Prix.

The Sooke Classic, formerly known as the Gary Lund Road Race, will be replacing the old Mt. Tolmie road course, introducing with it, a more challenging, technically demanding course. With rolling hills, off camber turns, and further out, twisting descents and equally challenging climbs, the Sooke Classic promises to test even the most fit category 1 racers.

The Bastion Square Grand Prix, held in the heart of Olde Towne Victoria, just blocks away from the Parliament, is equally technical, as racers plummet down Yates Street at speeds approaching 65km/h before negotiating a tight left hand corner - dubiously named "Crash Corner" - and hammering back up and across the finish on Fort Street, all this in front of thousands of screaming fans.

A well rounded rider will walk away victorious, as climbing, sprinting and bike handling skills will all be key factors to placing well in this stage race. Expect current SISU BC Cup men's leader Larry Zimich (Campione) to be on form throughout the weekend, hot off his win in the SISU BC Cup opener. Watch for local Island resident, Matt Usborne (Symmetrics), to fight for top spot, showing excellent fitness after several notable finishes early in the season, including second overall in the grueling Columbia Plateau Stage Race. Other riders to look for include Symmetrics' racers Scott Goguen and Min Van Velzen, and climbing sensation, Sean Dawson (Trek-VW).

On the women's side, Marni Prazsky (Trek-VW) is quietly and confidently going about her business, clinching a win in the first SISU BC Cup, and placing well in several Northwest events, including top finishes at Nooksack and the Enumclaw Stage Race. Teammate Suzanne Macht (Trek-VW), known for her climbing ability, is also showing well, marked by a phenomenal ride to fourth overall at the Columbia Plateau Stage Race and a fine second place finish at the challenging Enumclaw Stage Race. Expect new comer Sarah Noble (Bike Barn) to be a factor in the road race, putting her excellent bike handling skills to use, and showing others how to climb. Also challenging for top spot, expect to see Pam Egger (Escape Velocity) and Lisa Sweeney (Speed Queens), together with the phenomenally experienced Sara Neil (Trek-VW).

For complete event details, including registration information, please check out

SISU BC Cup Standings after round 1
Cat 1 & 2 Men
1. Larry Zimich (Campione), 10 points
2. Matt Usborne (Symmetrics), 8
3. Brian Ecker (Recycled Cycles), N/A ˆ OPR
4. Steve Colborne (Symmetrics), 7
5. Paul Blanchette (Rocky Mountain Bikes), 6
6. Derek McMaster (PartOne International), 5
7. Andrew Pinfold (Atlas Cold Italpasta), 4
8. James Neil (Trek/Volkswagen), 3
9. Shawn Bunnin (Kona), N/A ˆ OPR
10. Warren Ellis (Bike Barn), 2

(OPR = out of province)
Open Women
1. Marni Prazsky (Trek/Volkswagen), 10 points
2. Lisa Sweeney (Kappa Alfatech), 8
3. Sarah Noble (Bike Barn), 7
4. Heather Parrote (Team Opus), 6
5. Sara Neil (Trek/Volkswagen), 5
6. Barb Zimich (Dizzy Cycles), 4
7. Moriah MacGregor (Dizzy Cycles), 3

Men's Team
1. Symmetrics, 6 points
2. Campione, 5
3. Rocky Mountain Bikes, 2
4. PartOne International, 2
5. Atlas Cold Italpasta, 2
6. Trek/Volkswagen, 2
7. Bike Barn, 1

Women's Team Team
1. Trek/Volkswagen, 7 points
2. Kappa Alfatech, 4
3. Dizzy Cycles, 4
4. Bike Barn, 3
5. Team Opus, 2


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