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June 15/98 9:31 am - Results from Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec

Posted by Editor on 06/15/98

Manitoba News (courtesy Dave Benson)

There may have been rain in Winnipeg.....
The mosquitoes were slightly bigger than hummingbirds....
More flats and repairs than you could count without removing your socks...
How about Natalia who dismembered her front brake in the first kilometer and finished the race with only a rear brake!

It was warm and humid and the trail was wet and muddy.  But at least the stream crossing (thigh deep) washed away most of the dirt!

Some of the top provincial riders were in Canmore competing in the Canada Cup and the rest of the real diehards were at the Toniata Pipeline.  Congratulations to:

Elite:  5 laps approx 40 km
1st Paul Lapointe, Olympia 2:38:46
2nd Rick Allen, Good Guys 3:09:04

Vet Expert:  4 laps approx 32 km
1st  Dave Barclay, Olympia 2:11:58
2nd Kurt Gibson, Good Guys 2:12:42

Expert:  4 laps approx 32 km
1st  Alex Man, Golden Boy  2:10:19
2nd Ken Stojak, Good Guys 2:11:54
3rd Trevor Unger, Good Guys 2:26:05

Sport 2: 3 laps approx 24 km winning time 1:37:02
1st Hans Friesen, 2nd Vychan Penner, 3rd Leith McLeod, 4th Pierre Robidoux, 5th Russell Brandt

Sport 1: 2 laps approx 8 km winning time 1:12:41
1st Loren Giesbrecht, 2nd Cameron McLaren, 3rd Sean Guertin, 4th Corey Dyck, 5th Bill Ageo

Women Sport: 2 laps winning time 1:36:05
1st Gwen Blatz, 2nd Janet Blatz, 3rd Wendy Carnegie, 4th Natalia Burachynsky

Commissaires Dave Benson and David Blatz

SZURKOWSKI'S CRITERIUM, Toronto (courtesy Peter McCaffery)

On Sunday, the Polonus Club organized the first Szurkowski's Criterium, in the process, bringing road racing back to Toronto's High Park for the first time in nearly ten years. Organizer Henryk Sochacki's efforts included a celebrity banquet on Saturday night for triple world road champion Richard Szurkowski, after whom the event is named.

Race day was blessed with near perfect weather and the 100 plus riders who competed in the various events were treated to a fast, safe 1.8 kilometer circuit at the top end of High Park.

The opening race for juniors was won by independent Sean Kelly who crushed the everyone by making a solo break after two laps and lapping the entire field. We're sure to see great things from this talented young rider in the future - rumour has it that he'll shortly be joining the powerful Jet Fuel squad.

As usual, the veteran event was well-supported, with 30 starters in four categories. This was a cut and thrust race, with lots of attacking and counter moves, Eventually, Mississauga's Michael Moore won by several lengths from Woodstock's on-form Greg Cavanagh with Aubrey Bryce, D'Ornellas taking third.

The senior 3 contest resulted in another win for the Mississuaga Bicycle Club, with Chris Paton and team mate Jeff Archbold filling first and fourth places, second being filled by J. Sartori, riding for Ziggy's and third by Madonna C.C's Wayne Henry.

The Citizens' race was notable for some of the entrants (see results) and for the fact that there were no less than 17 starters, the biggest field in this category this writer has seen in years. Several of the fitter riders showed a surprising turn of speed and master triathlete Harry Braaksma finally churned his 53 x 13 top gear just enough to give him the chequered flag ahead of local vet. Hardrick Henry.

The women's event must have been disappointing for the organizer with only four riders at the line. Intersport's Chloe Black was obviously the one to watch and , after controlling the pace for the first part of the race, she casually rode off the front of the group and proceeded to lap everyone. Maogosha Pylor, Lakeshore who earlier this year was runner-up in Dunhill's Alley Cat Scramble, showed her sprinting prowess by nipping Tina Mayberry at the finish, for second place.

The final race of the day was the 1/2 points criterium. In a departure from the usual format, the riders contested sprints every three laps of the thirty lap event and tried to win the points awarded for top three each sprint, double points being awarded for the final dash. Two of the top local teams were well-represented with crit. Specialists Tim Lefebvre and John Harris of Ital Pasta ready t do battle with Jet Fuel's Heath Cockburn and Joe Juliano. However, in the first sprint, it was Ital Pasta's Norman Shattock who edged out Cockburn with Juliano hanging in for third.

The second sprint saw a repetition of this order and it was obvious that Shattock meant business. As the race developed, a breakaway group formed and on subsequent sprints Norman was challenged by Cockburn, Lefebvre and Juliano but won every sprint.At times the break was almost half a minute up, but constant hard chasing brought all back except the duo of Shattock and Juliano.

In the closing laps, Shattock turned on the afterburners and left Juliano in his dust, powering on to take the final sprint and maximum possible points. By now the bunch was reaslly wound up but Juliano just managed to stay ahead of them to hold onto second place points with Tim Lefebvre winning the field sprint for third place points.

The sizable crowd was treated to a great day of racing in the park and, if local Councillor K. Kuczinski's reaction was anything to go by, we'll be seeing lots more events at this popular venue.


CATEGORY:Senior 1/2 (points criterium)
Sprints at 3 lap intervals, double points for final sprint. 8th. to 13th. decided on final sprint

DISTANCE:54 kilometers

Norman ShattockItal Pasta155
Joe JulianoJet Fuel122
Tim LefebvreItal Pasta113
Heath CockburnJet Fuel16
Barry ReidMaple Leaf12
John HarrisItal Pasta11
Adrian JacksonCoventry Olympic1
Maurice ReucandMaple Leaf2
Michael YbanezMississauga B.C.2
Bruce KripWoodbridge Italia2
Kevin SpeachtIndependent2
Tomas BaumgartnerNeworld2
Fred PerczGuelph Olympic1

47 starters 45 finishers

DISTANCE:40 kilometers
Chris PatonMississauga B.C.3
J. SartoriZiggy's C.C.3
Wayne HenryMadonna C.C.3
Jeff ArchboldMississauga B.C.VA
J.MurphyZiggy's C.C.3

29 starters 26 finishers

DISTANCE:40 kilometers
Michael MooreMississauga B.C.A
Greg CavanaghWoodstock C.C.A
Aubrey BryceD'OrnellasB
Stefan KramerSt. Catharines CCA
Roy ZucchettoHummingbirdsA
Andy WorobytzItal PastaA
P.GammonLa BiciclettaB
John QuirinJet FuelA
Pierre PerrinSchwinn CanadaA
M. ShawIndependentB

31 starters, 25 finishers

DISTANCE:40 kilometers
Sean KellyIndependentJ
Colin BornOttawa B. C.J
Tim SimpsonO.B.C.J
Eric CampbellO.B.C.J
Robert SzydlowskiPolonusJ
W. WongO.B.C.J

7 starters 6 finishers

Chloe BlackIntersports1
Maogosha PylorLakeshore C.C.3
Tina MayberryIndependent3
A.? MorganIndependent3?

4 starters 4 finishers

DISTANCE:9 kilometers
Harry BraaksmaIndependentVC
Hardrick HenryInd.VA
Darrin PearceInd.3
Kevin MitchellInd.?
Mark WoollenInd.?
Andrez BednarczykInd.?
Minoslaw GreberInd.?
Monika SylcutInd.W
Richard Szurkowski*PolonusVB
Ziggy MartulzewskiZiggy'sVB
Henryk SochackiPolonusVB
Richard HudaInd.?
Kryzysztof ZiajkiewiczInd.?
T. KusnirInd.?
Larry OptisHigh Park CycleVB

17 starters, 16 finishers
* 3 time world road champion!!!

Canmore Canada Cup #2 by Greg Flaaten

Intermittent showers, along with an occasional downpour, created challenging conditions throughout the weekend for Canada Cup #2 in Canmore, Alberta this weekend, particularly in the cross country course.

In Saturday's five lap 35k Elite Men's Cross Country competition, Geoff Kabush (BC Kona Factory) Mathieu Toulouse (QC Ford-Devinci) and Alberta's Adam Walker (Rip N Hammer /Gary Fisher) set the pace as they led the pack out of The Canmore Nordic Centre's Georgetown Stadium. After one lap, Adam Walker had established a small lead while Kabush and Toulouse familiarized themselves with the slippery conditions of the Nordic Centre.

In the end, the smooth riding Toulouse prevailed by pacing himself to victory while Kabush battled a malfunctioning pedal that made the many technical sections extremely difficult. Walker, eager to improve on last week's 5th place finish at Hardwood Hills, hung on for third to the delight of the many Alberta fans on hand. Bill Hurley (NS Oryx) improved to fourth this week after last week's disappointing 11th place finish and Ruedi Schnyder (BC Roox/Race Face/Roach/Mantra) posted his second consecutive top-five Canada Cup finish.

The start of the Elite Women's Cross Country competition saw no real surprises. Trish Sinclair (BC Kona/Qranc), still relishing last weekend's Canada Cup #1 victory at Hardwood Hills, maneuvered into position to lead the first climb of the four lap 28k race. However, as the women entered Georgetown Stadium after completing their first lap, it was not Sinclair at the front of the pack as many expected, but Amber Chorney (BC Bean Around The World Coffees). Chorney, a Vancouver rider who made the jump to the Elite category at just the mid point of last season, had quietly established a significant lead on Sinclair, the early Canada Cup favourite, and the rest of the field.

Chorney, who missed the Canada Cup opener in Hardwood Hills, continued to dominate the race while Sinclair paced the course. Christine Platt (BC Schwinn/Toyota), fourth in Hardwood Hills, fell out of the picture with mechanical difficulties leaving Marie Helene-Premont (PQ Oakley/Michelin), Sally Carmichael (BC Grinders) Gina Grain (BC OGC/Fisher) and Lisa McGilvray (ON Toyota/Schwinn) in the hunt for a top five finish.

On the final lap, Sinclair was able to reel in Chorney and claimed victory in a classic sprint finish. Premont, Carmichael and Grain rounded out the top five while McGilvray had to settle for 6th place.

In the Junior Men's Cross Country, Ryder Hesjedal (BC Kona Factory) continues to dominate. Ryan Dey (ON Rocky Mountain) and Phill Karasinski (ON OGC/Fisher) gave chase early but Hesjedal does not appear willing to relinquish his untouchable status just yet. Dey rode extremely well but a broken chain in the third lap set him back and he had to settle for fourth at the end of the day. Alberta favourite Dana Ruddy (RMB) rode his way to second place, which, in the presence of Hesjedal, seems about as close as anyone will get any time soon. Dylan Tremblay (BC NRG/Rocky Mountain) was fifth and Dustin Adams (BC Sunn Bicycles/Troy Lee) made his first podium appearance of the weekend in third.

Adams would also dominate Sunday's Elite Men's Downhill race by posting a time of 3:27.299 - nearly nine seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Chad Onyschuk (BC Devinci Ford). Adams, who hopes to base his training out of California next year with the Sunn Team, is looking forward to the Grundig World Cup Downhill #5 in Snoqualamie Washington at the end of June and "hopes" to qualify for the World Championships in Quebec. This guy is on fire.Brant Lyon (BC Physical Culture), Tony Nordee (BC OGC/K2) and Cody Begon (BC) were all within 10 seconds of Adams and completed the top five. Each of these riders gets credit for dispelling the "home course advantage" myth. Top Alberta riders were Dave Hart (Rocky Mountain) in 15th and Chad Douglas (River Valley/Tatonka) in 16th place.

Doug Beattie (ON Kona/Bicycle Works), who edged out Chris Buckrell (ON Value-net/Giant/RST) in Canada Cup #1 in Hardwood Hills last week, took a spill and finished 21st overall. Kona Team Manager Dick Cox was very impressed with Beattie's win last week and is happy to see the newcomer gaining valuable experience on the Canada Cup series. Beattie appears to have considerable potential.

Eladee Brown (BC K2) proved to be the fastest in the Elite Women's field this weekend. She hammered to victory over last week's winner, Albertan Christine Rutley and BC's Aleisha Cline.

Tony Pejril (BC Sunpeaks/Manitou) was the fastest Junior Expert. Rounding out the Juniors were Tim Coleman (BC Deep Cove) and a pair of Albertans: Craig Short and Corey LeMessurier (Hardcore/Rhino).

Event sponsors Rocky Mountain Bicycles and Race Face put more than $10,000 (cha-ching!) back into the pockets of riders in the form of cash prizes. Kristin Peturson and The Bike Shop put on a good event and note that they will be behind the Canmore Canada Cup event again next year. On behalf of the riders, thank-you!

In an unrelated matter, scribe Greg Flaaten is still looking for a wheel sponsor after 2 consecutive weekends of "taco supreme." Ay caramba!

GP L‚Amiante (courtesy J.L.)

Czeslaw Lukascewicz wins the road race but the overall victory goes to Michael Barry !!!

A last minute dash by Czeslaw Lukascewicz of Espoirs-Laval gave him first place in the 105 km road race of the GRAND PRIX DE L'AMIANTE. He finished in 2:46;18 in front of 4 representatives of Radio-Energie.

"Since there were 5 cyclists from Radio-Energie in the 7 men breakaway I just stayed in their wheel and I had more energy in the end", said the 34 year old cyclist who is in his 20th year of competition.

In the Junior category, the young Ontario prodigy, Petur Mazur, only 15 years old, easily won the 94 km, race and the G.C.

SENIOR 1-2: 105 km:

1 - Czeslaw Lukascewicz (Espoirs-Laval) 2:46;18
2 - Michael Barry (Radio-Energie) 2:46;26
3 - Sylvain Beauchamp (Radio-Energie) 2:46;31
4 - Charles Dionne (Radio-Energie) 2:46;31
5 - Jacques Landry (Radio-Energie) 2:46;33
6 - Ernie Lachuga (U.S.A. National) 2:46;33

SENIOR 1-2 Final G.C.:

1 - Michael Barry (Radio-Energie) 3:49;31
2 - Charles Dionne (Radio-Energie) 3:49;36
3 - Pierre Chevrier (Rario-Energie) 3:49;56
4 - Jacques Landry (Radio-Energie) 3:50;24
5 - Czeslaw Lukascewicz (Espoirs-Laval) 3:50;45

JUNIOR - 94 km:

1 - Peter Mazur (Saeco) 2:30;45
2 - Philippe Rollin (Espoirs-Laval) 2:43;45
3 - Charles Goodman (Espoirs-Laval) 2:44;50


1 - Peter Mazur (Saeco) 3:52;26
2 - Philippe Rollin (Espoirs-Laval) 4:05;46
3 - Charles Goodman (Espoirs-Laval) 4:06;51


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