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July 24/04 3:51 am - Tour De White Rock: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 07/24/04

Tour De White Rock - White Rock Muffler Hill Climb
by Eric Dwyer

A former Edmonton Eskimo cheerleader was too worn out to raise her arms or voice in a cheer of celebration after her first victory in only her 2nd year as a bike racer. Maria Lee, 27, now living in Vancouver and racing for the BC Provincial team ignored the heat and pain of climbing 700 meters straight uphill on a sweltering, 30 degree night to win the Tour de White Rock - White Rock Muffler Hill climb in 2 minutes, 10.10 seconds. "You start hurting about halfway up the hill, it goes away and the pain hits you again near the summit. I planned to sprint to the finish line but your brain goes dead with all the pain and fatigue. I had no idea how I'd done." She finished nearly 6 seconds ahead of Helen Kelly of Australia. 43 year old Sara Neil, the Tour De Delta Hill Climb winner last Friday night, took 3rd place.

Lee is a self confessed former couch potato who got hooked on cycling watching Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France two years ago. Inspired by Armstrong and encouraged and coached by her boyfriend Bill Holden, Lee started training and finished 2nd in her first BC Superweek race last year, the Delta hill climb. This year she had top 5 finishes in the Delta criterium and road race and would be thrilled with another top 5 in the criterium and hill climb in White Rock Saturday and Sunday. An Eskimo cheerleader as a high schooler, Lee is now cheering loudly for BC Superweek. "What a great event and what a great sport," she says. "It's so great to be able to compete against many of the top riders in North America. My legs are dead. I'm exhausted but I'm so happy with this win you wouldn't believe it!"

Cam Evans, 2nd in the Tour de Delta White Spot road race in his hometown of Tsawwassen last Sunday, won the men's hill climb in a blistering 1.41.34. He was 2 seconds faster than Jeff Sherstobitoff of Kelowna and 3 seconds ahead of his Symmetrics teammate, Andrew Pinfold who took 3rd. "Iwanted it (the win) more in Delta but a wins a win so it's important, especially here. All our sponsors for Symmetrics are local so this weekend is really big for us. Our plan was to have myself, Adnrew and Will (Routley who finished 4th) go all out and have the rest of the team save themselves for the crit and road race."

The Criterium begins at 3 pm Saturday and the Road Race starts at 8 am Sunday.

1. Maria Lee (CAN) BC Team2:10.10
2. Helen Kelly (AUS) Rona Cycling Team2:15.80
3. Sara Neil (CAN) Trek VW / Broadway Station Dental2:16.05
4. Erinne Willock (CAN) Rona Cycling Team2:18.10
5. Trish Sinclair (CAN) Gears Racing2:24.60
6. Catharine Pendrel (CAN) Oak Bay Bicycles2:25.00
7. Alena Radomsky (CAN) Oak Bay Bicycles2:26.40
8. Jessica DeMars (CAN) Bianchi - The Bike Shop2:29.90
9. Christina Briante (CAN) Petra Orbea2:30.40
10. Kathy White (CAN) Team Alberta2:30.90
11. Suzanne Macht (CAN) Team Kappa2:32.20
12. Lisa Sweeney (CAN) Team Kappa2:32.80
13. Suz Weldon (USA) Wines of Washington2:34.08
14. Barbara Zimich (CAN) Team Coastal2:38.00
15. Emily Sandwith (CAN) Team Kappa2:39.00
16. Lisa Tasa (CAN) Chapman Land Surveying Racing2:41.00
17. Melissa Kerr (CAN) 2:45.00
18. Moriah MacGregor (CAN) BC Team2:53.50
dns. Angella Goran (CAN) Oak Bay Bicycles
dns. Marni Prazsky (CAN) Symmetrics
dns. Alison Sydor (CAN) Rocky Mountain - Business Objects
1. Cameron Evans (CAN) Symmetrics1:41.34
2. Jeff Sherstobitoff (CAN) Kelowna Cycle1:43.89
3. Andrew Pinfold (CAN) Symmetrics1:44.56
4. Will Routley (CAN) Symmetrics1:46.18
5. Carter Hovey (CAN) Brodie Bicycles1:47.35
6. Jordan Guenette (CAN) Solo - Adobe1:48.74
7. Troy White (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling1:49.71
8. Ben Brooks (AUS) Jelly Belly1:49.87
9. Shaun Crump (CAN) Trek VW / Broadway Station Dental1:51.03
10. Zach Bell (CAN) Team Alberta1:51.16
11. Sean Howie (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club1:51.28
12. Daniel MacDonald (CAN) Opus1:51.32
13. Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling1:51.51
14. Derek McMaster (CAN) Team Coastal1:51.74
15. Jason Klikna (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling1:51.75
16. Ben Sherrer (USA) NELLA / Madison Bikes1:52.05
17. Maurice Worsfold (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club1:52.22
18. Philippe Abbott (CAN) Team Alberta1:52.29
19. Tyler Farrar (CAN) Health Net1:52.68
20. Glen Mitchel (NZL) Sierra Nevada Cycling1:53.16
21. Jimmy Oneschuk (CAN) BikeDoctorSK/oneycling.ca1:54.03
22. Jesse James Collins (CAN) Bicisport Calgary1:54.08
23. Ian Lockley (GBR) Escape Velocity1:54.39
24. Don Larsen (CAN) 1:54.94
25. Brad Fairall (CAN) Rocky Mountain - Business Objects1:55.60
26. Caleb Manion (AUS) Jelly Belly1:55.62
27. Simon Small (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.1:55.72
28. Greg Roth (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.1:55.75
29. Eric Wohlberg (CAN) Sierra Nevada Cycling1:56.51
30. Max Plaxton (CAN) Rocky Mountain - Business Objects1:56.65
31. Brad Issel (CAN) Symmetrics1:57.30
32. Jason MacLaren (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.1:57.53
33. Pablo Araya (CRC) Solo - Adobe1:58.30
34. Richard Bowker (NZL) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.1:58.37
35. Peter Sanowar (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.1:58.50
36. Paul Sessford (CAN) dEVo / Powerbar1:59.00
37. Eric Kameka (CAN) Wentings Cycle1:59.99
38. Christian Meier (CAN) Espoir de Laval2:00.21
39. Peter Morse (CAN) Wentings Cycle2:00.67
40. Ryan McNamara (CAN) Team Coastal2:00.94
41. Phil Cortes (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.2:01.40
42. Russell Hamby (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling2:01.44
43. Jeffrey Hansen (CAN) Jet Fuel Coffee2:02.15
44. Craig Deveer (CAN) gearsracing.com2:02.32
45. Scott Brown (AUS) Wentings Cycle2:02.46
46. Joe Giuliano (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.2:03.30
47. Chris Barth (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club2:04.99
48. Damien Waugh (CAN) Team Coastal2:05.51
49. Larry Zimich (CAN) Team Coastal2:05.59
50. Shane Savage (CAN) Solo - Adobe2:05.96
51. Andrew Greydanus (CAN) Teen Speed2:05.97
52. Per Strom (CAN) Team Alberta2:06.06
53. Teunis Schoneveld (NZL) Full Sail Racing2:07.47
54. Antoine Varghese (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.2:07.74
55. Paul Berry (CAN) spoke n motion2:08.13
56. Matthew Collins (AUS) Wentings Cycle2:08.98
57. Eric Harvey (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club2:10.23
57. Simon Craig (CAN) Spoke N Motion2:10.23
58. Stephen Schnare (CAN) Schwalbe / Genisoy Cycling2:13.20
59. Scott Goguen (CAN) Symmetrics2:14.53
60. Nick Jendzjowsky (CAN) Pedalhead Roadworks / Sleemans2:14.92
61. Eric Holland (CAN) Bow Cycle2:16.01
62. Don Oakly (NZL) Full Sail Racing2:18.68
63. John-Chris Reid (CAN) Oak Bay Bikes2:19.17
64. Murray Carter (CAN) Team Manitoba2:19.67
65. Harley Desprey (CAN) Velocity2:20.77
66. Brett Boniface (CAN) Team Coastal2:22.36
67. Daniel Maggiacomo (CAN) ITAL Pasta/Belmire Transport C.C.2:22.70
68. Matt Dubberley (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling2:29.63
69. Svein Tuft (CAN) Symmetrics2:35.78
70. Paul Tettamanti (CAN) 2:36.16
71. Marsh Cooper (CAN) Symmetrics2:51.84
dns. Keith Stark (CAN) Brodie Bicycles
dns. Dave Simard (CAN) Soliton
dns. Basse Clement (CAN) Solo - Adobe
dns. Don Buscombe (CAN) Brodie Bicycles
dns. Wayne Schaub (CAN) Solo - Adobe
dns. Brent McParland (NZL)
dns. Darren Volger (CAN) Wentings Cycle
dns. Paul Blanchette (CAN) Solo - Adobe
dns. Sean Dawson (CAN) Trek VW / Broadway Station Dental
dns. Nicholas Trusty (USA) Viejas
dns. Jason Fluckiger (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club
dns. Bruno Nella (CAN)
dns. Brad Slater (CAN) Solo - Adobe
dns. Chris White (CAN) Trek VW / Broadway Station Dental
dns. Scott Slater (CAN) Solo - Adobe
dns. Chris Conklin (CAN)
dns. Dan Schmit (CAN) Team Coastal
dns. Andrew Kyle (CAN) Wentings Cycle
dns. Mike Koski (CAN) Trek VW / Broadway Station Dental
dns. Bjorn Ossenbrink (GER) Wentings Cycle
dns. Trevor Mays (CAN) NELLA / Madison Bikes
dns. Robert Veroba (CAN) Bicisport Calgary
dns. Luca Segato (CAN) Trek VW / Broadway Station Dental
dns. Chris Worsfold (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club
dns. Michael Hunter (CAN) Brodie Bicycles
dns. Chris Gruber (CAN)
dns. Marty Nothstein (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
dns. Dylan Sebel (CAN) Wentings Cycle
dns. Dustin Molicki (CAN) Viejas
dns. Kirk O'Bee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team


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