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April 22/05 2:02 am - BC News: Phoenix Velo Training Group, Blizzard Bike Club News

Posted by Editoress on 04/22/05

Phoenix Velo Training Group

Best Kept Secret in the Fraser Valley, B.C.!

Every Wed. evening at 6 pm, members sign on for 2 hours of race training and racing. It is becoming more and more popular as word spreads.

First hour is warm up and/or coaching on the Mission Raceway road track. Riders are then divided according to their preference into 3 groups, handicapped according to ability and experience and the race begins. Points are awarded each week for a prize at the end of the season.

The venue is safe even for families on the many paths. The Club really appreciates the use of the facility. It's usually used for drags, motorcycles and car racing but Wed. just happened to be available for the quieter sport of bike racing.

More members are welcome @ $25 or $55 (if not insured) and anyone licenced or otherwise insured may participate as a guest for $5.00. Membership is good for the season Apr to Sept. No program on rainy nights. Info. at

Blizzard Bike Club Fort St. John, BC

April 21st

Mike Hientzman turned in the fastest time of the year for the final Stage 7 Baldonnel time trial of the Spring Stage race. His time of 25:01 was 33 seconds faster than second place Pat Ferris. Gilbert Bilodeau was third at 27:11.

Trisha Gladysz was the surprise winner of the Women's event with a time of 30:51. 'Ironman' Lisa Verbisky was a close second, 5 seconds later with Barb Polehoykie closely behind in third at 31:00.

Other times were Roger St. Jean at 27:19, Matt Sparling 27:29, Rod Lewis 27:35, Joseph Gladysz 28:43, Sam Keats 28:56, Gord Harris 30:04, Darren Guliov 30:14, Ken Nix 30:43, Ross Garbutt 31:24,Steve Sparling 31:26, Adam Currie 33:31and Kevin Cooper 34:32.

Debbie Gardiner won the 8 km with 15:13 and Adam Bilodeau was second at 15:24.

With the final stage done, Mike Heintzman held off the Ferris Boys to win the 2005 Spring Stage Race with 28 points. Pat Ferris was second at 22 and Stephen Ferris third at 15 points.

Barb Polehoykie won the Women's' with 33 points. Lisa Verbisky was second with 8 and Debbie Gardiner third at 6.

Matt Sparling won the Under 19 with 14 points. Gilbert Bilodeau was second at 5 and Adam Bilodeau third with 3.

Coming up:

-Sunday Beatton Loop road ride at 10:00 from Cosmic Grounds.

-Monday is Baldonnel Duathlon #1 from the Baldonnel School. At 7 pm.

Check out the club website for biking and triathlon information at


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