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July 23/05 5:59 am - Tour de White Rock: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 07/23/05

Tour de White Rock
Report by Kevin Woodley

Stage 1: Hill Climb

Will Pratt took advantage of a new format, an early start time, and some extra rest to win the Hill Climb at the Tour de White Rock Friday night.

Instead of racing the clock, this year's riders squared off against each other, with the fastest five from a timed heat starting again in a five-wide, side-by-side race to the podium.

Pratt was first out of the gate of the steep 700-metre straightaway up Buena Vista Avenue, powering up the lung-busting 16 per cent grade in one minute, 46.25 seconds. Almost an hour later, with the sun setting on Semiahmoo Bay behind him, Pratt found out his time was good enough to crack the top-five.

He knew right away he had a great chance to win it all the second time up because the top seeds all started later and three of the finalists - Andrew Pinfold, David Goosen and Dustin MacBurnie - had all gone up in the final three groups. The other finalist, Andrew Fischer, was in the 45th of 55 groups to race up the hill two at a time.

"It's so hard to recover and I had an hour so I was super fresh," said Pratt, riding for The Bike Barn, a Penticton store he part owns.

"Three-quarters of the way up I just dropped the hammer and went as hard as I could to gap and then I was able to spin across the line." Pinfold, an Ontario native who rides for the B.C.-based Symmetrics pro team, finished second, almost nine seconds behind Pratt, but less than a bike length ahead of Fischer despite being in the second-to-last group up the first time.

"Great," Pinfold said with a sarcastic laugh after being told he was in the finals. "Now I get to go back down and race guys who have rested for an hour." MacBurnie, Fischer's teammate on the Broadmark Capital team, was fourth, followed by Goosen, a Ladner native riding for Rocky Mountain-Adobe.

Pratt, who missed the first two events of BC Superweek (the Tour de Delta and Gastown) because his Penticton shop was simply too busy to leave, was thrilled to win an event littered with so many top pros, even if some of them let up in the first heat for fear of burning out for the rest of the weekend with a second run up the muscle-burning slope.

"It's pretty cool because some of those guys do it for a living and I got a full time job," said Pratt, who at 28 describes cycling as a passion. "Not often do you beat Tyler Farrar, Gord Fraser, Andrew Pinfold, those kind of guys. I'm pretty stoked right now." Like Pratt, Christina Briante was happy to get a second crack at the steep climb. The 26-year-old from Guelph, Ontario broke away early, easily winning the women's race to give the Symmetric Team its first win of the 2005 BC Superweek. Of course "easily" is a relative term when you just had to race 700 metres up a 16 per cent grade in the hot sun.

For most a second trip up might feel more like punishment than reward.

"No, it's a reward,'' insisted a panting, but smiling Briante, who now trains in Victoria with the Pacific Sport National Cycling Centre. "I always feel better on the second time around. I used to swim and I used to always swim faster the second time through. For me the first time was like a warm up and the second time you're muscles know what it's all about, your mind knows what it's all about and you can put it all together." Langley native Lisa Sweeney of Team Coastal was the next to cross the line, followed by Quebec's Karol-Ann Canuel of the Canadian National Junior Team.

Alison Testroete of Team Alberta, who was second in the Tour de Delta Hill Climb a week earlier, was fourth, followed by fellow Calgarian Jenny Trew of Team Coastal.

"It's important to get a result," said Briante of the Symmetrics Team, which had only a second place finish in the women's Tour de Delta criterium and a King of the Mountain points win in the Tour de Delta Road Race to show for eight Superweek events so far.

"We want to be on the podium so it was really great to get a win for the team, but you have to remember we're racing against some really strong riders so you can't win all the races." The Tour de White continues Saturday with the Criterium (3 p.m. start) before wrapping up with the Road Race on Sunday (8 a.m. start). It's the final stop in BC Superweek, a three-event series that also included the Tour de Gastown and Tour de Delta.

1. Will Pratt (CAN) The Bike Barn1:53.20
2. Andrew Pinfold (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling2:02.00
3. Andrew Fischer (USA) Broadmark Capital2:03.30
4. Dustin MacBurnie (CAN) Broadmark Capital2:07.20
5. David Goosen (CAN) Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe2:40.80
6. Shawn Bunnin (CAN) Team Saskatchewan / Spoke n Sport1:50.97
7. Derek McMaster (CAN) Team Coastal1:51.52
8. Marsh Cooper (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling1:51.59
9. Jordan Guenette (CAN) Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe1:51.72
10. Will Routley (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling1:51.97
11. Tim Sherstobitoff (CAN) Kelowna Cycle1:52.07
12. Kirk OBee (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team1:52.45
13. Jacob Erker (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling1:52.62
14. Jeff Sherstobitoff (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling1:52.88
15. Brandon Crichton (CAN) ItalPasta1:52.94
16. Dan MacDonald (CAN) 1:55.44
17. Philippe Abbott (CAN) Team Alberta1:55.51
18. Min Van Velzen (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling1:56.09
19. Noah Young (USA) Broadmark Capital1:56.18
20. Ian Manning (CAN) BikeSports - Pfaff Racing Team1:56.52
21. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team1:56.89
22. Nick Friesen (CAN) The Bike Shop1:57.05
23. Jamie Sparling (CAN) Bicisport Calgary1:57.20
24. Pleasure Jackson (USA) Broadmark Capital1:57.23
25. Justin Davis (AUS) Wentings Cycle1:58.14
26. Eric Wohlberg (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling1:58.24
27. Rob Britton (CAN) Team Coastal1:58.60
28. Maurice Worsfold (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club1:58.65
29. Tom Peterson (USA) Broadmark Capital1:58.89
30. Bradley Fairall (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling1:59.38
31. Andrew McDirmid (USA) Starbucks Double Shot1:59.92
32. Owen Gue (USA) Broadmark Capital2:00.02
33. Cory Lange (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling2:00.06
34. Chuck Hill (USA) Amgen2:00.83
35. Sean Van Horn (USA) Broadmark Capital2:01.61
36. Eric Kameka (CAN) Escape Velocity / DEVO2:01.63
37. Felix Haspel (CAN) Synergy Racing2:02.13
38. Solomon Woras (USA) Broadmark Capital2:02.47
39. Garth White (CAN) TREK - Red Truck Ale2:02.57
40. Siro Camponogara (ITA) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team2:03.04
41. Chris Issac (CAN) ItalPasta2:03.49
42. Chris Worsfold (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club2:04.28
43. JP Dunlop (CAN) adventurebound.ca2:04.42
44. Andy Edwards (AUS) GS Ciao2:04.90
45. Chris Brennan (USA) Team Rio Grande2:05.03
46. Brian Nelson (USA) Momentum sports/Inewmed2:05.36
47. Daniel Maggiacomo (CAN) ItalPasta2:06.04
48. Ian Tubbs (USA) Broadmark Capital2:06.16
49. Zack Garland (CAN) N/A2:06.85
50. Chris Reid (CAN) Team Coastal2:07.35
51. Zak Grabowski (USA) TIAA-CREF 2:07.57
52. Tim Abercrombie (CAN) Escape Velocity / DEVO2:08.20
53. Ezra Nichols (CAN) Organic Athlete Victoria2:08.45
54. Peter Sanowar (CAN) ItalPasta2:08.91
55. Tommy Nankervis (AUS) Wentings Cycle2:09.16
56. Craig De gier (CAN) Cyclesmith CC2:09.58
57. Jeff Hansen (CAN) ItalPasta2:10.71
58. Mark Grimmett (CAN) Wenting's Cycles2:11.09
59. Axel Bergman (CAN) Team Organic Victoria2:11.43
60. Scott Brown (AUS) Wentings Cycle2:11.68
61. Jeff Sparling (CAN) Team Alberta2:12.63
62. Tom Evans (CAN) Bike Barn2:12.68
63. Sven Sturm (GER) Organic Athlete Victoria2:13.08
64. Brett Boniface (CAN) OrganicAthlete Victoria2:13.87
65. Mark Howard (AUS) Wentings Cycle2:14.88
66. Ian Robertsonn (CAN) Team KAOS2:15.26
67. Nat Faulkner (CAN) ItalPasta2:15.71
68. Trevor Connor (CAN) Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles2:16.16
69. Jason Fluckiger (CAN) Bayside Cycling Club2:16.90
70. Harley Borlee (CAN) Velocity2:18.49
71. Richard Bowker (NZL) ItalPasta2:18.58
72. Nicholas Jendzjowsky (CAN) Pedalhead Roadworks/Sleemans2:20.23
73. Matthew Walker (CAN) Team Sask2:21.62
74. Murray Carter (CAN) Ride With Rendall2:22.53
75. Zachary Taylor (USA) TIAA-CREF 2:24.90
76. Tyler Farrar (USA) Health Net2:30.72
77. Robert Campbell (USA) The Valley Athletic Club2:31.67
78. Hilton Clarke (AUS) Navigators Insurance Cycling Team2:34.84
79. Gord Fraser (CAN) Health Net2:37.52
80. Svein Tuft (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling2:43.47
81. Christian Meier (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling2:46.38
dns. Scott Goguen (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling
dns. Roy Pickavance (CAN) CenturyTel
dns. Cameron McKnight (CAN) Edmonton Road & Track Club
dns. Taylor Little (CAN) Taylor Little
dns. Daniel Goncalves (BRA) Organic Athlete Victoria
dns. Cory Jay (CAN) Wentings Cycle
dns. Kevin Noiles (CAN) Escape Velocity / DEVO
dns. Justin Morgan (USA) Broadmark Capital
dns. Adam Curry (NZL) Broadmark Capital
dns. Joshua Smith (USA) CenturyTel / VRAD
dns. Matthew Hall (USA) CenturyTel / VRAD
dns. Donald Buscombe (CAN) Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe
dns. Brad Bingham (USA) CenturyTel / VRAD
dns. Philip Burgess (IRL) La Bicicletta
dns. Chris Conklin (CAN) Team Coastal
dns. Damien Waugh (CAN) Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe
dns. Jesse James Collins (CAN) BiciSport
dns. Samuel Bail (CAN) / All Seasons Sports
dns. Duncan Steele (CAN) Escape Velocity / DEVO
dns. Matt Patterson (CAN) BiciSport
dns. Jim Tsilemos (CAN) Team Coastal
dns. Dawson Sean (CAN) TREK - Red Truck Ale
dns. Mark Cunningham (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling
dns. Andrew Greydanus (Can)
dns. Brad Issel (CAN) TREK - Red Truck Ale
dns. Pablo Araya (CRC) Costa Rica
dns. Nieves Carasco (CRC) Costa Rica
dns. Luis Garcia (CRC) Costa Rica
dns. Cory Forrest (CAN) Kelowna Cycle

1. Christina Briante (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling
2. Lisa Sweeney (CAN) Team Coastal
3. Karol-Ann Canuel (CAN) Canadian National Junior Women
4. Alison Testroete (CAN) Team Alberta
5. Jenny Trew (CAN) Team Coastal
6. Alena Radomsky (CAN) Team Coastal
7. Brei Gudsell (NZL) BikeNZ
8. Naomi Cooper (CAN) Canadian National Junior Women
9. Lauren Koedyk (NZL) BikeNZ
10. Heather Lamson (CAN) Wentings Cycle
11. Jo Ryder (NZL) BikeNZ
12. Mathilde Hupin Debeurme (CAN) Sportif Bromont
13. Emily Sandwith (CAN) Adventure Bound
14. Anna Tratnyek (CAN) Terry Precision
15. Sarah Uhl (USA) Quark Cycling Team
16. Anne Guzman (CAN) Terry Precision
17. Sandra Walter (CAN)
18. Amy Mosen (NZL) BikeNZ
19. Jean Ann McKirdy (CAN) Rocky Mountain Business Objects
20. Marni Hambleton (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling
21. Julie Hutsebaut (CAN) Terry Precision
22. Claire Cameron (CAN) Blak Dog Racing
23. Angella Goran (CAN) Team Adventure Bound
24. Pepper Harlton (CAN) Team Alberta
25. Joelle Numainville (CAN) Canadian National Junior Women
26. Kylie Case (CAN) Team Manitoba
27. Dianna Kennedy (CAN) Team Alberta
28. Helena Coney (CAN) N/A
29. Mandy Poitras (CAN) Symmetrics Cycling
30. Amanda Butler (CAN) Team Coastal
dns. Suzanne Macht (CAN)
dns. Leah Guloien (CAN) Sugoi / Giant
dns. Lee Darling (CAN) Team Coastal
dns. Kristin Campbell (CAN) Pedalhead Roadwork's/Sleemans


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