Its been over 20 years since the name “Burnt Bridge Classic” has circulated among the cycling circles in BC. Now it’s back…THE LEGEND LIVES!….this time as an epic Gravel Fondo.
As the Victoria International Cycling Festival Society, we have been working hard to make this happen and are grateful for the support we have had from the CVRD, Camp Pringle, and Mosaic Forest Management. We are also pleased to announce Liquor Plus as our presenting sponsor and wish to thank Sean Large for supporting this event.
In our inaugural event, we are offering only 250 entries so we can ensure a safe and high-quality event for everyone. Ride as a solo rider, a team of two, or team of 4. Registration includes a Banquet Dinner and Drinks for our after-event party at Camp Pringle.
We will be offering cash prizes to the top 5 Men and Women, special prizes for the Vintage Bike Category, team categories, and have some awesome merchandise raffle prizes for everyone.
We also don’t want to you leave right away and are offering some crazy cheap rates for overnight lodging at Camp Pringle. Bikebacking, Tenting, and RV options are also available on request.
The Seymour Challenge hill climb is back for its 39th running of the event in support of DEVO youth cycling, Vancouver’s longest-running and most successful youth development program. The 2019 Seymour Challenge is also the final race in the BC Cup Road Series presented by Cobotix. It has been an action-packed series going back to the series opener in the spring and culminating this summer atop Mt.Seymour.
The event will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019, starting with registration and package pick-up at the Parkgate Community Centre in North Vancouver, ride up to the top of the hill starting at 10 AM, and a BBQ lunch in the Celebration Zone to finish the event.
The Seymour Challenge gives riders the option to register for the various registration types, some of which include a charitable tax receipt and some souvenir Seymour Challenge cycling clothing.
“DEVO is my second family. The coaches care about your development on and off the bike, and push you to your full potential. I started when I was 12 years old learning to corner and ride in traffic. I later progressed to the Cannondale pb Fortius team for youth.” ~ Elizabeth Gin, DEVO/Cannondale Athlete
Canada’s Alison Jackson wins her Second Straight BC Superweek Race
New Westminster, BC – 2019 is the third edition of the New West Grand Prix and since the inaugural race two years ago, fans in The Royal City have seen only one man atop the podium – Florenz Knauer. The 30-year-old has made a name for himself with his results over the years at BC Superweek, but he hasn’t dominated any race like the New West Grand Prix’s 55-lap, 51.4 kilometre loop.
Knauer, riding for Herrmann Radteam, sat back in the peloton and attacked on the last half of the final lap – the notorious climb up Carnarvon Street on the back side of the course. It’s a tactic he used to win in 2017 and 2018. This year, he wasn’t prominent in moves during the race, on the last lap looked to be around 20th place, and not even in the top five in the climb up Carnarvon. However, it’s exactly what he was waiting for. “It’s always the same, I carry so much momentum and speed (on that climb), so no one can go on my wheel – it’s a trick,” he explained.
New Zealand National Team member Campbell Stewart was second in the race. He tried to attack like Knauer, but just couldn’t catch the German. “I just gave it a crack, I jumped on Sam Bassetti’s wheel at the climb. I got a good little lead out from my teammate Corbin Strong, he smashed it on the first hill, and I had to take over after that. I don’t know how Florenz does it, he just goes up on his way, he’s gone, got the gap and the speed to be able to make a break down the hill.”
Fans and riders alike were shaking their head with disbelief at how Knauer did it, but he admitted post-race that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. “I think the rain played a little bit in my favour. I have good tires, I’m confident in my bike and my skills riding around the corners, so I always try to get as much speed as I can into two of the turns. This time someone got in front of me, so I had to kick on again and I had to go really deep – it was close at the end, I was just happy to see the line.”
Despite not getting the win on Tuesday night, Bassetti, riding for Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling, is having a tidy trip to BC Superweek. The third place finish in New Westminster is his fourth straight podium at the series after a win in Sunday’s White Spot | Delta Road Race, a third place result in Saturday’s Ladner Criterium and a second place finish in Friday’s North Delta Criterium. He too was wondering how Knauer was able to get away with making the exact same move three years in a row.
“He’s really cagey and you’d think one of us would figure out to be on his wheel at the bottom of the hill, but none of us were and he came by us hard and timed it perfectly,” said Bassetti. “Florenz was strong all the way to the top of the hill and we just couldn’t get him.”
By the time the men crossed the finish line to wrap up the 2019 edition of the New West Grand Prix, a steady rain was falling. It’s expected to continue into Wednesday. The roads were slick in New Westminster but riding on the famed cobblestones at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix when they’re wet offers a completely different challenge to the riders. Knauer was second in Gastown a year ago, fans and fellow competitors will have to see if he has any tricks up his sleeve to make it to the top of the podium like he has at the New West Grand Prix over the years.
For the third straight year, the New West Grand Prix was truly a race of attrition as the women’s field got quickly whittled down less than halfway into the 40-lap, 37.4 kilometre course. And there was an added wrinkle to the most difficult criterium in BC Superweek – a steady rain began to fall with less than ten laps to go. In the end, it was a TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank rider atop the podium for a third straight day at BC Superweek and for the second straight day, Vermillion, Alberta’s Alison Jackson was the cyclist in question.
Despite the diminished field, 30-year-old Jackson thought the race would break out on its own. “We thought there would be a sprint from the group, but my teammate Sharlotte Lucas was doing a great job covering some things and I was feeling really strong,” the former Trinity Western University triathlete and cross-country runner described. “Since it was raining, I didn’t trust that the last corner would be too safe, it was a bit risky.”
On the last lap, Jackson attacked on the back half of the course up the Carnarvon Street hill, going from the bottom to the top of the hill and past the field to speed into the last stretch to the finish line. “I felt good on the climb, so I just went all in and then looked behind me on the final straight and it was clear. I did that for the crowd – it’s fun to kind of gamble like that and I think the crowd appreciated it.”
Jackson also won Sunday’s White Spot | Delta Road Race and Kendall Ryan took Saturday’s Tour de Delta Ladner Criterium. For Jackson, who was the 2015 Canadian National Criterium Champion, she is selflessly thrilled to see her team pick up another win. “I consider me to have three straight wins, because when Kendall wins, I feel like I’m winning too,” she said.
Second place went to Maple Ridge, BC’s Maggie Coles-Lyster, who rides for US-based Pickle Juice Pro Cycling team. The 20-year-old noticed that no one was too aggressive in the last few laps of the race, with everyone just keeping a keen eye on the other riders in the peloton. “It was a cat and mouse kind of game. There were teams watching on that last lap and it just became a matter of surviving the slippery course,” said Coles-Lyster, who won the Tour of Somerville in New Jersey in May. It’s the oldest major bike race in the US and is known as the “Kentucky Derby of Cycling”.
In third was Leigh Ann Ganzar, a native of Austin, Texas who rides for Hagens Berman – Supermint. It’s her second podium appearance at BC Superweek this year after Ganzar won Friday’s Tour de Delta North Delta Criterium.
North American’s richest criterium is next in BC Superweek with the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix coming up on Wednesday night. The women race at 6:15 pm while the men race at 7:30 pm.
Saturday Criterium Features Kids’ Race, Live Entertainment, Marketplace and More!
White Rock, BC – There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Tour de White Rock Presented by Landmark Premiere Properties, but probably the biggest reason is how the event marries the tradition of arguably the most prestigious bike race in Canada – the Westminster Savings Road Race – while enhancing the spectator experience at the Choices Markets Criterium.
Saturday’s criterium will see not only world-class cyclists zip around the one kilometre loop surrounding White Rock Elementary, but also the addition of a marketplace featuring live entertainment, food trucks, beverage garden, family fun zone and kids’ races. The day wraps up after the race with the TD Concert Series at Five Corners to celebrate the 40th Anniversary. The concert is to help raise funds to rebuild the City’s iconic pier, which was broken in half by a violent storm last December.
“The Tour de White Rock brings top cyclists from around the world, and the twists and turns of the hillside and oceanfront views make it one of the City’s most exciting events,” said City of White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker. “Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, the events and family activities are going to be spectacular! On behalf of White Rock City Council, I’d like to thank our sponsors, City staff, the many volunteers who help out year after year, and the amazing fans and spectators that cheer on the athletes! We look forward to seeing you July 13th and 14th.”
The Westminster Savings Road Race on Sunday is a 134 kilometre grind for the men and 80 kilometre trek for the women that sees the cyclists face 2300 metres of elevation gain. Damien O’Hagan is a former competitor at the Tour de White Rock and the event’s current stage announcer.
“The Tour de White Rock offers pretty much the complete challenge for all types of riders. The criterium favours the power and speed rider because of the incline on back side of course as well as fast aggression out of the corners,” explained O’Hagan. “The road race can be super challenging. Over the years it seems to play into the hands of the seasoned riders who control the front end of the race with a minimal output of energy, and then once the race hits the final laps, the riders who have conserved themselves and still have some power left in their legs are the ones going for the win.”
The 2019 Tour de White Rock also signifies a massive change behind the scenes as long-time volunteer Barry Dalziel has informed the City that this is his last year on the organizing team. Dalziel spent close to a decade as Chair of the event’s Board of Directors and was also head marshall for almost ten years as well. Dalziel decided it was time to move on to new challenges and give others an opportunity to get involved.
“I’ve watched the race grow from a regional focus with most riders being local to the region to an international race featuring Olympians, national champions, Tour de France, Vuelta, and Giro European road racers,” said Dalziel. “We’ve seen the incredible growth of women’s racers competing at the highest levels with teams from all around the world taking part. In addition, the overall development of professional cycling in the Lower Mainland where the Tour de White Rock was the basis for the development of BC Superweek.”
For the road race, the start-finish line and stage have moved back to their traditional location at the White Rock Pierhead, continuing to provide the majestic backdrop that spectators, riders and their teams have marveled since 1980.
“I truly believe that the Tour de White Rock gives the City the identity of being a community of involved citizens who are proud to call the area home,” said O’Hagan. “The evidence of this is in the participation of volunteers we get who are willing to stand on the street in all sort of weather elements to keep the riders and spectators safe and at the same time make it a fun, family event for the city.”
For the last 40 years, the Tour de White Rock has exposed the beautiful vistas and citizens of the City to an international community, making it one of the longest consecutive running bike races in North America – which is something for the relatively small inclusive community of nearly 20,000 to be extremely proud of.
After 12 events spanning March 24th to June 15th, the BC Cup Road Series presented by Cobotix is entering its final phase. Racers vying for overall titles in the series will be looking forward to capturing points in the last block of the season which includes four BC Superweek races and the penultimate road event of the season, the Hougan Park Road Race presented by United Velo on August 3rd. The series will then conclude at the top of Mount Seymour on August 18th following the gruelling Seymour Challenge presented by Brandon.
A few key battles have animated the season with consistency being the key to success for those in the top spots. In the Men’s Elite Cat 1,2 field, Patrick Riddell (Langlois Brown Racing) leads the series ahead of his teammate Nigel Kinney. Both racers have captured points in 10 of their eligible races. The Langlois Brown Racing duo are followed closely by Kyle Buckosky (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) and Nick Monette (Mighty Cycling) who are both within striking distance of the overall title. BC Superweek will prove to be an important battleground for these racers as they go head to head with professional criterium racers from around the world.
Claire Cameron (Fluevog’s Crit Nasty) holds a commanding lead in the Women’s Cat 1,2 field. Claire has managed to stand on the podium in every race she has entered in BC this season resulting in a wide margin over Isabella Bertold and Michele Schaeffer of the Instafund La Prima Racing team who sit in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The most entertaining battle of the 2019 BC Cup has arguably been in the Masters Men category with Jeffrey Werner (Langlois Brown Racing) and Matt Usborne (recently joining Penderfund p/b Neighbourhood Holdings) trading the top spot on multiple occasions. Jeffrey currently holds a narrow 10-point lead heading into BC Superweek. Uli Mayer (Glotman Simpson Cycling) sits in 3rd after an outstanding performance at the Vancouver is Awesome Grand Prix.
The Junior Men and Junior Women BC Cup race series structure has been amended in order to open up the competition to a great number of developing participants. The following series rule has been amended for Junior Men and Junior women:
Racers must compete in at least one race per “block” to be eligible for the BC Cup title.
Results from the Hayman Classic Stage Race will be included for all junior racers regardless of participation in the Spring Block. All racers who scored points in the Hayman Classic Stage Race and/or the Spring Block will be eligible for the series overall. Evan McBeath and Annabella Stool-Dansereau both racing for Cannondale currently lead their respective junior categories.
Finally, some clarification on how points will be awarded during the upcoming BC Superweek events. Standings for Elite Men Cat 3, Master Men, and Junior Men will be taken from the Masters / Category 3/4 race. Points will be awarded separately for each group. Standings for Junior Women will be taken from the Women Cat 1/2/3 race.
Cycling BC would like to thank Cobotix Manufacturing for their continued support of the BC Cup series as well as the race organizers, volunteers and officials that make racing in British Columbia possible.