This past weekend involved a very cool 6-corner criterium up in Markham at the Honda Canada headquarters.
On the Saturday, I attended the Youth Cup to help as a volunteer. This was an amazing experience. I was given the cool duty of marshalling the SW corner, waving a flag to signal that the kids had cleared the corner safely. Watching and cheering on the burgeoning young talent that Ontario has is a wonderful opportunity. The first round of racing included a time trial around the crit followed by categorized racing (U11, U13, U15, U17 boys and girls). Must say, it was cool to see Mike McInnis' son Connor have a great race, placing 2nd in the U11 category (sorry, I do not have a pic… please post if you can Mike). I highly recommend people get involved with the youth racing scene to pay it forward.... these will be the riders that represent cycling in the future. It is very cool to see just how good these kids are and how devoted they are to their craft.
On the Sunday, an O-Cup was held where BCC and our trade team collaboration twESPBCC were extremely well represented across categories. With super strong riding and awesome teamwork, we achieved podiums or came darn close for every race!
I raced the Elite Men 1/2 race. While it was a tough race with the big NW wind and intense team tactics, our twESPBCC teammate Andrew House made the early break and hung on to an extremely respectable 4th place finish! Special thanks to Ivana (and her awesome son) for providing her wheels as spares and for sticking around to hang out with my family and root me on.
Here are some pics of the podium (in order of race start time):
Victor Addis wins the Men’s Elite 4 race with a solo break. He managed to lap the field all by himself!
John Lobraico wins the Men’s Elite 3 by decisively taking the bunch sprint!
Aubrie De Sylva shows off her track power by finishing 2nd in the Women’s Elite 3 race!
Ivan Gotzeva has a fantastic first criterium race, placing an impressive 3rd in the Women’s Master B field!
Please feel free to comment and/or add pics. It would be great to hear the inner workings of each race as it unfolded.