The Good Friday Road Race is the traditional kick-off to the road race season in Ontario. This year, the race was also part of the Ontario Cup (O-Cup) series, so relatively large fields were expected.
The weather at GFRR is always the big variable - I've done this race a number of times and I've had snow, sleet, rain, sun, high winds, below zero temperatures, and highs in the 20s. The forecast this year was for plenty of sun, but with a chilly start to the day. The temperature was a chilly -2 degrees when Peter Cahill and myself rolled in for the early race, but fortunately the sun would soon bring the temperature north of freezing. There was a wind out of the northwest, but nothing as bad as we've seen in past years.
Representing BCC at this years GFRR were myself, Peter Cahill, and Quentin Broad in the M3 race, and Jamie Gilgen in the Senior/Elite Women's 1/2 race and we managed some pretty impressive results: QB crossed the line in 6th (same time as winner; Peter C. and I also finished in the bunch sprint, s.t. as winner). Jamie managed to get into an early breakway (after only some 10km into the race) that managed to stay away the rest of the race. Jamie crossed the line in 4th, narrowly missing a podium spot by half a wheel ! WOW !
Julie Toole is planning to ride under BCC colours, but was granted a license as an independent. She rocked the Senior/Elite Women 3 race, crossing in fourth. I'm sure she'll get her club affiliation changed for the next race, and add to the BCC 2012 race palmares.
A number of other BCC members were also riding, though flying other club colours for unknown/obscure reasons (boo, hiss):
Apologies to anyone I missed in the above list.
Race results may be found here.
Racers: please post your war stories below - many members of the club while not personally interested in rolling up to the start line, find racing facinating and look forward to the race reports.