O-Cup #4 - Lake of Bays - Results and Post Race Synopsis

(Photo Courtesy of Jason Shuker)

Hope I'm not stealing anyone's thunder, although there seems to be much rumbling today. I was just thinking about today's Lake of Bays Road Race, wondering how the troops faired. The BCC kicked some serious butt today, and Paul M won his particular race!

Congrats to everyone for going all the way up there to race in what I imagine was some pretty crap weather.
Rock and roll.

Here are the full results… 

Elite 4 Men:

Paul McKeever - 1st

Andrew Mouck - 4th

James Draper - 23rd

Master 3 Men:

Patryk Biegalski - 18th

Jason Shuker - 39th

Mark Bailey - dns

Elite 3 Women:

Julie Toole - 4th

Master 2 Men:

Jim Weir - 17th

Joseph Correia - np

Peter Cahill - np

Elite 1 & 2 Women:

Jamie Gilgen - 8th (Elite 1 - 3rd)

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Comment by DY on May 12, 2013 at 7:57pm

Thanks Paul,

I have attached a pic of the podium!


Comment by Mike McInnis on May 12, 2013 at 8:45pm
Comment by Alexx Hooper on May 12, 2013 at 9:04pm

Wow! You all make us proud! Fantastic results. Must have been a hell of a day for the race - cold, sideways hail, wind gusts to 70km... well done, all!

Comment by Paul van Dongen on May 12, 2013 at 10:01pm

Eek. Sounds awful, Jamie. Oh well. You still rock my world.

Comment by Jason Shuker on May 13, 2013 at 1:40pm

Even though the conditions were horrible, I am still glad I did it.  My fingertips still hurt (typing on a keyboard sucks today) and I am still wearing 2 big sweaters. We were drenched before we started racing and it didn't get any better from there.  The only time I forgot about the wet/cold was when I found myself lying on the pavement - I was involved in a crash (~40km).  Some guy half-wheeling and he went down and I drove right into him.  Luckily, a few other guys were ahead of me and made a soft landing before I rolled onto the pavement (all is well though - scraped up finger and some aches today).  I felt a little bad for the guys I landed on - not sure having a 190 pound guy land on you is all that fun. Anyway, I got up, saw the pack riding away. So, I grabbed my bike that was lying on top of the one guy, checked it out and made some adjustments and kept going.  No worries - the guys were ok, but some untangling was taking place.


Prior to the crash, I felt pretty good and was not expending that much energy.  I thought the crash was going to be the worst part of my day - after crashing, I spent a lot of energy working with a small group of riders to get back to the lead group, but the group was fractured pretty quickly.  I pretty much rode solo for the remainder of the race.  My feet were freezing, difficulty changing gears and squeezing the break. I ended up walking up a hill and thought about packing it in for a warm seat in the truck, but I figured I was about 5k to 8k from the finish line, so I carried on. Rolled in at 39th, 17 min 39sec behind.  To be honest, I thought I was the last M3 guy on the course, but after seeing the results.... 


I was in the same shape as Patryk afterwards (fingers numb, feet frozen, shaking like crazy, etc...), but after the hot chocolate and several coffees I felt a bit better. Also felt better after seeing BCC on the podium - fantastic race for Paul and Andrew.  Congratulations to everyone and see you next Sunday in Niagara.


DY - have any BCC Parka's?


Comment by Jon Spira on May 13, 2013 at 8:17pm

Brilliant result.  You're all tougher than nails for racing in those conditions.  Congratulations.

Comment by Paul McKeever on May 13, 2013 at 10:42pm

First of all, thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support. This is exactly why I joined this club - you are one of the best group of people that any aspiring cyclist could hope for. I also especially want to thank Pat for driving me to and from this event. If it wasn’t for his generosity, I never would have been able to make it out yesterday.

Despite all of the winter riding preparation I had done this year - which I did NOT expect would apply in the first road race I that would ever take part in - this is up there as one of the toughest bike ride I’ve ever taken part in! Despite the seriously dubious forecast, most of those that committed to riding this race were out sporting their team’s jerseys/doing their own independent thing. Either way, it was cool to see how on race day, people will still tough it out regardless of what Mother Nature throws at them.

I have to say, Andrew, Jason, and Pat really recounted all of our experiences really well. This was a ride that will be a massive badge of honour for anyone that road any part of it. The fact that the warmup was so treacherous really speaks to the nature of the day.

As the Elite 4 men shivered at the line, we all seemed to take some refuge in the fact that we were in it together and it seemed to give us a sense of camaraderie that we all knew it would be such a tough day. However, to add insult to injury, a woman in an SUV decided she was upset that she had to go around the start line and made us wait for 5 minutes as she argued with a RCMP officer about the massive inconvenience. Once she cleared her grumpy self from the course, we were finally able to get underway. As Andrew said, once we got moving, the pace seemed to be quite mild for the first part of the race. This made it extremely difficult to warmup. Despite this, most people in the group did not seem to want to breakaway alone and try riding the whole course by themselves in the conditions we were facing. Alas, about 1/3 of the way through, 3 brave riders tried to make a break but the peloton left them dangling about 200m up the road for a good 20-30km before reeling them back in. Andrew turned to me when they had been gone for a few minutes and said “they’re not going anywhere, don’t worry”. As I would come to realize that day, Andrew really seems to have a good sense of what will stick and what won’t.

Throughout the race, Andrew and I had a few chats about strategy. Since the pace stayed relatively mild up until about 60km in, we decided to wait to see what was going on and stick to the plan of countering any move that occurred. At 60km in, Andrew asked me how I was feeling distance-wise and I said we should keep waiting to see what happens and stick to our original plan. He agreed and we kept it cool (no pun intended).

At the point when the race started to become scrappy, Andrew and I (mostly Andrew because he’s really savvy and quick to counter any attack) would tackle any attempt that any rider/group of riders made to break away. When we broke away with the other 2 riders that Andrew described, I was at the front setting the pace at that time. Obviously nervous with ~8km to go, I was concerned that we would be shelled out setting the pace of the peloton. I think Andrew sensed this because he whispered something like “nice and easy Paul” into my ear. This was probably the best thing to hear at the time because my subconscious was telling me to keep the pace high and work like a dog. Since we had already burned a few matches to even get away, this was not the time for any shenanigans. I heeded his brilliant advice, kept the pace to around 30km/h, and just waited for any serious moves to happen. I really believe that his advice at this moment saved me the few matches I had left to do anything.

When Andrew and I found ourselves alone of the front again with about 4km to go, this seemed like the move that would stick. Andrew set a mean pace down a slope into the last decent hill climb before the run into the finish. We approached the hill at 60km/h, giving us a huge chance to crest the hill at a high pace and stay away from the chasing peloton. When I came to do my turn, I was in such a big gear to hold Andrew’s wheel that I really struggled to keep the cadence going in the climb (for those interested, check my Strava report on this, I go down to 50 cadence about 3.5km from the finish – ouch!). Since our hands were numb, I was too nervous to think about shifting and decided to just power through in the gear I was in. As I crested the climb, I was surprised to hear Andrew was struggling a bit behind me, so I looked back to see how close he was. Unfortunately, he was a few bike lengths back. When I saw that the group seemed really close to him (perhaps just because I was nervous), I decided that I would just work with the position I had and try to solo to the end with everything I had left. On my way down the slope, I looked back a second time to see if I still had a decent advantage. At this point, I started to veer off the road and actually made contact with the sand at the side of the road at 50km/h. Somehow I managed to stay upright and get my wheels back onto the tarmac. This was probably the most nervous point I’ve ever had on a bicycle. I remember mentioning this to Andrew afterward and him saying something along the lines of “What the hell is Paul doing?” as he recounted his thoughts looking at me up ahead.

So once I got it together, kept the rubber side DOWN, and realized I actually had a good chance of winning this race in one piece, I continued to pursue the finish with everything I had left. The organizers really wanted to make you worry because they put a mean little 200m long climb with 500m to go. At this point I tried my best to keep the pace high and keep off the pursuers. I looked back as I reached the 300m point and saw that I still had a good 100m on the chasers. Despite this, I accelerated as best I could out of the climb and reached the finish line with a giant breathing sigh of relief. I think it’s customary to put your arms in the air, but I was a bit confused and bewildered by the whole thing and just shook my head in disbelief. A few seconds later I could hear Andrew yelling “That a boy Paul!” and holding his arm out. All I could think was “This never would have happened without you”. I really have him to thank for keeping me cool throughout the race, discussing tactics EVEN in the conditions we were facing on the day, for knowing when to make the right moves, and to save energy whenever possible. Not to put too much pressure on, but I think we’ll be seeing many successes from Andrew in his cycling future.

Finally, I would like to give a big shout out to James (who raced elite 4 with us) for finishing the race in great time despite being tailed off the back. It takes a large amount of courage to ride on your own in no man’s land when the weather is decent, never mind in the Armageddon weather we had for the race. Kudos to you sir! I’m really looking forward to riding and racing with you again.

Comment by Paul McKeever on May 13, 2013 at 11:13pm

Btw, Jamie had me doing jumping jacks and running on the spot to stay warm - it worked brilliantly! :)

Anyway, I also want to thank Jim for offering up his clothes as I shivered away while he should have been getting ready to race. A major thank you also has to go out to Jim's wife (I can't remember her name for the life of me) for taking care of all of the shivering cyclists by bringing a whole bunch of coffees for everyone. She made many suffering people's day when she showed up with those coffees!

Comment by Jim Weir on May 15, 2013 at 9:21am

First, congratulations to the BCC team for a great turnout and fantastic results. For a team with a culture of "we are here for the fun", we have many riders with tremendous abilities.Our BCC team is being recognized.

I would also like to give Kudos to my wife Bernadette and daughter Kathleen for bringing blankets and hot coffee to many of the early riders. They all looked liking the walking dead as they shivered uncontrollably for an hour after the race. They were all very appreciative. It was a little off putting to see the carnage of the last race as I prepared for the start of my race, but I thought I would dress well and avoid this shivering zombie state...an hour into the race, as snow gathered on the inside of my glasses, I knew I would be one of them. At the end of this miserable race, Bernadette, Kathleen and Peter de-zombified me by the fire in the hotel...so much thanks!!

On the way to work the other day I wondered "what type of gloves would you need to keep your hands warm in those conditions?" I shook my head....I will never ever ride in wet slush again!!!!

Comment by DY on May 15, 2013 at 9:26am

Thank you Bernadette and Kathleen!


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