2013 Barry’s Roubaix

April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. April showers also bring a tougher Barry’s Roubaix for those that were up to the challenge. The dyke along the Pitt River, combined with the rain, is guaranteed to make for a mucky and gritty road race.

The Cat 3 race had Kevin Ford racing strong, staying near the front for most of the 8 lap 80km race, which through human error at the start/finish, turned into a tough 90km race before it was all done. The lead break of four Cat 1&2 racers were ‘caught’ on the last meters of the dyke by the surging category 3 riders. Kevin managed 8th in the Cat 3 race.

Jamie Cameron, the lone Cat 2 roadie for Pro City Racing, had an equally good race, staying strong throughout despite having challenges seeing where he was going. His Zed Wheels’ hand built ENVE 3.4 wheelset took the pounding on the gravel dyke just fine and Jamie sprinted for 4th in the bunch for an 8th place finish. Cyclocross racer, and last season’s sponsored Zed Wheels pro rider Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck) finished in a break in 4th place. Lead break rider Curtis Deardon (Russ Hays’) was bested by Greg Christian (Garneaux-Evolution) for the Cat 1&2 win.

Full results can be found here

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The tough weather made for epic photographs, and I’ve posted a few on Zed Wheels’ Flickr! page

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Craig wins Cross on the Rock #6 – Binab Group GP

The Cross on the Rocks’ second stop in Victoria, BC happened November 11th, 2012 at Western Speedway race course. The Pro City Racing team built a fantastic course complete with a Fly-over! The race attracted many elite roadies, including Jelly Belly’s Nic Hamilton, Rob Britton, Jamie Sparling and the usual characters like Trek Red Truck Racing’s Tyler Trace, Drew MacKenzie, Tom Skinner, Adam de Vos and others. Craig Richey was certainly one to watch having come home for a break after starting his season racing strong in New England.

I certainly hoped for my sponsored riders, Craig Richey, Tom Skinner and Adam de Vos to finish strong. Craig was debuting his CrossRock CX carbon wheelsets, and Tom was on his CrossRock AX disc wheels, while Adam went with his mud tire equipped CrossRock AX alloy wheelset. A great duel between Craig and Tyler ensued and another duel in amongst the top five. In the end Craig Richey took the win, with Drew slipping past Tyler for second, Tyler, and Zed Wheels riders Tom Skinner and Adam de Vos 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

Elite Men Top 5

    1. Craig Richey, SponsorConnected.com p/b Zed Wheels and OBB.
    2. Drew McKenzie, Condo Group p/b Shimano.
    3. Tyler Trace, Team Trek Red Truck Racing.
    4. Tom Skinner, OBB p/b Zed Wheels.
    5. Adam de Vos, Team Trek Red Truck p/b Zed Wheels.

 

 

Oh so close!

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This was likely the closest I’ve ever come in a sprint on or off the track. This was the first sprint of a points race, part of Trackfest II, at the Commonwealth Legacy Velodrome in the Westshore community. I was bested by an inch or so by veteran track racer Charles Durrant. Chuck is pretty savvy, and I usually watch what he’s up to in any race. He can sprint. The next points sprint, I made sure to win by a few lengths. But I paid for that effort, dropping off when an attack surged just after the sprint. I ended the race in 5th place with 8 points.