Cycling club sends five riders to B.C. competitionA small group of Yukon cyclists put together some personal-best performances last weekend at the 2014 B.C. Youth Road Race Championships.By Whitehorse Star on June 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm
A small group of Yukon cyclists put together some personal-best performances last weekend at the 2014 B.C. Youth Road Race Championships.
A group of five travelled to Courtenay to compete in the provincial event and a time trial, hosted by the Comox Valley Cycle Club.
U Kon Echelon members representing the Yukon were Cayla Jackson, David Jackson, Tristan Muir, Ava Irving-Staley and Trena Irving.
Irving, the club’s coach, said the weekend proved to be a quality learning experience for the young riders.
Irving-Staley finishing sixth out of seven in Saturday’s road race, holding her own despite being one of the youngest riders in the U13 category.
Muir, meanwhile, showed some massive potential, leading the peloton for a whole nine km, eventually finishing sixth.
Irving said while she was proud of Muir’s hard work, the U13 cyclist needs to make some changes to his strategy in order to finish stronger.
“He is new to cycling this season and shows massive potential,” Irving said. “As a speedskater and swimmer, Tristan has a fabulous fitness base and knows how to go fast and hard.”
Para-athlete Cayla Jackson finished first in her U17 para-category, giving a strong effort in the road race.
Fellow U17 cyclist David Jackson was sick Saturday and didn’t compete.
Sunday saw Irving-Staley give it her all in the time trial. She would go on to set a new personal-best time in the 16-km distance, placing fifth with a time of 41.12. Her previous best time for a 15-km route was 44 mins.
Meanwhile, coach Irving said Muir logged a heroic performance in his race, finishing fourth out of seven and shaving five minutes off his previous best time to finish in 31.28.
Both Jacksons also logged personal bests in their categories Sunday.
Irving competed in the master women’s category, finishing first by default with a time of 29.41.
The coach is hoping to put together a team for the Western Canada Summer Games next summer in Wood Buffalo, Alta.
Cyclists aged 14 to 20 can email her at email@example.com.
Takhini Gas Time Trial Wednesday, May 28, 2014
U Kon Echelon put on their second time trial of the season. The route was Takhini Gas out towards Laberge for 10 km, return.
The course was windy both ways but some fast times were posted. Urban Painters rider Elijah Buffalo blew away all the competition with the fastest time of 31.36. Urban Painters are on a role as Elijah won a time trial down south recently and his team mate and team founder, Preston Blackie, also just won a criterium in BC.
Distance was 22.50 km.
Here are the results:
Elijah Buffalo of Urban Painters team 31.36 1st
Sean McCarron 35.18
Mathieu Chenard 35.39
Phil Hoffman 40.55
Andy Muir 46.23
U 23/Expert men: Shea Hoffman 37.04 1st
U 17 men: David Jackson 45.24
U13 men: Tristian Muir 52.23
Sport women: Tanya Ordish 43.42
Expert women: Trena Irving 41.52
Next two events for U Kon Echelon are:
June 7,8 BC Junior Provincials in Courtney, BC
June 11, 12, 13, 14: Tour de Whitehorse.
June 11: Prologue: Mayo cutoff 5 km on the new pavement starting at the bottom of the hill at 7:00\
June 12: Time trial: Carcross cutoff 17.5 km from CC cutoff south and turnaround
June 13: Criterium Titanium Way 7:00 pm
June 14: Road race partnering with Autism Yukon. Registration is at 9:00 am at Robert Service Campground, race starts at 10:00 by South Access pull off, goes out past Carcross Cutoff to time trial turn around, then returns and racers go down South Access and go through Miles Canyon to finish at the top of the last hill of Miles Canyon.
Barbeque and awards to happen at Robert Service Campground.