JULY 17, 2016

~ Canadian Team Pursuit Record Holder Steph Roorda Wins Women’s Race

White Rock, BC – Ryan Roth from the Silber Pro Cycling team boasts an impressive resume that includes a National Junior Cyclo-Cross Championship, a U23 Canadian National Road Race Championship, the 2012 Canadian National Road Race Championship and Tro-Bro Léon, the 2016 Canadian National Time Trial Championship and Winston-Salem Cycling Classic – but not the historic Peace Arch News Road Race – until today.

Roth broke away from eventual second place finisher Kaler Marshall of Canyon Bicycles – Shimano with four laps to go and built a large gap which he followed all the way to the finish line, completing the 134 kilometre trek in three hours, 30 minutes, and 37 seconds. The Guelph, Ontario native and his Silber teammates sat back in the early part of the race and waited for things to unfold.

“The start was probably the tamest White Rock Road Race I’ve ever seen, we were very controlled and the break was only three guys, so it wasn’t too stressful,” said Roth. “My teammate Nigel Ellsay was fourth last year and we also had Nicolas Masbourian riding really strong, so between the three of us whoever could be up there, we’d roll the dice on that. I figured we’d catch the break at some point and then all hell broke loose at the end.”

When it came down to Roth and Marshall with five laps to go, the 33-year-old decided to simply ride his tempo.

“I wanted to just ride steady and at that point it was pretty hard to accelerate much, so it ended up that Kaler kept doing a little bit less and a little bit less and I knew he was hurting. I figured at that point it was just best to go on my own and not have to worry about anyone else,” he said.

The win is Roth’s second at BC Superweek this year, after he also won the Tour de Delta White Spot | Delta Road Race a week ago. For Marshall, who is from Walla Walla, Washington, he and his Canyon teammates were fighting to bring back the breakaway before Roth bridged up.

“We knew there were riders up the road and we knew we wanted to bridge up there, it was just a matter of when,” said the 30-year-old, who won the Tour de White Rock omnium, or overall prize, after a sixth place finish in Saturday’s Choices Markets Criterium. “I knew I probably wasn’t going to stick with Roth’s attack, so if I went early and could get to the move, it was a great opportunity to stay there and let him bridge up and see what shakes out at the end.”

Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Timothy Rugg saw his Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature’s Bakery captain Chris Harland-Dunaway finish fifth at this very race in 2015, so the team drew on previous experience and had some specific tactics to use.

“I was playing a little more aggressive than Chris, trying to protect him, and he made the right move. It was the same move he made last year, going right at the start/finish of the short laps and unfortunately that move didn’t quite make it up, so I saw an opportunity to bridge up to him, we rode for a little bit, then the field came back, and then he just kept trying to go until the elastic was broken and then I just time trialed it in for third,” he explained.

2016 was the 37th edition of the Peace Arch News Road Race, one of the most historic and prestigious races in North America.

 

WOMEN’S RACE

There was a familiar feel to the women’s podium at the Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock Peace Arch News Road Race. Not only had all three women previously been on the podium during BC Superweek this year, but after Sunday, they had a combined 13 podium appearances between them.

In the end it was Canadian National Team member Stephanie Roorda of Vancouver who sprinted across the line ahead of compatriots Alison Jackson of Twenty16 RideBiker and Sara Bergen from Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes, finishing the 80 kilometre race in two hours, 32 minutes, and 23 seconds.

The victory is Roorda’s first at BC Superweek after second place finishes at the MK Delta Lands Criterium ten days ago and the Giro di Burnaby on Thursday, and a third place finish in the Brenco Criterium eight days ago. Despite being a track racer at heart, she felt today’s road race would end up being about the sprint.

“I was trying to watch Sara and the teams like OPUS and the strong riders up the hills and see if they were going to make the separation. I was hoping for a bunch sprint, that was what I wanted,” the 2012 UBC Grand Prix winner said. “I think if you get the first jump, then you have the advantage and that’s kind of what I was looking for. I know the other girls are pretty strong sprinters as well and I thought if I just got that initial jump on them, I could maybe hold them off for the end.”

The 29-year-old will now race the Cascade Cycling Classic in Oregon before heading off to Europe to get into some races with the Canadian National Team.

2016 marks the third straight year that former Abbotsford resident Jackson claimed the Tour de White Rock omnium. After a second place finish the night before at the Choices Markets Criterium, winning the $1,000 omnium prize was definitely on the Trinity Western University grad’s mind.

“I was just wanting to win the omnium, and there’s more points available here in the road race than the criterium,” she said. “I was just watching Sara, not letting anything get up the road where I had to chase back and then trying to win the race. “I know that I have a pretty good sprint and this uphill to the finish suits me, so I just put all my eggs in the basket, not doing anything, using as little energy as possible, playing some games out there, tactical games, and then waiting for the sprint.”

Jackson, who makes her home in Vermillion, Alberta, wound up BC Superweek with five podium appearances, including five straight to close out the series. She’s also historically done well at the Tour de White Rock, where she now has seven top-six finishes in the last three years. She now turns her attention to Rio, where she is an alternate for the Canadian Women’s road team for next month’s Summer Olympics.

Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes, which is a team based out of Vancouver, was prominent throughout BC Superweek and a big reason why is local rider Bergen, who won the Choices Markets Criterium and was second at the White Spot | Delta Road Race a week ago and Brenco Criterium eight days ago.

“We definitely always ride the aggressive race, I want to give big congratulations to Steph and Alison, they rode incredibly smart. We tried to make it hard on the hills and keep the pressure on them, but Steph pulled off a really fantastic win,” she said. “I definitely had my eye on her, she’s super crafty, super strong, and also Alison as well.”

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional cycling series and features more than $125,000 in prize money available during eight races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 8 – 17, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 8, 9, 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 13), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 14), PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres (July 15), and Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

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John Stech

Race Organizer

Tour de White Rock

jstech@whiterockcity.ca

604-541-2161

 

Brian Wiebe

Media Relations

BC Superweek

brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca

604-916-8448

JULY 16, 2016

~ Coquitlam’s Sara Bergen Claims Top Spot in Women’s Race

White Rock, BC – Often when a rider laps the field in a race, it makes for an anti-climactic finish, but the same couldn’t be said for Saturday’s Choices Markets Criterium, which kicked off the two-day Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock.

19 year old Liam Magennis went off the front of the pack just three laps into the 60 lap, 60 kilometre race and managed to be brought up to the bunch by his Subaru NSWIS & MS teammates more than halfway through and it looked like he would cruise to the win.

However, there was a break of seven other riders who had a different idea and not only lapped the field themselves, but also brought Magennis back. The events of the race caused officials to proclaim that the field would sprint for position with four laps remaining and the final eight would then use those last four laps to go for the win.

When the chase group came across, Magennis knew he had teammate Ayden Toovey as part of it, which played a big role in strategizing for the win.

“I knew that Ayden was there and he’d be getting a pretty easy ride coming across and he’d have good legs once he got to where I was,” he explained. “It was tricky when they were close because I wasn’t sure who came across, so didn’t know who I was up against at the end.”

It fits Magennis’ mantra as written on his Port Macquarie Cycling Club profile – “it is easier to win from a small bunch than a big bunch!” And it’s clear that he and his team planned to go for that small bunch straight from the gun – and may have caught some riders off guard.

“We knew it was going to be a tough race, so we wanted to make it hard from the gun and get rid of as many riders as we could from the start. It is pretty good – after working with my teammate Scott (Law) all week – to get a first place result,” said Magennis.

In second was Calgary’s Kris Dahl, who races for Silber Pro Cycling and already has two podium appearances at BC Superweek this year – second at the MK Delta Lands Criterium eight days ago as well as Thursday’s Giro di Burnaby. He notes the final four laps with the break of eight was a game of cat and mouse.

“It was a tough last couple of laps, the Aussies hit it with four to go for the crowd prime and just kept the gap going. I did a fair bit of work to close it and luckily I had my teammate Nick Masbourian there to help me out with that and once it was all together, it was like a match sprint on the track,” said Dahl, who won the U23 Canadian National Championships Individual Time Trial in 2014. “I took the front and just watched the whole lap, I think I rode a whole lap looking backwards, and went for the sprint and the Aussies just had the legs and beat me in the last corner.”

Third place finisher and Abbotsford resident Will Routley, riding for Minneapolis-based Rally Cycling, had to put in a huge dig when he saw the break and chase group just over halfway through the race. The 33 year old veteran felt it even more after suffering the effects of a crash during the Giro di Burnaby two days ago.

“That was a pretty painful effort, I actually had to jump up on the sidewalk to get past a couple of guys who were trying to block the road. For me tonight, it was just suffering the entire time, I’m pretty sore from Thursday night’s crash, so if I’m going to suffer, I may as well suffer off the front instead of in the pack,” he said.

The third place finish is Routley’s first appearance on the podium during BC Superweek this year after two last year. He was third at the Tour de Delta MK Delta Lands Criterium and Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in 2015.

 

WOMEN’S RACE

An adventurer by heart, Vancouver’s Sara Bergen from Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes has had quite an adventure at BC Superweek thus far this year with two second place finishes, but she finally found herself atop the mountain on Saturday with a win in the Choices Markets Criterium as part of Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock.

The 27 year old Bergen, who works as a Sustainable Building Advisor for an architectural firm, completed the 30 lap, 30 kilometre course circling White Rock Elementary School in 37 minutes, 31.5 seconds, just finishing ahead of Vermillion, Alberta’s Alison Jackson and Aussie Kendelle Hodges.

Two-thirds of the way through the race, Bergen and reigning Canadian National Road Race champion Annie Foreman-Mackey from The Cyclery OPUS team built a 21 second gap on the field before the peloton came back together. Once the field gathered she and Foreman-Mackey back in, Bergen was still confident she and her team could get the win and the $1,000 first prize.

“I felt really strong coming into today, I knew Gillian (Ellsay) and Denise (Ramsden) had my back going out there, so did Kinley (Gibson), Suzanne (Hamilton), Leah (Guloien) and everyone else who was riding,” Bergen said. “Once I got off the front, I thought, ‘Alright, it’s a bit early, but you committed to this, so let’s make it happen.’ Denise gave me a fantastic lead out up and over the corner in the sprint and then it was pretty much all me to let loose the guns, so I just put my head down and went for it.”

In the break, Bergen and Foreman-Mackey were actually sharing the workload.

“The Cyclery did a fantastic job today, they raced really, really aggressively, and that’s kind of our style too, so it was fun playing off that and putting in the digs where we could,” she explained.

Jackson is heating up as BC Superweek winds down, with podium finishes in four of the last five races. She’s riding without her usual TWENTY16 Pro Cycling team, instead wearing the Canadian National jersey.

“I tried to do as little work as possible, but it’s a really hard course, it’s the end of the week and people are tired. No one else was chasing, I know I’m strong, but it’s hard to pull a whole race together and then sprint for a win. I think it was a strong race for me anyway,” said 27 year old Jackson, who’s a graduate from Langley’s Trinity Western University and alternate for the Canadian Olympic team which will compete in Rio next month.

When Bergen and Foreman-Mackey broke away with ten laps to go, Jackson didn’t think for a second that that’s the way the race would finish.

“It’s never over. It’s never over till it’s over. It was still fairly early on, we could still rally some effort to pull it back because when you work together, that’s the whole point of teams in the sport. You work together to bring stuff like that back, so I wasn’t worried,” she said.

Independent rider Hodges is also getting used to being on the podium at BC Superweek as she’s been among the top three riders in three of the last four races, including a win in Friday’s PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres. She and Jackson worked well together during the Choices Markets Criterium, knowing that neither of them had a group of teammates to lean on.

“We were both out there by ourselves today, so it was in our best interests if we helped each other a little bit because we were getting worked over pretty badly by the teams,” said the 24 year old who rides for the High5 Dream Team back home in Australia. “They kept going on the attack and we were left by ourselves to chase so it was up to the both of us to chase if we wanted to be there to contest the finish.”

Hodges is among a large contingent of Aussie riders competing in BC Superweek this year on both the men’s and women’s side, and it has left a lasting impression.

“I am loving my time here, it’s been pretty great, I’ve been staying with some pretty great people and I’m being looked after really well, I’ve had a ball.”

BC Superweek concludes on Sunday morning with Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock Peace Arch News Road Race. The Men’s Race starts at 9 am and the Women’s Race begins at 9:05 am.

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional cycling series and features more than $125,000 in prize money available during eight races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 8 – 17, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 8, 9, 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 13), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 14), PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres (July 15), and Steve Nash Fitness World presents Tour de White Rock  (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

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John Stech

Race Organizer

Tour de White Rock

jstech@whiterockcity.ca

604-541-2161

 

Brian Wiebe

Media Relations

BC Superweek

brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca

604-916-8448

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 4, 2016

 

2016 BC SUPERWEEK RIDERS TO WATCH

Vancouver, BC – The fastest week in Canadian cycling begins this Friday, July 8th, as BC Superweek gets underway with the Tour de Delta’s MK Delta Lands Criterium ­– the first of eight races over ten days.

 

With $125,000 in prize money on the line and some of the top Canadian cyclists and professional American teams registered to participate, the racing figures to be fast-paced and exciting from start to finish. Below is a list of the top riders coming into BC Superweek, though if history has taught us anything, it’s to never count out top local riders. Many of them now on this list are returning pros after catching the eye of team directors at past races.

 

MEN’S FIELD

Chris Horner

Lupus Racing Team

Horner is a marquee rider on the men’s side at BC Superweek. The Bend, Oregon resident is a seven-time participant at the Tour de France and finished ninth overall in 2010. He’s a four-time Vuelta a España participant and was the overall winner in 2013. The 44-year-old has more than 70 career victories, is a four-time USA Cycling National Racing Calendar Champion, and represented the U.S. in the men’s individual road race at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Horner is also no stranger to BC Superweek, as he won the Peace Arch News Road Race at the Tour de White Rock in his first visit to the series in 2008.

 

Will Routley

Rally Pro Cycling

A resident of Abbotsford, this is Routley’s 16th season on the professional cycling circuit and first with Rally Pro Cycling. He finished third at the 2016 Canadian National Road Race Championships after coming fifth in 2013 and second in 2011. Outside of the Canadian Nationals, the 33-year-old’s best performance this year came at the GP Liberty Seguros in Portugal in March, where he was first in Stage 2 and second in the General Classification. Routley made it onto the podium twice at BC Superweek last year, with third place finishes at the Tour de Delta MK Delta Lands Criterium and Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix.

 

Ryan Roth

Silber Pro Cycling

Coming off a Canadian National Time Trial title just over a week ago, Roth is no stranger to the podium at BC Superweek. The 32-year-old from Kitchener, Ontario has no fewer than six top ten finishes this year, including a win at the Winston Salem Cycling Classic. He was also first in the General Classification at the Grand Prix de Saguenay last month. Roth won the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in 2015 and has more than 22 career UCI podium finishes in the last nine years. He’s gunning for a third straight win this year at the MK Delta Lands criterium to open BC Superweek.

 

Ed Veal

RealDeal/D’Ornellas p/b Garneau

A latecomer to the pro cycling scene, Veal, whose nickname is “Real Deal”, only started road racing in 2006 at the age of 29. The Queensville, Ontario resident represented Canada in the Men’s 4km Team Pursuit at the 2015 Toronto Pan-Am Games, winning bronze. On April 10, 2015, Veal set the Canadian “Hour Record” at the Milton Velodrome, covering 47.59 kilometres in 60 minutes. In 2011, the 39-year-old attended the Para Pan-Am Games where he rode tandem as the guide for Daniel Chalifour in visually impaired events and won a gold, a silver, and two bronze medals.

 

Steve Fisher

Canyon Bicycles – Shimano

BC Superweek is almost a hometown series for the Bellingham, Washington native, who’s made the trip up I-5 for a number of years to ride the streets of the Lower Mainland. Fisher won the White Spot | Delta Road Race in 2012 and 2013, when it became the first ever UCI-sanctioned race in British Columbia. The 26-year-old, who’s in his first year with Canyon Bicycles – Shimano, was also fifth at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix last year. In addition to professional road racing, Fisher is active in cyclocross, and finished third at such an event in Surrey back in 2012.

 

Kris Dahl

Silber Pro Cycling

The 23-year-old from Calgary has been racing competitively for the past seven years. He has three top ten finishes so far this year, including third in Stage 4 of the Tour de Gila in Silver City, New Mexico in May, earning valuable UCI points in the process. He was first in the U23 Canadian National Championships Individual Time Trial and second in the Road Race in 2014 and was the 2012 Alberta Provincial Road Champion. Dahl made two podium appearances at BC Superweek last year, finishing 2nd at both the UBC Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby.

 

Willie Myers

Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature’s Bakery

Myers started riding a fixed-gear bike at the age of 18 to help him rehab from a pelvis injury and racing didn’t cross his mind until a co-worker convinced him to register for a local criterium, which he won. Myers won eight races in 2015 plus the California Cup, which is a series of seven races in Northern California. He also claimed the 2015 California state championship. The 27-year-old and his Herbalife p/b Marc Pro & Nature’s Bakery team pushed teammate Chris Harland-Dunaway to a fifth place finish at the Peace Arch News Tour de White Rock Road Race last year.

 

 

WOMEN’S FIELD

 

Denise Ramsden

Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes

Ramsden wowed the crowd of over 20,000 at last year’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix when she lapped the field en route to a dominant win and a $12,000 paycheque. One of Canada’s most decorated cyclists and 2012 Canadian National Road Race Champion, the Hay River, Northwest Territories native was also a member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic team at the London Games, competing in the Road Race and Individual Time Trials. In addition to winning Gastown, the 25-year-old was first at the MK Delta Lands Criterium and sixth in the Giro di Burnaby and White Spot | Delta Road Race last year.

 

Annie Foreman-Mackey

The Cyclery – Opus

The 25-year-old from Kingston, Ontario is having a pretty good 2016 so far. She is coming off a Canadian National Road Race title last month, was fifth in the Canadian National Time Trial championships, and won bronze in the women’s individual pursuit at the UCI track cycling world championship in March. Foreman-Mackey, who has a competitive swimming background, was second at last year’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and took bronze in the 3,000-metre individual pursuit at the 2015 track cycling Pan Am Championships in Chile.

 

Morgan Cabot

Glotman Simpson Cycling

Cabot, who’s from Vancouver, is the 2015 and 2016 Elite BC Time Trial Champion and the 2016 General Classification winner at the Tour de Bloom near Wenatchee, Washington. She also finished third at the Cheemo Perogies Cycling Classic in Victoria last month. A data analyst by trade and a huge fan of hill climbs, the 28-year-old had a total of nine wins in 2015 and has 26 podium finishes in her career in a variety of disciplines – cyclocross, gravel, hill climbs and criteriums. She won the White Spot | Delta Road Race in 2012.

 

Leah Guloien

Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes

A native of Port Moody, Guloien has been a competitive road cyclist for the past nine years, and riding a bike for more than 12 years. The 34-year-old won the BC Provincial Criterium Championships and was second at the BC Provincial Road Championships last year. She has also raced at the women’s version of the Tour de France, was third at the Giro di Burnaby and eighth at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in 2013, and third at the 2014 Canadian National Road Championships. Guloien has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and an Active Health and Fitness Certificate from Simon Fraser University.

 

Alison Jackson

Twenty16 RideBiker

Jackson is coming off a sixth place finish at the Canadian Road National Championships last month. A multisport athlete who is also adept in cross-country running, Jackson was the 2015 Canadian National Criterium Champion.The Abbotsford resident had four top ten finishes at BC Superweek last year, including second place at the Tour de White Rock Choices Markets Criterium. She was also third in the Tour de White Rock overall omnium. In March 2014, Jackson raced in the world university cross country championships, helping Canada win a bronze medal in the team competition.

 

Tina Pic

The Happy Tooth Pro Cycling

Don’t let Pic’s age fool you, the cycling veteran can give riders half her age a run for their money. The 50-year-old is a six time U.S. National Criterium Champion (2002-05, 2007, 2009). Originally planning to be a surgeon, Pic was pre-med at the University of Georgia when she started to win road races, and more than 20 years later, she’s won a lot and is a four time USA Cycling National Racing Calendar Points Champion (2000, 2004-06). The Utah resident had four top ten finishes at BC Superweek in 2015, including fourth at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and the Giro di Burnaby.

 

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional cycling series and features more than $125,000 in prize money available during eight races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 8 – 17, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 8, 9, 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 13), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 14), PoCo Grand Prix p/b Dominion Lending Centres (July 15), and Steve Nash Fitness World presents the Tour de White Rock  (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

 

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Brian Wiebe

Media Relations

BC Superweek

brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca

604-916-8448