White Rock, BC – The Tour de White Rock, a member of BC Superweek, is very pleased to announce that Steve Nash Fitness World has signed on as presenting sponsor of the event for 2016.

Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club

 

“The Tour de White Rock is a longstanding, world class sporting event. We would like to thank this year’s new presenting sponsor, Steve Nash Fitness World, for its generous financial contribution to our community, enabling us to deliver a stronger event for spectators, and professional and amateur athletes from around the world to take part in the spirit of sport and competition,” said City of White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin. “This partnership sends a clear message that Steve Nash Fitness World is a corporate citizen invested in building community spirit and pride while providing opportunities for athletes to excel to their potential.”

The Tour de White Rock has been a fixture of the cycling scene in British Columbia for more than 35 years, with 2016 being the 37th edition of the historic race. Steve Nash Fitness World Presents the Tour de White Rock forms the grand finale to BC Superweek, a ten day, eight race cycling series in seven communities around Metro Vancouver.

“We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Tour de White Rock,” said Steve Nash Fitness World Chief Operating Officer Chris Smith. “Steve Nash Fitness World is renowned for high energy spin classes offered throughout our 21 world-class locations. As the headliner of this ultra-steep, seaside cycling race, it’s the perfect fit to showcase all of the training and support that extends beyond our clubs, contributing to a healthy and active lifestyle.”

The Tour de White Rock is one of the longest withstanding races in North America. The two-day points series race consists of the Choices Markets Criterium in the heart of White Rock on Saturday, July 16th and the historic Peace Arch News Road Race on Sunday,

July 17th, ending the weekend Tour with one of the most challenging road races in North America.

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 (July 15), and Steve Nash Fitness World Presents the Tour de White Rock (July 16, 17). For more information, visit www.bcsuperweek.ca.

 

John Stech
Race Organizer
Tour de White Rock
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604-541-2161

Brian Wiebe
Media Relations
BC Superweek
brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca
604-916-8448

~ Shelley Olds Caps a Memorable BC Superweek with Third Straight Win and Eighth Straight Podium Finish

Photo credits go to Greg Descantes.

White Rock, BC – With temperatures hovering near 30 degrees, the 36th annual Peace Arch News Road Race proved to be as gruel​l​ing as ever for the more than 100 riders who took to the streets of White Rock for one of North America’s most historic and prestigious races.

With two laps to go, Vancouver’s Garrett McLeod, who’s originally from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and his H&R Block Pro Cycling teammate Adam de Vos of Victoria each took turns attacking and it was McLeod coming away ahead of the rest of the field. Even then though, he wasn’t sure he’d be able to maintain the lead – but he did, and won the race after finishing third a year ago.

“I wasn’t super confident that I was going to stay away, but I knew if I came back, then Adam was gone, so it was perfect for the team,” he explained. “The team rode great today, and Adam is riding amazing, so I knew we just had to be aggressive and be the ones initiating the moves and getting away.”

Cycling veteran Francisco Mancebo, the man they call ‘Paco’, sprinted ahead of de Vos to place second in a photo finish. The 39-year-old Spaniard, who was third at the 2005 Tour de France and sixth in the 2004 Tour de France, was well aware that he didn’t have any teammates in the chase behind McLeod.

“It was eight riders – two from H&R Block and two from Silber. The H&R guys attacked one time, then another time, and finally Garrett went alone and I stayed behind,” said the three time USA Cycling National Racing Calendar champion. “With second place, I’m really happy.”

In the chase with two to go, de Vos was happy to let Mancebo do most of the work, but definitely felt the push from the other teams and riders.

“Paco was doing a lot of work and Silber had a few guys in there so they had the onus to do a lot of work, and Will Routley, he was the only guy for Optum in there, but certainly did his turns and cooked himself a bit. I know he doesn’t like racing for second, so it was a good ride by him as well,” he added.

The fact that the Peace Arch News Road Race combines 130 kilometres of long steep climbs, sharp turns and quick descents – and is the final of eight races in nine days as part of BC Superweek – definitely took a toll on the riders.
“It’s a bit tough because it comes right at the end of the week, everyone’s a bit cooked and we knew Silber had a lot of strong guys so we wanted to make sure we weren’t pushing the pace in the front group if we were too outnumbered. I think once we got that group established, we had good numbers for us and Silber had good numbers, so it rolled pretty well and then at the end, Garrett and I were both feeling really strong. We were taking turns attacking and eventually Garrett got away after I got brought back on one, and it was an easy ride for me to the finish,” said de Vos. “White Rock Road Race is definitely one of my favourite races on the calendar and consistently it’s the most challenging race I do all year, so I can’t wait for next year. We’re going to repeat next year, that’s the plan.”

After a
​second​ place finish at the MK Delta Lands Criterium eight days ago and at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix on Wednesday, McLeod doesn’t hesitate in calling BC Superweek a success for himself and the H&R Block Pro Cycling Team.

“It’s nice to finally get a win!” he smiled after completing the road race in three hours, 28 minutes, and 35 seconds.

WOMEN’S RACE

Shelley Olds came to Metro Vancouver to ride BC Superweek as training and preparation for La Course by Le Tour de France next week in Paris, but somewhere along the way, the motivation became even more than that. As the 34-year-old rode without any teammates, cleaned up prime after prime, and found herself on the podium at race after race, the motivation also became the chance to make history at Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series.

And make history she did as the Team Ale-Cipollini rider completed one of the most dominating performances ever at BC Superweek with a win in the 36th edition of Sunday’s Peace Arch News Road Race as part of the Beverley by Cressey Tour de White Rock. Olds and Vancouver’s Sara Bergen, who is riding for Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes, broke away from the pack with three laps to go and built a 90 second gap.

Bergen actually broke away earlier and it was part of her game plan to push Olds as much as she could, especially with a handful of her Trek Red Truck teammates in the chase.

“It’s great knowing you have three or four strong teammates behind you. It gives you the strength to make those moves and take those chances. With Shelley in the field and riding so strongly, we definitely had to make some moves to make it hard (on her),” explained Bergen, who tried to shake Olds on the last lap. “”I pretty much took the hills as hard as I could and Shelley’s a strong lady so that didn’t go too well for me. And then I actually got a flat tire along the straightaway leading to the finish line, but still, she’s a strong sprinter and I did what I could.”

Olds ended up finishing the eight lap, 80 kilometre race in two hours, 25 minutes, and ten seconds.

“The tactic was to cover the girls I know have been strong all week and the teams that obviously had four to five riders. I just can’t let anything go because I’m alone so I have to try to cover everything,” she said. “Sometimes the best defense is a good offense, so when I saw there was one rider off the front and there wasn’t a big interest to chase, I decided it was time to go – it’s now or never, so I jumped across.”

Now Olds turns her attention to La Course by Le Tour de France – and she enters the race on a major roll – with an eye on a podium finish on the Champs-Élysées.

“It’s a huge goal of mine, if I get onto the podium there, it’s because of all the training I’ve gotten here, the good competition, and the motivation from the crowds to race hard and aggressive.”

Regardless of how she performs in Paris, Shelley Olds endeared herself to cycling fans in British Columbia with a performance for the ages. Even she admits she’ll miss the races of BC Superweek.

“I wish I didn’t have to go! I want to stay and race some more and hang out and see these beautiful towns, it’s been awesome,” she added.

In third was Montreal’s Lex Albrecht, who races for Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies. She was second in the Peace Arch News Road Race in 2013, en route to claiming the Tour de White Rock omnium that year.

RESULTS

PEACE ARCH NEWS ROAD RACE – Saturday, July 18th

Mens Pro 1 2 – Results

Women – Results

BEVERLEY BY CRESSEY PRESENTS THE TOUR DE WHITE ROCK OMNIUM – Saturday, July 18th

Mens Pro 1 2 – Results

Women – Results

VIDEOS

 

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $120,000 in prize money available during eight races over nine days. BC Superweek runs from July 10 – 18, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 10, 11, 12), UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons (July 14), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 15), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 16) and Beverley by Cressey presents Tour de White Rock (July 17, 18).

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John Stech
Race Organizer
Tour de White Rock
wordpress@ballisticarts.com
604-541-2161

Brian Wiebe
Media Relations
BC Superweek
brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca
604-916-8448

Source Release: NEWS RELEASE – Vancouver’s Garrett McLeod Wins Peace Arch News Road Race at Beverley by Cressey presents Tour de White Rock

~ Shelley Olds’ Incredible Performance at BC Superweek Continues With Another Victory

White Rock, BC – Matteo Dal-Cin has cycling in his blood – and it goes beyond a passion for the sport. His father competed for the Canadian National Team and the 24-year-old has been exposed to competitive racing for his entire life.

The family lineage is paying off for the Silber Pro Cycling rider as he broke away from the pack in the last third of the race and held on to win the Beverley by Cressey presents Tour de White Rock Choices Markets Criterium by two seconds ahead of German rider Florenz Knauer on Friday night.

It certainly appeared that Dal-Cin and his Silber teammates had an astute game plan heading into the race, one which they executed to near perfection.

“We were going to just try and monitor things early on and then start hitting it during the last third of the race and see what that got us,” explained the Ottawa native.

On a course in which it is difficult to cause a break, Dal-Cin was able to do just that and was confident in knowing that his teammates Ryan Roth, who has already won two races at BC Superweek this year, and Derrick St. Jean were in the group behind.

“I knew I had Ryan and Derrick in the group behind, getting a free ride, so that’s pretty much the perfect situation,” he said. “I just drilled it and if I had been caught, I knew one of them would be on the attack straight away.”

Knauer, who finished on the podium at the Choices Markets criterium for the fourth straight year after a third place finish last year, a second place finish in 2013 and a win in 2012, and his H&R Block Pro Cycling team tried to counter what Silber was doing – and it almost worked.

“The group was gone and we didn’t have anyone in the front, so I tried to bring (teammate) Garrett (McLeod) into the front group. And I came out in the group so I stuck there and had to keep the pace up,” said Knauer.

Finishing third was Slovenian Aldo Ilesic. He and teammate Daniel Holloway are the two lone riders from Team Alto Velo-SeaSucker, but have still managed to find their way on the podium at BC Superweek three times through eight races, including two wins. Ilesic feels that being shorthanded definitely played a role in the Choices Markets Criterium.

“It was only two of us and the course is really hard so having a bigger team was really important because there were just so many attacks going on all the time,” he said. “We just had to gamble, we had to pick the moves we were going to follow and at the end, it almost worked out, I got third and I’m happy about it. It’s all I’ve got – there’s nothing left in the tank at the finish line.”

The 30-year-old was strategic in making a move on the last lap.

“I was trying to force a move earlier, and then when it didn’t happen I just had to wait in the field and hope that it was going to get back,” said Ilesic. “I made a huge effort on the last lap and came back from something like 20th position to third, so we played the cards earlier and at the end we just took whatever we could take.”

After a fast, short race of 60 laps at one kilometre per, the riders now look forward to Saturday’s Peace Arch News Road Race. There’s no doubt that those who have been racing BC Superweek since last Friday are starting to feel it.

“My legs feel pretty tired after a whole week of cycling and the road race is pretty early in the morning, so I’m not used to that because most of the races are pretty late. But, we’ll see what’s in the legs and I’ll try as hard as I can,” added Knauer.

WOMEN’S RACE

If fans watching the Choices Markets Criterium on Friday night noticed something very familiar on the podium when a women wearing a bright yellow jersey took the top step, it’s because the same scenario has played out at BC Superweek two other times in the last seven days.

Shelley Olds (Ale-Cipollini) finished two seconds ahead of last year’s winner Alison Jackson, who isn’t wearing her usual TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air kit, but is riding for the Canadian National Team. For Olds, it’s not only her second straight win at BC Superweek, but her seventh straight podium appearance as well.

“The course was harder than the other courses at BC Superweek, so it was kind of survival today. The teams couldn’t help each other so much in this type of course, so I thought, ‘Okay, make it hard’ and get the best training that I can,” the 34-year-old who makes her home in Gilroy, California said. “With the crowds and everything, it’s so nice to be alone and hear everybody yelling for you.”

Jackson relishes the pressure that comes with representing her country, but admits that being the only member of her team at BC Superweek is a bit difficult.

“It’s been hard for the whole week, I stand out with the Maple Leaf kit on – which I love – but it makes it harder, and to not have a team… but that being said, Shelley is making these races hard and I like that. It’s better than just sitting in, so I feel like I earned this one today,” said the Abbotsford native. “I know Shelley was interested in just making it a hard race and she’s a strong sprinter who could take every sprint away and just ride in easy, but she really wants to make the race exciting, which is cool for these types of races. I knew Opus was going to do a lot of attacks and my goal was to make some breaks and if I could get in the right one with Opus or Shelley, it would be good. But the race was so hard, in the end I just wanted to save energy, be on the right moves, and when it came around to the corner, even though you’re hurting so bad, you’ve got to put in that extra dig and I came out with second, so it’s good.”

Despite being the course being only one kilometre distance and the riders only doing 30 laps, it’s the make-up of the criterium, especially with a downhill finish line that adds an extra challenge.

“There’s a lot of power stuff in this course, like the hill on the east side is short, but it’s a climb with power. Those kind of things suit me, the corners are wide, and so that’s good,” continued Jackson. “A lot of it has to do with how you position yourself and what other teams do, so it’s a different kind of ride every time.”

With Saturday’s road race, Olds has the opportunity to wrap up BC Superweek with one of the most dominant performances ever in the series. Although the 2012 US Olympian stressed earlier in the week that she was using all of the races as training for the women’s Tour de France next week, she admits it would be special to make an eighth straight podium appearance with a Top-3 finish in the road race.

“Of course, and racing professionally, the road race is sort of what I need to be good at. I’m really looking forward to doing that race and being successful because it’s at the end of all the hard races and it’s really a test of the legs at this point,” she said.

Fans were thrilled to see a local rider hit the podium with Justine Clift (Glotman Simpson Cycling) coming third behind Olds and Jackson. The 27-year-old from South Surrey has only been racing bikes since 2012 after car accident rendered her unable to continue her career in track-and-field and cross-country running.

RESULTS

CHOICES MARKETS CRITERIUM – Friday, July 17th

Men Pro 1 2 – Results

Women – Results

Men Pro 3 4 – Results

VIDEOS

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $120,000 in prize money available during eight races over nine days. BC Superweek runs from July 10 – 18, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 10, 11, 12), UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons (July 14), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 15), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 16) and Beverley by Cressey presents Tour de White Rock (July 17, 18).

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John Stech
Race Organizer
Tour de White Rock
wordpress@ballisticarts.com
604-541-2161

Brian Wiebe
Media Relations
BC Superweek
brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca
604-916-8448

Source Release: NEWS RELEASE – Ottawa’s Matteo Dal-Cin Wins Choices Markets Criterium at Beverley by Cressey Presents Tour de White Rock