~ Shelley Olds Makes Sixth Straight BC Superweek Podium Appearance

Burnaby, BC – Daniel Holloway is having a pretty good week. Just last Saturday, he won the Boise Twilight Criterium in Boise, Idaho. Then on Tuesday, he found himself atop the podium again at the UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons. A familiar scenario played out on Thursday as the man they call “Hollywood” was on top once again at the Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Developments.

Much like Tuesday’s UBC race, Holloway, who races for Team AltoVelo-SeaSucker, sprinted ahead of Calgary’s Kris Dahl (Team SmartStop) for the win in the 45 lap, 55 kilometre circuit. It didn’t look like the race would play out that way with three laps to go, as Team Silber Pro Cycling had as many as six riders off the front. Silber tried to control at that point and even won the crowd prime with two laps to go. For Holloway and the other riders in the field, the strategy was clear.

“Just take control of the Silber guys and ride their lead out,” he said. “And that’s what we did.”

A few of Silber’s distinct orange helmets dropped off during the remaining two laps, especially after the crowd prime was awarded.

“I think they just went a few laps too early and let emotions get the best of them, just in terms of riding hard and going too early,” added Holloway, before complimenting the Silber team on its performance in the race. “They did such a great job and (their coach) Gord Fraser is doing amazing things with that team, they’re learning and they only missed it by a half lap probably. But they were going super-fast and it was tough to hang on.”

The 28-year-old is no stranger to Burnaby, and relishes the opportunity to race in the Lower Mainland and British Columbia. Holloway and his Team BurnabyNOW teammate Jacob Duehring finished first in the Elite Men’s Division of the Burnaby 4-Day Bike Race at the Burnaby Velodrome last December.

“BC Superweek’s been amazing, it rivals what we do in America, which is fantastic. In Burnaby, it’s amazing to have such large community support to make this happen,” exclaimed the 2010 US Criterium Champion. “I’ve been here before in the winter racing the Burnaby 4-Day and it’s awesome to come back and see how well everything’s thriving, I hope I can come back next year.”

Ken Hanson’s third place finish is his first appearance on the podium at this year’s BC Superweek series, but the San Diego native is a former US Pro Criterium champion and was second at the Giro di Burnaby a year ago when his UnitedHealthcare team finished 1-2-3.

WOMEN’S RACE

If there was any question about whether or not Shelley Olds is feeling the lingering effects of a broken rib suffered at Ronde van Drenthe in March, it’s been answered with her outstanding performance at BC Superweek.

Through six events at BC Superweek, the 34-year-old from Gilroy, California riding for Ale-Cipollini out of Italy has been on the podium in every single one of them, including a win in Thursday’s Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Developments. Not only has Olds been among the top three finishers in each BC Superweek event thus far, but she’s also been a “prime machine”, picking up hundreds of dollars in cash and prizes at each race.

A winner at the Giro di Burnaby in 2007, Olds used her experience on the course which runs the span of Hastings Street between Madison Avenue and MacDonald Avenue in the historic Heights neighbourhood on Burnaby to propel her to the repeat victory.

“The roads are too big (for a real breakaway), there’s a headwind at the longest section, so it is really hard to go on the break,” she said.

Coming off a dominant performance at Wednesday’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in which she nearly lapped the field, Vancouver’s Denise Ramsden (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) had a target on her back as the riders were well aware of the damage she could do. In fact, Olds was marking Ramsden’s wheel for a lot of the race.

“We saw her two times already this week go solo, so we absolutely weren’t going to let that happen again,” Olds explained. “She’s an incredible rider and it is fun marking her.”

Making her second podium appearance at BC Superweek was 24-year-old Samantha Schneider (ISCorp p/b Smart Choice MRI) in second place, as she just wasn’t able to catch Olds in the sprint to the finish line. The West Allis, Wisconsin product, who is an 11-time US National Champion, won the UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons on Tuesday.

New Zealand native and veteran rider Joanne Kiesanowski (Team TIBCO-SVB) came third for the second time at this year’s BC Superweek series. The 36-year-old, who is a three-time Olympian and eight time National Champion in her home country, was also third in Sunday’s White Spot | Delta Road Race.

As someone who rides for an Italy-based team, Olds sensed a familiarity in the Heights Neighbourhood – one that is noted for its large Italian community.

“”I spend a lot of my time in Italy, I love the country, I love the people, the culture, but here in Burnaby, Vancouver and BC, it’s such an amazing experience,” she said. “I race all over the world and this is by far one of the best (places for) crowds!”

RESULTS

Women’s Race  |  Men’s Race

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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Greg Dion
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Giro di Burnaby
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Media Relations
BC Superweek
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Source Release: NEWS RELEASE – American Daniel Holloway Claims Second BC Superweek Win at Giro di Burnaby

~ 2012 Canadian Olympian Denise Ramsden Wins Women’s Race in Dominating Fashion

Photo credits go to Oran Kelly.

Vancouver, BC – History was made Wednesday night at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix as for the first time since 1984 when Alex Steida, Brent Mudry, and Bruce Spicer finished 1-2-3, three Canadian men stood atop the podium.

It was also the exact same podium as Friday’s MK Delta Lands criterium, which also saw Kitchener, Ontario’s Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Cycling) win ahead of Garrett McLeod of Vancouver (H&R Block Pro Cycling) and Abbotsford resident Will Routley (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). The way the race wrapped up was also similar to Friday’s crit as Roth built a lead with three laps to go and with the help of his Silber teammates, including Matteo Dal-Cin, build more of a gap than the field could make up.

“Really it was just like last Friday night with the same top three in the same scenario. Ryan had his teammate attack and he’s riding so strong. I kept looking over my shoulder to see the break chasing us and then Ryan and Eric Young – two of the strongest finishers in the race – so we were really expecting that would be the play for the finish. I found myself out there so I had to try my best and found the podium, I just couldn’t finish it,” said Routley.

In addition to seeing three Canadian men atop the podium for the first time in recent memory, Wednesday’s was also the first time in a long time that the finish came down to a breakaway as opposed to a sprint, which suited Roth just fine.

“Being aggressive paid off and we’ll probably keep racing that way because a bunch sprint is always a lottery and right now we don’t have a big, big favourite in those kind of finishes so we’re always going to be on attack,” he said after completing the 50-lap, 60 kilometre course in one hour, 16 minutes, and 50 seconds, four seconds ahead of McLeod. “There was one word I said to Matteo – ‘attack’. With about five to go, I said ‘We’re going to start going, one after another and hopefully one of us gets away’, and it only took two laps, so we can’t complain about that.”

Routley was as surprised as anyone that the finish played out the way it did.

“I wasn’t expecting it to finish in a breakaway either, it hasn’t probably since it was pouring rain here (in 2007). I’m pretty happy about the podium, it’s pretty great, but at the same time, once Roth came across, Silber had two guys and that changed the dynamic,” he said.

With the experience of what happened just five days ago at the Tour de Delta fresh in his mind, McLeod thought Roth might put the race out of reach went he went 45 laps into the race.

“The strong break was up the road for a while and my team didn’t have a guy there, so on the little riser (just before the start/finish line), I hit it and got across with Ryan and then the Silber guys played it really well at the end. Matteo went and I jumped pretty hard to try and close that, but when he was back, Ryan was off right away,” said McLeod, who was the 2010 Canadian National U23 Criterium Champion. “I think a lot of the guys that had been out there were pretty cooked because the group was breaking up and no one really had the legs to pull Ryan back.”

Both the stage announcers and his coach Gord Fraser, who won the Gastown Grand Prix himself in 2003 and 2005, alluded to the fact that the Roth may be a sleeper in Canadian cycling.

“Ryan’s such an incredible leader of the team. There’s a lot of guys getting a lot of ink, but Ryan just produces time in and time out,” Fraser exclaimed. “He’s the most consistent rider we have in Canada and to see him win tonight was just a real pleasure for me.”

For his part, Roth is happy with the decision to join Fraser’s Silber team last year.

“I’m really happy with Silber right now and I think the goal is to just continue to take small incremental steps up and see how far we can go,” the 32-year-old former Canadian National Road Race Champion said. “I think everybody’s happy with the progress and we’re doing a little bit better than people expected so we’re trying to keep that momentum.”

WOMEN’S RACE

With performances like the one she had to win the $12,000 Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix on Wednesday night, Denise Ramsden’s Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes might encourage her to miss more pre-race meetings.

Ramsden wasn’t able to make the meeting because she was with her mother who underwent surgery all day and arrived about 45 minutes before the start gun went off, but it didn’t seem to faze the Vancouver native or her teammates as she put on as dominant a performance in the 35 lap, 42 kilometre course that has been seen at BC Superweek and the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. The 2012 Canadian Olympian went away from the pack just ten laps into the race and didn’t look back – at one point having a near 60 second lead and eventually even caught up to the back of the field to cruise across the finish line on the final lap.

Interestingly enough, the dominating finish after an aggressive move on lap ten wasn’t exactly what Ramsden planned for going into the race.

“(My teammate) Leah (Guloien) and I talked about being a little less aggressive and follow moves, but the moment came and it was just a good time to go,” she said. “I felt pretty good out there, yesterday I felt absolutely awful at UBC, so I think (today) was just a good day. My mom’s at home, she really wanted to be here watching but the anesthesia is still wearing off, so I dropped her off and came here and that was my preparation.”

Second place finisher Annie Foreman-Mackey, who races for The Cyclery – Opus team out of Ottawa, had a lengthy lead ahead of the peloton and rode the last lap of the race knowing full well where she would finish.

“Our plan going into this race was to get in a breakaway. I missed Denise’s move… I had some fire and tried to follow that. Lex (Albrecht) attacked and I followed her and then I managed to gap her. I tried not to look back and just kept going,” said the 24-year-old with a bachelor’s degree in health science. “There were a couple of moments with around seven laps to go where I thought, ‘Oh no, they’re hot on my heels!’, so I couldn’t be happier to finish it off.”

Being on the podium at BC Superweek is becoming routine for Shelley Olds as the 34-year-old finished Top-3 for the fifth race in a row. Despite not having a team with her at BC Superweek, the results – and prize money – continues to pile up as she walks away with $2,000 for her efforts in Gastown.

“Unfortunately I’m riding alone, so I kind of left the responsibility to the other teams that had 4-5 riders, so I took a risk in that sense. Denise is an incredible, strong rider and we know that, so I was trying to tell the girls when she was going that we can’t let her go, she’ll take a lap. I took a risk and was saving for the sprint today,” said Olds, who won the 2012 UCI Road World Cup in China. “Riding the cobble stones in Gastown is definitely not easy! The bike is kind of jumping around on you, so you have to stay low and keep control of the bike, so it’s a different sprint.”

RESULTS

Gastown 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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BC Superweek
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~ 11-Time US National Champion Takes Women’s Race

Vancouver, BC – A year ago, Team UnitedHealthcare swept the podium at the UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons. So with the UHC team returning this year, it’s no surprise it had a major target on its back.

Just three days ago at the Boise Twilight Criterium in Idaho, Daniel Holloway was able to hold off three members of UnitedHealthcare to get the win there, and he was able to do the same at the 30-lap, 48 kilometre fifth edition of the UBC Grand Prix on Tuesday night.

“It’s not just me, I’ve got AltoVelo-SeaSucker taking care of me all race and with equipment, and everything else. It’s not just me who’s participating in the adventure, it’s my team that has set it up so I can be the face and today, it was super hard,” the 28-year-old from Morgan Hill, California explained. “I don’t think anyone was able to get organized with six guys and I think today was just easier to have two of us – we could really move around, stay together, really save a lot of energy. The race was so hard, this is just a shock to the legs after travelling from Boise. I’m a little surprised, I just kind of wanted an opener for Gastown tomorrow, but I couldn’t have had it any better.””

Coming second was Calgary’s Kris Dahl of Team SmartStop, who won the 2014 U23 Canadian National Championships Individual Time Trial, while Sam Bassetti out of Santa Rosa, California and riding with iRT Racing, finished third. Holloway and teammate Aldo Ino Illesic, who came in eighth, worked together perfectly to set up the win.

“He just said ‘patient, patient, patient’ and we sagged, then climbed about every other lap to save legs and then he just had the perfect line all the way around the course. I just trusted him on that and he delivered me perfect. He came into the final corner so fast – scared me a little – I had a gap, Kris came underneath me and it ended up being pretty perfect because it forced him to do a really long sprint and I could take about six pedal strokes, relax and then accelerate just out of the roundabout,” said Holloway.

Dahl is the only member of Team SmartStop to start this year’s UBC Grand Prix, and he was refreshingly honest about what he thought his chances were.

““With UHC and AltoVelo and all those guys, and me being by myself, I wasn’t too sure of my chances in the sprint. I figured I might as well hit out and see what I could make happen,” said Dahl, who is a multiple Top-10 finisher at BC Superweek in the past and a fan of the new course at UBC. “The course is not bad, I’m more of a power rider, I’m a little heavier, so a climb is nice that’s just not too big and this is about perfect.”

With a course that was markedly different from the previous four years of the UBC Grand Prix, it was an adjustment for those who didn’t know what to expect. The course doesn’t even really represent a typical criterium.

“I like this kind of course, something that’s hard, and something that rewards fitness,” said Bassetti, a sixth place finisher inSaturday’s Brenco Criterium. “So for me, this kind of sprint suits me and good, hard course where the pure sprinters maybe aren’t quite as good normally. That’s the type of course that I like.”

The race was forced to be restarted after a crash occurred just two laps in, which caused more than half the field to tumble less than 100 metres past the start/finish line. There were no serious injuries as a result of the crash.

WOMEN’S RACE

Sisters Samantha and Skylar Schneider train together, push each other, compete against each other, and work for each other on the ISCorp p/b Smart Choice MRI team – and both made an appearance on the podium at the 2015 UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons.

24-year-old Samantha sprinted ahead of Ale-Cipollini’s Shelley Olds, who posted a top-3 finish at BC Superweek for the fourth straight night. Olds, riding BC Superweek without any teammates, was third in Friday’s MK Delta Lands Criterium, second inSaturday’s Brenco Criterium, and won the White Spot | Delta Road Race on Sunday.

The race saw a number of riders breakaway, but the peloton brought them back each and every time – and the new course for the UBC Grand Prix played a big role in that happening.

“After the climb, it’s a bit of a headwind and a downhill, so it’s a little harder in the break to ride, especially after the climb (at the start/finish line),” explained Olds. “Somebody attacks and then you have to close it, and then attack… it’s not easy to ride after the top of the climb, so I think it wasn’t ideal for the breakaway today.”

The elder Schneider wasn’t exceptionally prominent during the 25-lap, 40 kilometre race, but made it count on the final sprint.

“We just got in on Sunday, we came in from Boise, Idaho, and we did an US National Criterium Calendar crit there, so (we were) just testing out the legs today. We didn’t know how it would feel in the sprint with this course… it was a really fun course,” Schneider, who is an 11-time US National Champion, said. “I was here last year at UBC and it’s a little bit different than last year, but very good crowd, very fun race and I’m really happy to be able to get the win today.”

16-year-old Skylar, a 7-time US National Champion in her own right, took her sister’s lead in the final lap.

“It was a really hectic last lap, I was on my sister’s wheel and she ended up winning. I had a lot of faith in her and followed her lines through the field. Once it came down to about 100 metres out, it was pretty clear who was going to get it,” she said.

On the final sprint to the finish line, the Schneider sisters, who finished 1-2 in the East Tosa Gran Prix series last month, were able to push Olds.

“Shelley is a world-class sprinter, so I stayed behind her up until a couple hundred metres to go and was able to come around her,” Samantha said. “Shelley’s incredibly fast and deserves congrats on the second place finish.”

Much like she did in Saturday’s Brenco Criterium in the Tour de Delta, Olds was dominant in claiming primes, maybe almost too much so as it looked like she left a little out on the road in the last lap and didn’t have the reserves to push to be first to the finish line – but it didn’t bother the 34-year-old from Gilroy, California.

“I think I just get excited and go for everything. For me, this is all training and it’s really good sprint training, every sprint is different in the primes, so I’m just training my mind and my body how to sprint right now… that’s why I’m going for all the primes,” said a smiling Olds after the race.

RESULTS

Pro Mens Cat 1/2

Pro Women Cat 1/2/3

Mens Cat 3/4

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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Jeff Hart
Media Relations
UBC Grand Prix
media@ubcgrandprix.com
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Brian Wiebe
Media Relations
BC Superweek
brian.wiebe@bcsuperweek.ca
604-916-8448

Source Release: NEWS RELEASE – 2010 US National Champion Daniel Holloway Wins 2015 UBC Grand Prix