5.77 km prologue - Golden to Nicholson
|fun fast corner - photo KHC|
Hill-climb event was not until 4 pm. I took the opportunity to pre-ride. Took it easy up though did notice the strong winds which would prevent a record breaking day. Saw many cars drive up with bikes on top. Later, Shawna Donaldson threw a witty comment at me asking if I had ridden the climb 4 times that day! Good one ;)
13.4 km hill-climb to Kicking Horse Resort
|Mass men's field crossing bridge to 11 km climb - photo KHC|
Margie Smith took the initiative to lead. The first 2.4 km was flat with a headwind. I took the next pull. Soon, a Deadgoat and TCR came through then a young woman (sub 30 category) in yellow.
Across the one car wide wooden bridge, the hill climb started with 11 km up.
A few pulls with mixed riders. After the first rise, Margie, myself and young yellow jersey woman Ali made a clean break away. The three of us took turns pulling with Ali pulling strongly. I was pleasantly surprised at her strength and happy we were flying up the climb at a quick pace. I had counted on Margie being there.
|Margie Smith, Ali Wilson, Marg Fedyna - flying up the climb! - KHC|
We were evenly matched. I took pulls on the steeper sections. Finish was going to be down to a sprint.
Pre-riding earlier, I saw the finish was up a steep pitch 100m, then not as steep another 100m.
I let the girls dictate the pace on the steep pitch. Ali dropped off, Margie went full force. Once the grade lessened, I had a few moments of gears clashing (only time I used the small chain ring on that final steep pitch). Once back in the big ring, I was able to sprint in the final bit. Chipped away 5 sec on Margie's GC.
With the strong headwind 60% of the way, it was definitely a 3-person effort to get us up in the time we did 36:10. Definitely record breaking potential on a calm day (need to break 35 min).
61 km road race - Australian Rules
New format of racing for me at this BC Masters road race with Australian rules. The older categories are given head-starts based on 10-year age groupings, with the younger categories chasing. First rider across the line wins.
|look of concern about being chased! - photo KHC|
The road course was 2-loops of 30.5 km eye of the needle form with ample hill-climbing, 415 metre per loop, on the very hilly and scenic Golden Upper Donald Road.
I took out the pace in my group start with the first few hills. Sheila Summers came by to help and a few 60+ year old men. We needed more power on the slight descents which we got from a few guys towards the end of the 1st loop.
I had no idea when the 50+ year old group would catch on. As I was leading up a climb into the 2nd loop, a rider came upon my shoulder. It was Olav Stana of famed hill-climb status! I quickened my pace and was super thrilled to group up with Olav and Brian Marsh.
We flew! I took a few pulls though knew to stick behind for any descents and flats, especially in the wind. On the final backstretch, I was surprised when Olav attacked on the steep climb. Brian attempted to respond. I was scared to lose them both.
Olav easily flitted away. Brian settled his pace and pulled super strongly up, and down. I could hang on though was not in any position to help. I was worked!
It was impressive to see Brian work his way close to Olav by the end of the race. This put me in 3rd place in the Overall Master's Race.
Olav only had a 50 cog chain ring on the front, so to attack when he did was his best move. Brian was impressive with his all-round ability to ride strong on the hills as well as strong on the flats and descents.
|Marg - Post Hill Climb Smiles! - photo KHC|
Thanks to Aleks and Mike Macklem for putting this event on! Including the little extras... Mike for removing dead carcasses pre-TT, and Aleks for keeping the women entertained with the train-delayed hillclimb start :)