Posted by Editoress on 06/27/13
Kinley Gibson (Team Alberta) and Peter Disera (Team Ontario) were crowned Canadian Champions on Thursday in the Junior races at the 2013 Canadian Road Championships in Lac Mégantic, QC, as the best Junior cyclists of this country went solo against the clock in the individual time trials.
In the men's race, Disera crossed the line with the fastest time of 39:09 in a tightly contested race with second place Jack Burke (Team CHCH). William Elliott (Team CHCH) rounded the Championships podium in third. Amazingly, this race was Disera's first ever road time trial race, and third time only using a time trial bike.
"I'm very pleased with the result. Everybody gave me some really good advice going out for my very first time trial ever. I wanted to see where it went, and just got stronger and stronger, and felt really good. I just blew my brains out in the last three kilometres, and it ended up turning into my favor," said the new Canadian Junior Time Trial Champion, "I did some of the road Ontario Cups earlier this season when things weren't too busy, and then went onto the Mountain Bike World Cup and Canada Cup circuit, focussing more on the mountain. I had this week off so I decided to come out here to get some quality volume, and had some shots at the podium. It turned out to be in my favor and good preparations for Mountain Bike Nationals."
In the women's Junior competition, Kinley Gibson was the dominating rider in the time trial, posting the best time of the category by stopping the clock at 21:56, a lead of just less than one minute over the second place.
"I am very happy. I came third last year and wasn't too happy with that ride. This year tried to bring it back, to just save it in the beginning for the uphill on the way back. I pushed all the way home and came out on top!" said the new Canadian Champion. "I've got my sights set on making the Junior World Championships team, so this will go a long way to help achieve that objective. I had a really good year here, and I am hoping that will be a good stepping stone to qualify."
In second place was Gillian Ellsay of Cycling BC, followed by Ariane Bonhomme of Équipe du Québec in third.
The day's competition also featured some of the best masters of this country, from 30+ all the way to 60 and over.
Chris McNeil (Soul Sportif) won his second straight title in the Master A category. In the Master B race, the times were also very close, with the defending Champion David Gazsi (Team IFG) once again was the fastest. Sylvan Adams (PowerWatts) successfully defended his Canadian Time Trial title in the Masters C (50-59) category, winning the race by 21 seconds over the second place. Charlie Squires (Team London) was the fastest in the Masters D (60+) race with a fast time of 21:10.
In the women's master races, Pascale Legrand (La Roue Libre) and Judith Hayes (Team Médique) won their respective categoris to take the Canadian titles.
The competition resumes Friday with the first set of road races featuring the Masters categories, followed by the Junior road races on Saturday.
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