Posted by Editoress on 10/27/10
Another great season concluded Tuesday evening with the running of the 18th and final stage of the 2010 Mike's Bike Shop Cup. This unique series combines 5 cycling disciplines (cross country, time trial, track, BMX, criterium, and cyclo-cross) - a guarantee to crown a great "overall" cyclist at the end of a long season.
Once again youth prevailed by claiming the top 5 spots. "This event, and the result, goes very well with our philosophy. At a young age, these riders should be exposed to more then one bike (discipline) to be on the right developmental path. In fact, this series exposes them to six different race bikes. No doubt in my mind the winner must be a complete cyclist" said Luc Arseneau, head coach at the National Cycling Centre - Atlantic Canada.
The final evening of the weekly series delivered what was expected of it. On the start line, 5 riders could still mathematically win the Cup. Marc Evers won the stage, followed by André Landry and Jean-Richard Cormier.
On the general classification, things could not be closer. Julien Roussel, managed, by the smallest margin of 5 points, to keep his Apogée leader's jersey and win the 2010 Mike's Bike Shop Cup with 715 points. His good friend, Neil Symington took the second step on the podium with 710 points while Marc Evers was also very close with 695 points to claim 3rd overall. The three riders from the National Cycling Centre's Peter Wedge RACER program were also joined by another program member on top of the leader board. Julien Basque, at his first year of racing, finished fourth overall (665 points) while Jean-Richard Cormier (625 points) completed the top five.
Cycling Centre's president, Guy Vincent and Mike's Bike Shop representative, Richard Donovan, were present for the awards presentation. "The Centre is very happy to be able to count on partners like Mike's Bike Shop and Apogée to enable us to put such programs together and especially to help us develop these young riders and can now use the Mike's Bike Shop Cup to jump to the next level of competition;" concluded Guy Vincent.
Although Tuesday's event concluded the 2010 Mike's Bike Shop Cup, one more event remains on the National Cycling Centre's agenda for the season, the Halloween `Cross to be held this weekend (Saturday evening's SPRINT and Sunday, 11 am, cyclo-cross championships).
Courtesy Luc Arseneau, Head Coach, National Cycling Centre Atlantic
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