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June 21/11 15:55 pm - Banff National Park Bike Fest: Men's Stage 4 and Final GC


Posted by Editoress on 06/21/11
 

National Champ Routley Takes GC; Tunnel Mountain Road Race a thriller

Sunday’s Stage 4, Tunnel Mountain Road Race, the final event for the men, greeted riders with no rain and even some sun to show off Banff's amazing scenery. The 143km course featured a 13km loop around Tunnel Mountain with the start/finish on Beaver Street just off Banff Avenue. The course consisted of a flat stretch through town, a climb up Tunnel Mountain Drive, a rolling technical section along the top of the climb, and then a fast, roller-coaster descent, past Surprise Corner back into town to the finish.

There was a lot at stake: the stage win, a chance for riders to move up on the GC, bragging rights, and a great cash purse. All teams came prepared with a game plan, including Dave Stephens from Vancouver-based Garneau Evolution. Following his third-place finish in Saturday evening’s Criterium, he was sixth overall giving the team even more motivation to be in the mix on the final stage. "We have three guys in the top ten and we're looking at making it a race. There are a lot of teams going for it today and I don't think it will come down to a bunch sprint," said Stephens.

The race started at 10am and right off the gun Trek Red Truck led the charge up the first climb. An early attack by three riders at 5km including Trek, Garneau and HR Block went off the front, but they were unable to make it stick. Next, a group of twelve got clear, gaining a 15-second lead only to have it pulled back.

Then on Lap 3, another break that seemed to have momentum got away, including Dave Gerth (Garneau Evolution), Dave Skinner (Trek Red Truck), and Cam McKinnon (HR Block). McKinnon had been in second place overall, but lost ground following a crash in the Crit on Saturday, yet he was riding hard in support of his team. The small break had a 50-second gap at one point when three more riders including Stephens, Gordon Jewitt (Rundle Mountain CC) and current Alberta provincial road champ, Dustin Andrews (HR Block), caught up to the leaders.

The strong group of six had a lead of almost two minutes by Lap 7 at which point Will Routley (SpiderTech p/b C10) started a chase with Garneau Evolution's Jason Thompson on his wheel. As the pace quickened, Gerth was dropped, leaving Stephens alone at the front without a teammate as the other riders forced him to do the work.

A chase group was now coming on strong, having reduced their deficit to 40 seconds. By Lap 10, they had caught the lead group, just as Justin Kerr (HR Block), in third-place overall, and Thompson in eighth, attacked, but race leader Routley responded quickly as did Craig Logan (Trek Red Truck) in twelfth.

This foursome had all the ingredients to make the final two laps something special. Coming off Banff Avenue heading toward Tunnel Mountain, Thompson and Kerr attacked again, but Routley was there with amazing power, bridging the gap with Logan close behind. At the small hill just past the feed zone, Logan dropped his chain and the lead group was reduced to three.

On Lap 11, the bell lap, the three lead riders had a 90-second gap on the peloton and were taking no prisoners. Logan was still trying to chase his way back, but to no avail. Near the summit before the fast, twisting descent, Routley attacked hard and only Kerr could respond, leaving Thompson trailing to finish on his own.

It was Routley and Kerr, neck and neck, heading back into town and turning right onto Beaver Street to the finish line. But the Tunnel Mountain Road Race was to be Kerr’s, as he out-sprinted Routley for the final stage victory. Thompson sailed in alone for the third spot on the podium.

 

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Final podium: Jason Thompson, Will Routley, Justin Kerr

 

Routley held on for the overall victory and was crowned the 2011 Banff National Bike Fest men's champion. Kerr moved up into second place overall and Thompson’s hard work rewarded him a third place finish. "I had hoped to have moved up even more, although Will had quite a big lead. When we got away, Justin and I did all the work with Will sitting on. When he lit it up on the last pitch I couldn't respond," commented Thompson after the race.

Routley also had a tough day in the saddle on the way to his overall GC victory. "We had a late night with the Crit and an early morning today, so there was fatigue in the legs, and I knew it was going to be another tough day of playing defense. When the gap got to two minutes on the break I started to panic. With not much horsepower left in the group, we were still able to catch the leaders. It was a long 143km race, pretty hilly and technical over the top and my legs were cramping a bit near the end," said the elated overall winner.

And so the 2011 Banff National Park Bike Fest came to a close with the town of Banff, hamlet of Lake Louise, and Parks Canada playing host to some of the finest riders in the region – much to the enjoyment of visitors from around the world. The event was very well organized and riders were again treated to world-class courses, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is no doubt many are looking forward to next year as the event certainly has the potential to grow into a major Canadian stage race.

Report courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Stage 4 (June 19th): Tunnel Mountain Road Race, 143 km
1 Justin Kerr (Team H&R BLOCK) 3:36:22
2 Will Routley (Independent) 3:36:22
3 Jason Thompson (Garneau Evolution) 3:36:43
4 Craig Logan (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 3:37:36
5 Cam MacKinnon (Team H&R BLOCK) 3:39:39
6 Gordon Jewett (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 3:39:39
7 Dan Skinner (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 3:39:39
8 Dustin Andrews (Team H&R BLOCK) 3:39:41
9 David Stephens (Garneau Evolution) 3:39:45
10 Guy Biggar (Garneau Evolution) 3:40:03
11 Marvin Guzman (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 3:40:03
12 Dan MacDonald (Rideokanagan.com p/b Norco) 3:40:03
13 Dave Vukets (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 3:40:03
14 Scott Laliberte (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 3:40:03
15 Aaron Schooler (Team H&R BLOCK) 3:40:03
16 Bailey McKnight (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 3:40:03
17 Darren Anderson (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 3:40:03
18 Curtis Deardon (Garneau Evolution) 3:40:03
19 Sid Martinez (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 3:40:03
20 Paul Tichelaar (Edmonton Road and Track Club) 3:40:03
21 Jason Kilmartin (Rideokanagan.com p/b Norco) 3:40:03
22 Troy Henry (Cyclemeisters) 3:40:03
23 Eric Jensen (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 3:40:03
24 Shawn Taylor (Café Racers) 3:40:10
25 Jeff Werner (Garneau Evolution) 3:40:12
26 Mike Laxdal (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 3:40:17
27 Keith Batstone (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 3:40:22
28 Ian Auld (TopGear/ROAD) 3:40:22
29 Chris De Vries (TopGear/ROAD) 3:40:33
30 David Gonda (Cyclemeisters) 3:40:35
31 Trev Williams (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 3:40:41
32 Scott Manktelow (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 3:43:30
33 Sean Crooks (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 3:47:13
34 Jesse Collins (Café Racers) 3:47:43
35 Brian Robinson (Cyclemeisters) 4:19:38 (-1 lap)
35 Colter Young (Rideokanagan.com p/b Norco) 4:19:38 (-1 lap)
35 Aaron Sands (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 4:19:38 (-1 lap)
38 Ted Martin (Garneau Evolution) 4:24:27 (-2 laps)
38 David Gerth (Garneau Evolution) 4:24:27 (-2 laps)
40 Geoff MacDonald (Edmonton Road and Track Club) 4:30:28 (-3 laps)
40 Craig DeBellefeuille (Cyclemeisters) 4:30:28 (-3 laps)
40 James Larmer (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 4:30:28 (-3 laps)
40 Mark McConnell. (Synergy Racing) 4:30:28 (-3 laps)
DNF Kris Dahl (Team H&R BLOCK)
DNF Matthew OÍHagan (Team H&R BLOCK)
DNF Jon Wood (Edmonton Road and Track Club)
DNF Ryan Correy (Cyclemeisters)
DNF Mac Garvin (Cyclemeisters)
DNF Mark MacDonald (TopGear/ROAD)
DNF Anthony Steenbergen (TopGear/ROAD)
DNF Dallas Morris (TopGear/ROAD)
DNF Steve Ferris (TopGear/ROAD)
DNF Frank Woolstencroft (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training)
DNF Charles Bougie (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training)
DNF Scott Inman (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports)
DNF Matt Potma (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports)
DNF Andrew Cullingham (Synergy Racing)
DNF Brian Countryman (Velocity)
DNS Dan Wood (Edmonton Road and Track Club)
DNS Dennis Bland (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training)
DNS Rob Lukacs (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training)
 
Final GC
1 Will Routley (Independent) 6:36:31
2 Justin Kerr (Team H&R BLOCK) 6:37:19
3 Jason Thompson (Garneau Evolution) 6:38:19
4 Craig Logan (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 6:39:53
5 Aaron Schooler (Team H&R BLOCK) 6:41:02
6 David Stephens (Garneau Evolution) 6:41:08
7 Bailey McKnight (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 6:41:23
8 Dave Vukets (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 6:41:26
9 Paul Tichelaar (Edmonton Road and Track Club) 6:41:52
10 Curtis Deardon (Garneau Evolution) 6:41:55
11 Ian Auld (TopGear/ROAD) 6:42:19
12 Dustin Andrews (Team H&R BLOCK) 6:43:06
13 Dan MacDonald (Rideokanagan.com p/b Norco) 6:43:11
14 Scott Laliberte (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 6:43:12
15 Cam MacKinnon (Team H&R BLOCK) 6:43:43
16 Dan Skinner (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes) 6:43:49
17 Jeff Werner (Garneau Evolution) 6:43:59
18 Sid Martinez (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 6:44:40
19 Gordon Jewett (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 6:45:33
20 Troy Henry (Cyclemeisters) 6:46:37
21 Shawn Taylor (Café Racers) 6:47:01
22 Scott Manktelow (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 6:47:53
23 David Gonda (Cyclemeisters) 6:48:19
24 Eric Jensen (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 6:48:31
25 Guy Biggar (Garneau Evolution) 6:49:09
26 Darren Anderson (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 6:49:20
27 Chris De Vries (TopGear/ROAD) 6:49:43
28 Jason Kilmartin (Rideokanagan.com p/b Norco) 6:50:11
29 Trev Williams (Speed Theory Cycling p/b The Doctrine Training) 6:51:05
30 Marvin Guzman (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 6:51:43
31 Keith Batstone (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 6:51:49
32 Sean Crooks (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 6:54:17
33 Jesse Collins (Café Racers) 6:58:13
34 Mike Laxdal (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 6:58:29
35 Colter Young (Rideokanagan.com p/b Norco) 7:26:45
36 Aaron Sands (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) 7:28:59
37 Ted Martin (Garneau Evolution) 7:29:10
38 Brian Robinson (Cyclemeisters) 7:32:07
39 Craig DeBellefeuille (Cyclemeisters) 7:33:35
40 David Gerth (Garneau Evolution) 7:34:27
41 James Larmer (Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision-Sports) 7:34:54
42 Mark McConnell. (Synergy Racing) 7:36:50
43 Geoff MacDonald (Edmonton Road and Track Club) 7:42:32


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