Posted by Editoress on 08/21/12
News from the Mid Island Velo Club (MIVA), provided by Peter McCaffery
MIVA 20km TTT, August 19th on Nanaimo River Road, Nanaimo BC
A small turnout for the last of the team time trials - only four teams. However, the results were pretty close. BCMCA reps. Dave Steen and Paul Gowland won, beating second place Team of Matt Allardyce and Adam McConnell by just seventeen seconds and Lorrie Bailtham & Patrick Burnham on his fixie by twenty-one seconds. Fourth placed Russ Berg and daughter Mykelti were less than two minutes down, doing a very7 creditable 35' 27". It should be noted that Matt dropped a not-so-well Paul after five kilometers and finished alone in 31' 52" . All teams need to work on turnarounds and pacing for next season..
Thanks to Katy Condon for holding and equipment packing. Ride well in the Penticton Triathlon, Katy.
Next Thursday (Aug 23rd) is the first of the club hill climbs - a 3km drag up Departure Bay Road and Uplands Road, to finish on Hillside Road. Registration opens at 6.30pm at Departure Bay Elementary School.
Arbutus Meadow Events - August 14th
The second week at Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre, south of Parksville, Vancouver Island, saw five juniors and fourteen seniors contest two events each. First on the schedule was a flying lap for the youths. Times on the 625 meter circuit were surprisingly close, with James Grant just edging Brodie Hay by 0.3 seconds and newcomer Alec Stapff placing third, a further 0.7 seconds back.
In the following twenty-five lap crcriterium, Alec showed his strength by easily winning, riding away from the other riders with fourteen laps to go.James Grant chased furiously, never giving up, but was 27 seconds down on Alec at the finish. Brodie Hay took third, a further 27seconds in arrears. The two girls rode well with Jessica Reynolds only three seconds behind Brodie and Mykelti Berg, who lost timw coming out of the corners, riding most of the racesolo, only giving up a couple of seconds a lap.
The first event for the seniors was an elimination race. This was a new experience for some of thestarters and there were soon two bunches rather than the usual one. Mark Wieler, who looked very apprehensive, was the first to go and was followed in short order by five more of the original fourteen. Now we were down to a fast moving pack of eight. Five more missed the cut and were out, leaving Ian Smith, Warren Muir and Paul Thompson just two laps to go until the final sprint. At the line, they finished in that order.
The last event of the evening was the senior points criterium. Since this was a new experience for some of the riders, Peter McC took great pains to explain the rules and how points would be awarded . As the pack rolled away from the start,there were still some puzzled expressions on a few faces but the more experienced riders attempted to clarify things befoe the first sprint at five laps. Even before this point, four riders were off the back, leaving a lead pack of nine, Matt Allardyce having started late. The initial points went to Ian Smith (5), Warren Muir (3), and Rob Russell (2). These three shared the points for the next two sprints, except when Kyle Waring snagged a second place on the third sprint.
With ten laps remaining, first category Ian Smith rode of the front of the pack and about the same time Warren and Rob crashed, retiring a few laps later. Ian continued to ride strongly and eventually lapped the remnants of the field. Kyle Waring, the last to be lapped, stayed away from the rest and took second place points for the last two sprints, securing a solid second place. With none of the other remaining riders having won any points, the next finisher, Paulthompson, was third overall.
With two more opportunities to ride points criteriums before the end of the series, the “newbies” will have a better idea how to approachthis type of race.
Thanks to the Steve Grant and Harry Reynolds for bringing the Courtenay juniors down and to various spectators for helping with set up and tear down.
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