Posted by Editoress on 07/13/13
Team NOW and Novartis for MS Sweeps the Women's Podium at the opening Stage of the Tour de White Rock
Anyone who asks why someone would voluntarily try to ride a bicycle up a 700 metre, 16 percent grade road hasn't seen the calibre of cyclists taking part in BC Superweek.
The Hill Climb is the first stage of the Tour de White Rock, which is celebrating its' 34th edition this year. It's an exciting dash to the top of Buena Vista Avenue in the heart of White Rock. The grueling climb takes brute power and strength.
Once the results were announced for the first ride by the women at the Homelife Realty Hill Climb, it became clear that the event would likely be won by a member of Team NOW and Novartis for MS, which was co-founded by Phil Keoghan, Host and a Producer of “The Amazing Race” on CBS - namely because they had three of the five best times on Friday night in White Rock.
First place finisher Lex Albrecht, who won the MK Lands Delta Criterium to open BC Superweek seven days ago, lead the NOW and Novartis for MS charge. Teammates Lauren Rauck Komanski and Olivia Dillon were second and third respectively.
"This is my first time riding the events at BC Superweek and it was really important for me to bring my team to come and ride and show them what it was all about," Albrecht claimed. "I've heard a lot of great things about it and we're all super impressed, the organization is great, I love the crowds that come out and support us and cheer us on, I think that it's a fun event not only for us, but for everybody else."
"BC Superweek's been fantastic and we've had a lot of fun up here," Rauck Komanski said confidently. "We're looking forward to the entire Tour de White Rock - this was a great way to kick it off!"
The grueling climb was difficult for some spectators to walk up, let alone race a bike, but the riders took a bit of morbid pleasure in pushing themselves to the limit.
"It's a good 'suffer-fest', we loved it," Rauck Komanski said in all seriousness. "It's only 700 metres, so it's not too long, it's about a two minute effort and it's something completely different than what we typically do."
Albrecht went on Twitter earlier in the day and proclaimed, “Pre-rode the BC Superweek Tour de White Rock hill-climb race course: 700m 16% grind!”
"We did come up earlier today for a pre-ride and I'm not sure if it was a good or bad thing to know what was coming because it was intimidating," smiled Rauck Komanski.
"I definitely give credit to Lex Albrecht, she's the Canadian on our team and she really pushed for us to come to this," added Rauck Komanski. "It's been a really great time, we appreciate her getting this together for our team and really encouraging us to come, it's a fantastic event."
BC Superweek and the Tour de White Rock continues on Saturday with the Choices Market Criterium and wraps up with the Peace Arch News Road Race on Sunday.
|Stage 1: Homelife Realty Hill Climb|
|1 Lex Albrecht (Can) NOW and Novartis for MS||by position|
|2 Lauren Rauck Komanski (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||by position|
|3 Olivia Dillon (Irl) NOW and Novartis for MS||by position|
|4 Jenny Lehmann (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||by position|
|5 Anika Todd (Can) Ind||by position|
|6 Kathryn Donovan (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:04.06|
|7 Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Team TIBCO||2:06.23|
|8 Megan Rathwell (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||2:07.45|
|9 Shoshauna Laxson (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||2:10.39|
|10 Maura Kinsella (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:10.91|
|11 Devon Gorry (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:13.39|
|12 Justine Clift (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling||2:14.91|
|13 Maggie Coles-Lyster (Can) Local Ride Racing||2:15.12|
|14 Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Ind||2:16.81|
|15 Erin Redl (Can) Steed Cycles||2:16.83|
|16 Allison Beveridge (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||2:18.03|
|17 Robin Farina (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:19.75|
|18 Kristine Brynjolfson (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||2:19.90|
|19 Jana Schemmer (Ger) RSV Unna||2:20.25|
|20 Stacey Spencer (Can) Republic||2:20.67|
|21 Carrie Cartmill (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:21.59|
|22 Beth Duryea (Aus) Specialized-lululemon||2:22.85|
|23 Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:25.05|
|24 Jennifer McMahon (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling||2:26.20|
|25 Candice Vermeulen (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:26.97|
|26 Adriane Provost (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:33.04|
|27 Emily Flynn (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:36.81|
|28 Haley Warkentin (Can) Russ Hays Accent Inns p/b Pacific Cycling Centre||2:37.97|
|29 Sarah Coney (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes||2:39.19|
|30 Allison Arensman (USA) NOW and Novartis for MS||2:39.71|
|31 Audrey Bernard (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery||2:52.85|
|dns Meghan Grant (Can) Local Ride Racing|
|dns Gina Haatz (Ger) Ind|
|dns Tessa Pinckston (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling|
|dns Katie Rushton (Can) Oak Bay Bikes|
|dns Jessica Cutler (USA) Vanderkitten|
|dns Joëlle Numainville (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies|
|dns Kate Chilcott (NZl) Vanderkitten|
|dns Sophie Williamson (NZl) Vanderkitten|
|dns Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies|
|dns Gillian Carleton (Can) Specialized-lululemon|
|dns Rhae Shaw (Can) Vanderkitten|