Posted by Editoress on 04/27/16
Reports and results from the season opener events held by the Mid Island Velo Club (MIVA) in Nanaimo BC
Coal City Cycles Boxwood Criterium, April 26th
33 starters! That's the best turnout ever for the Boxwood criteriums.
The average speed was the best ever too, with the main bunch doing just over 43 kph.
The pack stayed together for most of the race, with 13 riders being shelled out or not finishing. Broad St. Cycles' Nick Kupiak made an early break attempt and stayed away for 7 laps but never more than 12 seconds ahead.
On lap 14, Kupiak was absorbed by the bunch and all were together for the first prime, which was taken by Peter Mogg (MIVA). There were several other abortive breakaways but none succeeded and the peloton was together for the other 3 primes, which were won by Mike Dawson (Pro City Cycles), Sean Lunny (Rock City Cycles/ MIVA) and Mark Grant (TAG). BTW, it was great to see the Grant brothers out, as fit and strong as ever and very much in evidence throughout the event.
With just two laps to go, there was a crash just after the corner onto Meredith Road. And Iain Hay fell badly, sustaining some road rash and a suspected fractured clavicle. The paramedics were on the scene almost immediately and , with a fire truck blocking the course, the riders self-neutralised and most did not contest the final sprint.
Thanks to all for showing common sense. It was decided to scrap the position points and to give all starters 2 points including the new participants. Thanks to the marshals and to Gary Argyle and Patrick Burnham who assisted at the line.
Results for April 26th
No finish results do to the late crash. All participants get 2 points.
1. Peter Mogg (MIVA)
2. Mike Dawson (Pro City Cycles)
3. Sean Lunny (Rock City Cycles/MIVA)
4. Mark Grant (TaG Cycling Race Team)
Coal City Criterium, April 19th
A great day for the first REAL criterium of the series. 26 starters set off with no neutralised lap and stayed together for the first three laps of the thirty lap event.
On lap four, Nick Kupiak (BSC) and Mark Wieler (MIVA/Rock City) grabbed a five second lead but by lap five Mark had been replaced by Sean Lunny (Rock City) and Justin Mark (BCBR) The trio maintained a small gap until they were swallowed up by the hard-working bunch.
At the bell for the first of three intermediate primes, they were still at the front of the pack, with Mike Sevcov (Cycle Therapy), Mike Dawson (Pro City) and Shep Stewart (MIVA) right behind, followed by the pack.
Meanwhile, several of the less fit and less experienced participants were starting to slip off the back of the bunch, all to be lapped before the end of the race. After the first prime, won by Mr. Kupiak, Gary MacGregor?r (CVCC) and Daryl Chase (Healthy Habits) attempted to escape the bunch but only Gary stayed out front for more than a lapand he too was absorbed by lap fourteen, To be replaced by Mike Hornland (Healthy Habits) next time around.
By the halfway point, all remaining pack riders were together again and at the second prime MacGregor just managed to pip Mike Dawson on the line, with Dr. John Lam (MIVA) rounding out the top three. Immediately after the sprint, Nick, Justin, Gary and Mike launched a serious attack but the bunch reined them in within a kilometre and that's the way it stayed until the bell for the third prime at four laps to go.
As the bunch rounded the bend onto Boxwood, Kupiak, MacGregor and Lunny and took off again but by the line, it was Kupiak, with Justin Mark and Mike Dawson filling the consolation places. In the final three laps, Nick Kupiak consolidated his small lead, winning the race with a few seconds to spare. Sean Lunny took second and Mike Dawson third, with fourth spot going to John Lam. followed by the remains of the pack.
Thanks to marshals, to Iain for course set up and take down and to Coal City's Robin Dutton, who provided a new set of frame numbers.
Results for April 19th
Provided by Peter McCaffery
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