Posted by Editoress on 06/13/17
The 2017 Hayman Classic youth stage race wrapped up Sunday to a chorus of praise along with questions about how to make it bigger and better in 2018.
That may be a tough challenge. This year's edition featured sprints, climbs, dizzying descents and a circuit race on the ultra-smooth asphalt at Area 27, Canada's newest motor speedway.
And with every event came a blizzard of upbeat reviews on Twitter and Facebook, notably from the Ontario contingent – coaches as well as riders.
"One of the first people who jumped on my Tweet and reTweeted it was Steve Bauer," said an enthusiastic Art Adams, coach of London, Ont.-based Kallisto-FCV.
Adams said he would continue to talk up the Hayman Classic once he gets home, a commitment echoed by Rick Lee, coach of NCCH in Hamilton, Ont.
For Lee, the venues, the terrain and the beauty of the Okanagan Valley combined for a memorable cycling experience, all of it wrapped in an environment that promotes skill development and sportsmanship. "The whole feel of this race is very special," he said.
This was third year for the Hayman Classic, which is bidding to become a top event on the young cycling calendar both regionally and nationally.
Several changes were introduced this year to provide greater variety and challenges over a three-day competition that unfolded like this:
• On the morning of Day One, June 9, a mass-start hill climb that began in the Okanagan Valley south of Penticton and turned uphill over grades of 15 to 20 per cent;
• On the afternoon of Day One, a circuit race around the spanking new, 4.8-kilometre track at Area 27 near Oliver, B.C.;
• On Day Two, June 10, a fast-paced criterium in Penticton;
• On Day Three, June 11, a road race, also near Oliver, that featured a vertiginous descent with speeds of 80-plus kilometres an hour.
Organizer and former Olympian Ron Hayman was pleased with the result, noting that the circuit race, the climbs, the descents and the sprints offered participants "a lot of firsts in racing experience. And that's the goal – to give them real-world racing experiences against their peers."
Asked for his thoughts on next year's competition, Hayman at first said he would need a few days to recover from the accumulated fatigue of this year's event.
But within moments, his mind clearly awhirl, he was discussing his request that the Hayman Classic be added to Canada's youth cycling calendar for 2018, a decision that could come this September.
Beyond that, he is considering a new stage for his namesake race and with that a new venue, both of which would add to the complexity and logistics of an already demanding operation.
But Hayman's greater concern is attracting more riders, certainly from Canada, but also from the United States.
This year only a single rider made the trek north. That was 14-year-old Gavin Bowen, of Bend Ore., who made the journey with his father Bart Bowen, two-time U.S. road champion.
Among Canadian riders, the biggest contingents came from British Columbia and Alberta. A four-rider team came south from Yukon, and Saskatchewan and Manitoba were represented by one rider apiece.
The presence of 12 riders from Ontario was a milestone. Never before had a rider from Ontario attended the Hayman Classic. Overall, just under 100 cyclists registered this year.
The question is how to attract more. "We still have a problem with low participation," said Hayman.
Part of the difficulty is distance, which means greater travel time and cost. But next year there's the added problem of dates – the junior national championships are scheduled for late June in Kamloops, B.C.
That raises a host of questions around cost and timing for teams that might want to attend the Hayman Classic, which has so far been held in early June.
Coach Art Adams of Kallisto-FCV said the timing of the two races is a significant challenge but if that can solved the Hayman Classic is "definitely a race I would put on my calendar for next year."
Coach Rick Lee of NCCH Lee described the situation in almost identical terms: "If the timing is right next year, we would certainly come back."
Bart Bowen, the former U.S. champion who now runs Bowen Sports Performance in Bend, Ore., proposed more exchanges between Western provinces and states.
"We need more events like this for juniors," he said. "The northwest could have a really great (cycling) scene if we had more Americans coming to Canada and more Canadian coming to the States."
As for the young cyclists at this year's Hayman Classic, Victoria Slater probably spoke for most of them when she described her experience as unforgettable. For Slater, a U17 rider from NCCH in Hamilton, it was the first she had travelled to Western Canada, let alone B.C.
Asked if she would come again, her immediate reply was: "Yes. Definitely. Without a doubt."
With the conclusion of the Hayman Classic, which is a four-event stage race, four riders received special jerseys for winning the general classification award in their respective age categories.
Report courtesy Hayman Classic
Final Overall GC
|1 Erik Haaheim (BC) Red Devils - U15||3:21:52.79|
|2 Manu Moore (BC) DEVO pb Fortius - U15||s.t.|
|3 Joel Worman (BC) Red Devils - U15||3:21:55.91|
|4 Finlay MacEwen (ON) Kallisto FCV pb Peloton Contracting - U15||3:21:59.39|
|5 Lincoln Hoel (BC) Balance Point Racing - U15||3:22:24.20|
|6 Quentin Cowan (AB) Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle - U15||3:22:39.64|
|7 Noah Rubuliak (BC) red devils - U15||3:24:47.01|
|8 Sasha Bishop (BC) DEVO pb Fortius - U15||3:26:58.10|
|9 Griffen Hart (BC) Tripleshot Cycling - U15||3:27:38.97|
|10 James Needham (BC) Balance Point Racing - U15||3:27:43.13|
|11 Lukas Bonkowski (AB) Juventus - U15||3:27:47.49|
|12 Ian Reinke (ON) NCCH - U15||3:28:35.64|
|13 Campbell Parrish (BC) DEVO pb Fortius - U15||3:29:16.62|
|14 Reid Kinniburgh (AB) bicisport - U15||3:31:17.95|
|15 Connor Bosenberg (BC) Tripleshot - U15||3:31:57.33|
|16 Oscar Setterington (YT) Independent - U15||4:00:51.78|
|17 Remy Garrison (BC) Tripleshot - U15||4:03:14.16|
|18 Liam Sargent (BC) Tripleshot - U15||4:06:22.18|
|19 Tristan Crocker (BC) Triple Shot Youth Cycling - U15||4:30:44.47|
|20 Cameron Hobbs (BC) Red Devils Cycling Academy - U15||4:31:47.24|
|DNS Clayton Chapman (YT) U Kon Echelon - U15|
|DNS Isaac Bergen (BC) Red Devils - U15|
|DNF Liam Langford (ON) Kallisto-FCV pb Peloton Contracting - U15|
|1 Lilly Ujfalusi (BC) Devo pb Fortius - U15||3:29:47.97|
|2 Isla Walker (BC) Tripleshot Cycling - U15||3:30:32.82|
|3 Josie Welbourn (BC) DEVO pb Fortius - U15||3:30:34.47|
|4 Ana Large (BC) Balance Point Racing - U15||s.t.|
|5 Astrid Wuerr (BC) DEVO p/b Fortius - U15||3:31:06.32|
|6 Annie Wyminga Scott (AB) Juventus Cycling Club - U15||3:36:30.64|
|7 Alisha Lilley (BC) Devo - U15||3:36:40.79|
|8 Isabelle Orsler (AB) Synergy Racing - U15||3:37:49.76|
|9 Veronica Porter (YT) U Kon Echelon - U15||3:42:57.43|
|10 Ava irving-staley (YT) u kon echelon - U15||3:54:41.12|
|11 Mollie Fraser (YT) U Kon Echelon - U15||3:55:53.34|
|1 Ethan Palamerek (AB) the lead out project - U19||5:30:38.14|
|2 Kurt Penno (BC) TRT p/b Mosaic Homes - U19||5:31:08.53|
|3 Jacob Gaucher (AB) The Lead Out Project - U19||5:31:22.25|
|4 Giuseppe Carone (ON) NCCH elite p/b MGCC - U17||5:34:37.96|
|5 Jacob Rubuliak (BC) red devils - U17||5:34:48.40|
|6 Brock Hoel (BC) Balance Point Racing - U17||5:34:54.84|
|7 Sean Richardson (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||5:34:56.16|
|8 Thomas Schellenberg (BC) Independant - U19||5:35:01.03|
|9 Lars Lof (AB) CycleMeisters/Bow Cycle - U19||5:35:08.11|
|10 Nathan Bishop (BC) Connondale pb Fortius - U17||5:35:15.90|
|11 Jayke Janssen (AB) Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle - U19||5:35:27.35|
|12 Quinn Storey (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||5:35:28.57|
|13 Isaac Van Der vliet (BC) TaG Cycling Race Team - U19||5:35:30.83|
|14 Evan Russell (BC) TaG Race Team - U17||5:35:46.56|
|15 Alex Webb (AB) Juventus - U17||s.t.|
|16 Baili Guidi (BC) Fulgas Racing - U19||5:35:51.06|
|17 Axel Froner (ON) Kallisto FCV p/b Peloton Contracting - U17||5:42:56.96|
|18 Adam Attwell (BC) Smart Savvy+ Garneau - U19||5:44:10.41|
|19 Gavin Bowen (USA) Bowen Sports Performance - U17||5:45:05.76|
|20 Jackson Kinniburgh (AB) bicisport - U17||5:46:29.45|
|21 Talon Vale (BC) NA - U19||5:47:01.47|
|22 Caleb Bender (BC) Dr. Walker Sports Chiropractor Cycle - U17||5:47:15.07|
|23 Michael Meade (BC) Cannondale pb fortius - U19||5:50:41.13|
|24 Aedan Crocker (BC) Triple Shot Youth Cycling - U17||5:53:22.02|
|25 Thomas Hargreaves (AB) bicisport - U19||5:57:00.84|
|26 Mathieu Meurer (AB) Juventus - U17||5:58:27.82|
|27 Connor Hobbs (BC) Red Devils - U17||5:58:48.31|
|28 Christopher Heinemann (AB) Juventus - U17||5:58:58.92|
|29 Ethan Ogrodniczuk (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||5:59:03.79|
|30 Evan McBeath (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||6:00:45.75|
|31 Jack Sirman (ON) NCCH p/b Dec Express - U17||6:04:26.82|
|32 Peyton Wiebe (AB) CSI Cyclemeister Bow Cycle - U17||6:07:41.62|
|33 Marc Gauvin (AB) Synergy Racing - U17||6:23:08.25|
|DNS Sydney Flageole-Bray (ON) NCCH ELITE P-B MGCC - U17|
|DNS Mikael Goh (AB) Edmonton Juventus CC - U17|
|DNF Aidan Livesey (AB) the lead out project - U19|
|DNF Eric Worman (BC) Red Devils - U17|
|DNF Colton Blaney (BC) Red Devils - U17|
|DNF Tamatea Westby (BC) Independent - U17|
|DNF Conor Martin (BC) TaG cycling race team - U17|
|1 Elisabeth Gin (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||5:52:28.05|
|2 Sarah Van Dam (BC) Tripleshot Youth - U17||5:52:38.93|
|3 Kaitlyn Rauwerda (ON) NCCH Elite p/b MGCC - U19||5:53:00.37|
|4 Caitlin Wallin (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||5:57:16.65|
|5 Victoria Slater (ON) NCCH Elite p/b MGCC - U17||5:57:25.35|
|6 Ainsley Black (ON) NCCH p/b D.E.C. Express - U19||5:59:09.50|
|7 Abbey McGill (AB) Juventus Edmonton CC - U19||6:03:20.67|
|8 Bronwen Campbell (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||6:03:27.82|
|9 Samantha Hargreaves (AB) bicisport - U17||6:04:23.90|
|10 Jaxon Slaney (BC) Red Devils Cycling Academy - U17||6:05:03.30|
|11 Emma Lazenby (ON) NCCH p/b DEC Express - U17||6:07:28.53|
|12 Megan Barnes (BC) Tripleshot Cycling - U17||6:16:52.64|
|13 Kathleen Turbitt (ON) NCCH - U17||6:17:10.32|
|14 Linnea Uunila (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17||6:17:27.80|
|15 Kate Matson (BC) Team Cannondale - U17||6:27:40.99|
|DNS Phoebe HIll (ON) NCCH - U19|
|DNS Maia Matson (BC) Team Cannondale - U17|
|DNS Elle Bush (BC) Cannondale pb Fortius - U17|
|DNF Micaiah Besler (SK) TaG Cycling Race Team - U19|
|DNF Casey Garrison (BC) Tripleshot - U17|
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