Wrapping the Canadian National Championships with the women’s races: the time trial and the road race.
Anne Samplonius was the only women to break the 30 minutes barrier for the 20km individual time trial successfully defending her title. And she did it on her road bike as time trial was damaged.
It was a bittersweet victory for Samplonius as she had learned in the last 2 weeks that she would not be representing Canada at the Olympic Games. “I have lived two difficult weeks emotionally.” said Samplonius. “I did not train with the same conviction, but I gave it my all in this race.”
Mt Hood overall winner Julie Beveridge (Aaron’s) was second 4:27 behind Montréalaise Samplonius and Webcor’s Alex Wrubleski was third with a time of 30:03.33. In the U23 classification, Beverdige took the title, Karol-Ann Canuel came in second and Véronique Bilodeau was third.
On Saturday, the women faced 70-mile (114-km) road race. Beijing-bound Alex Wrubleski (Webcor) reclaimed the Canadian title by winning a five-rider sprint after 3 hours in the saddle. Her Olympic teammate Leigh Hobson, who rides for the trade team Cheerwine, was second and Felicia Gomez (Aaron’s) was third.
“I’m really pleased with the victory but it’s hard to use this as a measuring stick in my preparation for the Olympics because the course will be much more different in Beijing”, said Wrubleski, who posted two fourth place finishes on the World Cup earlier this year. “The big thing I’ll take from this race is how confident I felt with my sprinting”.
On the second lap of the 4 lap race, Erinne Willock riding on a borrowed bike as she found out 30 minutes before the start that her frame was broken, put in an attack. She was quickly joined by the other riders sensing that this was the right break. The 13-woman break that included Wrubleski, Hobson, Julie Beveridge, Joelle Numainville, Anne Samplonius, Felicia Gomez and Audrey Lemieux would never be caught by the disorganized field.
With one lap to go, the breakmates started to attack each other and then there were nine. With 10km to go, Hobson, Willock and Gomez managed to escape and were caught by a chase led by Samplonius, and a small group made it to the finish line.
In the U23 classification, Beveridge swept both races, also taking the road race title, Numainville was second and Stéphanie Roorda was third.
Rob Jones/CanadianCyclist has reports, multiple videos and photos of the races:
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