Only one race on the NRC this weekend, and that is for men only, the Boise Twilight Criterium on Saturday. With the cancellation of Giro di Burnaby, BC Superweek continues with 31st Annual Tour de White Rock and the J.A.M. Grand Fundo also this Saturday.
Boise Twilight also counts for USA CRITS points, once again for men only. Team Type 1 went 1-2 at the crit with Ken Hanson taking the win followed by Aldo Ino Ilesic on the 4-corner course with the thermometer lowered to 95 degrees after hitting a record 106 earlier in the day. This year, again, the predictions are for hot weather and for even hotter racing.
Clayton Barrows (AXA/Equitable) leads the USA Crits series with 952 points ahead of a duo of Mt Khakis f/b Jittery Joe’s, U25 leader Isaac Howe at 30 points down and Neil Bezdek at 104 pts back. No start list available at this point.
Unfortunately no women’s races are held this year in Boise. Men’s pro race starts at 8:30pm PST.
Tour de White Rock. Many racers from last week’s Tour de Delta are also tackling the prestigious Tour de White Rock including Canadia National Time Trial Champion Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions) and his teammate Chris Meier, Canadian National Road Race winner Will Routley (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) , new Canadian National Criterium champ Leah Kirchmann (Trek Red Truck team), Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis), Rob Britton (BISSELL) and Ryan Anderson (Kelly Benefit Strategies).
It’s not just the win that is at stake at the race with Canadian decision makers for Team Canada for the upcoming ProTour races in Quebec present and watching during the weekend. For others such as Jesse Reams (Garneau Evolution) and Cody Campbell (Trek-Livestrong), it’s a chance to impress the decision makers for Team Canada for under-23 Time Trial and Road Races at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Australia this fall.
Of note, Meier will not be wearing argyle when the race kicks off on Friday night. Instead, he’ll wear a simple but stylish black and white jersey, with the words “F— Cancer” blaring boldly across his chest. Like the “last chance” tattoo inside his left forearm, the jersey is a tribute to the brother he lost to brain cancer last year. (see The Journey Home for more info).
It all starts with the Homelife Realty Hill Climb on Friday July 16 at 7pm PST. The Hill Climb is an exciting dash to the top of Buena Vista Avenue in the heart of White Rock. This grueling climb takes brute power and strength to successfully conquer the steep 700-metre ascent. Saturday brings the Maximum Collision Criterium, a short course around White Rock Elementary. The racing starts at 4pm PST.
The Peace Arch News Road Race concludes the event on Sunday. The Tour de White Rock Road Race is one of the most prestigious and historic races in North America. This race is a grueling 130 km test of endurance and attrition. Semiahmoo Bay and Mount Baker provide picturesque backdrops as spectators line the waterfront or watch the action from restaurants along Marine Drive. The action starts at 10am PST.
J.A.M.Grand Fundo. J.A.M. is a fund created by good friends Jeremy Powers, Alec Donahue and Mukunda Feldman with a mission to help motivated, young cyclists reach their potential both on and off the bike, all while not being limited by finances.
Saturday is the Grand Fundo, a 64-mile ride with approximately 20 miles of dirt roads. An ice cream truck rest stop at mile 32, lots of support riders and a follow car with wheels. Immediately after the Fundo, there will be music, a bonfire and a pig roast.
podiuminsight will be there enjoying the vibe and taking photos.