A closer look at the Elite Road Race course for the 2011 Immunity-FX Canadian National Road Championships. The 12-km circuit features the notorious Rattlesnake Point climb. Pro rider Andrew Randell of Team SpiderTech p/b C10 and race organizer Craig Fagan offer a preview of what to expect.
Both the elite women’s and men’s road race are slated to be held in the late afternoon, with the organizers hoping for a greater participation from the community businesses and greater crowds in the primetime slots. Elite women do 8 laps for 103 km and 896 meters of total elevation gain, on Friday June 24 at 6 pm ET. On Saturday June 25 at 4pm RT, the Elite men are faced with 14 laps for a total of 180 km and 1,568 m of elevation gain.
The two reigning Canadian Road Champions Joëlle Numainville (TIBCO/To The Top) and Will Routley (Spidertech p/b C10) are expected to return to defend their Maple Leaf.
After missing on the title in 2009 after cleat mishap meters from the finish line, Numainville, then riding for Webcor Builders, waited patiently and unleashed her sprint to the take the title in the Elite Women’s Race. Riding with no teammates, Routley, then riding for Jelly Belly p/b Kenda, ended a 10-year quest to emerge from a 2-man break to take the win in the Men’s Elite Championship.
The time trial race will kick things off on Thursday June 23, with the first elite woman starting at 9am ET followed by the first elite man at 11am ET. The women do one lap around the 21.67-km course with 7 turns while the men do 2 laps for a total of 43 km. The Elite National Challenge Criterium will be held on Sunday June 26 on a 1.1-km course.