Back from retirement and on her quest for another Olympic medal, Clara Hughes (Equipe de Québec) won the 2011 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Time Trial Championships earlier today. Hughes set a time of 30:25 on the 21.67-km course which included 7 turns. Tara Whitten (TIBCO/To The Top) took the silver at 20 seconds down with triathlete Rhae-Christine Shaw, 22 seconds down for the bronze.
“It was a good time trial, certainly not my best time trial. I crashed earlier this week training on the time trial course. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to race today, but I did a good job at conserving my energy. I didn’t think about it today, and I said to myself ‘just do everything that you can’. That’s the time trial, it’s you against the clock, there is no hiding about the results,” said Hughes after the race. “It’s pretty nice to win. It was my first race at Canadian Championships since coming back to cycling, since 2003. Today is a pretty special day.”
Defending champion Julie Beveridge (Vienne-Futuroscope) was fourth.
Denise Ramsden of Team Juvéderm-Specialized, Canada’s only professional cycling team, took the U23 women’s time trial title, winning with a time of 31:47. Leah Kirchmann (Colavita/Forno d’Asolo) took the second place, while Quebec’s Virginie Gauthier placed third.
Make that 7. Defending champion Svein Tuft (Spidertech p/b C10) successfully defended his Maple Leaf with a time of 56:29 on the 43-km course. Christian Meier (UnitedHealthcare) was 57 seconds down and David Veilleux (Europcar) was 1:13 back.
The men’s field was divided into three starting waves for the 2 laps around the 21.67-km course, the same as the women. U23 rider Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Equipe de Québec) set the fastest early time of 2:43.60 after the first wave but was replaced by another U23 on the hot seat after the second wave when Hugo Houle (Spidertech) clocked 58:01.
Tuft, now a seven-time Canadian Champion in the time trials, conquered the race with power, even after a recent brilliant performance at the Tour de Beauce, winning two of the six stages.
“Today was definitely a good one. I felt really good, and I thought that I’d be a bit tired after the Tour de Beauce. I am at point in my racing where I have done a bit of everything and I am at a time where I can pass that knowledge around to my younger teammates and help do the transitions to Europe racing, riding those more difficult races,” said Svein Tuft, captain of Team SpiderTech and seven-time Canadian Champion in time trials.
“Coming into the second part of the season, and getting everyone together on the same page takes some time. It takes a little bit of time to merge together as a group when you bring a whole lot of guys together. We have been working hard and gelling at Turkey, California and Beauce,” added Svein Tuft.
“We have a lot of horsepower and we’ll have to be smart on how we use that power throughout the race.”
Houle’s time held on for fifth best time and delivered the U23 Time Trial title. Pelletier-Roy placed second, his first podium at a Canadian Road Championships.
The event continues in Burlington tomorrow with the women’s road race, starting at 6pm ET and on Saturday with the marquee men’s elite road race and Sunday with the criterium.
Top 10 Women Time Trial Results
1. Clara Hughes (Equipe du Québec) 30:25:00
2. Tara Whitten (TIBCO/To The Top) 00:21.55
3. Rhae-Christine Shaw (Independent) 00:22.64
4. Julie Beveridge (Vienne-Futuroscope) 01:07.31
5. Sue Schlatter (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery ) 01:10.42
6. Anne Samplonius (NOW and Novaris for MS) 01:12.28
7. Denise Ramsden (Juvederm-Specialized) 01:21.87
8. Laura Brown (Cycling BC) 01:40.30
9. Erinne Willock (TIBCO/To The Top) 01:51.85
10. Moriah MacGregor (Juvederm-Specialized) 02:00.53
Top 10 Men Time Trial Results
1. Svein Tuft (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 56:29:00
2. Christian Meier (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 00:57.51
3. David Veilleux (Team Europcar) 01:13.22
4. Zachary Bell (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 01:26.36
5. Hugo Houle * (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 01:32.69
6. Andrew Randell (Team Spidertech powered by C10) 01:54.48
7. Rob Britton (BISSELL Pro Cycling) 02:20.12
8. Rémi Pelletier-Roy * (Equipe du Quebec) 02:43.60
9. Matteo Dal-Cin * (Jet Fuel/La Bicicletta) 02:44.92
10. Jesse Reams * (Cycling BC) 02:49.96