Once again, Svein Tuft was the fastest elite man at 2014 Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships on Thursday, June 26. Tuft of Orica-GREENEdge took the ninth Time Trial title of his career. Tuft won all but one Canadian Championships Time Trial race in which he entered. Jocelyn Lovell holds the record with the most time trial titles, with ten wins in the event at Canadian Championships to his credit, from 1969 to 1980.
Tuft raced to the first place with a time of 53:25 on the rolling and technical 40.4-km course. Although Tuft was an overwhelming favorite to win the race, he was humbled in victory.
“It’s never in the bag. You never what you’re going to get on the day. I came here really motivated. Coming out of the Giro, I had a good little rest, and worked hard coming back. I am extremely happy to come out here strong,” said Tuft after the race. “With the nature of a course like this, being difficult, people can go out fast the first twenty minutes. With the wind and the hills, you can have a good first half, but it’s all done in the finale. For me, I was just conservative and stayed on top of it.”
Added Tuft: “It’s a special thing. To race in Europe with your National colours… it’s always been special. I see this race as being a really important thing. It’s a National title afterall, and just like any other race, it’s hard to any race in the world at the moment, no matter where you are.”
In second place came Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale) with a two-minute time deficit of Tuft, while Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Cycling) took the third place.
In his final year as a U23 racer, Kris Dahl of Team SmartStop finished seventh in the overall elite standings and won the espoirs title. Nigel Ellsay (Cycling BC) was second, 19 seconds down Peter Disera (Jet Fuel Coffee/Norco) rounded off the U23 podium.
Dahl and his teammate Rob Britton spent the last 10 days in the area to get ready for the Championships.
“It was hard, I felt good and I really used Rob’s advice of taking the first bit under control, not going too hard on the first lap, which I think I did anyway,” Dahl stated in a press release. “Compared to the other guys I think I made up all my time on the second lap because I was one second down on Nigel on the first lap and I put time into him after.”
On winning the Maple Leaf jersey, Kris said: “It’s pretty cool, its something that I have looked forward to for a long time. The coolest part will be getting that custom Champion System skin suit to race in.”
Britton who was fourth overall, noted, “I am satisfied with my effort, Igot beaten by the better man.”
For Disera, the time trial turned out to be an emotional race. He wrote, “I have struggled mentally this year being a first year U23. Many people say that I am too hard on myself since it’s my first year racing with the big boys, but I know where I want to be. When I couldn’t get my legs to turn over a cadence I wanted them to and had to change gears I got angry. When I hit the top of my cassette I was furious. I thought I was stronger than this, why wasn’t I feeling fast? This is when self doubt starts to come into your mind. You start to question why you are here. I am not a quitter, even when things get hard or seem impossible I will not quit. Yet today, at the first turn around I felt like quitting. Self-doubt had got to me; I was deflated. I didn’t want to continue.”
“This isn’t who I am. And I knew it.” Disera added. “So I got in gear and started telling myself that this is where I belong. I wasn’t going to listen to the thousands of voices in my head saying I can’t do it, I should go home, I should quit…no! This was fuel. I went, holding pace, back to the turn around to start my second and final lap. I was in this game, my head was now in the right place and I stopped feeling sorry for myself. I remember telling myself, out-loud, that no one feels sorry for you for hurting this much, so you might as well make people proud of you for putting forth such an effort.”
Podiums – Time Trials – GLOBAL RELAY CANADIAN ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS
ELITE MEN [40.4 km] (full results)
1. TUFT, Svein (Orica-GreenEDGE) 53:25.79
2. HOULE, Hugo (AG2R La Mondiale) +2:03.25
3. ROTH, Ryan Team (Silber Pro Cycling) +2:20.94
U23 MEN [40.4 km] (full results)
1. DAHL, Kristofer (Team SmartStop) 58:44.56
2. ELLSAY, Nigel (Cycling BC) +0:19.09
3. DISERA, Peter (Jet Fuel Coffee/Norc0) +1:01.05