Robert Martens is now the five-time club road champion after a thrilling sprint finish win from six other riders, Sunday. Robert edged out Mike Hientzman who was second and Joseph Gladysz who grabbed third.
Stephen Ferris was 4th and Richard Howes 5th. Their group time was 1:31:38 hours for the Cecil Lake 57 km. circuit.
Twenty-four riders came out for the race, which is the record tying number. Nineteen riders did the 57 km distance and 5 did the 29 km.
All the riders started together. Trevor McDonell and Joseph Gladysz did an immediate attack after the 'neutral' was over, which split the bunch of riders. Robert Martens, Pat & Stephen Ferris, Vaughn Hildebrand, Trevor McDonell, Richard Howes, Mike Heintzman and Joseph Gladysz pulled away. The group stormed along and shed Vaughn Hildebrand and Trevor McDonell at the 35 km. mark.
A series of short breaks and attacks failed to break up the lead group so it all came down to a sprint. Richard Howes lead it out with the other riders taking his draft in the cross wind.
Robert Martens pulled through for another convincing win with Mike Hientzman and Joseph Gladysz close behind. Stephen Ferris was 4th, Richard Howes in 5th and Pat Ferris 6th, coming in 20 seconds later, dropped in the final sprint. Their time was 1:31:38.
Vaughn Hildebrand was 7th at 1:33:53, Gilbert Bilodeau 1:38:21, Tammy Howes outsprinted 'Ironman' Ed Fornelli for 9th at 1:38:26, David Ferris 11th 1:41:22, Ken Nix 1:41:24, Gary Hilderman 1:41:27, Sam Keats 1:45:06, Wim Kok 1:45:12, Trevor McDonell 1:45:27 after some late race tire problems, Ross Garbutt 1:47:14, Adam Currie 1:55:12 and Owen Giebelhaus 2:24:21 after a series of mechanical troubles.
Tessa Bilodeau won the 29 km. race with 47:42 minutes. Dave McKnight had 48:40 for second place in his first road race. Two-time Ironman Lisa Verbisky was 3rd at 52:12, Erin Drummond 52:12 and Jolea Bilodeau at 1:12:31 hours.
-Thursday night Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm.
-Sunday Hudson's Hope road race at 10:00 am. Meet at the Hudson's Hope 'Welcome' entrance s