TARA WHITTEN & RYAN ROTH WIN CANADIAN TIME TRIAL TITLES
Cycling Canada Cyclisme – (Ottawa, ON – June 28, 2016) The 2016 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships p/b Lexus continued on Tuesday with the Individual Time Trial competitions, held on the Gatineau Parkway, on a course featuring a long climb, followed by a very fast descent back to the finish. National titles were awarded across ten categories.
In the Elite women, Tara Whitten of Edmonton, Alberta won her second national title, beating Karol-Ann Canuel of Amos, Quebec, by 48.47 seconds for the 26 kilometre race against the clock. Joelle Numainville of Laval, Quebec took third.
“I was really excited about this course, actually,” siad Whitten. “Riding in the Park was so nice, and I’ve been working on my climbing, so I thought I could do something here. I’m really happy with how my ride went.”
Ryan Roth of Kitchener, Ontario, had the biggest upset of the day in the Elite men, beating nine-time champion Svein Tuft of Langley, BC, decisively to win his first title. Roth won the 36 kilometre race with a time of 48 minutes and 15.63 seconds. Alex Cataford of Montreal, Quebec, took second, 19.83 seconds back, with Tuft third at 20.29 seconds.
“I’ve been second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, tenth … so it’s cool to finally get the win,” agreed Roth. “You have to have a specific strategy for a course like this, and I tried to go as hard as I could on the climb and hope that I had something left for the return. Winning Time Trial Nationals is special because you have the jersey for the whole year following.”
In other competitions, Alec Cowan of Calgary, Alberta, won the Under-23 men’s category, with Jordann Jones of Jerseyville, Ontario winning the Junior men. Simone Boilard of Quebec was the Junior women’s champion.
In the para-cycling events, world champion Shelley Gautier of Toronto, Ontario, won the Tricycle competition, with the Tandem title going to Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and her pilot Audrey Lemieux of Montreal, Quebec.
Charles Moreau of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, won the combined H3-H4 Handcycle category, with Myriam Adam of St-Jean sur le Richelieu, Quebec, taking the combined Handcycle title for women’s H1-H5 and Men’s H1-H2. In the combined C categories for men and women, Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, was winner.
The 2016 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships p/b Lexus conclude on Wednesday, in Aylmer, Quebec, with the Criterium Challenge.
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