Hi everyone. There was Masters racing this past weekend up in the Cowichan Valley. On Saturday there were a couple of hillclimbs. The first, a 600 metre sprint climb was in Mill Bay on Saturday morning, with a longer 9 k climb up West Shawnigan lake Rd / Coldstream Heights in the afternoon. The sprint drew a small group, with riders starting every minute. It is a lung buster, but a good warm up for the Shawnigan Lake climb. The longer climb attracted a few more participants, which saw the racers head off in an Australian Pursuit format in age groups. Since I was starting with only one other guy in the 40s we were not able to track down all of the riders in front of us but we had a good strain ride up the climb. All of this work was in preparation for the road race on Sunday near Maple Bay.
The Maple Bay RR course is a 16 km loop near Lakes / Herd / Maple Bay roads. Again, the format was Australian Pursuit. This time though we had a slightly larger group to start with including Ryan and Vinko from the 30s. Wheelers were represented on this day by Mick B and Marcel R. Even though we set a ripping pace, averaging just over 38 km/h over the 65 km course, we finished about 1:45 behind the leaders. Hugh Trenchard set a blistering pace up the Maple Bay hill each lap, and it required some organized chasing to reel him back in. Overall it was a good, hard weekend of racing, in beautiful weather.
This coming weekend includes a 16 km time trial in Shawnigan Lake, followed by a road race on Sunday. The wheelers are looking at fielding a strong contingent in the 40s group including Mick B, Eugene H, Stephane T and Marcel R. The plan is to reel in all of the racers who start ahead of us, and then battle for the victory.
See you out on the roads.
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