Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Niagara Classic O-Cup #4

Pav gets another podium finish for the team with 3rd place!

The annual Niagara Classic held by the St. Catharines Cycling Club took place on Sunday May 17th. With almost a full roster of riders; Steve, Pav, Stirling, Bruce, Jean-Paul and Francois were eager to keep our trend of podium finishes in tact. The plan was to be attentive for the first 60km of the race and conserve as much as possible for when the real racing started. Only 3 laps into the 8 lap race, a significant split in the field occurred along on the back of the course with the strong cross wind. Luckily, Steve, Pav and Stirling were safely up front, and not to let an opportunity go, Steve and Pav aggressively drove the front of the race to the climb and started the main move of the day with 10 riders that also included Stirling. The group started cooperating immediately and we quickly opened up a minute and a half lead and as the race progressed the gap grew to over 4 minutes by the end. Not content to wait for the sprint finish against Kevin Davis, the 3 of us started attacking on the last lap and unfortunately nothing stuck. In the finish, Pav had the strongest legs of the 3 of us and finished 3rd with Steve taking 6th place and Stirling 9th.

As a side note, due to consistent performances to date, Pav holds 1st place in the Ontario Cup Standings and Stirling is in 8th overall.

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