PCC athletes Podium at “Race the Ridge”
May 04, 2016
Callie Swan on the Podium. Photo by Duane Swan
PCC coached athletes had a successful weekend at “Race the Ridge” from April 29 – May 1 in Maple Ridge, BC. Under the direction of Head Coach, Houshang Amiri, 15 athletes from four teams competed, including Dr. Walker Sport Chiropractor Cycling, TaG Race Team, Giant Langley/Smart Savvy Pro Cycling, and Team SASK.
Dr. Walker Athlete Callie Swan finished 3rd in the TT, 1st in the criterium and 2nd overall omnium. Teammates Holly Simonson and Erik Diertens had strong performances throughout the weekend with Holly racing aggressively in the Criterium and Erik continuing his Cycling BC, “Premier Road Series” lead following the Hatzic Valley RR.
TaG Race Team athletes James and Mark Grant continue to impress Coach Amiri with top ten finishes within exceptionally strong fields. ”These junior-aged athletes all have bright futures ahead,” Amiri said.
Giant Langley/Smart Savvy Pro Cycling team, in their second season of operation, are emerging as one of the elite U23 organizations in Canada. Kellen Viznaugh won the aggressive Hatzic valley RR with the support of his team mates: Alexander Amiri, Chris Macleod, Josh Kropf, Derek Gee, Mason Burtnik, Conner toppings, Lukas, Adominis, Lukas Conly and Brandon Jones. Under the direction of Director Sportif Berret Kropf and Coach Amiri this young team is destined for success as the competitive season gets underway. www.raceyourbikes.com
Team SASK athlete Micaiah Besler (U17 Cat4WM) making her cycling debut, after many years competing in gymnastics, finished 3rd TT, 8th RR, 3rd Crit and 2nd overall Omnium. This young athlete has the right attitude and has a very bright future.
“Race the Ridge” proved to be a beautiful and challenging three days of racing. The Friday evening Time Trial began after a short passenger ferry to Barnston Island where riders were greeted by warm weather and friendly neighbours. The 9km route was flat with a challenging surface, but leaving all with a desire to return.
A 25km Saturday morning drive to the scenic Hatzic valley region brought us to the Hatzic Valley Road Race. The addition of a hill-top finish and 24 degree temperatures added to the aggressive nature of a historically demanding race circuit. The elite categories managed constant breaks, fast descents and aggressive climbing throughout the day leaving podium finishers deserving of their victories.
A hotel booking one block from the Maple Ridge town centre criterium provided a Sunday morning sleep-in. The criterium was a fast technical course with the addition of points, cash and prize primes adding to the excitement. Clear skies and warm temperatures provided a fantastic setting for fast racing and a perfect finish to the 15th edition of “Race the Ridge”.