Cyclists enjoy sunny ride from Kitimat to Thornhill

Seven riders cycled 60km from Kitimat to Thornhill, B.C. in the annual Kitimat River Challenge Bicycle Race on Sunday, May 22.

Michael Jordan of Telkwa and Kitimat's Spencer Edwards work their way to the top of the Kitimat river hill on this years Kitimat River Challenge Road race.

Seven riders cycled 60km from Kitimat to Thornhill in the annual Kitimat River Challenge Bicycle Race on Sunday, May 22.

Weather was ideal, with a light tailwind and sunny skies, said Michael Bruce, member of the Terrace Offroad Cycling Association who organized the race.

Cyclists biked 45 km on Highway 37 and then 15 km on the Old Lakelse Lake Road, which was a challenge as the scenic section is sloped with a large uphill finish on Thornhill Road.

“Excellent teamwork and individual effort by all the participating riders resulted in very respectable times,” said Bruce.

Michael Jordan from Telkwa finished first at 1:44:00.

Spencer Edwards from Kitimat was second at 1:51:27.

Third was a tie between Todd Hollett and Crystal Thomas from Terrace, who finished in 2:03:44.

The other three cyclists from Terrace were Royleen Seidlitz who finished at 2:05:58, Greg Linton at 2:10:33 and Robert Pictou at 2:21:34.

The next road race is the 10th Annual Tour de Jackpine on June 12, which is an event for both recreational and competitive cyclists.

It starts at the Thornhill Pub and features up to three repeats of the Jackpine Loop. For more information or to volunteer, call Michael Bruce at 250-635-0121.

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