Terrace riders Jonathan Legault, Crystal Thomas and Sherrie Hamer were the top three finishers in the 80 km. Photos contributed.

Northern B.C. cyclists biked up to 16oK in Terrace Gran Fondo

They looped from Terrace towards Rosswood through wind and slight showers to complete the race

Twenty-one cyclists from Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, and New Aiyansh participated in TORCA’s Terrace Gran Fondo on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Weather for the day was unsettled, a strong tailwind helped riders on the ride north but became a real challenge for all on the return. Occasional rain showers made for a cooler ride than what would have been experienced just a few days before.

The racers had a mass start at North West Community College and proceeded north on Highway 113. Participants could choose the distance that they would ride, and then turn around and return to the start line.

Some turned back to Terrace at the “Pee Tree” in Rosswood for a total distance of 80 km, while others went as far as the Big Cedar River bridge for a total of 100 km. The most challenging distance was 160 km which required riders to spin out to the north end of Lava Lake before returning to the start line.

This race included many new riders and was also used as a training ride by several riders from Prince Rupert who are joining the “Ride To Cure Cancer” later this fall.

While each rider likely had personal goals to finish well, there was a good degree of competition demonstrated by others.

Results:

80 km:

1st – Jonathan Legault, Terrace, M20-29, time 2:58:20

2nd/3rd tie – Crystal Thomas and Sherrie Hamer, Terrace, W50+, time 3:00:57

100 km:

1st – Mike Christensen, Terrace, M40-49, time 3:07:53

2nd – Scott Holtz, Terrace, M30-39, time 3:08:40

3rd – Ernest Hidber, Terrace, M50+, time 3:14:02

160 km:

1st – Michael Hamilton, Prince Rupert, M50+, time 6:08:00

2nd/3rd tie – Steve Weir, Prince Rupert, M50+, and Kerrie Kennedy, Port Edward, W50+, time 6:14:00.

Story contributed by Terrace cyclist Michael Bruce.

 

Prince Rupert and Port Edward cyclists Michael Hamilton, Katie Kennedy, and Steve Weir were the quickest three in the 160km distance. Photos contributed.

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