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Veteran Sarah Neil and Up & Comer Cam Evans take B107.3 Bastion Square Grand Prix

June 06, 2004

Olympian Sara Neil lapped the women's elite field at the B107.3 Bastion Square Grand Prix, showing that she is still a force to contend with, while PacificSport's Cameron Evans of Delta, BC took the men's race on the second day of the Times Colonist Cycling Festival.

Neil, who placed second in the Cardinal Law Sooke Classic Road Race, was on the 1988 Olympic Team and 1990 Commonwealth Games Team. She regularly competes in races and coaches young riders. While Neil took the title, Marni Prazsky of Vancouver took the sprint finish to finish second overall, and Stephanie Hannos of Vancouver was third. Top Victorian was fourth-place Jenny Trew, a PacificSport bronze level rider. Victoria's Leah Goldstein won the road race and Prazsky was third.

In the men's race, Evans and Symmetrics Cycling teammate Svein Tuft of Langley, BC broke away from the pack to share the lead in the final laps. While they seemed to cross the line together, it was Evans who took the win. Andrew Pinfold of Victoria was third, but took the road race title. Marsh Cooper of Aldergrove, BC was second and PacificSport's Derek McMaster of Victoria third.

Other results:
Road Race: Junior men: 1 - Joshua James, Vancouver; 2 - Jackson Buehler, Nelson; 3 - Michael Burns, Aldergrove, BC.
Junior Women: 1 - Angella Goran, Victoria; 2 - Naomi Cooper, Aldergrove, BC; 3 - Tara Atmas, Cobble Hill, BC
Criterium: Category 3 & 4 men: 1 - Rumon Carter, Prince George; 2 - Keith Milne, Victoria; 3 - Doug Litke, White Rock, BC
Category 4&5 women: 1 - Angella Goran, Victoria; 2 - Lisa Ludwig, Victoria; 3 - Emily Boyle, Victoria
Category 5 men: 1 - Kenji Jackson, Victoria; 2 - Sean Marlowe, Victoria; 3 - Larry Varga, Victoria.

In other Festival activity, about 60 young riders between the ages of 5-10 cycled a lap of Bastion Square with national team members in the Tim Horton's Timbits Challenge, approximately 120 recreational riders enjoyed the ING Tour de Garden City, escorted by members of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition and the Cops for Cancer, and Victoria's finest cops faced off against Victoria's fastest couriers for the classic test of pedal mettle in the Helijet Airways Cops/Courier Challenge.

The PacificSport National Cycling Centre, one of the partners in the festival, is one of six national centres (athletics, cycling, rowing, rugby, swimming, triathlon) at the PacificSport Canadian Sport Centre Victoria. The centre is one of eight Canadian Sport Centres, including Atlantic, Calgary, Montréal, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Vancouver that provide cycling coach for Canadian cyclists.


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