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PCC Athletes shine at the Victoria International Cycling Festival

May 31, 2011

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Erinne Willock winning the Bastion Square Grand Prix, photo courtesy Duane Martindale



Erinne Willock and Annie Ewart both had reasons to celebrate this past weekend with stunning results at the Robert W. Cameron Law Corporation Cycling Series, which kicked off the Victoria International Cycling Festival.

At the inaugural Kona Russ Hay’s Time Trial, Ewart came second in 7:57 and Willock third in 8:04:02. More than 100 racers participated in the 5km race along Victoria’s scenic waterfront on Dallas Road.

The next day at the Condo Group Bastion Square Grand Prix, in downtown Victoria, Willock won the Elite women’s race for the first time. The exciting finish with the top five women battling for the lead thrilled the crowds, as Victoria native Willock won in 54:15:5. Junior sensation Ewart came fifth.

For Willock it was a culmination of a weekend that had her participating in the 140km Tour de Victoria alongside Ryder Hesjedal, who conceived the idea of the Tour.

“It was a fantastic weekend for cycling in Victoria. The Tour of Victoria followed by the Russ Hay’s TT and the Condo Group Bastion Square were a great success thanks to the organization, sponsors and cheering crowds,” she said. “It means so much to me to be able to race in Victoria with all my friends and family cheering us on... it’s the best atmosphere I get all year. I wanted to win this weekend and I thank my coach Houshang Amiri and everyone in Victoria who has helped me throughout the years for making that possible. I’m glad the events are continuing to grow in popularity and it was great to see so many people on their bikes this weekend.”

Ewart is the rising star in Canadian cycling. Still a ‘junior’ she has proved she can hold her own in the elite field. Competing in her home town was an additional thrill. “The Victoria cycling weekend was a real highlight to the race season so far. The race organizers really could not have done a better job. Crowds lined Dallas Road Saturday morning to watch Ryder’s Tour de Victoria participants and then again in the evening to watch the Kona- Russ Hay’s 5km Time Trial,” she said. “I wasn’t sure how I would do in the TT as it was quite short, but I managed to take second place missing the top of the podium by nine seconds. It was so much fun, and to say that I thought the atmosphere at the time trial was great, it was nothing compared to what it felt like on Sunday during the Condo Group Bastion Square criterium.”

Now in her fourth year of racing, she rates the Bastion Square Grand Prix as one of her favourite races. “The criterium was one of the most fun and exciting races that I have ever done. About a third of the way in, I got into a breakaway group with four other girls including Erinne and one of my teammates. We eventually lapped the main group, and though I tried many more times to get away again, it didn’t happen. The five of us, who had lapped the group, battled it out for the win. I was so happy for Erinne, who won the uphill sprint. All in all it was such a wonderful weekend of racing and so nice to be racing on home soil with all of my friends and family cheering me on.”


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