“I would never have made it to the Olympic Games or any of my careers greatest destinations without Houshang as my guide.”
- Erinne Willock
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PCC Athletes Podium at Penticton

June 14, 2016

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James Grant, BC Road Provincial Champion



PCC-coached athletes had a successful weekend in Penticton for the BC Youth Cycling Championships. In addition to his BC riders Coach Houshang Amiri had three athletes from Sask Cycling. James Grant was crowned BC Road Provincial Champion with brother Mark winning the criterium.  The brothers did a clean sweep with James coming second in the criterium and third in the time trial. Mark was second in the time trial and third in the road race.

“Before the weekend I had high hopes of winning multiple Provincial titles,” said James. “Going into the last day of the championships, and without a jersey, I was highly motivated to race well. As the race played out I made sure to cover the dangerous attacks while conserving as much energy as possible for the final lap. Over the top of the final climb, a move went and I had to chase, with the help of two other riders. After about 5km we finally caught them, and for the next 10km it was a game of cat and mouse. Every attack was covered instantly and it all stayed together for a group sprint, which I was able to win. I was happy to finish off the weekend with a win.”

Mark was happy with the way the Provincials went for him. “I went into the weekend hoping for a win or at least a podium in the TT, and managed to do that with a second place. I exceeded my expectations in the critierium, which was during a thunderstorm, where I managed to drop my two team-mates and all the other BC riders in the final laps to take the BC title in the event. Overall a great weekend, and I’m looking forward to the National Championships in Ottawa in a week.”

Micaiah Besler, from Sask Cycling, had a very good race finishing second in the road race and second overall in U17 Girls. “This was a weekend of learning. My goals and objectives were to gain experience and see how I compared to athletes my age,” she said afterwards. She had a few obstacles to surmount including her bike computer not working during the time trial, but she perservered and finished fifth. “Overall I’m happy with my second place performance on the road race, although I didn’t drink enough fluids leading into the race and ended up starting the race dehydrated. I need to be much more aware of my fluid intake and nutrition leading up to a race.”

Her performance is even more remarkable as she only took up cycling last year after being a diver and gymnast. “The experience Micaiah gained was very valuable, and this will prepare her for the road nationals in two weeks’ time, where she will race as a U19,” said Coach Amiri.

Holly Simonson, who cycles with Dr. Walker Sports Chiropractic Team, also had a good weekend, with a podium third in the U19 road race and a fifth in the criterium. Team mate Erik Diertens had set a podium finish in the road race as a goal. “Setting the goal would help show my progression for National Championships in Ottawa and although I didn't end up winning, I played my cards well and put on a good race. On the last climb I attacked, dropping everyone in the field and I ended up riding with another rider who was up the road for many kilometres, but we eventually got brought back to the pack by a committed chase. I ended up with fourth place, but I was happy to see how I'm doing right now and I'm looking forward to my future races.”

The Canadian Road Nationals are next – from June 25-29 in Ottawa and Gatineau, QC.


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