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PCC Athletes at Canada Summer Games

August 15, 2017

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Alex Amiri (centre). Photo by Kevin Field, Team BC.

The Canada Summer Games concluded on Sunday with BC coming second in the medal table. PCC-coached athletes from BC and other provinces performed well in Winnipeg. With the Games knowing to be a training ground for future Olympians, it was great to see so many strong performances.

Callie Swan was very consistent throughout – coming 6th in the ITT, 7th in the road race and 7th in the criterium. Of the ITT she said: “I am pretty happy about it as I went in with a goal of a top five finish.”

Holly Simonson came 12th in the ITT and 10th in the road race. She also started strong in the criterium. “In the crit Holly and I worked hard to let a breakaway of one rider from Team BC solo off the front allowing Gillian Ellsay to take the win,” Callie explained. “It wasn't quite the plan that we entered the race with, but things change quickly in racing and we adapted very well in terms of covering all the moves and going with all of the breakaways. It was an exciting crit with big crowds and a very technical course that blew the field apart within the first two laps of the race! Overall it was a very successful games for us as a team. I am happy with the way I raced in all the events and looking forward to the next couple of races before the end of the season. ”

In the men’s field, Alex Amiri and Chris MacLeod both had strong results. Alex was 14th in the ITT, 8th in the road race and 9th in the criterium. Chris was 7th in the ITT, 15th in the road race and 19th in the criterium.

“I wasn’t feeling 100% in the ITT, but I am happy with my result considering it was pretty hot and the course didn’t suit me,” Alex said. “The road race was hard to judge and I wasn’t sure how it would play out, but I managed to get into the break. From the group of 16 I was in I then went ahead with a rider from Quebec for 40km. We got brought back, but that opened the door for my team mate to get into the next move and he then earned a medal. The crit was the same as the road race, it was hard to judge but I spent a lot of time attacking and keeping it hard. Team BC didn’t manage a medal but I felt strong and active so was happy with how I rode.”

Colin Fowlow cycled for Newfoundland and Labrador and was 36th in the road race. “The road race was pretty exciting. There was lots of attacking throughout and plenty of tactics being employed to make the best of the flat terrain,” he said. Even though he had to pull out of the criterium he was satisfied. “The crit was a hammer-fest right from the get go, with the lead group separating from the pack within the first two laps. A highly technical course made for a very select group in the break. I’m pretty happy to have stayed in for as long as I did.”

Caleb Bender from Saskatchewan found the experience worthwhile. “Canada Games was a great experience. Being the youngest male athlete there, I was pleased with my results in the TT and my ability to help my teammates when it was needed in the road race. Overall, Canada Games was a great experience to help me prepare for results in the next games!”

Check out a full selection of Team BC photos by Kevin Field here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/team_bc/albums/72157684756401284

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