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PCC athletes crowned BC Provincial Champions

May 29, 2018

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Alex Amiri, centre, on podium. Photo credit: PCC.

PCC Cyclists competed in the BC Provincial Cycling Championships last weekend in Aldergrove, BC with two athletes taking provincial titles in the road race – Alex Amiri and Holly Simonson.

Alex, cycling for Glotman•Simpson Cycling, was first in the elite and U23. The 137km race had an elevation of 1,400 metres. “The race started off much more relaxed than I (and everyone) expected. I thought the race would have blown up by lap two,” Alex recalls. “After trying to break away in the first half of the race it became clear nobody was going to ride away from the peloton while there was still horsepower in the group. Realizing the race was one of attrition, biding my time and being patient ended up being the key factor for me.  Slowly the number of riders remaining became less and less, then with 10km to go on the last lap things blew up. A few riders attacked and maintained a hard pace until the end of the race. With 4km to go another attack from the select group went, one which I followed. A move this late is really hit or miss, but knowing I had a team mate that could win if the move failed was assurance enough to go for it. The move ended up staying away to the line where the small group of six contested the reduced sprint.” Alex attributes his win to team mates and sponsors. “None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the amazing support from the team and the selfless work of Amiel Flett in the second half of the race.”

Holly, riding for Red Truck Cycling, came third in the 37km time trial and a day later was crowned U23 provincial road champion. “I was excited and nervous going into the Time Trial but it really helped to have four of the Red Truck women’s team out doing the event,” Holly said. “With such a long race, pacing was something I was not sure about. Luckily Houshang was there before my start for some words of advice. He told me that the first lap should be a bit conservative and that if I feel like I can go a little harder that is good, and don’t do it, there is still an entire second lap. Using this as well as glances at my Garmin for average speed and power, I did my best to ride a smooth hard race.” Team Red Truck ended up with a podium sweep with Holly third.

Next day it was the 100km road race at Aldergrove Regional Park, known for its challenging climbs and technical corners. Holly’s team had a plan which included a lot of attacks. “We rode hard but steady off the front until getting caught at the top of the last climb, and this was really good for me because I was able to ride my own pace instead of being in the surging pack which was chasing the whole way up.” After more hard attacks she got dropped but worked hard to catch up. “I got dropped once more in the final lap on the last climb, but with another rider worked hard to catch the group again. Although the pack had decreased in size after all the hard repeats up those hills, a break had never been established, so it seemed like things were coming down to a bunch sprint. The sprint was bit chaotic, but the team managed 5th place as well as 6th place for myself. It turned out that I was the first in the U23 category, so I came away from the day with the U23 provincial RR title, something I had not been expecting. I am just happy to have made it through this super hard race alongside the province’s strongest bike racers. Thanks to everyone who supported me on this journey especially my parents, my team, and my amazing coach, Houshang Amiri.”

Also competing in U23 was Brenna Pauly (Dr. Walker Chiropractic Cycling), Colin Fowlow (Red Truck), Erik Diertens (Red Truck) and Jackson Bocksnick (Hew Dog Racing). “The road race for Brenna was a training ride as she prepares for the upcoming track season. She had a good race and finished with the main group,” said coach Houshang Amiri. “Colin had a great ITT, Erik had a strong road race and worked hard for his teammates and Jackson also had a very strong race being in the front of the race, until two laps to go when he had to stop with mechanical issues.”

In Penticton, BC was the BC Youth Championships with U19 and U17 races. PCC athletes Micaiah Besler (TaG Cycling) and Caleb Bender (Dr. Walker Chiropractic Cycling) used the races as training working on their base skills and race preparation. In U17 Aaden Crocker (TaG Cycling) was mixed with U19 youth racing against boys two-three years older them him. “This was good preparation for him and he was able to pull a win,” said Houshang. For Megan Barnes (Dr. Walker Chiropractic Cycling), it was a tough few days ending with a crash in the road race. We wish her a speedy recovery.







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PCC athletes compete at Junior Track Nationals

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