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Erinne Willock achieves a career-high placing at World’s

September 29, 2009

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Pacific Cycling Centre’s Erinne Willock capped off a great cycling year by placing seventh at the UCI Road World Championships last weekend in Mendrisio, Switzerland. This was her best placing in this event.

The 124.2 kilometre race featured some spectacular riding as well as many crashes because of the wet conditions. Mendrisio was under sunny skies for most of the week until the night before the race, so the riders knew they would be in for a challenging race. “The race started with major chaos of course and there were crashes immediately,” recalls Willock. “I soon figured that staying up right was going to be a major part of the race.”

The nine-lap race had some tough climbs and Willock stayed with the leaders. “The second half of the race the Italians started to be very aggressive along with the other key countries like Great Britain, Germany, USA, Switzerland and the Aussies. I was trying to be conservative and stay up with the leaders. I found the first and steeper climb to be much harder for me and I felt a lot more comfortable on the second climb.” The final climb featured many attacks with Willock keeping a close eye on the sprinters, who were all feeling the pace at this stage. “Fortunately people were tired and the sprint was fast enough that things stayed strung out and I held onto third which was actually a 7th overall.”

Willock was very happy with her: “I want to thank my coach Houshang Amiri for all his help this year, Webcor Builders Cycling Team for their support, Team Canada and of course all my family and friends.”

Early on in the championships PCC cyclist Svein Tuft competed in the 49.8 kilometre time trial. He came 15th, and although he didn’t podium he was satisfied with his performance considering he suffered a concussion early on in the year. “That was one of the best rides I have had all year, and the best I've felt on a bike in a while,” he said.


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