The long ride

Cy­clists from across the prov­ince pedal in An­napo­lis County Road Race

Annapolis Valley Register - - RECREATION - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL THE SPEC­TA­TOR

Vet­eran cy­clist Ed­ward Walsh, with the T-palm PCW team, picked up top spot in the An­napo­lis County Road Race June 10, ped­alling 93 kilo­me­tres from An­napo­lis Royal to Mid­dle­ton and back in just 2:19:46.2.

But it was a close race with Jeff Muise of Frame­work Rac­ing just a frac­tion of a sec­ond be­hind him at 2:19:46.3.

The top fe­male racer was in­de­pen­dent racer Jenny Jones who ped­aled the 93 kilo­me­tres in 2:39:32.6.

“The race was very well re­ceived by every­one,” said or­ga­nizer Sean Duff of the lo­cal club, the Road­ents, of Brick­ton. “They liked the fact that is was one lap, which is un­usual for Nova Sco­tia where mul­ti­ple laps, even a dozen in a race, are the norm.”

He said the long lap meant the com­peti­tors could see more com­mu­ni­ties and scenery with­out get­ting bored or los­ing count of where they were in the race.

Duff said there were 65 who completed the race, but three were dis­qual­i­fied for rules vi­o­la­tions. There were four oth­ers who reg­is­tered but did not start.

The Start

The 93-kilo­me­tre race started at the An­napo­lis County mu­nic­i­pal build­ing in An­napo­lis Royal with open­ing cer­e­monies and in­struc­tions for rid­ers.

About half of the par­tic­i­pants were from the Hal­i­fax Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, while the other half came from Yar­mouth, Cape Bre­ton, the South Shore, the An­napo­lis Val­ley and a trio from New Brunswick, said Duff.

“We have age-based cat­e­gories (un­der 13, 15, 17) for youth in order to avoid in­juries that may hin­der their phys­i­cal development. Th­ese cat­e­gories will have re­stric­tions based on race dis­tance and gear ra­tios, for ex­am­ple,” Duff said. “We also have abil­ity-based cat­e­gories which place rid­ers of sim­i­lar strengths to­gether. For men, the top cat­e­gory is A, then B, C, and D, while for women, the high­est is AF, then BF and CF. When there are few peo­ple in a spe­cific cat­e­gory, we merge it with an­other in order to cre­ate a de­cent pack size. They race

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Hilda Pul­sifer and Mar­jorie Saun­ders ac­com­pa­nied Ger­tie to­gether but are scored separately.”

The long race wasn’t the only race Sun­day. There were three routes: An­napo­lis Royal to Mid­dle­ton on High­way 1 and back on High­way 201 (93 km; A, B, AF), An­napo­lis Royal to Bridgetown on High­way 1 and back on High­way 201 (46 km; C, BF, D, CF), and Bridgetown to An­napo­lis Royal on High­way 201 (21 km, U17, U15, U13).

The weather

“The weather was per­fect with tem­per­a­tures in the teens, mak­ing it very com­fort­able for the rid­ers,” said Duff. “The wind was light and not much of a fac­tor.”

He said there were a few in­ci­dents with mo­torists, though not as bad as he’s seen in other places. “There were im­pa­tient driv­ers who made left-hand turns im­me­di­ately in front of an ap­proach­ing pack of cy­clists, putting lives at risk in order to avoid wait­ing five sec­onds on the high­way,” he said. “There was some­one who called the po­lice to com­plain about cy­clists rid­ing three abreast. The of­fi­cer had to fol­low up on the com­plaint but did not pur­sue ac­tion be­cause I, as an or­ga­nizer, had ob­tained per­mis­sion from the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal to hold a bike race on a pro­vin­cial road, a fact the of­fi­cer was al­ready aware of since the RCMP re­ceives a copy of TIR per­mits.”

As for the course it­self and the lo­cal hospi­tal­ity, or­ga­niz­ers were pleased.

“The rac­ers were very happy with the course and with the re­cep­tion they re­ceived from the com­mu­nity,” Duff said. “The race was com­pet­i­tive, chal­leng­ing, fun, and scenic, ad­jec­tives fre­quently used to de­scribe it. We have re­ceived sev­eral re­quests to hold the event Cooke to An­napo­lis Royal at the end of May. They were lun­cheon guests and also vis­ited Mary Perkins.

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The Macpher­son Aux­il­iary held their clos­ing din­ner on June 4. again next year.”

State of cycling

“The state of com­pet­i­tive cycling in Nova Sco­tia is dif­fi­cult to de­scribe,” said Duff. “At­ten­dance num­bers fluc­tu­ate in re­sponse to the state of the econ­omy and to the va­ri­ety, quan­tity, or even qual­ity of events of­fered in any given year.”

He said high­way reg­u­la­tions or per­mit con­di­tions can af­fect rac­ing tra­di­tions and even safety pro­to­cols, which dis­cour­ages some or­ga­niz­ers from putting on events yet mo­ti­vat­ing oth­ers to get things done.

“How­ever, in spite of th­ese changes, there is a core pop­u­la­tion that con­tin­ues to find ways to race their bi­cy­cles on pub­lic roads, and they are the rea­son we, Road­ents Com­pet­i­tive Cycling, ex­ist,” he said.

The Sun­day race capped off a week of cycling ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing Bi­cy­cle An­napo­lis County Week that hap­pens in June of each year.

“We’re very pleased, right from bi­cy­cle rodeos we did at the schools, to Bike to Work Week,” re­cre­ation man­ager De­bra Ryan. “To have a pro­vin­cial road race here in An­napo­lis … it’s been ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

Ryan said peo­ple are rid­ing bikes th­ese days.

“We’re try­ing to grow that cul­ture, and we’ve seen an in­crease in bi­cy­cle use, both on the rail trails – the Har­vest Moon Trail­way – and our roads too. With the ‘Share the Road’ sig­nage and the ex­cite­ment to­day, that re­ally makes a dif­fer­ence.”

She an­tic­i­pates a good sum­mer of bik­ing ahead. “We have some events hap­pen­ing through­out the sum­mer too, and we en­cour­age peo­ple to get out on their bikes and to be safe.” ***

ACW of Christ Church held a clos­ing din­ner at The Drift­wood, June 5.

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St. Eu­dora Rebekah Lodge met June 6 for their reg­u­lar meet­ing. The char­ter, which had been draped in mem­ory of Gla­dys White and Eleanor Down­ing, was un­draped. It was then re-draped in mem­ory of Mary Mcmil­lan. Francis Burns was the chap­lain for the meet­ing. It was re­ported that Sis­ter Geneva Dorey is in hos­pi­tal.

The hall has been rented out in July for an an­niver­sary event. The group will be hav­ing a yard sale dur­ing the town-wide yard sale on July 28.

Sis­ter Ju­lia Cox read a verse for two mem­bers be­fore pre­sent­ing them with their jewels. Francis Burns re­ceived a 15-year mem­ber jewel and Joan Os­mond re­ceived her 25-year mem­ber jewel. The next meet­ing will be June 20 start­ing with a potluck lun­cheon at 11:30 a.m. This will con­clude the meet­ings for the sea­son.

LAWRENCE POW­ELL

The first group of cy­clists pulls on to St. Ge­orge Street in An­napo­lis Royal for the start of the An­napo­lis County Road Race. Th­ese cy­clists were rac­ing to Mid­dle­ton and then back to An­napo­lis Royal – a dis­tance of 93 kilo­me­tres. Tops rac­ers made it in...

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