2017 BC SUPERWEEK
Canada’s Kirsti Lay Wins Hat-trick
Canada’s Kristi Lay of Rally Cycling and Rio Team Pursuit bronze medal fame was on fire this summer taking home a hat-trick of wins at this year’s BC Superweek, July 7-16, one of North America’s most prestigious cycling series.
The talented Lay, who is originally from Medicine Hat, Alta., but lives in Montreal, is a powerhouse on the track and can deliver in spades on the road as well. She previously won the KOM at the
Tour of California, also finishing second behind teammate Leah Kirchmann at the 2017 GP Gatineau road race in May.
The 2017 BC Superweek included nine races over 10 days with over $140,000 in cash prizes and it attracted top riders for the women and men’s events.
Racing kicked off with the three-day Tour de Delta, with Lay taking the win in the opening MK Delta Criterium, while in the Pro Men’s race her Rally Cycling teammate Eric Young took top honours.
The always fast Ladner Criterium was once again full of excitement, with Cycling New Zealand’s Holly Edmondston taking the top step of the podium in the Pro Women’s race. In the Pro Men’s event, it was American fast-man Justin Williams of Cylance Cycling who claimed the win.
The UCI Tour de Delta road race concluded the opening weekend as Kendall Ryan (TIBCO–Silicon Valley Bank) won from a field sprint, while John Murphy (Holowesko Citadel) took the men’s win in similar fashion.
Next up on July 11, the inaugural New West Grand Prix saw racers take the start of the latest edition to the BC Superweek schedule. The Pro Women’s race saw Lay add to her podium count, taking her second of the series, while in the men’s event Florenz Knauer (Stradalli Safatti) of Germany won his first race at this year’s Superweek.
The Gastown Grand Prix was once again the centrepiece of this year’s BC Superweek, with racers taking to the cobbled streets of Old Gastown on July 12. In the Pro Women’s race, it was Ryan taking her second victory of this year’s series, while Young took another win in the Pro Men’s race.
At the Giro di Burnaby on July 13, newly crowned Canadian women’s road race champion Allison Beveridge of Rally Cycling took the top step of the podium. The Pro Men’s event was won by Campbell Stewart of Cycling New Zealand.
On July 14, Ryan claimed her third win of this year’s Superweek at the PoCo Grand Prix, while Stewart doubled up on his ride from the previous day, taking the victory.
The BC Superweek finale featured the two-day Tour de White Rock. On July 15, Australian Josie Talbot of ISCorp p/b Progress won the opening Pro Women’s criterium while Knauer put in a strong ride to take the win in the Pro Men’s competition.
The following day in the final White Rock road race, Lay took her third win of this year’s Superweek for a stellar series, while Canadian Joelle Numainville (Cylance Cycling) won the Tour de White
Rock Omnium by a one-point margin. In the Pro Men’s road race, American Steve Fisher took the win in a two-up sprint, also securing the men’s Omnium overall.
Kirsti Lay takes the MK Delta Criterium series opener.
Men’s White Rock Crit podium (l-r) Felix Cote-Bouvette, Florenz Knauer, Campbell Stewart.
USA’s Steve Fisher and Canada’s Joelle Numainville celebrate their Omnium victory.
Kirsti Lay leads Sara Bergen and Allison Beveridge
Women’s Gastown podium (l-r) Sara Bergen, Kendall Ryan, Allison Beveridge