Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

On April 28, Cana­dian Raphaele Lemieux (Spe­cial­ized-Rocket Espresso) and Filippo Fortin (Team Bahumer Critlife) claimed the Open Women’s and Men’s ti­tles at the Redhook Crit se­ries hosted in Brook­lyn, N.Y. The Cri­terium se­ries is held on fixed-gear brake­less bikes over a one-kilo­me­tre course with nine turns.

Lemieux qual­i­fied first over­all in the first heat, avoid­ing the “last-chance” heats on route to her vic­tory in the fi­nal, win­ning in the sprint ahead of a se­lect 14-strong group. French rider Me­lanie Gue­don fin­ished sec­ond, with her fel­low coun­try­woman Mar­gaux Vigie round­ing out the podium.

Fortin of Italy took the vic­tory in the men’s event through epic rainy con­di­tions, out-sprint­ing Justin Wil­liams (USA) and Alex Briggs (GBR). The wet course led to a dif­fi­cult tech­ni­cal race, with the pelo­ton split­ting into sev­eral small groups. The top Cana­dian was Ni­cholas Cote, who fin­ished 28th.

Af­ter 13 years as one of Cy­cling BC’s most pas­sion­ate coaches and ad­vo­cates, Richard Wooles is leav­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion as of June 30 to pur­sue other opportunities. Wooles was ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor from May 2013 un­til Feb. 2017 and saw the as­so­ci­a­tion through some struc­turally and fi­nan­cially chal­leng­ing times.

Dur­ing his ten­ure, he launched the Evening of Cham­pi­ons fundraiser and raised more than $2 mil­lion in pri­vate fund­ing for pro­grams. He was also a sports an­a­lyst for CBC at the past five Olympic Games, and in March 2017, he launched Peak & Val­ley Coach­ing. Wooles’ suc­cess as a coach is renowned, hav­ing worked with rid­ers at all lev­els from grass­roots to Olympians and World Cup over­all win­ners.

His pas­sion for the sport of cy­cling has touched all ar­eas of Cy­cling BC, in­clud­ing club devel­op­ment, ath­lete and coach devel­op­ment, and ad­vo­cacy for get­ting youth onto bikes, and he will be sorely missed.

Richard Wooles

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