CANADA’S LEMIEUX CLAIMS REDHOOK CRIT BROOKLYN NO. 11 TITLE
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.