Canada’s Kirsti Lay Wins Hat-trick

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front - BY BEN AN­DREW

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

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