Canada Sum­mer Games Que­bec Dom­i­nates

17 Medals for Que­bec

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Jack Cracker

he 2017 Canada Sum­mer Games in Win­nipeg, Man. gave moun­tain bik­ers and road cy­clists aged 17-22 three chances each to win a pres­ti­gious medal for their prov­ince in the coun­try’s big­gest multi-sport Games, July 30 to Aug. 12. Team Que­bec arose as a ma­jor force, tak­ing home a whop­ping 17 cy­cling medals, eight of them gold.

Week One was for the moun­tain bik­ers, with the XCO kick­ing things off on a six-kilo­me­tre loop in Bi­son Butte, com­plete with berms and whoops. Due to high heat, of­fi­cials short­ened the men’s race by one lap, with both women and men con­test­ing five blis­ter­ing laps. Anne-Julie Trem­blay (Team Que­bec) cap­tured the first gold of the Games and got the prov­ince’s medal train rolling, fin­ish­ing 45 sec­onds ahead of Cana­dian U23 cham­pion Jenn Jack­son (Team On­tario), with team­mate Soren Meeuwisse (Team On­tario) an­other 23 sec­onds back for bronze in the women’s race.

Felix Burke (Team Que­bec) took a page out of his com­pa­triot’s book, cross­ing the fin­ish line first in the men’s com­pe­ti­tion, 17 sec­onds ahead of sec­ond-place Brody San­der­son (Team On­tario). Felix Bel­humeur (Team Que­bec) was third.

Team Que­bec main­tained mo­men­tum into Day Two of com­pe­ti­tion, the relay, as the women’s ros­ter of Trem­blay, Ma­rine Lewis and So­phie-Anne Sam­son snatched gold in a late-race surge to over­take Team On­tario. Team B.C. rounded out the podium in third.

Team B.C. was the first to break Que­bec’s win­ning streak, as the men’s relay trio of Sean Fin­cham, Holden Jones and Rhys Verner grabbed gold in the three-lap, 15.6km com­pe­ti­tion, when Team B.C. an­chor Fin­cham put the ham­mer down and reeled in Felix Long­pre (Team Que­bec) on the fi­nal lap for the win. Team On­tario took third.

The 2016 Cana­dian Elim­i­na­tor cham­pion, Trem­blay, proved in­domitable in the women’s sprint, the moun­tain-bik­ers’ fi­nal event, as she pow­ered to a third con­sec­u­tive gold. Macken­zie My­att earned Nova Sco­tia’s first moun­tain-bike medal with a sil­ver, while On­tario’s Jack­son pock­eted the bronze.

Bol­stered by his prov­ince’s relay tri­umph, Team B.C.’s Verner tore through the men’s sprint quar­ter­fi­nals and semis to land in the medal round, where he won his sec­ond gold of the Games. Al­berta’s Isaac Niles put his prov­ince on the podium with a sil­ver medal, while XCO win­ner Burke set­tled for bronze.

Skinny tires ruled the sec­ond week of the Games in the road-cy­cling events. The com­pe­ti­tion opened with the In­di­vid­ual Time Trial (ITT), where Team B.C.’s Gil­lian Ell­say blazed along the 13km route in 18 min­utes and 59 sec­onds to clinch vic­tory in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, nearly four sec­onds faster than sec­ond-place Si­mone Boilard (Team Que­bec) and more than 15 sec­onds quicker than bronze-medal­ist Cather­ine Ouel­lette (Team Que­bec).

Adam Roberge (Team Que­bec) flew through the 20km men’s Time Trial a mas­sive 17.87 sec­onds ahead of sil­ver medal­ist and fel­low Que­becker Pier-An­dré Côté (Team Que­bec). Team B.C.’s Jay Lamoureux avoided a Que­bec sweep with a strong bronze-medal ride.

Rid­ers at­tacked the 83.4km women’s road race – a rainy, windy six-lap bat­tle around Birds Hill Park. Af­ter nu­mer­ous un­suc­cess­ful at­tacks, the fin­ish came down to a sprint won by ITT sil­ver-medal­ist Boilard ahead of Kather­ine Maine (Team On­tario) and Anna Tal­man (Team Al­berta) in sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

The field split early in the 120km men’s road race, with a large break­away go­ing clear. De­spite many at­tempts to whit­tle the se­lec­tion down fur­ther, it stayed to­gether un­til late in the race, when a group of six es­caped. The lead­ing group con­tained two Que­bec rid­ers and one each from B.C., Al­berta, On­tario and Man­i­toba. With the odds in their favour, the Team Que­bec rac­ers worked to­gether, and in the fi­nal kilo­me­tre, sprinter Côté (Team Que­bec) ac­cel­er­ated from the break with only Con­nor Top­pings (Team Al­berta) in tow. Côté out­gunned Top­pings to win by three sec­onds, while B.C.’s Lamoureux won the sprint for bronze.

An ex­cit­ing Points Cri­terium wrapped up the 2017 Games, with B.C.’s Ell­say cap­i­tal­iz­ing on an early move on lap six of the 25-lap women’s contest. She stayed away to win four of five sprints, rid­ing solo for most of the race to col­lect her sec­ond gold medal. Que­bec’s Boilard earned 22 points to fin­ish sec­ond, and Maine (Team On­tario) fin­ished third with 13 points.

Team Que­bec dom­i­nated the 35-lap men’s Points Crit, win­ning each of the seven sprints and sweep­ing the top-three podium spots. Côté won four sprints for a to­tal 38 points, while team­mates Marc-An­toine Soucy and Raphael Au­clair net­ted 27 and 24 points to fin­ish sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Af­ter two ac­tion-packed weeks, ath­letes and fans will have to wait an­other four years for the next Games, which will be held in On­tario’s Ni­a­gara Re­gion in 2019.

Team Que­bec’s Anne-Julie Trem­blay cap­tured the first gold of the Games and

got her prov­ince’s medal train rolling.

PHOTOS: CANADA SUM­MER GAMES

Team B.C.’s Holden Jones, Rhys Verner and Sean Fin­cham grabbed gold in the men’s relay.

Que­bec’s Pier-An­dré Côté won the 120km

men’s road race.

Felix Burke (Team Que­bec) won the men’s MTB XC com­pe­ti­tion.

ITT Men’s podium (l-r): Pier-An­dré Côté, Adam Roberge and Jay Lamoureux

B.C.’s Gil­lian Ell­say won ITT gold and

Jay Lamoureaux took home bronze.

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