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November 18, Elite Men: Surrey, British Columbia

Kabush on winning streak in BC Grand Prix

Cycling News
November 19, 2012, 4:54 GMT,
November 19, 2012, 5:05 GMT

McNeely and Fisher round out podium

The field was strong in the elite men's race as both the u-23 and elite racers were starting in the same category. Four-time Canadian Champion Geoff Kabush, winner of yesterday’s race, started alongside some big names of cyclo-cross coming from both Canada and the USA. Three-time u-23 Canadian Cyclo-cross Champion Evan McNeely (Ottawa, ON/Specialized Canada) also took the start, matching his skills against the Elite field.

Early into the 60 minute race, Jeremy Martin (Boischatel, QC/Rocky Mountain Factory Team), Geoff Kabush and Mike Garrigan (St-Clemens, ON) were leading the large lead group. In the third lap, Steve Fisher (Bellingham, WA/Hagens Berman p/b Raleigh), Geoff Kabush and Mike Garrigan, along with McNeely, Chris Sheppard (Bend, OR/Rocky Mountain Bicycle), Andrew L’Espérance (Halifax, NS/Norco Factory Team) and Spence Paxson (Seattle, WA/Team Kona) established themselves as the strongest contenders to take the victory.

In the last 20 minutes of racing, a group of five riders remained at the lead, including Kabush, Paxson, McNeely, L’Espérance and Fisher. With a few attempts to attack and separate the group, Kabush, McNeely and Fisher were able to drop Paxson and L’Espérance and ride as a small lead group.

Thanks in part to a crash from Fisher, holding up Kabush, McNeely took the opportunity to increase his gap on Kabush and Fisher, with 15 minutes left of racing. But Kabush showed he’s in top form, and was able to close the gap on McNeely, and drop him on the last lap.

Kabush rode away solo, never looking back, to take the victory, followed by McNeely and Fisher in second and third places respectively.

The designed course offered many challenges to the competitors over the weekend, including barriers, stairs, dirt sections and many slippery off-camber switchbacks.


# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 0:58:22  
2 Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada 0:00:15  
3 Steve Fisher (USA) Hagens Berman Pb Raleigh 0:00:32  
4 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 0:00:40  
5 Derrick St John (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery 0:00:55  
6 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles 0:01:04  
7 Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Norco Factory Team 0:01:45  
8 Cameron Jette (Can) SCOTT - 3 Rox Racing 0:02:00  
9 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 0:02:01  
10 Adam McGrath (Can) Hagens Berman/Raleigh 0:02:11  
11 Andrew Watson (Can) Norco Factory Team 0:02:29  
12 Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky MTN Bicycles Factory 0:02:59  
13 Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M 0:03:02  
14 Michael van den Ham Cycle-Smart Elite Team 0:03:05  
15 Thomas Skinner (Can) Norco Westcoast 0:03:16  
16 Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing 0:03:49  
17 Aaron Schooler (Can) Norco Bicycles - SRI Importing 0:03:54  
18 Adam De Vos (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Zed Wheels 0:05:03  
19 Kevin Noiles (Can) Sundays Best Racing 0:06:11  
20 Sven Sturm (Can) Trek RedTruck Racing p/b Mosaic 0:06:32  
21 Sherwood Plant (Can) Independant 0:06:55  
22 Conor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery 0:06:56  
23 Connor Wilson (Can) Juventus Cycling Club 0:07:13  
-1 Lap Jesse Reams (Can)    
-2 Laps Felix Wilberg (Can) Cyclemeisters/Bowcycle    
-2 Laps Richard Machhein (Can) Local Ride Racing    
-3 Laps Brett Wakefield (Can) Local Ride Racing    
-3 Laps Louis Dillon (Can) Sunshine Coast Cycling    
-3 Laps Ted Martin (Can) Triple Crown Racing    
-4 Laps Shaun Adamson (Can) Velocity Cycling Club    
-4 Laps Brandon Thomson (Can) Speed Theory    
-5 Laps Matt Hornland (Can) Mighty Riders    
DNF Craig Richey (Can)    
DNF Jérémy Martin (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team    
DNF Kevin Calhoun (Can) Rocky Mountain    
DNF Drew MacKenzie (Can) Condo Group/Shimano/Marin    
DNS Mike Garrigan (Can) Blacksmithcycle/Stage-Race    
DNS Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada    
DNS Tyler Trace (Can)    
DNS Mike Berkenpas (Can) Secret Cycles    
DNS Kelly Servinski (Can) SCOTT Bikes