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Canadian Road Championships 2010

Date range:
June 25-27, 2010

June 27, Elite/U23 men road race: Edmonton 180km

Routley holds off Randell for Canadian title

Rob Jones
June 28, 2010, 2:44 BST,
June 29, 2010, 4:37 BST

Langlois wins sprint for third

Will Routley (Jelly Belly cycling p/b Kenda) takes it.

Will Routley (Jelly Belly cycling p/b Kenda) takes it.

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Once again, road nationals proved that it's the one event of the year where there are no absolute favourites. It doesn't matter whether you are a pro with one of the top teams in the world, or a domestically-based rider, this race has shown time and again that any rider can rise to the occasion.

For the 2010 Canadian national road championship race in Edmonton, Alberta, this proved to be particularly true, as first time winner Will Routley (Jelly Belly) was awarded the right to race in the maple leaf for the next 12 months.

Despite overnight rain, race day dawned bright and sunny, with a promise of hot conditions to challenge riders. The organisers had managed to pull off the impressive feat of total road closure in the middle of a major city, allowing riders to race without the added burdens of rolling enclosures and yellow line rules.

The circuit was centred in Hawrelak Park, in the valley created by the North Saskatchewan River. This geographic feature dominated the 13km circuit, with riders climbing out of, and descending back into, the valley three times per lap. None of the climbs were particularly steep, but the cumulative impact of the constant ascents took their toll, especially as the temperature climbed into the high 20s.

The 182km, 14 lap men's race was aggressive from the gun. SpiderTech had the numbers, with 13 riders in the field, but they were going up against some heavy hitters - Svein Tuft and Christian Meier from Garmin-Transitions, Dominique Rollin from the Cervélo Test team, four riders from Kelly Benefit Strategies, led by Zach Bell and David Veilleux, plus Routley, Rob Britton (Bissell) and top sprinter Andrew Pinfold (United Healthcare).

SpiderTech team director Steve Bauer's plan seemed to be two-fold: tag along with any attempt by the danger riders to get away, and gradually put more and more team members up the road, as riders went across to the break. For the most part, they executed well, but just came up against a faster rider in the finish.

The early laps saw multiple efforts attempt to go up the road, but they clearly didn't contain the right mix of riders. One of the most dangerous was late in the second lap, when approximately 25 riders rolled off the front of the field, including Tuft, Bell and others, which the entire peloton scrambled to shut down.

On the third lap, the beginnings of what be the crucial move took place, with eight riders going clear - Ed Veal (La Bicicletta Elite Team), Jean-Michel Lachance and Andre Tremblay (Nativo-PG-Devinci), Bruno Langlois, Mark Batty and Randell (all SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy), Derrick St. John (Garneau Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault) and Spencer Smitheman (Hagens Berman LLP).

By the beginning of lap five, the group was two minutes clear, and Routley decided it was time to bridge across, along with Equipe Quebec's William Goodfellow and Kelly Benefit's David Veilleux. Routley went across quickly, but Veilleux was left dangling in no-man's land for a couple of laps before finally joining the leaders.

Following this expansion of the leaders, yet another group began to chase and, powered by Britten, the group of five swelled the ranks of the leaders to 16. The vastly diminshed peloton finally began to chase in earnest on the tenth lap, pulling the leaders back to just over a minute up as Tuft, Meier and others went to the front. However, once the pros stopped setting the tempo the gap began to grow again.

"We were at the point where we tried to give it a final few digs," explained Tuft. "But Christian and I, even if we could have pulled it back, probably wouldn't have had anything left. That sort of thing would only work if everyone was committed, and there were too many guys hanging on."

As the gap had dropped, more small groups jumped across to the leaders, including François Parisien, Eric and David Boily (all SpiderTech), Trevor Connor (Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles), Michael Joannisse (Equipe Quebec), Ryan Aitcheson (Team Ontario), Arnaud Papillon (Equipe Quebec), Cody Campbell (Trek-Livestrong), Aaron Schooler (H&R Block), Jesse Reams (Cycling BC) and Nic Hamilton (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes).

The front group was now a peloton in its own right, and as the race entered its final three laps, it began to disintegrate under attacks. A front group of eight formed, containing Routley, Randell, Langlois, Veilleux, Britton, Jean Sebastien Perron (Garneau Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault) and Jean-Michel Lachance (Nativo-PG-Devinci).

Randell took adavantage of a momentary lull in the action shortly after the race began the final two laps to make his own solo attack, and caught the group off guard, taking a 30-second lead quickly over the first climb. Routley was the only one to respond, and managed to make his way up to his rival as they started the last climb of lap 13.

"He [Randell] had a good gap, he was riding well; he was riding well all day," commented Routley. "Guys were looking at each other, and I just saw a good opportunity and went across on the second climb. The two of us rolled pretty good and held onto that 30 seconds."

Into the final lap the pair was holding a 35-second lead on the six remaining riders in the chase, while the rest of the group was over a minute back, and the Tuft/Rollin peloton had completely given up (eventually rolling in nine minutes down).

Over the first two climbs the duo worked together, taking turns setting the tempo on the climbs. However, on the final climb Routley jumped, gaining a few metres before Randell managed to rejoin him on the descent.

"I figured on that final climb it might be the time to have a try and I attacked, but he was really strong and didn't have much trouble catching up to me," said Routley.

Behind, the chase had gotten more organised, and was starting to reel them in, bringing Randell's team mate Bruno Langlois potentially back into the picture. Routley was forced to lead down the final descent and across the bridge over the North Saskatchewan River towards the finish in Hawerlak Park, while Randell sat on, waiting for the arrival of his team mate.

Fortunately for Routley, this put him in the lead at the narrow entrance to the Park, and he led out the final 200 metres to take the title ahead of Randell, with Langlois winning the sprint for third. Arnaud Paillon, the only U23 rider in the group, took the Under 23 title.

Andrew Randell, after being out in the break all day, to lose the national title by half a bike length, summed up his feelings in one succinct four letter word, and then elaborated: "Will rode a great race, and when it came down to the sprint I messed up, I really should have gone earlier. I should have jumped, I hesitated, and that's how it goes."

Steve Bauer commented: "We made three big mistakes out there today, we let Will Routley go across [to the break] without one of our guys, we let David Veilleux go across on his own and we let Rob Britton do it without a SpiderTech rider. We can't be doing that sort of thing with dangerous guys like that."

Will Routley couldn't keep the smile off his face, as he contemplated his victory. "Andrew was just sitting on, on the [final] descent and across the bridge, so I had to keep going. I tried to go hard enough to maintain the gap and go for the win, but as easy as possible to save something for the sprint. I felt pretty confident coming into [the sprint] that I had some sprinting legs in me.

"This means a lot, it's probably the best result I've ever had. Ever since junior mountain bike days I've thought I had a shot at nationals. I've been on the podium before, but never managed to do it... junior mountain bike, espoir mountain bike, then I switched to the road as an espoir... I've been trying for a long time, it's been 10 years of trying."


# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly cycling team p/b Kenda 4:20:16  
2 Andrew Randell (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy    
3 Bruno Langlois (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy 0:00:11  
4 David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
5 Rob Britton (Can) BISSELL Pro Cycling    
6 Jean Sebastien Perron (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault    
7 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Nativo-PG-Devinci    
8 Arnaud Papillon (Can) Team Quebec    
9 Jesse Reams (Can) Cycling BC 0:01:22  
10 David Boily (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy    
11 Mike Sidic (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
12 Derrick St. John (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault    
13 Michael Joannisse (Can) Team Quebec    
14 Spencer Smitheman (Can) Hagens Berman LLP    
15 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Team Ontario    
16 Nic Hamilton (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes    
17 William Goodfellow (Can)    
18 Marcel Aarden (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team    
19 Charles Bryer (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor    
20 Andre Tremblay (Can) Nativo-PG-Devinci    
21 Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy    
22 Trevor Connor (Can) Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles 0:01:28  
23 Éric Boily (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy 0:01:45  
24 François Parisien (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy 0:01:49  
25 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R BLOCK 0:02:22  
26 Cyrus Kangarloo (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team 0:06:11  
27 Vincent Quirion (Can) Team Quebec    
28 Sebastian Salas (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
29 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor    
30 Scott Manktelow (Can) Rundle Mountain Cycling Club 0:08:19  
31 Shawn Bunnin (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team 0:08:45  
32 Jason Thompson (Can) Garneau Evolution 0:08:56  
33 Maxime Joly-Smith (Can) Rocky Mountain/CIBC Wood Gundy 0:09:03  
34 Geoff O'Toole (Can) Garneau Evolution    
35 Shawn Goulet (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
36 Jamie Riggs (Can) Team Ontario    
37 Dustin Andrews (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
38 Lachlan Holmes (Can) Speed Theory    
39 Marvin Isaza Guzman (Can) Independent    
40 Evan Mundy (Can) Team Ontario    
41 Trevor Gunderson (Can) Pedalhead Road Works    
42 John Stewart (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor    
43 Pierrick Naud (Can) Team Quebec    
44 Josh Gillingham (Can) Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc/ISCorp Cycling    
45 Cuylar Conly (Can) Team Saskatchewan    
46 Devon Novakowski (Can) Team Ontario    
47 Kyle Fry (Can) Peterborough Cycling Club    
48 Bradley Clifford (Can) Team Saskatchewan    
49 Kevin Massicotte (Can) Team Ontario    
50 Tim Abercrombie (Can) Garneau Evolution    
51 Warren MacDonald (Can)    
52 Andrew Pinfold (Can) United Health Care p/b Maxxis    
53 Colin Reinholt (Can) La Bicicletta Elite Team    
54 Martin Gilbert (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy    
55 Curtis Deardon (Can) Garneau Evolution    
56 Charles Dionne (Can) FLY V Australia    
57 Tyler Trace (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes    
58 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Transitions    
58 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Transitions    
60 Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
61 Keir Plaice (Can) Team Ontario    
62 Nathan MacDonald (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes    
63 Owen Harrison (Can) Cycling BC    
64 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Team Ontario    
64 Zachary Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
66 Hugo Houle (Can) Team Quebec    
67 Guillaume Boivin (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy    
68 Keith Jones (Can) Cycling BC    
69 Jean Francois Racine (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault    
70 Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy    
71 Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
72 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team    
73 Christopher Hillier (Can) Colavita Racing Inc    
74 Charly Vives (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy    
75 Chris McGarity (Can) Team Saskatchewan    
76 Nicholas Jendzjowsky (Can) Pedalhead Road Works    
77 Dylan Sebel (Can) Team Coastal    
78 Jeff Barnes (Can) Mercy/Specialized    
79 Ryan Roth (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy 0:09:12  
80 Keven Lacombe (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy 0:09:16  
81 Robin Baillie (Can) Team H&R BLOCK 0:10:00  
82 Justin Steeds (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor 0:11:31  
83 Shaun Adamson (Can) Scott Racing p/b The Cyclery 0:11:53  
DNF Marsh Cooper (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies    
DNF Ed Veal (Can) La Bicicletta Elite Team    
DNF Matthew O'Hagan (Can) Garneau Evolution    
DNF Dave Vukets (Can) Hennebont Cyclisme    
DNF Shane Savage (Can) Mighty Cycling    
DNF Clayton Meisner (Can) Olympia    
DNF Roddi Lega (Can) Pedalhead    
DNF Michael Stickland (Can) Pedalhead Road Works    
DNF Sean Barr (Can) Pedalhead Road Works    
DNF Robert Simpson (Can) Pedalhead Road Works    
DNF Trev Williams (Can) Speed Theory    
DNF Paul Berry (Can) Spoke    
DNF Mark MacDonald (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
DNF Chris McNeil (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
DNF Christiaan deVries (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team    
DNF Dan Skinner (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes    
DNF Adam Thuss (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes    
DNF Gordon Jewett (Can) Rundle Mountain Cycling Club    
DNF Zane Westerbeek (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle    
DNF Ryan Correy (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle    
DNF Brian Robinson (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle    
DNF Graham Rudge (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Dan Wood (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Cameron McKnight (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Kyle Anderson (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Jonathan Wood (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Andrew Cullingham (Can) Synergy Racing    
DNF Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing    
DNF Bailey McKnight (Can) Synergy Racing    
DNF Jacob Schwingboth (Can) Team H&R BLOCK    
DNF Brody Pasciullo (Can) Thunder Bay Cycling Club    
DNF Boris Martin (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes    
DNF Cody Campbell (Can) Trek-Livestrong U23    
DNF Sam Loud (Can) Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision Sports    
DNF David Gonda (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle    
DNF Nicolas Andrichuk (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle    
DNF Mike Rothengatter (Can) Cycling BC    
DNF Colter Young (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Justin Middleton (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Cody Canning (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle    
DNF Sebastian Jozwiak (Can) Lifesport    
DNF Timothy Burton (Can)    
DNF Simon Gagnon-Brassard (Can) Nativo-PG-Devinci    
DNF William Blackburn (Can) Rio Tinto-Martin Swiss    
DNS Jamie Sparling (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team    
DNS Shawn Taylor (Can) Cafe Racers    
DNS Stephen Ferris (Can) Calgary Cycle p/b Top Gear