Routley holds off Randell for Canadian title

Langlois wins sprint for third

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) TeamResult
1Will Routley (Can) Jelly Belly cycling team p/b Kenda4:20:16 
2Andrew Randell (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy  
3Bruno Langlois (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy0:00:11 
4David Veilleux (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
5Rob Britton (Can) BISSELL Pro Cycling  
6Jean Sebastien Perron (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault  
7Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Nativo-PG-Devinci  
8Arnaud Papillon (Can) Team Quebec  
9Jesse Reams (Can) Cycling BC0:01:22 
10David Boily (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy  
11Mike Sidic (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
12Derrick St. John (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault  
13Michael Joannisse (Can) Team Quebec  
14Spencer Smitheman (Can) Hagens Berman LLP  
15Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Team Ontario  
16Nic Hamilton (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
17William Goodfellow (Can)  
18Marcel Aarden (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team  
19Charles Bryer (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor  
20Andre Tremblay (Can) Nativo-PG-Devinci  
21Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy  
22Trevor Connor (Can) Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles0:01:28 
23Éric Boily (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy0:01:45 
24François Parisien (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy0:01:49 
25Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R BLOCK0:02:22 
26Cyrus Kangarloo (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team0:06:11 
27Vincent Quirion (Can) Team Quebec  
28Sebastian Salas (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
29Jordan Cheyne (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor  
30Scott Manktelow (Can) Rundle Mountain Cycling Club0:08:19 
31Shawn Bunnin (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team0:08:45 
32Jason Thompson (Can) Garneau Evolution0:08:56 
33Maxime Joly-Smith (Can) Rocky Mountain/CIBC Wood Gundy0:09:03 
34Geoff O'Toole (Can) Garneau Evolution  
35Shawn Goulet (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
36Jamie Riggs (Can) Team Ontario  
37Dustin Andrews (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
38Lachlan Holmes (Can) Speed Theory  
39Marvin Isaza Guzman (Can) Independent  
40Evan Mundy (Can) Team Ontario  
41Trevor Gunderson (Can) Pedalhead Road Works  
42John Stewart (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor  
43Pierrick Naud (Can) Team Quebec  
44Josh Gillingham (Can) Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc/ISCorp Cycling  
45Cuylar Conly (Can) Team Saskatchewan  
46Devon Novakowski (Can) Team Ontario  
47Kyle Fry (Can) Peterborough Cycling Club  
48Bradley Clifford (Can) Team Saskatchewan  
49Kevin Massicotte (Can) Team Ontario  
50Tim Abercrombie (Can) Garneau Evolution  
51Warren MacDonald (Can)  
52Andrew Pinfold (Can) United Health Care p/b Maxxis  
53Colin Reinholt (Can) La Bicicletta Elite Team  
54Martin Gilbert (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy  
55Curtis Deardon (Can) Garneau Evolution  
56Charles Dionne (Can) FLY V Australia  
57Tyler Trace (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
58Christian Meier (Can) Garmin-Transitions  
58Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin-Transitions  
60Ryan Anderson (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
61Keir Plaice (Can) Team Ontario  
62Nathan MacDonald (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
63Owen Harrison (Can) Cycling BC  
64Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Team Ontario  
64Zachary Bell (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
66Hugo Houle (Can) Team Quebec  
67Guillaume Boivin (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy  
68Keith Jones (Can) Cycling BC  
69Jean Francois Racine (Can) Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy Renault  
70Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy  
71Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
72Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
73Christopher Hillier (Can) Colavita Racing Inc  
74Charly Vives (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy  
75Chris McGarity (Can) Team Saskatchewan  
76Nicholas Jendzjowsky (Can) Pedalhead Road Works  
77Dylan Sebel (Can) Team Coastal  
78Jeff Barnes (Can) Mercy/Specialized  
79Ryan Roth (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy0:09:12 
80Keven Lacombe (Can) SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy0:09:16 
81Robin Baillie (Can) Team H&R BLOCK0:10:00 
82Justin Steeds (Can) Mazur Coaching/Wheels of Bloor0:11:31 
83Shaun Adamson (Can) Scott Racing p/b The Cyclery0:11:53 
DNFMarsh Cooper (Can) Kelly Benefit Strategies  
DNFEd Veal (Can) La Bicicletta Elite Team  
DNFMatthew O'Hagan (Can) Garneau Evolution  
DNFDave Vukets (Can) Hennebont Cyclisme  
DNFShane Savage (Can) Mighty Cycling  
DNFClayton Meisner (Can) Olympia  
DNFRoddi Lega (Can) Pedalhead  
DNFMichael Stickland (Can) Pedalhead Road Works  
DNFSean Barr (Can) Pedalhead Road Works  
DNFRobert Simpson (Can) Pedalhead Road Works  
DNFTrev Williams (Can) Speed Theory  
DNFPaul Berry (Can) Spoke  
DNFMark MacDonald (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
DNFChris McNeil (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
DNFChristiaan deVries (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team  
DNFDan Skinner (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
DNFAdam Thuss (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
DNFGordon Jewett (Can) Rundle Mountain Cycling Club  
DNFZane Westerbeek (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle  
DNFRyan Correy (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle  
DNFBrian Robinson (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle  
DNFGraham Rudge (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFDan Wood (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFCameron McKnight (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFKyle Anderson (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFJonathan Wood (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFAndrew Cullingham (Can) Synergy Racing  
DNFMark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing  
DNFBailey McKnight (Can) Synergy Racing  
DNFJacob Schwingboth (Can) Team H&R BLOCK  
DNFBrody Pasciullo (Can) Thunder Bay Cycling Club  
DNFBoris Martin (Can) Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes  
DNFCody Campbell (Can) Trek-Livestrong U23  
DNFSam Loud (Can) Westwood Cycle Cannondale p/b Vision Sports  
DNFDavid Gonda (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle  
DNFNicolas Andrichuk (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle  
DNFMike Rothengatter (Can) Cycling BC  
DNFColter Young (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFJustin Middleton (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFCody Canning (Can) ERTC/Revolution Cycle  
DNFSebastian Jozwiak (Can) Lifesport  
DNFTimothy Burton (Can)  
DNFSimon Gagnon-Brassard (Can) Nativo-PG-Devinci  
DNFWilliam Blackburn (Can) Rio Tinto-Martin Swiss  
DNSJamie Sparling (Can) Total Restoration Cycling Team  
DNSShawn Taylor (Can) Cafe Racers  
DNSStephen Ferris (Can) Calgary Cycle p/b Top Gear  


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