Canadian nationals: Beveridge takes women's road race

Rally Cycling's Allison Beveridge, an Olympic bronze medalist on the track, became the the Canadian women's road champion on Saturday in Ottawa, capping a dominating performance by the Rally team, which put four riders in the final ten-rider breakaway.

The ten kilometre circuit 'T' shaped circuit along the Ottawa River did not feature any significant climbs, however, gusty winds discouraged solo breakaways. A four rider break containing Alison Jackson (Be Pink), Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolman), Sara Bergen (Rally) and Jamie Gilgen (Rise Racing) went clear late in lap two of the 12 lap, 120 kilometre race. The break reached a high of 46 seconds by lap four and then began to shrink, although the peloton began shedding riders as the chase strung the field out.

However, Canuel and Jackson were keeping the pace high in the break and the gap began to grow again; up to 50 seconds with five laps to go. That lap proved to be decisive, as a chase group of six jumped away from the field and joined the leaders with less than 40 kilometres to go. That group included three more Rally riders - Beveridge, Kirsti Lay and Sarah Poidevin - plus Steph Roorda (Sho Air Twenty20), Catherine Ouellette (The Cyclery-4iiii) and Karlee Gendron (Rise Racing). Jasmin Duehring (Sho Air Twenty20) tried to bridge across but came up 30 seconds short as the four Rally riders began to drive the pace.

Coming into the final ten kilometres, Rally tried launching attacks to get a rider clear, but Canuel and Jackson quickly shut down those attempts, setting up a ten rider sprint. Rally went through the final corner with 200 metres to go with Beveridge on third wheel behind Poidevin and Lay, and she came off Lay's wheel with 100 metres to go to take the title, followed by Lay and Jackson in third.

"It's a bit weird to be honest," admitted Beveridge, "I didn't think going in that I could do it. But we had the strongest team here and when we stacked the break with four Rally riders in ten total, we knew we had to do it. It was hard, we had a couple of girls really commit to pushing the break, but it was a bit of a balancing game, trying not to use all our energy. It's not something I ever though I could do, but this course suits a track rider. With the team we had, all I had to do was go out there and finish it off."

"I know I have a lot of fitness from being in Europe from a lot of high speed races," said Jackson. "So it wasn't so bad, and at Nationals, where there aren't so many teams, you can get a lot of team. I thought the Rally riders would attack more. Into the final corner I was in good position on third wheel, and then a couple of the Rally girls came up for their leadout and I went to fifth wheel into the corner ... I needed to be on Ally's [Allison Beveridge] wheel for the final sprint. They did a great job."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Allison Beveridge (Can) Rally Cycling Women3:03:22
2Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling WomenRow 1 - Cell 2
3Alison Jackson (Can) BePink CogeasRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling WomenRow 3 - Cell 2
5Stephanie Roorda (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 4 - Cell 2
6Karlee Gendron (Can)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Jamie Gilgen (Can)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Catherine Ouellette (Can)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Sara Poidevin (Can) Rally Cycling WomenRow 8 - Cell 2
10Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam0:00:05
11Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Sho-Air Twenty200:03:16
12Katherine Maine (Can) Rally Cycling Women0:04:13
13Anna Talman (Can)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Sunweb WomenRow 13 - Cell 2
15Devaney Collier (Can)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Sho-Air Twenty20Row 15 - Cell 2
17Meghan Grant (Can)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Elisabeth Albert (Can)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Marie-Soleil Blais (Can) Team IlluminateRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dafne Therous Izquierdo (Can)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Lex Albrecht (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley BankRow 20 - Cell 2
22Emily Spence (Can)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Carolyn Cartmill (Can)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Sophie Bernard (Can)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Callie Swan (Can)0:04:24
26Alizee Brien (Can)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Ashley Barson (Can)0:04:25
28Anna Gabrielle Traxler (Can)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Olivia Baril (Can)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Isabella Bertold (Can)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Gillian Ellsay (Can) Colavita/Bianchi0:04:29
32Allyson Gillard (Can)0:04:44
33Emily Rodger (Can)0:06:22
34Emma Bedard (Can) SAS - MACOGEP0:09:15
35Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Can) SAS - MACOGEP0:09:18
DNFJoelle Numainville (Can) Cylance Pro CyclingRow 35 - Cell 2
DNFFrédérique Larose-Gingras (Can) SAS - MACOGEPRow 36 - Cell 2
DNFKate Heckman (Can)Row 37 - Cell 2
DNFMolly Mccracken (Can)Row 38 - Cell 2
DNFAndreanne Murdaca (Can)Row 39 - Cell 2
DNFRachel Mckinnon (Can)Row 40 - Cell 2
DNFKathryn Randle (Can)Row 41 - Cell 2
DNFNicole Lentini (Can)Row 42 - Cell 2
DNFKaitlyn Steeves (Can)Row 43 - Cell 2
DNFCaroline Boileau (Can)Row 44 - Cell 2
DNFVirginie Gauthier (Can)Row 45 - Cell 2
DNFMiriam Brouwer (Can)Row 46 - Cell 2
DNFJoyce Spruyt (Can)Row 47 - Cell 2
DNFVéronique Bilodeau (Can) SAS - MACOGEPRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFSarah Rasmussen (Can) SAS - MACOGEPRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFGeneviève Fradet-Carlos (Can)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFEvelyne Gagnon (Can)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNFHélène Pilote Fortin (Can)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNFJodi Wendland (Can)Row 53 - Cell 2
DNFAmélie Bruneau (Can)Row 54 - Cell 2
DNFEmily Flynn (Can)Row 55 - Cell 2
DNFSara Giovannetti (Can)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFSuzanne Hamilton (Can)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFAlyson Sylvestre (Can)Row 58 - Cell 2
DNFAriane Bonhomme (Can)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFKinley Gibson (Can)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFEmily Marcolini (Can)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFÉlise Pieadalue (Can)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFHillary Lowry (Can)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFHolly Simonson (Can)Row 64 - Cell 2


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