In one of the final weekends of the racing season the CCC was well represented yet again with members racing in both the Tour de Hans in Kitchener and the Tour de King in King City.
Chris Herten took on the 100km route of the Tour de Hans and managed to finish 41st overall and only 3 1/2 minutes behind the winner even after a crash that put him out of the lead group. It’s reported that his bike was a little dinged up but any injuries he sustained were quickly forgotten about during the Oktoberfest after-party that followed the race.
After last year’s rainy (snowy), windy, frigid weather, everyone was prepared for the worst for the 2nd annual Tour de King with enough clothing packed for any situation but the weather held off and it turned out to be a beautiful day! It’s a point to point race that takes participants along a route that has some road, gravel, access, and 16km of single track with 35km and 50km options.
Of the 6 of us that went up, there were 4 crashes, 2 mechanicals, 1 wrong turn, and 2 podium spots. I managed to crash in the first 3km where I went sliding across the asphalt (on camera! http://racedayrush.zoomphoto.ca/viewphoto/17455-862-17737530/1/ ) and limped my way to an 8th place finish. Peter Hennessy had a great ride showing his strength in the off-road sections and finished in an impressive 4th place. Lorna Shooter, in her longest off-road race yet, had a crash part way through but managed to grind out a 6th place finish. James Barnes had the legs and lungs and was looking strong but his bike disagreed and decided to break a seatpost collar causing a crash, and finished it off with a flat to give him an 18th place spots. Lee Shooter had a flawless race and took home an amazing 2nd place in the singlespeed category. Kirsty Brown missed a turn early in the race which added an extra 8km and still managed an impressive 3rd place finish.
Way to race CCC!