Race reports: Five more podiums for Stevens women

It says a lot about the season the girls have been having that when a third-place result got missed when counting up this weekend’s results.

One of the behind the scenes things that happens on Stevens is the amount of time that the riders from different provinces spend trying to speak in the language they are less comfortable in.  While riders like Carrie Cartmill make commendable efforts to try to speak  French as much as they can, the reality is that with few bilingual anglophones on the team it is more often than not the Quebec riders who shoulder the bulk of the efforts to speak and write in English.

So on that note, part of this week’s report is in the other official language:
Course contre-la-montre à Granby — samedi le 11 mai
— Adriane Provost

Les trois favorites pour la course étaient Catherine Dessureault, Evelyne Gagnon et moi-même. Il y avait aussi notre sprinteuse Audrey Bernard et Hélène Pilote-Fortin notre grimpeuse.

Les vents étaient extrêmement forts ce jour là, nous l’avions en notre faveur pour la plus longue partie de CLM.

C’est Catherine Dessureault qui est terminée 2e dans un temps très rapide de 26 minutes, 36 secondes, à une vitesse de 42.8km/h, une très belle performance. Je l’ai suit à environ 45 secondes pour la 3e place, un chrono de 27:17 et Evelyne Gagnon termina en 5e place avec un temps de 27:56.

Audrey Bernard nous a impressionné avec sa 10e position et son temps de 28:19, comparativement à 31:03 l’an passé. Wow! Une superbe amélioration pour notre sprinteuse pour qui le contre-la-montre est plus difficile, nous sommes bien fière d’elle!

Ensuite Hélène qui a connu un jour plus difficile, de part son poids et sa taille, elle s’est retrouvée très désavantagée par les vents violents, mais elle saura bien nous représenter lors des épreuves plus grimpantes, j’en suis certaine!

Je crois que nous étions toutes très contentes de nos résultats et surtout de représenter l’équipe avec trois coureuses dans le top çinq!

Not to be forgotten, Ariane Bonhomme also chalked up a bronze medal performance in the junior event, having just returned from the Pan American track trials in Los Angeles.  Ariane narrowly missed out on the win by less than 20 seconds.  However she should have a new weapon in time for nationals – a hot new Stevens Chrono bike.

Lake of Bays Ontario Cup — Huntsville, Ont.

It was not warm at the Lake of Bays Ontario Cup on Sunday. Note the ice on the sunglasses ...
It was not warm at the Lake of Bays Ontario Cup on Sunday. Note the ice on the sunglasses …

Sunday saw Annie Forman-“Svein Tuft”-Mackey compete in the Lake of Bays Ontario Cup road race.  While Annie sits second overall in the series, this event had the added significance of being a Canada Summer Games qualifier.  While the weather didn’t exactly cooperate with rain, sleet and snow for the duration of the event, Annie rode a strong and aggressive race to chalk up third place.  To date Annie has podiumed in three of the four Ontario Cups, won one, and not finished worse than fifth. At this point I (Chris Reid) am going to go out on a limb and say she will be named to the Games Team for Ontario.

Annie sent us this picture of proof as to how lovely the weather was.  Please note the ice on the Rudy Project sunglasses.

Women’s Woodstock Cycling Grand Prix – Woodstock N.Y.

Meanwhile Catherine Dessureault made the solo trip to compete in this women’s-only Pro 1-2 event in New York State.  It was a successful solo mission as Catherine took home not just second place and her second podium of the weekend but the Queen of the Mountains competition as well!  Success in this hilly road race, organised by former Olympian Martin Bruhn, bodes well for Dessureault heading into this weekend’s Gatineau Grand Prix UCI weekend — the team’s “home” race and one of the big objectives of the season.

If you are in the National Capital Region come on down and watch some of the world’s best riders race in our very own backyard.  Stop by and say Hi at the Stevens/Cyclery tent while you are at it!