The second race of the Victoria Cycling League followed a similar pattern from race #1, but with different players and under improved weather conditions. With longer distance compared to last Sunday (20 Laps), the race was a test of both power and endurance.
On the first lap, Curtis Dearden (Team Russ Hay's/Accent Inns) launched a vicious attack with team-mate Raph Lalumiere. Chasing was Alex Hui (Pro City Racing) and Steve Bachop (IRC). The pace set by Curtis was too much for Alex and Steve, which left the RH/Accent Inns duo alone in the front to work together to preserve their break.
|Curtis making the decisive attack|
|John Rogers in chase with Steve and Fluffy|
With the lead duo holding a 25 second lead, several attempts to attack the main group were kept in check by RH/Accent Inns, frustrating some of the riders who were trying to organize themselves to chase. A dangerous attack from National Team Triathlete, Andy McCartney caught the group off guard and he was able to get a respectable gap with 5 laps to go. An aggressive John Rogers tried to attack off the front but was watched closely by Dylan Cunningham (Russ Hay's/Accent Inns).
|Andy McCartney in solo chase|
|John Rogers off the front, Dylan Cunningham on his wheel|
With 3 laps to go, it was evident that the peloton was going to sprint for 3rd place. Last Sunday's winner, Emile De Rosnay (Russ Hay's/Accent Inns) took to the front of the pack and began a blistering pace that kept others from launching an attack and also help setup team-make Mike Korb for the sprint.
|Emile (R) driving the pace on last laps|
The decision on who would take the win between Raph and Curtis was somewhat irrelevant, with both riders agreeing to shake hands for a job well done; with Curtis graciously conceding the win to Raph. It was a repeat of last weekend, but with different players.
|Raph and Curtis shake hands|
The sprint finish for the peloton was somewhat chaotic with the 3rd place slot going to Evan Carey from Tripleshot with team-mate Lucas Koolman taking 4th. John Rogers from Pro City Racing was rewarded with a respectable 5th place ahead of Mike Korb (6th) and Steve Bachop (7th)
|Evan beats team-mate Lucas for 3rd|
The next VCL race is on April 1st at Latoria Road in Metchosin. Visit the VCL website for more information: http://victoriacyclingleague.wordpress.com/
VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR VCL#3 - LATORIA!
Please contact Aaron Dusseault at Russ Hay's at 250-384-4722 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org