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Sports briefs: Pagot 54th at worlds; Whistler riders impress at Silver Star



Miller Capilano Maintenance Corporation is putting in some extra effort to get roads ready for Ironman training and the event itself.

In an article in the July 2 edition of Pique, Squamish's Tim Moore — who is preparing for the July 26 Subaru Ironman Canada — detailed issues with the highways in frequented training areas. Since then, Miller Capilano confirmed the company is responding to concerns, including doing work on Callaghan Road.

"We did do some bridge approach settlement repair on the Callaghan Rd. to provide a smoother ride for the cyclists and in preparation for the Ironman," Miller Capilano operations manager Larry Paradis said in an email.

Stitches get to Pagot in Zermatt

Despite major efforts to get fit for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, Switzerland, things didn't fall into place for ultra trail runner Vincent Pagot.

Representing Canada, the Whistler resident finished 54th out of 55 competitors.

With the first half of the marathon-length course on flat pavement — not a Pagot specialty — he knew he would be in tough from the get-go. However, recurring stitches also often slowed him down in the race.

Whistler strong at Silver Star

Whistler athletes performed well at the BC Cup #3 race at Silver Star Bike Park on July 5.

Claire Buchar and Georgia Astle placed one-two in the UCI elite women's division, with Buchar posting a winning time of three minutes, 12.46 seconds (3:12.46). Astle was nearly 13 seconds back, while having more than a three-second cushion over Winlaw's Michelle Griffith's. As for the UCI elite men, Isaac Marangoni placed third in a tight race, less than two seconds back of Keene, N.H. competitor Phillip Kmetz, who edged out Kelowna's Bas Van Stenbergen. Chris Kovarik was 25th and Pat Klein 30th.

Stephanie Denroche captured the UCI junior women's title by nearly 10 seconds over Kamloops' Kyleigh Stewart.

In the UCI U15 men's division, Ian Milley placed third just over nine seconds behind winner Tharen Markle of Sidney. Ethan Shandro of North Vancouver placed second. Just off the podium was Whistler's Seth Sherlock, who was about a second back of Milley in fourth. On the women's side, Piper Allman completed the course in 4:15.26 as the U15 division's lone competitor to win gold.

Whistler Summer Classic well attended

Over 240 athletes came to compete outdoors at the Whistler Summer Classic gymnastics event at Spring Creek School from June 26 to 28. Whistler gymnasts recorded several podium finishes in their age categories.

The crew was led by Level 4 competitor Anna Prohaska, who was first in three of four events en route to finishing first all-around in the 2003 age division. Tessa Juniper was second all-around in the same division after placing second in bars and third on the beam. In the 2005 Level 4 division, Gabby Collins placed third overall on the strength of three podium finishes, including a first place on the floor. Mardi Williamson placed fourth, posting a second-place on the bars.

Level 8's Gabby Flynn was second overall in the 2001 division, winning two events and placing second in the other two. In the Level 8 2003 age division, Ella Crawford placed third in the vault.

In Level 7, 2004 competitor Mali Forest placed second all-around after three podium finishes, including first in the vault. 2002 competitor Katie Faerge won the bars event and placed eighth all-around, while Ayva Spierings was second in the vault in was seventh all-around. Meanwhile, 2005 competitors Gracie and Addie Crawford were 11th and 13th, respectively, while 2001 competitor was 12th overall. In Level 6, Nicole Bolleman was second in the 2004 division, boosted by a first place in the bars.

In Level 5, Téa Cousineau was second in the 2005 division while Annie Sproule was seventh. Meanwhile, 2004 competitor Katelyn Garcia placed sixth and 2003's Kaiya Nixon placed eighth. In Level 3, 2007 competitor Sofia Wright was seventh, and Sophie Firth and Sakura Lord, both 2005s, were fifth and 11th, respectively.

Level 2 competitors Elly Mitchell (2008) and Nevé Maynard (2007) both took all-around silvers.