Quinn Moberg saved his surge.
After Victoria's Cody Canning, the provincial criterium champion, had led for two-and-a-half laps as riders bore down in the Whistler Village finish line in the Fat Tire Crit, Moberg made his move. Craig Richey ended up in third place in the first pro race of this year's Crankworx festival.
"Coming up to the line hurt a little, but that extra motivation to win kind of dulls the pain," he said. "(With) the five guys we rode with, it was how I imagined it would play out."
Moberg estimated he let Canning hold the advantage until about 30 metres left, at which point he put on the afterburners.
In the women's race, Jean Ann Berkenpas of Valemount defended her title from 2014, cruising to a significant win over Whistler's Chloe Cross. Cross' coach, Chrissy de Vall rounded out the podium.
Berkenpas said the win last year was a much tighter one, but in some ways, may have actually been a bit easier.
"In a way, it was maybe a bit more painful because you don't have the distraction of tactics with another person," Berkenpas reasoned. "It's kind of fun racing from the front, too."
Each champion received $500 for the win.