It was a perfect ride for 20-year-old Surrey resident Kyle Buckosky on Saturday, as he finished a good four minutes ahead of his closest competitor to win the Giro class of the 2014 RBC GranFondo Whistler.
And to hear it from him, that's just how he'd like it.
"Everybody wants to come in alone," Buckosky said with a smile, shortly after crossing the finish line.
"(Then you) have the time to put your arms up and all that stuff."
Buckosky had extra cause to celebrate, as his first-place finish earned him an $8,300 payday.
"It feels great. I was in a break right from the start with two other guys," Buckosky said.
"Then (with) around 35 kilometres to go I attacked and it just stuck. I kept the pace hard."
Buckosky finished with a time of 3:17:58.
Four minutes later, Vancouver's Dylan Davies, David Gerth and Craig Richey crossed the finish line, with times of 3:21:49, 3:21:50 and 3:21:50, respectively.
Leading the pack for the women was Vancouver's Sara Bergen, who finished with a time of 3:30:55 to clinch a $1,800 payday.
"It's fantastic. It's probably my biggest payday this year," Bergen said after the race.
Bergen's finish wasn't quite as comfortable as Buckosky's, coming in just one second ahead of fellow Vancouverite Denise Ramsden's 3:30:56.
"It was a sprint finish. I think I got her by like a foot or so," Bergen said.
Whistler’s Justin Homewood was the highest local finisher in the Giro, crossing the line with a time of 3:51:36.
In the overall GranFondo, Trevor Hopkins of team Whistler Question was the highest local finisher, coming in 20th with a time of 3:42:49, followed closely by Whistler teammates Chloe Cross (3:42:50), Tony Routley (3:42:51), Cathy Zeglinsky (3:47:27) and Joshua Stott (3:55:58).
Team Whistler Question took home the award for best mixed team at the end of the day, while Chloe Cross finished as the top female.
Whistler’s Ken Chaddock (3:55:35) and Derek Rhodes (4:00:45) also finished in the top-100.
For full results go to www.granfondowhistler.com/news/results and
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