Thousands of spectators turned out to watch hundreds of road riders take to the streets of Yaletown this past weekend in a criterium where riders completed as many laps of the course as they could manage in a pre-set time limit.
In Category 1 and 2, which raced for 60 minutes, the Symmetrics Cycling team dominated, with Andrew Pinfold and Svein Tuft placing first and second, Christian Meier was fourth, and Whistler’s Will Routley finished seventh.
Still to come this season is the national road championship, in Quebec from July 5-11, followed by the annual B.C. Superweek; the Tour de White Rock July 13-15, the Tour de Gastown on July 18, and the Tour de Delta from July 20 to 22.
Swimmers take to open water
The annual Canada Day Challenge Open Water Swim took place at Sasamat Lake in Port Moody this past week, with hundreds of swimmers from across the Lower Mainland and Washington coming out to swim 4 km, 2 km and 1 km races.
In the 2 km race, Whistler’s Nils Robinson placed fourth overall and first in the 30 to 34 age group with a time of 27:55 — just 0.34 seconds back of second place overall.
Trent Argent was 11 th overall and second in the men’s 40 to 44 race in 29:51.
In the 1 km event, Sherri Flick placed 25 th and first in the 35 to 39 age category in 20:51.
Crankworx seeking volunteers
Organizers of the 2007 Kokanee Crankworx mountain bike festival are recruiting volunteers to help out for some or all of the nine-day event. Volunteer positions available include the Sport Crew, which helps to set up, maintain and take down competition venues; Stage Crew, which helps to set up and tear down the stage, and assist bands and technical crews; Competitor Relations; Media/VIP Accreditation; Expo Crew, which works with vendors and sponsors at the expo site; and Logistics Assistant to help organize volunteers and shifts.
More than 900 volunteer shifts need to be filled over the festival. All volunteers who can contribute a minimum of two six-hour shifts will be given a T-shirt, be entered in daily draws for industry swag, and receive tickets to attend the volunteer appreciation party.
If you can help out during the festival, which is July 21-29, visit www.crankworx.com .
Still time to register for Squamish Tri, and expect road closures