Gabor is golden again in Victoria

Twelve-year-old Alexandra Gabor continued her winning ways in the pool this past weekend, setting four records in the female 12-and-under category at…

Twelve-year-old Alexandra Gabor continued her winning ways in the pool this past weekend, setting four records in the female 12-and-under category at the Island Invitational in Victoria.

Gabor broke BC provincial records in the 50-metre and 400-metre freestyle, as well as twice bettering the 200-metre freestyle, once in the preliminary heats and again in the final.

Also competing in the 13-14 age group, she finished first in the 200-metre and 400-metre free, second in the 50-metre free and third in the 100-metre free.

Gabor’s results earn her the right to compete for Team BC in Baltimore, Maryland, in an international age group competition early in June.

Also competing at the Island Invitational was Geoffrey Thompson, who set four personal best times and made the final in the 400-metre individual medley, competing in the male 15-and-over category.

All the Whitehorse Glacier Bears will be see action this coming Friday night and Saturday as they host the Yukon Invitational.

It will also be an opportunity to get a sneak preview of some of the items to be available at a fund-raising silent auction to be held Saturday, May 6 at the Canada Games Centre.

VeloNorth cycling

The cycling road season got underway Wednesday with the first of six time trials sponsored by Icycle Sports.

Given the recent cool temperatures and predicted poor weather, an amazing 44 riders lined up to take on a rolling 17.5 kilometre course that started at the Carcross Cutoff, went south on the Alaska Highway to just above the Yukon River Bridge and then returned to the start.

The weather provided an extra challenge to the riders as the event started in a driving snowstorm, followed by hail and then amazingly enough, sunshine.

Starting at 30-second intervals, the “race of truth” as time trials are often called saw the cyclists ride as hard as they could against the clock.

No drafting was allowed and, judging by the results, many of the competitors had put time in on their trainers over the winter.

 On the men’s side local mountain bike star Daniel Sessford, riding in the Expert Men’s class, was fastest covering the distance in 26 minutes and 34 seconds.

Annie Claude Gaudet, riding in the Sport Women’s class, was not only the first female to finish in a time of 29 minutes and 32 seconds, she was also 9th overall.

Top finishers:

Expert Men

   1st Daniel Sessford, 26:34

   2nd Jonah Clark, 27:05

   3rd Scott Kerby, 27:43

Expert Women

   1st Heather Enders, 31:04

   2nd Jillian Chown, 32:09

Sport Men

   1st John Berryman, 29:13

   2nd Bob Bowerman, 29:38

   3rd Darren Holcombe,

29:53

Sport Women

   1st Annie Claude Gaudet,

29:32

   2nd Tamara Goeppel, 31:42

   3rd Christine Todd, 32:29

Novice Men

   1st Jesse Reams, 30:49

   2nd Torsten Eder, 35:59

   3rd William Thomson,

47:39

Novice Women

   1st Monika Melnychuk,

32:47

In other VeloNorth news, the next mountain bike event of the season is geared towards freeriders, dirt jumpers and skate park fiends.

To be held on May 3, the first ever Flow Session will take place at Second Heaven Skateboard Park on Lewes Blvd, in Riverdale.

Show up at 6:30 p.m. and session the concrete with friends new and old. Prizes will be awarded for Best Trick, Best Line, Best Bail and Top Grommet, with judging by the riders themselves.

Cost for all VeloNorth events is two dollars, plus a VeloNorth membership. Riders under 18 need a parent’s or guardian’s signature to participate and helmets are mandatory.

If you have any questions regarding VeloNorth mountain bike events for the 2006 season, please contact Geof at geof@bikeyukon.com or phone 456-7427.

For information on the Icycle Sports Time Trial Series you can contact Mike McCann at 668-3531 or michaelm@polarcom.com

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