Road season kicks off with Titanium criterium

Road bikes are out of storage and back on pavement. Despite a chill in the air, U Kon Echelon Cycling Club had a good turnout to its season-opening event, a criterium race on the Titanium Way loop, Wednesday in the Marwell Area.

Road bikes are out of storage and back on pavement.

Despite a chill in the air, U Kon Echelon Cycling Club had a good turnout to its season-opening event, a criterium race on the Titanium Way loop, Wednesday in the Marwell Area.

“Although the wind was in full force and the weather turned cold during the crit, our club still saw 19 people out racing,” said U Kon director Trena Irving. “The purpose of our crit series is to learn to crit, in particular for the youth. The youth practiced pace lining and staying together, as well as cornering in a tight pack.”

The event featured a youth race followed by an adult race.

Micah Taggart-Cox took first in the youth event, beating younger brother Lucas in second.

Mollie Fraser was the top female, placing third ahead of Cauis Taggart-Cox and Kaden Gregory in fourth and fifth.

Two-time Tour de Whitehorse champ Preston Blackie placed first in the adult race, followed by Aaron Foos, Marc Lapointe, Shea Hoffman and Eric Campbell in spots second to fifth. Irving was the top female rider and eighth overall.

U Kon Echelon has six more criteriums scheduled.

More information on local races – road and mountain bike – can be found on the websites of U Kon Echelon, VeloNorth Cycling Club and Contagious Mountain Bike Club.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

2016 race schedule

May 11 –  Time trial (VeloNorth)

May 14-15 –  Tour de Haines Junction 1 (U Kon)

May 18 –  Criterium (U Kon)

May 21 –  Tour of Skagway

(U Kon)

May 25 –  Time trial

(VeloNorth)

May 26 –  Youth mountain bike race (U Kon)

May 28 –  Boogaloo mountain bike (Contagious)

May 29 –  Jake’s Corner road race (U Kon)

June 1 –  Criterium (U Kon)

June 4 –  Southern Lakes Gran Fondo (U Kon)

June 8 –  Time trial (VeloNorth)

June 15 –  Criterium (U Kon)

June 18 –  Kluane Chilkat International

Road Relay

June 23 –  Youth mountain bike race (U Kon)

June 25-26 –  24 Hours of Light Festival (Contagious)

June 29 –  Criterium (U Kon)

July 1 –  Canada Day Crit

(U Kon)

July 8-9 –  Tour of Whitehorse (VeloNorth)

July 13 –  Criterium (U Kon)

July 23 –  Skagway Hill Classic (VeloNorth)

Aug. 13-14 –  Tour de Haines Junction 2 (U Kon)

Aug. 13-15 –  Carcross Festival (Contagious)

Aug. 14 –  Miles Canyon Sufferfest (VeloNorth)

Aug. 19-21 –  Tour de Juneau

Aug. 27 –  King of the Canyon (Contagious)

Sept. 7 –  Youth mountain bike (U Kon)

Sept. 14 –  Youth mountain bike (U Kon)

Sept. 21 –  Youth mountain bike (U Kon)

Sept. 28 –  Youth mountain bike (U Kon)

Oct. 5 –  Youth mountain bike (U Kon)

Oct. 12 –  Youth mountain bike (U Kon)

Oct. 16 –  Yukon High School Mt. Bike (U Kon)

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