A group of U Kon Echelon cyclists ride in the Tour de Haines. Photo by Michael Buurman.

A group of U Kon Echelon cyclists ride in the Tour de Haines. Photo by Michael Buurman.

Tour de Haines threw many challenges at U Kon Echelon cyclists

U Kon Echelon cyclists dealt, with rain, snow, and strong winds during the Tour de Haines.

U Kon Echelon hit the ground running to begin its 2021 season. The season began with a Crit race at Titanium Way on May 6 and a time trial on May 13.

Most recently, the club travelled down the Alaska Highway to host its two-day event the Tour de Haines Junction 2021.

Trena Irving, U Kon Echelon coach, said the “Tour de Haines Junction was every kind of weather you can imagine.” The cyclists navigated rain, wind, snow, headwinds and tailwinds.

On May 15 two races were held. In the morning there was the time trial, which started off wet and cold before becoming warmer and dryer near the finish.

In the afternoon, the club held a new race — a 10 kilometre climb leaving Bear Creek Lodge up the hill toward Beaver Creek.

Irving said the climb was a “little more gradual than the hill climb on the other side, leg one of the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay,” but it was still vertically challenging.

Irving said May 16 was also a challenge, with stand-out performances in each race. The cyclists raced a shortened race of 50 kilometres in cold and snowy conditions.

“James McCann is strong, fast and dominant this year,” wrote Irving. “He took first place in the U17 boys (at 14 years old) and did breakaways giving him the top youth times in all races.”

Irving said Alex Labarge took the fastest time in his category, pushing and striving to beat his personal records and finishing the road race in a breakaway with Doon McDowell.

McDowell is new to U Kon Echelon but is riding hard and learning lots from assistant coach Ava Staley, said Irving.

Staley is trying out for spots on both the mountain and road bike teams for next summer’s Canada Games. She has been working with athletes to help develop the team.

Veronica Porter was fast, strong and able to hold the pace with the fast group, Irving said.

Two adults raced with the youth. David Jackson, 25, rides for Capital City Cycling in Victoria and participated in every race posting the fastest times in each. Shea Hoffman raced May 15 only.

Aside from the two adults, the age spread for the weekend was 9-14 for boys and 16-17 for girls.

Next summer, U Kon Echelon is hoping that the 2022 Canada Games in Niagara Falls will happen as they are scheduled to.

“With these young, strong riders out riding their legs off be it wind, rain, snow, or sunshine, things are looking good for Team Yukon,” said Irving.

Contact John Tonin at john.tonin@yukon-news.com

Local Sports

Just Posted

Lorraine Kuhn is seen with one of the many volleyball teams she coached. (Photo submitted by Sport Yukon)
The Yukon Sports Hall of Fame inducts the late Lorraine Kuhn

Lorraine Kuhn became the newest member of the Yukon Sports Hall of Fame for her work in growing volleyball amongst other sports

File Photo
A Yukon judge approved dangerous offender status for a man guilty of a string of assaults in 2020.
Yukon judge sentences dangerous offender to indefinite prison term

Herman Peter Thorn, 51, was given the sentence for 2020 assaults, history of violence

Crystal Schick/ Yukon News A former residential school in the Kaska Dena community of Lower Post will be demolished on June 21. Crystal Schick/ Yukon News
Lower Post residential school demolition postponed

On June 21, the old residential school in Lower Post will be demolished and new ground on a multi-cultural centre will be broken

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley announced 29 new COVID-19 cases on June 19 and community transmission among unvaccinated individuals. (Yukon News file)
Yukon logs record-high 29 new COVID-19 cases

F.H. Collins prom attendees and some Porter Creek Grade 9 students are instructed to self-isolate as community transmission sweeps through unvaccinated populations

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before using it on Nov. 24. The Yukon government is reopening the drive-thru option on June 18. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Drive-up COVID-19 testing opening June 18 in Whitehorse

The drive-up testing will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday and increase testing capacity by 33 spots

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council at its June 14 meeting

Murray Arsenault sits in the drivers seat of his 1975 Bricklin SV1 in Whitehorse on June 16. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Bringing the 1975 Bricklin north

Murray Arsenault remembers his dad’s Bricklin, while now driving his own

A presumptive COVID case was found at Seabridge Gold’s 3 Aces project. (file photo)
Presumptive COVID-19 case reported at mine in southeast Yukon

A rapid antigen rest found a presumptive COVID case on an incoming individual arriving at the 3Aces project

Jonathan Antoine/Cabin Radio
Flooding in Fort Simpson on May 8.
Fort Simpson asked for military help. Two people showed up.

FORT SIMPSON—Residents of a flooded Northwest Territories village expected a helping hand… Continue reading

A woman was rescued from the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska on June 16. (Photo courtesy/AllTrails)
Alaska hiker chased off trail by bears flags down help

ANCHORAGE (AP)—An Alaska hiker who reported needing help following bear encounters on… Continue reading

Two participants cross the finish line at the City of Whitehorse Kids Triathlon on June 12 with Mayor Dan Curtis on hand to present medals. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
2021 Kids’ Triathlon draws 76 young athletes

Youth ages five to 14 swim, run and bike their way to finish line

NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq rises in the House of Commons, in Ottawa on May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Unacceptable’ that Inuk MP felt unsafe in House of Commons, Miller says

OTTAWA—It’s a “sad reflection” on Canada that an Inuk MP feels she’s… Continue reading

Lily Witten performs her Canadian Nationals beam routine on June 14. John Tonin/Yukon News
Three Yukon gymnasts break 20-year Nationals absence

Bianca Berko-Malvasio, Maude Molgat and Lily Witten competed at the Canadian Nationals – the first time in 20 years the Yukon’s been represented at the meet

Most Read