VeloNorth puts wheels back in motion

Yukon's VeloNorth Cycling Club had its largest turnout since 2009 for the season opening Carcross Cut-off Time Trial on Wednesday.

Yukon’s VeloNorth Cycling Club had its largest turnout since 2009 for the season opening Carcross Cut-off Time Trial on Wednesday.

A total of 24 cyclists took part in the 17-kilometre race on the Alaska Highway, up from 21 last year and 17 in 2010.

Providing a boost in numbers was an increase in junior riders, with about 10 taking part. The juniors are working towards placements on VeloNorth’s development team, headed by coach Trena Irving, with next year’s Canada Summer Games being the long-term goal.

“My goal is just to get as many youth involved as possible,” said Irving. “This summer I have a busy schedule planned. I’m going to take them to three meets in Alaska, like the Tour of Fairbanks, Tour of Anchorage and the Tour of Juneau.”

Wednesday’s “ice-breaker” was the first of about 13 events planned by VeloNorth for this season. One noteworthy change for this summer is the timing of the Tour de Whitehorse. For the last few years, the Tour took place over the Canada Day long weekend, but the stage race has been pushed back two weeks to July 13-15.

“I think we just wanted to move it away from a long weekend, try to garner more participation,” said in-coming VeloNorth president Elijah Buffalo. “We still have a Canada Day criterium that we are planning.”

Though not directly associated with VeloNorth, Irving is organizing a Yukon High School Road Championships to take place May 24 on the Hamilton Boulevard extension.

“I’m going to make two categories, one for kids with mountain bikes that don’t have road bikes, and one for kids for with road bikes,” said Irving.

For more information on the high school race, contact Irving at trena.irving@yesnet.yk.ca.

Wednesday’s results

Expert men

1st Elijah Buffalo – 27:01

2nd Judd Deuling – 27:32

3rd Anthony Delorenzo – 28:45

4th Glenn Iceton – 28:46

5th Ross Phillips – 29:15

6th Evan Wise – 30:22

7th Bill Curtis – DNF

Expert women

1st Kerrie Paterson – 29:45

2nd Trena Irving – 33:39

Sport men

1st Geof Harries – 30:52

2nd Shea Hoffman – 32:35

3rd Phil Hoffman – 33:07

4th Rod D’Albramo – 36:49

Sport women

1st Jennifer Curtis – 33:01

2nd Erin Oliver Beebe – 33:59

3rd Michelle Rigoni – 34:07

4th Christine Todd – 34:24

Novice men

1st Reid Seal – 34:39

2nd Calden Hoefs – 40:15

3rd David Jackson – 40:47

4th Caleb McPherson – 43:13

5th Mathew Knaack – 45:17

6th Cameron Salvin – 47:02

7th Brace Lemphers – 50:25

VeloNorth season schedule

April 25 – Carcross Cut-off Time Trial

May 6 – Yukon River Road Race

May 12 – North Klondike

Road Race

May 16 – Miles Canyon

Time Trial

May 20 – Skagway Hill Climb

May 26 – Jakes Corner Road

Race

May 30 – North Klondike

Time Trial

June 6 – Carcross Cut-off

Time Trial

July 1 – Canada Day Criterium

July 13-15 – Tour de Whitehorse

August 1 – Porter Creek

Time Trial

August 15 – Yukon Time

Trial Championships

August 29 – Last Gasp

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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