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Cape Bretoners at the Classic

Stage 1:

There were 11 athletes racing for FrameWork Racing at the 2011 Cape Breton Classic Stage Race. Here is a brief rundown of how things unfolded. After the stage 1 time trial, in category A, Ambrose Delaney of Sydney was fifth, 31 seconds behind the leader, while Daniel Murray of Dingwall was tenth, 59 seconds behind the leader.

In the B category, Sydney’s Chris Milburn won his favourite cycling discipline, the opening stage time trial as the only Cape Bretoner in the field of 15.

Cape Breton was well represented in the C category with Vince Nicholson of Englishtown coming in second only 11 seconds behind the stage winner. John McQuaid of Halifax, who races for FrameWork Racing was third. Tim Brooks of Baddeck was 7th, Andreas Burger of Mabou 8th, and Bruce MacIntyre of Baddeck was 9th, in a competitive field of 14.

Julie Curwin of Sydney, another time trial specialist, won the opening stage in the women’s division, while Andre Gallant picked up the stage victory in the D category. Lauren Roy of Antigonish, riding for FrameWork Racing, was 4th in the D category.

Stage 2:

The addition of a criterium created some great excitement for the riders at this year’s Cape Breton Classic. Racing on a flat, smooth rectangle on the old Sysco property was fast and furious.

After 2 stages, Ambrose Delaney is 7th, 44 seconds behind the leader, while Daniel Murray hung onto 10th place. Delaney’s specialty is on Sunday, when the roads get longer and the hills get steeper. All Cape Bretoners held their positions in B, C, D and womens categories, after 2 stages. The general consensus among the less experienced riders was to ride safely and protect their rankings in the criterium, which can be dangerous due to the very tight turns and high speed. Lauren Roy did not start the criterium do to an illness that has plagued her for the last week.

There was a “race within the race” at the Criterium, with cash prizes known as “primes” to the leader of each category on specific laps of the race. Julie Curwin and Vince Nicholson each picked up one prime in their race.

Stage 3:

The hills around Scotch Lake and Barrachois Mountain was the conclusion to a great weekend of racing in Cape Breton. In the end, Cape Bretoners took home a heap of hardware. The top ranked Cape Breton athlete was Julie Curwin, taking the women’s overall championship. Chris Milburn was the B category champion, while Andre Gallant took home the trophy for the D category, after winning all three stages.  Vince Nicholson picked up second place in the overall C category.  Cape Bretoners now living off the island also scored with Jim Currie, winning the C category Time Trial, and holding his lead throughout the weekend taking the overall C championship. John McQuaid was third overall in the C category.

The “race within the race” on Sunday was the King and Queen of the Mountain. This is an award earned by scoring points on the major climb up Barrachois Mountain on specific laps of the race. Cape Bretoners were shut out of that competition by a strong field of determined athletes.

There are several cash prizes totaling $1850 at this weekend’s event.

Complete results here: Standings

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2011 CB Classic This Weekend Aug 27-28

Expanded three-part race set for this weekend 

 

For Immediate Release – August 24, 2011

 

 
Up to 100 of the fastest cyclists in Nova Scotia are expected to compete for top honours and big cash prizes this weekend at the expanded Cape Breton Classic Road Race.

 

Hosted by the Framework Racing Team, the third annual Cape Breton Classic is the only cycling race held in Cape Breton for semi-pro, elite and intermediate skilled riders that is sanctioned by Bicycle Nova Scotia.

 

This year, for the first time ever, the Classic will expand into the streets of Sydney and include a former steel site when it opens its two-day, three stage event on Saturday, Aug. 26.

 

The first two stages this Saturday will involve a 9 km Time Trial where each rider will leave at a staggered time, starting at 1 p.m., near the Sydport Industrial Park. Those who rank the fastest will have a slight advantage when they enter the second stage which begins at 4 p.m., at the former Sydney Steel site.

 

After a night of rest, the third stage and final stage will be held Sunday and will involve up to 115 km of racing on roads over gruelling hills surrounding the Barachois Mountain, near Georges River.  “We decided to expand the race this year in hopes of growing the sport of cycling in Cape Breton,” said Framework Racing president Bill Goldston. “Cyclists in Cape Breton are really lucky as we ride some of the toughest and most beautiful roads in the province so we’re hoping others will come out to enjoy them too and hopefully help expand the tourist season.” It’s the first time ever in the 100 year history of Sysco that a sporting event of this calibre has been held on ground where hot steel once poured into rails.

 

Following on the heels of the successful Blue Rodeo concert, the paved roads surrounding a new track and lighted tennis court provides an ideal course for the second stage “crit” or Criterium as its known in the cycling world. Racers will start together elbow-to-elbow to complete up to 25 laps of that 1.2 km city block at Sysco and for those standing on the side lines will see the top cyclists vying for top spot at speeds which average more than 40 km/per hour.

 

“We’re really excited to be part of the action involving so many of the province’s top athletes,” said Harbourside Park president Gary Campbell who has been involved in the provincially-lead cleanup for more than two decades. “It’s a nice milestone to see and those who decide to take in the action in Sydney will have a great vantage point to see all the race action no matter where they stand on that block.”
Now called Harbourside Park, the former Sysco site has been transforming into a green site in recent years as part of the $400 million cleanup effort announced by the province of Nova Scotia and government of Canada in the early 2000s.

 

Unique to Bicycle Nova Scotia’s 2011 season, this three part race Cape Breton Classic is expected to be one of the highlights featuring some of the best including Framework Racing’s own Ambrose Delaney who chopped up the summer race circuit in North America in fine style, placing in the top 10 at international events including the America’s Cup in Quebec last month where he won the final stage.

 

Combined times of the three stages will produce overall winners in six divisions including those for women, youth and men. Like other races in Bicycle Nova Scotia’s season this summer, participants will be classified by their ability, or sex. Participants must be licensed which can be obtained at registration.

 

Race details, maps and information can be seen online at http://frameworkfitness.com/category/cape-breton-classic/

 

For further information, please contact Bill Goldston at (902) 561-0451 or 567-1909.

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Abilities Categories

A couple years ago Bicycle Nova Scotia introduced the “abilities” based categories. We’ve had a few requests from athletes who aren’t quite sure where to slot themselves. Women have the option of racing in “F” for female, or in any of the four abilities based categories. You can move up to a more difficult category at anytime during the season. If you want to move down, you need permission from the VP-Road prior to the race.

 

Here is a pretty good explanation of where you should race:

 

Ability-Based Categories