Bike racing is growing in Nova Scotia, and FrameWork Racing although small in numbers is coming up big on the road this year.
Provincial Individual Time Trial Championship, held in Bridgewater, June 24.
Former Sydney resident Chad Lennon, of Halifax followed his third place finish in Riverport on June 17 with a Gold medal performance at the Nova Scotia provincial time trial championships one week later. Lennon, who races for Sydney based FrameWork Racing, was third overall on the 40 kilometre course in Bridgewater, and becomes the provincial Category A champion as fastest Nova Scotian in a time of 59:27. Scott Clark racing for Hub Cycle in Truro picked up silver, while Mitchell MacDonald of O’Regan’s Suburu in Bridgewater took home the bronze. The overall race winner was Cory Jay, from PEI in a time of 56:31, averaging over 42 kilometres per hour.
Canadian Road Cycling Championship, held in Lac Mégantic, QC, June 29.
Sydney resident, Ambrose Delaney of FrameWork Racing, vowed to give everything he had to make it into the top ten in his first crack at a national title in the Masters 50-59 age category. A group of seven riders broke away from the pack of 52. They worked together to build a four minute lead over the rest of the field. Don Zuck of Ontario took the Canadian Championship in a 7 man sprint to the finish of the 106.8 kilometre race in a time of 3:02:48. Exactly four minutes later, Ambrose Delaney found the right gear taking 8th place as he led the 6 man sprint to claim the remaining three spots in the coveted top 10.
Congratulations to both Chad Lennon and Ambrose Delaney for some great finishes among extremely tough competition on the road this year.
The next race to watch is the Silver Fox Classic, July 8 in Salisbury, NB. This will be the first of four races in the new Atlantic Series Championship. Riders will score points based on their standings in one race in each Atlantic Province. Points from their best 3 results will determine the Atlantic Series Champion to be crowned at the Cape Breton Classic, August 25-26.
Ambrose Delaney set to race at Canadian nationals
Ambrose Delaney of Sydney is taking hiswheels to Quebec this weekend for a chance at a coveted Canadian National Cycling Championship title.
The 51-year-old team member of Framework Racing – Cape Breton Island’s only bike racing club – will be competing against hundreds of other quick footed and skilled amateur cyclists expected this weekend at the Cold-FX Canadian Road Cycling Championships in the Lac-Megantic area, about 250 km east of Montreal.
The event – featuring multiple races and divisions based on age or gender – opens Thursday, June 28 and ends Sunday, July 1. This is a UCI and Canadian Cycling Association sanctioned event involving licensed provincial teams, elite and semi-pro riders, masters, juniors and para-cyclists. The pro divisions competed last weekend in Quebec.
Delaney, who will travel to the event with two rival competitors from Nova Scotia, will be vying for the Masters 50 to 59Division title in a road race set for Friday, June 29 which involves a 106.8 kmcourse, including two steep laps of Mont Morne, a 700 metre high climb in the Lac-Megantic region.
“I’ve been training all winter to compete in top level racing with the nationals being one of the top highlights of the year,” Delaney said. “My training has been going well, averaging 500 to 600kilometres weekly. I began early season training in Tucson, Arizona, training at high elevations above 9000 feet as well as training on the steep Cape Breton Highlands because Lac-Magnetic has significant climbs and you need to know how to climb to be a contender.
“I’m hoping to have a good result,” he said. “A Top 10 finish would be great, a Top 5 would be unbelievable and winning overall would be off the charts.”
Scott Clark of Bedford will be racing in the same division against Delaney for Hub Cycle of Halifax while Clark’s teammate Lorenzo Caterini, also of the Halifax Regional Municipality, will be competing in younger Masters 40 to 49 Division. Caterini will also race a 106.8kilometre distance.
All three men are well known top ranking cyclists in Bicycle Nova Scotia’s circuit and are the oldest competitors who regularly race in the elite Category “A” Division against men half their age.
Team sponsors include the Steel Centre Credit Union, Framework Cycle & Fitness, Dignity Memorial and Specialized Bicycles Canada.
Nice little 40 km ride with mostly rolling hills. Traffic is moderate, but the busier roads are wider. Great for an evening ride.
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