Hot weather and hot racing were on the cards as the East Coast Games Road Race kicked off in Hampton. 62 riders from across New Brunswick, and across the Maritimes started the race from the Hampton High School. The 25 km race loop provided a challenge for all with fast open roads, and a steep climb up the Stock Farm Road.
The Men’s A Category race saw a pack of riders stay together for 3 laps on the course before the bunch broke up on the last lap. In the end Craftsman Construction saw it’s two riders out front, with Cory Jay taking the win over Lorenzo Caterini. Rounding out the podium was Julien Roussel from Fitworks.
The largest pack of the day was the Men’s B Category. 22 Riders started the men’s race and they were joined by 6 riders from the Women’s B Category. A large pack of B riders stayed together over the course of their 3 lap race, with a group finish for the top 7. In the end Paul Tremblay crossed the line first, followed by Charles Cormier (Mike’s Bike Shop) and Cameron Matthews (Cyclesmith).
The Women’s B Category podium was a wash of Radical Edge colours with Emily Rodger taking the top over Jane McKeown and Rachel Merrithew.
The Men’s C Category raced 2 laps on the course with Nick Jagoe taking the win over Calvin Gee (The Bike Guyz / Alternatives) and Stephen Morris (Bikes & Beans) rounding out the podium.
The Women’s C Category saw one of the closest finish of the day. Heather Purcell (Bikes & Beans) took home the win, followed by Wanda Dixon (Radical Edge), and Laura Clarke (Radical Edge) in a sprint finish.
Andy Baird was the winner in the Men’s D Category, followed by Kevin Scott and Bill Hovey. The Women’s D Category saw Lynn McLellen take home the honours as the winner.
We apologize for missing the Women’s C Category and D Category winners at the awards ceremony post race.
Additional photos from the official East Coast Games photographer can be found here.
We want to thank all the sponsors of the event Subaru Aberdeen, Eastern College, Kredl’s, Vogue Optical, Garneau, Thule, Consolvo Bikes, Bike Guyz @ Alternatives, and Trek. A huge thanks to the organizers from Saint John Cycling for putting on a great event. Well done.