On Saturday, the Banff Bike Fest shifted from Lake Louise to the town of Banff for a double header, beginning with the 8-km Vermilion Lakes ITT in the morning. A criterium race through downtown Banff followed in the afternoon.

Racers enjoyed a nice change in the weather, too, as sunshine and warm temperatures were the theme for the day. It’s quite the change, considering both pouring rain and single-digit temperatures plagued Friday’s race.

Vermilion Lakes ITT rolled past beautiful reflections of Mt Rundle.
Vermilion Lakes ITT rolled past beautiful reflections of Mt Rundle. Photo Credit: Jeff Bartlett

Vermilion Lakes ITT

The individual time trial took place along the Vermilion Lakes Road, just outside the town of Banff at the base of Mt Norquay. It was a new venue, and at only 8 kms, much shorter than the traditional ITT route from previous Banff Bike Fests. The 21-km Lake Minnewanka Road was unavailable, as road construction is underway to repair sections of the road damaged in last year’s catastrophic floods that struck much of southern Alberta.

Vermilion Lakes ITT: Starting at 30 second gaps, there was plenty of passing during the Banff Bike Fest's ITT
Starting at 30 second gaps, there was plenty of passing during the Banff Bike Fest’s Vermilion Lakes ITT.

After sweeping the woman’s podium in the Lake Louise Road Race, Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes continued to steal the spotlight during the ITT, landing 4 riders on the podium. Kinley Gibson and Allison Beveridge finished 1-2 in the woman’s catergory, while teammates Bailey McKnight and Michael van den Ham (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes) finished in the men’s top two positions.

Evan Burtnik (Juventus) held an 11 second lead for most of the ITT, with a time of 9:48.527; however, he finished just off the podium when 3 of the final 5 riders besting his effort. Evan Bayer (The Lead Out Project) finished third. On the woman’s side, Annalisa Fish (independent) took third.

The new ITT venue wasn't nearly as hilly as the traditional route that follows the Lake Minnewanka Road.
The new ITT venue wasn’t nearly as hilly as the traditional route that follows the Lake Minnewanka Road.

Men ITT Results

1 51 Bailey McKnight Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 09:39.504
2 55 Michael van den Ham Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 09:41.858
3 60 Evan Bayer The Lead Out Project 09:45.209
4 8 Evan Burtnik Juventus 09:48.527
5 16 Ian Baldwin Range Road Racing 09:59.851

Women ITT Results

1 157 Kinley Gibson Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 10:49.216
2 154 Allison Beveridge Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 10:54.879
3 148 Annalisa Fish Independent 10:58.173
4 171 Alison Jackson Glotman Simpson Cycling 11:17.984
5 152 Leah Guloien Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 11:19.376

 

Banff Criterium

Banff Bike Fest Criterium-2
Hundreds of fans came out to watch the Banff Criterium race down Banff Avenue.

The Banff Criterium was dominated, once again, by Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes. In the woman’s race, Allison Beverage escaped early and rode the majority of the race by herself, opening up a 45-second lead through 20 laps as her teammates happily controlled the main group.  She finished with a  0:35 second advantage over teammate Leah Guloien, while GC leader Kinley Gibson just missed the podium.

In the men’s category 1 race, Dustin Andrews (Trek Red Truck) opened up a huge lead in the opening laps after an early crash divided the peloton into two groups. On lap 20, he lapped 15 riders, therefor ending their day early, before slowly rejoining the main group. Heavy rain began with 20 laps remaining and wreaked havoc on the tight corner coming off Banff Avenue. Multiple crashes slowed the main group but Andrews was able to escape for the second time. He held on to win by 0:03. Cid Martinez-Arroyo (Russ Hay’s p/c Scotiabank) edged out Sean Crooks (Soul Sportif) in the sprint for second.

Banff Bike Fest Criterium: riders battled bad weather on the final laps.
Heavy rain wreaked havoc on the final laps of the men’s criterium, causing multiple crashes that divided the race.

Men Criterium Results

1 52 Dustin Andrews Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 0:49:57
2 40 Cid Martinez-Arroyo Accent Inns / Russ Hay’s p/b Scotiabank +00:03
3 2 Sean Crooks Soul Sportif same time
4 55 Michael van den Ham Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes same time
5 58 Mark McConnell Synergy Racing same time

Women Criterium Results

1 154 Allison Beveridge Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 0:32:57
2 152 Leah Guloien Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes +00:35
3 155 Maddy Boutet TWENTY16 same time
4 157 Kinley Gibson Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes +00:45
5 171 Alison Jackson Glotman Simpson Cycling same time

 

More race results, including the Men’s Category 3-5, are available on the Banff Bike Fest website.

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