The day after Leah Kirchmann (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Systems) took her first Canadian time trial title, she won her first road race maple leaf jersey in a bunch sprint at the Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championship in Lac-Mégantic, QC. Kirchmann’s teammate and 2012 road race champion Denise Ramsden took the runner-up spot while Leah Guloien (Trek-Red Truck) placed third in a race that was a slugfest between Optum, Tibco-To the Top and Trek-Red Truck.
— Leah Kirchmann (@L_Kirch) June 28, 2014
The course consisted of a 20 km flat stretch of road that led to a 15 km loop. The women were to roll the loop five times, each time assailing Mont Morne, a 3 km climb with a maximum grade of 11.6%. Once the loops were completed, the race headed back to Lac-Mégantic.
The break of the day started with Sarah Coney (Trek-Red Truck) and Megan Rathwell (IRC) attacking on the first circuit, but Coney dropped off on the first ascent of Mont Morne. Rathwell distinguished herself by soloing for 45 km before she was brought back on the penultimate climb of Morne.
After the catch Optum and Tibco started attacking, with Kirchmann, Ramsden and Annie Ewart all digging for Optum, while Anika Todd, third place in yesterday’s time trial, did the yeoman’s work for Tibco. Gillian Carleton (Vanderkitten) and Kinley Gibson (Trek-Red Truck) also tried their luck.
The skirmishing continued throughout the final lap and the route home, with Carleton dropping her chain at an unfortunate time. In the final uphill kilometre, Optum came to the front, Ewart and Ramsden leading out the very strong Kirchmann. Tibco took some consolation from having Jasmin Glaesser take second in the U23 category to champion Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Equipe du Québec). Gibson rounded out the U23 podium.
Tomorrow the Canadian men set off of the same course, with the nine loops on tap.
2014 elite and under-23 women’s Canadian road cycling championship race results
|1||Leah Kirchmann||Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies||Elite||03:47:13||00:00:00|
|2||Denise Ramsden||Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies||Elite||03:47:15||00:00:02|
|3||Leah Guloien||Trek Red Truck Racing||Elite||03:47:17||00:00:04|
|4||Jenny Lehmann||Trek Red Truck Racing||Elite||03:47:17||00:00:04|
|5||Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin||Equipe du Québec||Under-23||03:47:17||00:00:04|
|6||Jasmin Glaesser||Team Tibco||Under-23||03:47:17||00:00:04|
|7||Kinley Gibson||Trek Red Truck Racing||Under-23||03:47:17||00:00:04|
|8||Annie Foreman-Mackey||Stevens-The Cyclery||Elite||03:47:17||00:00:04|
|9||Carrie Cartmill||Stevens-The Cyclery||Elite||03:47:17||00:00:04|
|11||Elyse Nieuwold||Holiday Inn (Calgary)||Under-23||03:47:25||00:00:12|
|12||Jennifer Stephenson||Holiday Inn (Calgary)||Elite||03:47:25||00:00:12|
|13||Justine Clift||Glotman Simpson||Elite||03:47:28||00:00:15|
|14||Annie Ewart||Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies||Under-23||03:47:28||00:00:15|
|15||Amie Krasnozon||Pain Pathways||Elite||03:47:28||00:00:15|
|16||Alizée Brien||Team Tibco||Under-23||03:47:28||00:00:15|
|19||Stephanie Skoreyko||Java Blend Racing||Elite||03:47:32||00:00:19|
|21||Anika Todd||Team Tibco||Elite||03:47:35||00:00:22|
|22||Shoshauna Routley||Trek Red Truck Racing||Elite||03:47:39||00:00:26|
|23||Jamie Gilgen||RealDeal/Gears presented by WASPcam||Elite||03:55:17||00:08:04|
|24||Ellen Watters||Stevens-The Cyclery||Elite||03:55:21||00:08:08|
|25||Brook Noble||Holiday Inn (Calgary)||Elite||03:55:22||00:08:09|
|26||Hélène Pilote-Fortin||FS ST Hilaire de||Under-23||03:55:22||00:08:09|
|27||Sarah Coney||Trek Red Truck Racing||Elite||03:55:25||00:08:12|
|29||Isabelle Mayrand||Toguri Training Systems||Elite||03:57:57||00:10:44|
|30||Sarah Anne Rasmussen||RealDeal/Gears presented by WASPcam||Under-23||04:00:42||00:13:29|
|32||Élizabeth Albert||Equipe du Québec||Under-23||04:00:42||00:13:29|
|37||Saskia Kowalchuk||NCCH presented by DEC Express||Under-23||04:00:49||00:13:36|
|38||Tessa Pinckston||Trek Red Truck Racing||Under-23||04:04:36||00:17:23|
|39||Ariane Bonhomme||Equipe du Québec||Under-23||04:04:36||00:17:23|
|41||Tatjana Zaharova||Racer Sportif/ Mattamy||Elite||04:08:53||00:21:40|
|43||Natascha Piciga||Giant Toronto||Elite||04:15:11||00:27:58|
|44||Paolina Allan||Holiday Inn (Calgary)||Elite|
|45||Barbie Hope||RealDeal/Gears presented by WASPcam||Elite|
|47||Rachel Canning||Local Ride Racing Team||Elite|
|DNF||Natasha Elliott||Cycle-Smart Elite Team||Elite|
|DNF||Madeleine Mcconnell||NCCH presented by DEC Express||Under-23|
|DNF||Kaitlyn Steeves||NCCH presented by DEC Express||Under-23|
|DNF||Amélie Bruneau||Stevens-The Cyclery||Under-23|
|DNF||Emily Flynn||Stevens-The Cyclery||Under-23|
|DNF||Lindsay Aspen||Team Saskatchewan||Under-23|
|DNS||Lex Albrecht||Twenty16 Pro Cycling||Elite|