The Blue Mountains Granfondo keeps up the good work
With splendid weather all over the weekend, the Blue Mountains Granfondo had a great fourth edition as Canadian qualifier for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, the first one after the new name change.
The Granfondo riders had a qualifier distance of 155km for the men up to the age of 50 while all women and men over 50 had a shorter 112km race with one loop less. Both races started at 30 minutes interval.
Fastest overall on the long course was continental team rider Travis Samuel who for that reason was not eligible to qualify for worlds. Gaelen Merritt (M19-34) was the first qualified rider over that distance.
Fastest female on the short course was Susan Palmer-Komar who beated a lot of her younger opponents to win her F50-54 age group. Fastest male on the short course was Andre Lamarche winning his M55-59 age group.
Chris Schindler was the fastest overall in the 24.7km time trial on Thursday with quite some elevation. His average speed was 42.6km/h while Paolina Allen beated a lot of her younger opponents to win the female time trial in an average speed of 36.4 km/h.
A big thank you from event organizer Bruce Bird "I am so thankful to all of the people that came together to make this event possible. TD Abbott Advisory thank you so much for backing the event in 2018 and signing on for 2019. Thank you to all of the clubs and individuals who financially backstopped the event this year. Thanks to all of the participants that trained so hard for so long to take on this beautiful and challenging course. To all those who took part, congratulations on your achievement."
Good luck to all of those who attend the World Championships in Varese, Italy."
"We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2019!"
Full results will be available shortly at thebluemountainsgranfondo.com