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Grain and Fraser 2005 Gastown Champions

HealthNet's Gord Fraser and Victory Brewing's Gina Grain won the 2005 edition of the Tour de Gastown in front of 30,000 fans.

On a perfect summer evening in downtown Vancouver, both riders won close sprint finishes after catching dangerous breakaway moves that characterized the men's and women's races. Gina Grain duelled with Quark's Sarah Uhl in a two-woman sprint, while Gord Fraser came from the pack on the last lap to take his second Gastown victory.

"No other race compares," said an emotional and out of breath Fraser holding his son Angus in his arms. "It's such a special event with so much history and it inspires all the riders who come here."

The men's race was dominated by breakaways with HealthNet, Navigators, and Symmetrics active in all moves. An early group of Svein Tuft (Symmetrics), Hilton Clarke (Navigators), Gord Fraser (HealthNet), and Derek McMaster (Team Coastal) looked dangerous and put 10 seconds on the pack by the 7th of 50 laps of the 1.2km cobbled circuit. The group dangled out front, working together taking primes in front of a strung-out pack of over 120 riders.

McMaster and Fraser would drift back to the pack, leaving Clarke and Tuft who were then joined by the HealthNet pair of Doug Ollerenshaw and Tyler Farrar, Navigator Siro Camponogara and Symmetrics Jake Erker. The six rider break had plenty of horsepower and opened up a gap of 16 seconds by the mid way point of the race. Back in the peloton, Subway and Jittery Joes chased, having been left out of the major move of the evening.

With 16 laps to go, North Vancouver resident Kirk O'Bee (Navigators) launched a massive attack at the start/finish, taking advantage of the slight incline up to the hairpin turn at Water and Cordova in an attempt to bridge up to the lead group. Ryan Mackenzie (Subway) tried to go with O'Bee, but would not be able to hold his wheel. In a space of three laps O'Bee bridged up, stacking the odds in favour of the Navigators now with three riders in the lead group of seven.

Subway riders Cameron Hughes and Todd Cornelius took over the chase and worked hard to lessen the gap to the lead seven. With 10 laps to go, the lead had shrunk to 10 seconds. A big prime with 9 laps to go taken by Tim Johnson (Jittery Joes) brought the gap down another 5 seconds and over the next lap, the breakaway looked like it had all but given up.

In a never-say-die gesture Clarke, Tuft, and Ollerenshaw countered as their group was being absorbed and proceeded to put 12 seconds on the pack in the next two laps, as Jittery Joes Even Elken, Ital Pasta's Nat Faulkner and Brandon Crichton worked hard to shut it down. Then with 3 laps to go, Seattle resident Kenny Williams (FirstRate Mortgage) emerged from the pack at the start/finish, in a last minute attempt to steal the pro's glory. With two laps to go, Williams had bridged to the lead group to make it a four-man sprint. A $2000 crowd prime with two laps to go was won by Ollerenshaw, leaving Clarke, Williams, and Tuft to jockey for position on the last lap with the pack bearing down only 4 seconds behind.

It was at that point, just after the hairpin turn on Cordova that Tyler Farrar started his one-lap lead out for Gord Fraser, ramping up the pace to 60kmh, stringing out the pack and blowing by the lead group as they came onto the final straightaway down Water St.

From there, Fraser took over, unleashing a trademark sprint that has won him more bike races than any other Canadian cyclist, beating the hard-charging Australian Jeff Hopkins (Jittery Joes) and Navigator Vasili Davidenko

Describing the last two laps, Fraser said "We had Doug up the road and he's really not a sprinter. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to catch the group, but Tyler and I found each other at the right moment. It's so loud here, I was screaming at Tyler at the top of my lungs to start it up a little earlier so we could catch the break on the back stretch. Somehow he heard me and just did an incredible lead-out. He hit it so fast, I could barely hold his wheel."

Fraser, who won the race in 2003, said about his future plans "As long as there's a Gastown and as long as I'm still racing, I'll be here."

The women’s race started with an emotional tribute to the fallen Australian rider Amy Gillett who was killed in Germany during a training ride accident. Australian Helen Kelly and the rest of the women’s riders sported black armbands in honour of the rider and her teammates.

The women's race saw the largest turnout of riders since the race returned to Gastown in 2001, with over 50 competitors. The 30 lap race started fast with Lyne Bessette (Sports Experts - Louis Garneau), Erinne Willock (Webcor), and Helen Kelly (Quark) all setting the pace early.

Gina Grain (Victory Brewing) took a prime at the 12 lap mark of the race and continued her acceleration up Water St, causing a chase from Helen Kelly and Alison Testerote (Team Alberta). The two riders caught Grain and the three worked together over the next 5 laps to put a lead onto the group of 10 seconds. Marni Hambleton and Mandy Poitras (Symmetrics) lead the chase until Sarah Uhl (Quark) attacked from the peloton in an attempt to bridge to her teammate Kelly in the lead group. Uhl closed the gap, making a lead group of four riders.

"If they stayed away I didn't know how it would go down with Helen and Gina, so I decided I'd try to get across," said Uhl. "I got across and was pretty excited as I haven't had too much of a history of bridging to breaks!"

With Uhl, winner of the Tour de Delta the weekend previous, up the road and her teammate Kelly working for her, Grain attacked the break to force a split. At the same time, Bessette and Testroete worked the front of the main field. The break was caught on the next lap and it was all together with 10 laps to go. Prime sprints taken by Grain and Poitras punctuated a few tentative laps with the pack all together until the crowd prime at 2 laps to go was announced. With $1000 on the line, Lyne Bessette tried her luck and attacked to take the cash and put a few seconds on the pack. "I thought I might be able to stay away," said Bessette. "When I was on the other side [Cordova] I had a good little gap, but Quark really wanted it and chased me down."

"Lyne had a really good gap on us when she went for that prime and it's actually the best thing that could have happened for us as it kept the pace high on the last lap," said Grain. "I like it fast, so the faster the better."

Kelly chased hard down the back straight on Cordova catching Bessette and setting up the sprint for teammate Uhl. Onto the final straightaway, Uhl lead out the sprint with Grain on her wheel. Grain came around with 50 meters to go, taking a close sprint from Uhl. "On the last corner, I was in third position, wound it up and pounded it into the finish," said Grain, the 31 year old from Victoria.

Two bike lengths behind, Canadian Junior National Team member Joelle Numainville took third place. Fresh off her wins as the Junior Road and Time Trial Champion at the National Cycling Championships in Kamloops, the 17 year old Numainville considered her third place to be a significant accomplishment.

"The manager of the team said he wanted one girl on the team on the podium and I was like... ha, you are crazy!" said an excited Numainville at the end of the race. "But I felt good all race and jumped onto Gina's wheel on the last lap, but they [Uhl & Grain] are so fast! I finished great and I'm very happy."

Bessette was equally complementary of the upstart from Quebec. "Joelle had a really great race! She was in a perfect spot when she had to be on that last lap and I'm really happy for her."

Quark's Kelly, an Australian, dedicated her race to her friend Amy Gillett who was tragically killed in an accident when a car went out of control hitting her and her teammates during a training ride in Germany on Tuesday. "Today's a tribute for Amy," said Kelly. "We tried to do a good race for her."

MEN PRO/1/2
POS
#
Last Name First Name Team Name Hometown
1
1
Fraser Gord Health Net Ottawa ON
2
48
Hopkins Jeff Jittery Joe's-Kalahari Blacktown NS
3
9
Davidenko Vassili Navigators Insurance Cycling Team Mt Arlington
4
11
Clarke Hilton Navigators Insurance Cycling Team Melbourne Australia
5
12
OBee Kirk Navigators Insurance Cycling Team North Vancouver BC
6
2
Farrar Tyler Health Net Wenatchee WA
7
10
Camponogara Siro Navigators Insurance Cycling Team San Bonificio Italy
8
56
Nankervis Tommy Wentings Cycle Melbourne Austrailia
9
24
Tuft Svein Symmetrics Cycling Langley BC
10
155
Garcia Luis Costa Rica Alajuela Costa Rica
11
73
Curry Adam Broadmark Capital New Zealand
12
6
Richter David Subway Seattle WA
13
171
Williams Kenny First Rate Mortgage Kenmore WA
14
82
Sanowar Peter ItalPasta Sudbury ON
15
76
Bowker Richard ItalPasta Aukland NZ
16
8
McKenzie Ryan Subway Calgary AB
17
43
Rowe Nicholas SG / Espoirs de Laval - TTN Victoria BC
18
70
Jackson Pleasure Broadmark Capital Seattle WA
19
44
Heithecker Troy Benaroya Research Institute Seattle WA
20
69
MacBurnie Dustin Broadmark Capital Truro NS
21
120
Goosen David Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe Ladner BC
22
38
McMaster Derek Team Coastal Moose Jaw SK
23
18
Wohlberg Eric Symmetrics Cycling Sudbury ON
24
20
Meier Christian Symmetrics Cycling Sussex NB
25
65
Peterson Tom Broadmark Capital Snoqualmie Falls WA
26
115
Friesen Nick The Bike Shop Red Deer AB
27
153
Araya Pablo Costa Rica Muelle San Carlos Costa Rica
28
78
Hansen Jeff ItalPasta Mississauga ON
29
131
De gier Craig Cyclesmith CC Lower Sackville NS
30
126
Abbott Philippe Team Alberta Calgary AB
31
4
Hughes Cameron Subway Scotts Head Australia
32
71
Critchlow Troy Broadmark Capital Seattle WA
33
87
Ollerenshaw Doug Health Net presented by Maxxis Portland OR
34
23
Sherstobitoff Jeff Symmetrics Cycling Kelowna BC
35
45
Stark Keith Rocky Mountain - Business Objects North Vancouver BC
36
22
Routley Will Symmetrics Cycling Whistler BC
37
37
Garland Zack N/A St John's NL
38
33
McKnight Cameron Edmonton Road & Track Club Edmonton AB
39
29
Worsfold Maurice Bayside Cycling Club White Rock BC
40
68
Fischer Andrew Broadmark Capital Missoula MT
41
14
Cooper Marsh Symmetrics Cycling Aldergrove BC
42
57
Davis Justin Wentings Cycle Melbourne Austrailia
43
79
Issac Chris ItalPasta Bradford ON
44
154
Carasco Nieves Costa Rica San Jose Costa Rica
45
95
Jendzjowsky Nicholas Pedalhead Roadworks/Sleemans Edmonton AB
46
21
Pinfold Andrew Symmetrics Cycling Woodbridge ON
47
103
Carter Murray Ride With Rendall Ste. Anne MB
48
25
Van Velzen Min Symmetrics Cycling Burnaby BC
49
130
Collins Jesse James BiciSport Calgary AB
50
16
Fairall Bradley Symmetrics Cycling Johannesburg SA
51
96
James Josh TREK - Red Truck Ale Vancouver BC
52
30
Worsfold Chris Bayside Cycling Club Victoria BC
53
27
Slater Scott Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe West Vancouver BC
54
111
Waugh Damien Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe Burnaby BC
55
63
Noiles Kevin Escape Velocity / DEVO Lr. Sackville NS
56
88
Nikolz Chad Benaroya Research Institiute Seattle WA
57
40
Little Taylor Taylor Little Edmonton AB
58
58
Howard Mark Wentings Cycle Melbourne Austrailia
59
36
Clement Basse Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe Richmond BC
60
94
Slater Brad Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe West Vancouver BC
61
147
Tuckerman Aaron Team Rubicon Blenheim New Zealand
62
46
Brennan Chris Team Rio Grande Queens NY
63
13
Zajicek Phil Navigators Insurance Cycling Team Tucson AZ
64
107
Makarchuk Ed KHS Bicycles Canada Toronto ON
65
49
Lawler Jesse Jittery Joe's-Kalahari Nashville TN
66
77
Crichton Brandon ItalPasta Burlington ON
67
83
Faulkner Nat ItalPasta Bracebridge ON
68
64
Campbell Robert The Valley Athletic Club Olympia WA
69
7
Kem Omer Subway Salem OR
70
35
Minichiello Richard TREK - Red Truck Ale Ottawa ON
71
19
Lange Cory Symmetrics Cycling Vancouver BC
72
51
Sundt Jonny Jittery Joe's-Kalahari Redmond WA
73
50
Elken Evan Jittery Joe's-Kalahari Portland OR
74
89
Boniface Brett OrganicAthlete Victoria Guelph ON
dnf
5
Cornelius Todd Subway Indianapolis IN
dnf
15
Erker Jacob Symmetrics Cycling Calgary AB
dnf
26
Pickavance Roy CenturyTel Tsawwassen BC
dnf
28
Blanchette Paul Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe Vancouver BC
dnf
47
Edwards Andy GS Ciao Sydney Australia
dnf
52
Wilcox Craig Jittery Joe's-Kalahari Albany OR
dnf
53
Johnson Tim Jittery Joe's-Kalahari Middletown MA
dnf
54
Langlois Bruno Jittery Joe's-Kalahari
dnf
59
Brown Scott Wentings Cycle Melbourne Austrailia
dnf
60
Grabowski Zak TIAA-CREF Lafayette CO
dnf
61
Taylor Zachary TIAA-CREF Marietta GA
dnf
67
Gue Owen Broadmark Capital Missoula MT
dnf
75
Laliberte Scott Schwalbe / Genisoy Cycling Port Moody BC
dnf
90
Smith Joshua CenturyTel / VRAD Vail CO
dnf
91
Squire Chris N/A North Vancouver BC
dnf
92
Abercrombie Tim Escape Velocity / DEVO New Westminster BC
dnf
97
Grimmett Mark Wenting's Cycles Charlottetown PEI
dnf
99
Hall Matthew CenturyTel / VRAD Dunwoody GA
dnf
102
Bingham Brad CenturyTel / VRAD Edwards CO
dnf
105
Sparling Jamie Bicisport Calgary Calgary AB
dnf
112
Connor Trevor Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles Toronto ON
dnf
113
Britton Rob Team Coastal Regina SK
dnf
114
Borlee Harley Velocity Edmomton AB
dnf
117
Manning Ian BikeSports - Pfaff Racing Team Holland Landing ON
dnf
118
Walker Matthew Team Sask Saskatoon SK
dnf
122
Sawatzky Shayn DiZzy Cycles/N.Shore Masage Therapy Vancouver BC
dnf
124
Reid Chris Team Coastal Guelph ON
dnf
125
Sparling Jeff Team Alberta Calgary AB
dnf
127
Nichols Ezra Organic Ahtlete Victoria Victoria BC
dnf
134
Steele Duncan Escape Velocity / DEVO Kelowna BC
dnf
136
Tsilemos Jim Team Coastal North Vancouver BC
dnf
139
Bunnin Shawn Team Saskatchewan / Spoke n Sport Saskatoon SK
dnf
142
Young Noah Broadmark Capital Seattle WA
dnf
143
Kameka Eric Escape Velocity / DEVO Caledon ON
dnf
148
Haspel Felix Synergy Racing Calgary AB
dnf
151
Shaw James Team Coastal North Vancouver BC
dnf
152
Van Horn Sean Broadmark Capital Seattle WA
dnf
157
Tubbs Ian Broadmark Capital Bellevue WA
dnf
160
Hone Mike Broadmark Capital Cycling Team Sydney Australia
dnf
170
Calhoun Kevin Rocky Mountain Bicycles Peterborough ON
dns
17
Goguen Scott Symmetrics Cycling Calgary AB
dns
32
Jacobson Carl Rocky Mountain Bicycles / Adobe Vancouver BC
dns
34
Torgerson Chris First Rate Mortgage Federal Way WA
dns
55
Jay Cory Wentings Cycle Moncton NB
dns
72
Morgan Justin Broadmark Capital Bainbridge Island WA
dns
80
Maggiacomo Daniel ItalPasta Dundas ON
dns
108
Burgess Philip La Bicicletta Dublin Ireland
dns
110
Conklin Chris Team Coastal Vancouver BC
dns
128
Beard Paul Atomic Racing Club Vancouver BC
dns
133
Bail Samuel coachchris.ca / All Seasons Sports Toronto ON
dns
146
Issel Brad TREK - Red Truck Ale White Rock BC
dns
162
Robertsonn Ian Team KAOS Hamilton ON
dns
165
Starr Walker Team Rubicon Auckland New Zealand
dns
167
Douglas Jaimie Oak Bay Bicycles Vancouver BC
#53 Tim Johnson Disqualified (12.1.040.9.2.1)


WOMEN
POS
#
Last Name First Name Team Name Hometown
1
227
Grain Gina Victory Brewing Victoria BC
2
201
Uhl Sarah Quark Cycling Team Perkasie PN
3
222
Numainville Joelle Canadian National Junior Women Laval QC
4
243
Willock Erinne Webcor Builders Cycling Team Victoria BC
5
212
Sweeney Lisa Team Coastal Langley BC
6
207
Poitras Mandy Symmetrics Cycling Langley BC
7
239
Boursaw Amara Gregg's/Trek VW Stanwood WA
8
204
Hambleton Marni Symmetrics Cycling Vancouver BC
9
215
Testroete Alison Team Alberta Calgary AB
10
202
Kelly Helen Quark Cycling Team Australia
11
246
Simms Wendy Frontrunners-Brodie Nanaimo BC
12
211
Farell Julia Wheels of Bloor Toronto ON
13
219
Mosen Amy BikeNZ Hamilton NZ
14
236
Radomsky Alena Team Coastal Red Deer AB
15
217
Gudsell Brei BikeNZ Wanganui NZ
16
224
Cooper Naomi Canadian National Junior Women Aldergrove BC
17
228
Spencer Stacey Gericks Cycle Salmon Arm BC
18
237
Guloien Leah Sugoi / Giant Port Moody BC
19
223
Canuel Karol-Ann Canadian National Junior Women Amos QC
20
234
Hupin Debeurme Mathilde Sportif Bromont Bromont QC
21
240
McKirdy Jean Ann Rocky Mountain Business Objects Valemount BC
22
242
Darling Lee Team Coastal North Vancouver BC
23
256
Tasa Lisa Chapman Land Surveying Racing Burnaby BC
24
213
Bessette Lyne Sports Experts - Louis Garneau Knowlton QC
25
208
Hutsebaut Julie Terry Precision Montreal QC
26
259
Carroll Traci Team Rubicon Herrmeston OR
27
214
Trew Jenny Team Coastal Calgary AB
-1 lap
231
Lamson Heather Wentings Cycle Chilliwack BC
dnf
205
Briante Christina Symmetrics Cycling Guelph ON
dnf
210
Tratnyek Anna Terry Precision Shakespeare ON
dnf
216
Kennedy Dianna Team Alberta Calgary AB
dnf
218
Koedyk Lauren BikeNZ Tauranga NZ
dnf
220
Ryder Jo BikeNZ Auckland NZ
dnf
221
Harlton Pepper Team Alberta Lesser Slave Lake AB
dnf
226
Zimich Barb Team Coastal North Vancouver BC
dnf
229
Guzman Anne Terry Precision Carlisle ON
dnf
230
Coney Helena N/A Victoria BC
dnf
232
Case Kylie Team Manitoba Brandon MB
dnf
241
MacGregor Moriah Dizzy Chicks Whitehorse YK
dnf
244
Cameron Claire Blak Dog Racing Ladner BC
dnf
245
Duff Miranda Team Rubicon Portland OR
dnf
247
dnf
250
Campbell Kristin Pedalhead Roadwork's/Sleemans Edmonton AB
dnf
253
Vice Leslie Dizzy Chicks Vancouver BC
dnf
254
Brynjolfson Kristine Team Coastal Delta BC
dnf
257
Walter Sandra AdventureBound.ca Coquitlam BC
dns
209
Schmidt Laura Terry Precision Spokane WA
dns
225
Macht Suzanne Adventurebound.ca Peachland BC
dns
235
Wrubleski Alex Regina Cycle Club/Sask Regina SK
dns
260
Love Christy Krebs Cycle Club Victoria BC

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