Cape Breton cyclists topped the podium in four of the six divisions, after a day of racing in wet, windy conditions in Bras d’Or, Sunday July 11.
Ambrose Delaney, Andre Gallant and Julie Curwin, all of Sydney, and Tim Brooks of Baddeck all representing FrameWork Racing, won their divisions after combined times in the two stage race.
Truro based Hub Cycle dominated the Elite A Category, with Lorenzo Caterini capturing first place overall after breaking a virtual tie for first place in the 11km Time Trial by beating teammate Kris Barr by 14 seconds in the 90 kilometer road race. Caterini’s total time was 2:50:02 for average speed of 35.64 km/h.
The women’s division Cape Breton Classic champion is Julie Curwin, of Sydney after finishing her race with a combined time of 3:02:14.
New Brunswick’s Andre Hebert competed alone in the under 17 male category, but beat out all adult novice riders on his 30 kilometer loop around Hillside Boularderie, the site for the road race stage in the Cape Breton Classic. Hebert’s average combined speed was 34.13 km/h.
Bicycle Nova Scotia provincial B champion Ambrose Delaney made up for a fourth place time trial finish by winning the second stage with a convincing 4 minute lead over independent rider Chad Robertson and teammate Chris Milburn. Delaney’s average combined speed was 34.09 km/h.
Baddeck’s Tim Brooks took top honours in the C category, overcoming a 5th place finish in the time trial, beating Wayne Titus representing Valley Stove and Cycle of Wolfville by a mere 5 seconds overall.
Andre Gallant of Sydney also overcame a deficit in the time trial to win the D category, 19 seconds ahead of Ken MacInnes of Ontario.