Bike racing is growing in Nova Scotia, and FrameWork Racing, although small in numbers, is coming up big on the road this year.
Former Sydney resident Chad Lennon, now of Halifax, followed his third place finish in Riverport on June 17 with a Gold medal performance at the Nova Scotia provincial time trial championships one week later in Bridgewater. Lennon, who races for Sydney-based FrameWork Racing, was third overall on the 40 kilometre course in Bridgewater, and becomes the provincial Category A champion as fastest Nova Scotian in a time of 59:27. Scott Clark racing for Hub Cycle in Truro picked up silver, while Mitchell MacDonald of O’Regan’s Suburu in Bridgewater took home the bronze. The overall race winner was Cory Jay, from PEI in a time of 56:31, averaging over 42 kilometres per hour.
Sydney resident, Ambrose Delaney of FrameWork Racing, vowed to give everything he had to make it into the top ten in his first crack at a national title in the Masters 50-59 age category. A group of seven riders broke away from the pack of 52. They worked together to build a four minute lead over the rest of the field. Don Zuck of Ontario took the Canadian Championship in a 7 man sprint to the finish of the 106.8 kilometre race in a time of 3:02:48. Exactly four minutes later, Delaney found the right gear taking 8th place as he led the 6 man sprint to claim the remaining three spots in the coveted top 10.
The next race to watch is the Silver Fox Classic, July 8 in Salisbury, NB. This will be the first of four races in the new Atlantic Series Championship. Riders will score points based on their standings in one race in each Atlantic Province. Points from their best 3 results will determine the Atlantic Series Champion to be crowned at the Cape Breton Classic, August 25-26.