The 2011 Dove Creek Omnium had a total of 56 riders in the four categories lined up for the three events.
Saturday morning’s Dove Creek Time Trial was won by Don Gilmore in 21:18 over the 16.5km course. Derek Tripp won the B, Mark Grant in the C’s, and Isaac Van der Vliet in the D’s.
Saturday afternoon’s Half Mt. Washington HC in the mist was won by Steve Bachop with a 1:42 second gap over second-place Simon Tremblay with a time 29:34. Derek Tripp, Mark Grant, and Jessica Reynolds won each of their respective categories in the mist-covered mountain.
Under clearing skies the Sunday morning Dove Creek Road Race A category raced 87km, B 71km, C 54km, and Cadet 21km.
In the A category road race 23 riders lined up for a fast, surging, and surprising race that featured a large contingent of out-of-town riders. Despite the numerous attacks and counter-attacks the group stayed together to the very end. Steve Bachop and Doug Merrick (Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) attacked early on the climb to open up a gap, Steve Bachop sprinted away for the win as a charging Warren Muir closed the gap before taking third.
In the B category, a season-high 20 riders lined up for 4.5 laps around the Dove Creek course. Overall, it was a very cohesive group effort, tapping out an average speed of approximately 37 km/h.
Rhonda Callendar looked strong, setting the pace on the majority of the uphill sections, with the peloton quickly reacting before a breakaway could be establish. In the end, masters rider Bill Yearwood out sprinted the majority of the group to take the win as Duane Martindale and Mike Sevcov rounded out the podium.
In the C road race a mix of young and veteran riders lined up for the 3.5 lap race. On the last lap Kia Van der Vliet and Mark Grant (Trail Bikes Eatmore Sprouts) broke away to work together for the last lap. In the final charge up the hill, Mark Grant pulled away to take his third win of the weekend over Kia. Ernie Klassen rounded out the podium after managing to get away from the rest of the group.
In the Cadet race three young riders aged 10-12 lined up for a fast, and surprising finish as Max Andrew, in his first road race ever, took the sprint over Isaac Van der Vliet. Jessica Reynolds suffered a dropped chain to take third.
The overall A omnium GC was won by Steve Bachop in the A’s with Warren Muir and Steven Grandy tying to round out the podium.
In the B overall Mike Sevcov took the win over Aaron Amar and Duane Martindale.
In the C GC Mark Grant took the win over Kia Van der Vliet and Ernie Klassen.
In the Cadet GC Isaac Van der Vliet took the win over Jessica Reynolds and Max Andrew.
The event was presented by Brian Mclean Chevrolet and Broken Spoke with supplementary prizes from Courtenay Shoppers Drug Mart, the Black Fin restaurant, and Quality Foods.
– Comox Valley Cycle Club