The Comox Valley Cycle Club’s annual stage race – the 2012 Dove Creek Omnium – drew 89 local and out-of-town riders who competed in a time trial, a criterium and a road race on the weekend.
The junior U17 category was split into two separate categories to best represent the wide range of abilities at such a young age. Local cyclist Eli Simcoe-Metcalf won the time trial and road race after taking on a huge team of riders from the Victoria Cycling Academy in junior A.
In category C, out-of-town riders rode a great race with local riders as the heat took its toll over the three events. Local paracyclist Simon Harrington won the criterium and tied for second overall.
In category B, 42 cyclists competed to take top honours. Out-of-town rider Taylor Ellison won the road race after taking a long-range solo attack. Local rider Andrew Grant was second, nearly catching Ellison at the line.
Provincial team riders used their high end training and team tactics to win all three events in category A. Local rider Doug Merrick took third in the 86km road race to win the bunch sprint as the two breakaway riders fought it out for the win up ahead.
Full results and sponsors can be found online at www.comoxvalleycycleclub.blogspot.ca.