Local Trail Bicycles Junior cyclist, Isaac van der Vliet, enjoyed success in Wenatchi, Wash. at the Tour de Bloom earlier this month.
He travelled down to Washington State, joining a number of other B.C. Junior riders, to compete in the two-day event. The stage race started with a 4.1mile hill climb in Squilchuck State Park, finishing at Mission Ridge. Van der Vliet was with the front group on the hill and, even after being involved in an unfortunate crash, finished in fifth place.
The second stage was a criterium, held in the heart of downtown Wenatchee. It was a fast, four-corner course on a 7km circuit. The race ended with a sprint finish, and van der Vliet crossing the line in first place.
The final stage was a 34-mile rolling road course on the Waterville Plateau. A number of attacks made it a challenging race, which also ended with a sprint finish. Once again showing his quick acceleration, van der Vliet crossed the line in first place.
Van der Vliet took first place overall, 13 points ahead of Norco rider Connor Martin.