The 2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix Road Series-opener set off this past Sunday, March 24 with over 170 racers taking part in the Escape Velocity Spring Classics race on the challenging Atomic Long Course in Abbotsford, BC.
The staging area was abuzz with excitement, and some pre-race jitters, as the first race in the BC Cup Road Series got underway. As an early spring season race, many riders are still getting into top form but are already showing strong results and times at this stage of the season.
Nick Monette (Mighty Cycling) and Claire Cameron (Fluevog’s Crit Nasty) took the top spots in the early BC Cup standings by finishing first in the Men’s Cat 1-2 and Women’s Cat 1-2 races respectively. Angie Buonassisi (WOWride Cycling Club) came in 1st among Cat 3 Women claiming her second win in as many weeks. Mark Bonar (Jukebox Cycling) took the win in the Cat 3 Men’s group while Jeff Werner (Langlois Brown) led all Masters racers.
Cycling BC’s Events and Members Services Manager, Cory Ostertag, who was at the event for Cycling BC and as a race participant made the following early season observations. “The Atomic course is a perennial favourite among racers and therefore a fitting start for the 2019 BC Cup. This race was consistent with what we’ve seen so far this spring; good weather, deep fields, and unpredictable racing. I’m excited to see how these early BC Cup standings evolve as the season continues.”
With many more races to look forward to, the BC Cup p/b Cobotix Road Series is off to a flying start. The next race in the series is another Escape Velocity Spring Classics race taking place on Saturday, April 6 at the Bradner Long course in Abbotsford.
The 2019 BC Cup p/b Cobotix consists of a series of races in which riders can accumulate points based on their results from each race. The riders are then ranked in the series standings and the highest placed rider at the conclusion of the final race will be named the overall series winner and awarded the BC Cup series winner’s jersey.