This past weekend in Mission and Maple Ridge the Fulgas Race Team hit up the BC Provincial Championships. You would have seen all these guys training at GWA over the winter at one time or another and it seems that all the hard work is paying off.
In a brutally tough road race course Christian Frandsen won in Men's Category 3. Our Category 4 guys raced well, but fell victim to the punishing climb.
In Men's Category 1 - 2, Matt VanNostrand, Alex Langley and myself were treated to 130 km of punishingly fast paced racing. All three of us eventually lost contact with the lead group (around the 80 km mark for Matt and me). The race consisted of 7 laps and so the 4th time up the climb was just a bit more than I could take at the speeds those skinny climbers were pressing.
In the Criterium (short, extremely fast, flat, and curvy course) Jay Gundzik won in Men's Cat 4. Brett Boniface won in Masters 30-39, and Christian was 2nd in Cat 3. Matt and Alex raced extremely well in Men's Cat 1-2. They were racing in support of my ambitions for a podium finish, but things came unglued when I picked up a piece of metal in my rear tire and subsequently flatted. This ended my race as we had failed to give the race pit a spare set of wheels for the team (unfortunately for us we were under the impression that neutral service wheels were available, which apparently wasn't the case). In all honesty though the best I could have hoped for was 5th place as the 4 man breakaway won the day in my Category. The level of racing in Cat 1-2 is really high and it can be a real challenge sometimes just to hang in the pack. I often think to myself while suffering in a race that I should be competing in the Masters Category (I would be in the 40-49 group). I'm not sure why I enjoy testing myself so much against the top racers; I must just be a sucker for punishment...I can't complain though, as I've enjoyed a fair bit of success so far this season. Cycling is like life in that things don't always go your way. Just get back on your bike and ride a little faster next time.
Congratulations to the following Fulgas Racers:
Cat 4:Bill Semrau, Jay Gundzik, Micheal Robertson (Bill and Michael did excellent work for Jay setting up his win)
Cat 3:Graham Barron (who was instrumental in CF's crit 2nd place finish), Clarke Bayles, Christian Frandsen,
Masters 30-39: Brett Boniface (nice BC champ jersey!)
Cat 1-2: Alex Langley, Matt Van Nostrand, Jon Bula
Thanks for being supporters of GWA and great teammates.