What an amazing day of racing in Gatineau – the women’s Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau did not disappoint as the women put on a great show! Welcome to women’s racing at it’s finest. Photo collection from the day:
Tara Whitten, Canadian track cyclist and 3 time World Champion – spent half of the race in a solo break – the heat of the day not appearing to hamper her racing or her lead at all as she flew around the 10 km circuit, over and over again! She was eventually caught and did withdraw from the race – her effort nothing less than impressive. The course, a precursor to the London Olympic Road Race course – was a race of attrition as the women covered the tough Gatineau course.
With big names in women’s cycling like Clara Hughes (6 Olympic medals), Nicole Cooke (Olympic Champion) and much local talent, spectators were all over the course to cheer the women on. It was a great day to be out and the race looks to be growing in popularity – hopefully a sign of more years to come for this event, in its 3rd year.
Love this pic – a little artsy during the race – do you see what the spectator sees???? Here comes the peleton….
The women were hard at work to bring the best of road racing to the Ottawa/Gatineau area.
The Round-a-bout caused a few problems for the women, including a crash for Clara Hughes just before the start of the last lap.
The peloton stretching out through the hills of Gatineau Park.
Love this shot – I believe the quartet to include Leah Kirchmann, Julie Beveridge, Melissa Hoskins and Clara Hughes – the gap between the four women and the peloton growing as the foursome power out of the round-a-bout and the peloton enter the 360 degree turn from the other side.
1. Teutenberg (Germany) Specialized Lululemon
2. Gilmore (Australia) Faren Honda Team
3. Andruk (Ukraine) Ukraine National Team
4. Numainville (Canada) Optum Kelly Benefits
For full race results – see the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau Results Page.
Check out the final sprint on YouTube:
Canadian Cycling Magazine has a play by play of the days events with updates every minute.
Great day of racing – thanks to the racers, organizers and all the volunteers who made such a great event possible.