This past weekend was the 4th edition of the GP Gatineau, one of only 3 UCI races for women in North America. The race covers 12 laps of a 10km circuit and in its previous 3 editions, has always finished in a bunch sprint. Rachel Heals reports in from the GP Gatineau on Joelle Numainville’s second place finish.
With Annie out after her crash at Tour de Grove last weekend, we had just 5 riders, Joelle, Janel, Leah, Denise and Lauren, but we were confident we had a good team to either go with a breakaway or be right up there contesting the sprint. From the get go, the Canadian national team and GSD Gestion were aggressive, but just sending individual riders up the road, and together with Tibco we were happy to control the pace and keep the gaps in check. Halfway through the race a break of 3 riders developed, 2 from the Canadian national team and one from GSD Gestion, but with the gap hovering around 20 seconds, and only reaching a maximum of 1 minute, it wasn’t a serious threat, and working with Tibco, Janel and Denise were able to bring it back inside 2 laps to go, and from then on it was full on for a bunch sprint finish. With Leah leading around the final roundabout, Joelle unleashed her sprint and was just beaten to the line by Tibco’s Shelly Olds, with Lauren coming in 4th; following Joelle’s 2nd place in the Chrono Gatineau, it was a pretty successful weekend for the team and a result of great teamwork by all.