Leah Kirchmann won Canada’s biggest criterium race last night at the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix in downtown Vancouver, sprinting to another victory to continue a streak that includes wins in six of her last seven races. She sped through a crash involving the top ten riders with the help of her teammates and jumped away from a small group of riders on the finishing straightaway in Vancouver’s historic Gaslight district. The 25 year old Canadian, enjoying a breakout year in 2014, thanked her teammatesand race sponsor Global Relay for organizing the event, accompanied by one of North America’s largest single day prize purses for both the men and women.
Anderson inches away from top step
Ryan Anderson narrowly missed a win later that evening in the men’s race, battling with a small group over the final uphill drag. The group included former Optum p/b KBS teammate and two-time Gastown champion Ken Hanson (UnitedHealthcare), with the race coming down to a contest between Anderson and Hanson’s teammate Luke Keough. The pair went shoulder to shoulder in front of the race’s immense crowd, with Keough taking the win by inches. Anderson, a Vancouver resident, will continue to hunt for wins at the 10-day Superweek series after three 2nd place finishes so far.
The men and women will race at tonight’s Giro di Burnaby before splitting off to continue BC Superweek at the Tour de White Rock with another team departing for this weekend’s Cascade Classic in Bend, Oregon.
Photos by Greg Descantes