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04.19.10 - Canadian Women in the Mix in Gelderland

By Denise Kelly – National Team Coach

Gorgeous springtime weather greeted the riders on the morning of the Ronde van Gelderland, UCI 1.2 in Apeldoorn, Holland. Apeldoorn absolutely loves Canadians for their assistance in the Second World War. The town is adorned with Dutch and Canadian flags and is twinned with Burlington, Ontario. The Canadian women took the support to heart as they set out to replicate the win here two years ago by Anne Samplonius.

The first hour of the 140 km race zipped by with speeds hitting 50 kph as the course took the riders over dykes, towns and several significant hills. The race was marred by many crashes including a few during the neutral start. Moriah MacGregor fell prey to an errant wheel cutting her off but managed to work her way back to the pack. The Canadians were definitely a part of the action at the front by being more aggressive to hold their positions. Joanie Caron spent some time in a break that was reeled in. Amy Dearden was cut off by another rider at the 45 km mark, which wreaked havoc with her chain and required a bike change. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it back on.

The hills came at the 70 km mark and the first significant solo break occurred as Emma Johannson (Red Sun Cycling) spent almost 20 km out front. Groups reformed on the roads back to Apeldoorn with four Canadians in the main bunch. Heather Logan’s front break was put out of commission due to a crash and is now three for three with race-ending mechanicals.

The bunch swallowed up Johannson on the first of two finishing laps. The inevitable bunch sprint ensued, with Canadians finishing 16th (Caron), 20th (Kirchmann), 31st (Denise Ramsden) and 34th (MacGregor).

It was a solid showing for the team as they begin the second half of their European adventure.




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