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.