CANADIAN JUNIOR ROAD CYCLISTS SHINE IN BELGIUM
Ben Perry wins opening Kermess, Top 5 in InterClub
(Ottawa, ON – May 3, 2012) The Canadian Junior
Men’s squad landed in Belgium last week and since
enjoyed unprecedented success, finishing both race with
a Canadian presence in the Top 5, including a victory
by Benjamin Perry.
On a 20-lap, 3.6km circuit consisting of a mixed concrete
blocks, bricks, and cobbled climbs with a smooth paved
descent, the Canadian U19 men’s team clearly made
their presence felt in Belgium.
After having a presence in all of the early moves, a
two-person group consisting of Benjamin Perry (St. Catharines,
ON) and Quinten Hermans (Young Telenet Fidea, 4th at
2012 Cyclo-cross World Championships) established a
breakaway, steadily increasing their gap throughout
the duration of the race.
With the rest of his Canadian team-mates protecting
his lead, Perry comfortably went on to win the two-person
sprint at the finish line, taking the victory. Behind,
the Team Canada riders all placed well in their respective
U19 Canadian Mens team continue their strong
showing at the Inter Club level.
May 1 is when Belgium celebrates Labour Day, and what
better way to celebrate than having a cycling road race.
The 'Inter Club' level events are a series of Belgium
Cup races held over the season. Along with the Canadian
National squad lined up at the start line were many
local Belgian and Dutch teams, which included the presence
of New Zealand’s Hayden McCormick, a Track World
The course was held on the flat roads south of the industrial
city of Antwerpen, the second largest sea port in Europe
and was comprised of five laps of twenty kilometers.
By European standards, the roads were wide, making the
chances of a long breakaway difficult.
The Canadian squad did a very good job of representing
the National colors at the front of the peloton, The
lead group to open up a significant lead included Canada's
Benjamin Perry, winner of the previous race. Building
up a maximum lead of fifty five seconds the group was
absorbed by the chasing peloton after fifty kilometers
When Hayden McCormick attacked with ten kilometers remaining
in the event, only eight athletes were able to respond,
which included Canada's Ben Perry, who was fourth on
“I'm glad that I went for it,” said Perry.
"What a great day and a great race."
Behind, his team-mates did a fantastic job of shutting
down the chasing efforts, particularly Ben Chartrand.
Max Toeldte and Brandon Etzel gained valuable experience
in the elbow-to-elbow nature of bunch sprints at this
The Canadian junior riders will race twice more this
weekend, the Wortegem Inter Club and the Overijse Kermess.
Event: Molenstede, Belgium
Date: April 29, 2012
Class: Juniores 1.14.3
Winner: PERRY, BEN (TEAM CHCH) (CANADA) 1:47:00
1. PERRY, BEN (TEAM CHCH) (CANADA) 1:47:00
2. HERMANS, QUINTEN (VZW YOUNG TELENET FIDEA CYCLING
3. HOEYBERGHS, DAAN (TEAM CICLISMO MUNDIAL) +1:11
4. MEYS JORAN (DE DIJLESPURTERS V.V. MECHELEN V.Z.W.)
5. ESSELAAR, REMCO(WCL BERGKLIMMERS +1:11
9. ETZL BRANDON (SPIDERTECH POWERED BY POWERWATTS) +2:32
18. DE BOEVER, HENRI (CYCLING BC) +2:32
24. CHARTRAND, BENJAMIN (ESPOIRS QUILLCOT) +2:49
32. TOELDTE, MAX (BYRDS) +3:06
39. TRIVETT, SIMON (ATLANTIC CYLING CENTER) +3:06
Event: Hoboken, Belgium
Date: May 1, 2012
Class: Juniores 1.14 NAT
Type: Inter Club (Belgian Cup)
Winner: ANECA, CISKE (KONINKLIJKE BRUGSE VELOSPORT VZW)
1. ANECA, CISKE (KONINKLIJKE BRUGSE VELOSPORT VZW) 2:20:09
2. GOEREE, NIELS (EMMEN WSV) S.T.
3. McCORMICK, HAYDEN (DCM-GB VORSELAAR CYCLING TEAM
4. PERRY, BENJAMIN (CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM) +0:06
5. DEKKER, SJORS (VIKING-WATERLAND) +0:06
40. TOELDTE, MAX (CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM) +0:23
42. ETZEL, BRANDON (CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM+0:23
47. CHARTRAND, BENJAMIN (CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM) +0:23
75.. TRIVETT, SIMON (CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM) +0:23
DNF. DE BOEVER, HENRI (CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM)