Cyclists take off from the start line at the B.C. Masters Lake Cowichan Road Race on Saturday

B.C. Masters returns to Lake Cowichan for annual road race for cyclists

On Aug. 18, cyclists from all over Vancouver Island and B.C. came to Lake Cowichan to participate in an Australian Pursuit style road race.

On Aug. 18, cyclists from all over Vancouver Island and B.C. came to Lake Cowichan to participate in an Australian Pursuit style road race.

This approximate 70 kilometre race started at the end of Lake Park Road where it intersects with Cowichan Lake Road. From there, cyclists made their way to Duncan, looped back along River Bottom Road, and ended at the South Shore Road end of Cowichan Lake Road.

In all, it took an average of two hours to complete.

Peter McCaffery was the officiator, in a volunteer capacity, and he explained that all participants in the race were in the 40 plus age category, and the start for each category is staggered by five minutes, allowing the 70-79 age category to start first.

He says the Australian Pursuit “is the best way of running multi-age group events.”

Many of the participants have at one time participated in major events, such as the Olympics or World Championships, but still enjoy riding. Though some of them only began cycling when they were in their mid 40s.

Dave Steen, one of the organizers of the event, was once a shot putter, but trimmed down his weight in order to become a cyclist.

“He’s more of a time trialist,” said McCaffery, adding that Steen would rather not deal with changing gears and altering road conditions.

The Mid Island Velo Association, which organizes the event, was started by Tony Hoar. Hoar participated in the Tour de France in 1956 on the first British team since WWII.

The association puts on 50 events a year, most of which fall into the 70 km category, and are in the Nanaimo area.

Derek Tripp was this years overall winner, followed by Ian Smith, Peter Stevenson, Bill Yearwood (another of the events organizers), and Roy Quade.


Just Posted

Midget Bulldogs beaten by North Surrey

Cowichan needs more ‘zip’ in practice

T.W. Paterson column: McLean brothers’ murderous rampage ended quietly

“Shoot! you son of a ——-, shoot! I’m not afraid of an ounce of lead.”

49ers regroup to hold off Lakehill

6-2 victory not one of Cowichan’s best, says coach

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

One-in-five British Columbians think they’ll win big while gambling: study

Roughly 58 per cent of British Columbians bought at least one lottery ticket in past year

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Crown alleged Andrew Berry’s ‘entire story of Christmas Day is a lie’

Most Read