Svein Tuft put on an absolutely dominant display in the 2010 Yaletown Grand Prix. In a race that was delayed mid-way due to a nasty crash in the men’s Elite category, Tuft took back to the course with a 29 second lead that he had built from the first lap. From there, it was all systems go for the Canadian Time Trial champion and within no time he had caught the back of the group. Just one short lap later, he was off the front again and finished the race having nearly caught the group a second time, nearly two full laps up. Svein had just finished his first grand tour, the 2010 Giro D’Italia, in which he finished 17th of 198 in the events opening prologue just 15 second behind Bradley Wiggins. Today, back in Vancouver and racing in Yaletown, Tuft seemed to be from another planet nevermind just returned from Italy, and had plenty of speed to burn which he happily mentioned after the race.
“Coming out of the Giro it feels like you have an extra gear the body is OK with it.”
“It’s never easy,” he said of the win. “The delay didn’t bother me. I could see them all talking and trying to get organized. That gave me extra energy. I wasn’t going to let them catch me.”
North Vancouver’s Andrew Pinfold couldn’t help but be in awe of his competitor. “He was riding well,” said Pinfold. “He’s a great time trialist, no question but he can rail the corners too. He’s just built for this course. Give Svein 10 seconds and you might as well give him a lap or two.”
Just prior to the Men’s Elite race the women took to the course for the 1,2,3’s and had a fast, tight, competitive race that was a little less predictable than the Svein domination. It was Vancouver’s Rachel McBride beating out Port Moody’s Leah Guloien in a photo finish sprint. The gals from Mighty Riders had an eventful race, with a different result for each of the girls. Jenny was dealt some poor luck as a mechanical took her out of the race and shortly after Stacey was involved in a crash which ended her day. Claire put in a gutsy effort to break free from the peloton and catch the two breakaway riders and eventual winner, or perhaps to solidify a third place, but was caught in the last lap finishing with the pack.
All and all a great way to spend a Canada Day taking in some local racing and getting out from behind the sewing machine.