Vancouver’s Garret McLeod leads a group of riders across the finish line in the men’s elite 120-kilometre race at the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series Cheemo Classic in Metchosin on Saturday.

Experience on hilly Metchosin course helps riders win

Cheemos Cycling Classic part of annual Cameron race series

Past winners Megan Rathwell of Victoria and Garrett McLeod of Vancouver captured their respective women’s and men’s titles in last Saturday’s annual Cheemos Perogies Cycling Classic, part of the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series.

Rathwell, riding for the Broad Street Cycle team around the rolling hills of Metchosin, ground out a win with a major attack on the final hill to win the 70-kilometre elite women’s race in a time of two hours, 30 minutes, for the third time in four years.

Having broken away from the pack with three other riders, Rathwell worked with eventual second-place finisher Janna Gillick from Nanaimo on the final sprint to the finish.

Vancouver’s Morgan Cabot wound up third followed by Calgary’s Anna Traxler.

In the 120 km men’s elite race, McLeod caught the leaders on the final lap and won an all-out uphill sprint to the finish line at about the 3:09 mark.

“I didn’t have any teammates (in the race) so I just watched the others and saved myself for the end,” said McLeod, who also won in 2014.

Kyle Buckosky of Surrey and Brent Dallimore of Vancouver finished second and third, respectively.

The races were part of a busy weekend of road cycling events around Greater Victoria. For a full list of results, visit victoriabikerace.com.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

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