Victoriaville delivered a perfect event in difficult covid times

The Velo.Victo.Fest event in Canada has a tradition of 6 years as mass participation event and was for the first times also a qualifier event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships with time trial on Friday and Granfondo on Sunday after the event had to be cancelled last season with the pandemic.

The event in Quebec also counted as Canadian masters championships and had a total of 250 riders at the start. The time trial on Friday on a flat 23km course had Marie-Soleil Glais as overall female winner in an average speed of 43.3km/h, a bit more than 2 minute faster than Linda Boisvenue who won her F50-54 category and Lorie Cochrane who was the fastest in the F40-44 age group.

Francis Juneau was the overall fastest male in an average speed of 46.3 km/h, 43 seconds ahead of former multiple granfondo and time trial world champion Bruce Bird who won his M50-54 age group while Chris Pippy completed the overall men’s podium winning his M45-49 category.

The Granfondo on Sunday over a distance of 131km started in one wave with Maxime Forget (M19-34) as overall winner of the day, beating his older opponent Bruce Bird (M50-54) in the sprint in an average speed of 36.5 km/h on the undulating roads of Quebec. Another former world champion Michel Jean won overall third spot to be the fastest in his M45-49 age group three minutes later.

The first females could hang on with same fast male groups to sprint for victory. Marie Soleil Blais renewed her time trial win before Clara Emond where Lex Albrecht took third spot.

The men over 60 and women over 50 had a shorter 112km distance with Lise Corbeil and André Lamarche as fastest.

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