Allison Beveridge powered to victory with a tremendous burst of speed in the closing meters of the Canadian National Championship road race to distance her breakaway companions and take the maple leaf jersey. Kirsti Lay finished second with Sara Bergen in fourth and Sara Poidevin ninth to give Rally Cycling four riders in the top ten. Emma White equaled her Canadian teammates' dominating performance at the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Nationals, storming to the U-23 national title.
Kirsti Lay and Allison Beveridge on the podium at Canadian Road Nationals
“Winning the road national title is not something I thought I would ever do, so it feels pretty special,” said Beveridge. “Once we had four riders in the break of ten, we knew we had to find a way to win. We put in some digs, but when it came down to a sprint, I just had to finish it off. Sara (Bergen) was out front all day. She made the early break and then attacked again late in the race. It was a big day out front for her and a couple of other girls, which allowed me to be conservative until the finish.”
The Canadian women of Rally Cycling began their championships, held for the second year in Ottawa, Ontario, with the 120km road race. Bergen set the stage for a dominating performance by Rally with a long solo effort that forced other teams to give chase. Steadily diminishing the field to just ten riders near the finish, the team placed four riders in the front group. Heading into the last of 12 laps on the Ottawa circuit, Bergen launched another solo move, requiring the other remaining riders to chase frantically. Bergen was brought back with less than five kilometers remaining, but it allowed her teammates a chance to organize and execute a flawless lead out in the finale. In the sprint for the line, Beveridge crossed several bike lengths clear of teammate Lay. Despite Bergen’s impressive day of work for her teammates, she still landed in fourth with Sara Poidevin in ninth. At the end of the day, Rally Cycling brought home gold and silver in the Elite category while Poidevin and Katherine Maine took home silver and bronze in the U-23 category.
Emma White in full flight through the streets of Knoxville
South of the border, Emma White continued her incredible season by winning the U-23 time trial national tile in Knoxville, Tennessee. White, the recent winner of the North Star Grand Prix, flew around the course in a blistering time of 33:02 to claim her first senior individual stars and stripes jersey. White was the top placed rider from Rally Cycling in Tennessee with Evan Huffman and Brandon McNulty finishing 15th and 23rd in the men's event.
White in the stars and stripes of National Champion
On Sunday the men of Rally Cycling will tackle their road race events with Canadian time trials taking place on Tuesday.
Canadian Road Race Nationals | Women
1. Allison Beveridge (Rally Cycling)
2. Kirsti Lay (Rally Cycling)
3. Alison Jackson (BePink Cogeas)
4. Sara Bergen (Rally Cycling)
5. Stephanie Roorda (Sho-Air Twenty20)
6. Karlee Gendron
7. Jamie Gilgen
8. Catherine Ouellette
9. Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling)
10. Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans)
Canadian Road Race Nationals | U-23 Women
1. Catherine Ouellette
2. Sara Poidevin (Rally Cycling)
3. Katherine Maine (Rally Cycling)
USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Nationals | U-23 Women
1. Emma White (Rally Cycling)
2. Margot Clyne
3. Sara Youmans