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Cyclists storm Pitt Meadows dikes

Jean-Ann Berkenpas of Maple Ridge, riding for Xprezo, leads the pack along the Kennedy Road dike by Barnes Road during Barry’s Roubaix 2012, a European classic inspired bike race in Pitt Meadows, on Sunday. The category 1, 2, and 3 women had to do 10 laps of a 10-kilometre loop featuring four kilometers of the scenic Pitt Meadows dike system and rural farm roads. - Colleen Flanagan
Jean-Ann Berkenpas of Maple Ridge, riding for Xprezo, leads the pack along the Kennedy Road dike by Barnes Road during Barry’s Roubaix 2012, a European classic inspired bike race in Pitt Meadows, on Sunday. The category 1, 2, and 3 women had to do 10 laps of a 10-kilometre loop featuring four kilometers of the scenic Pitt Meadows dike system and rural farm roads.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan

Close to 100 cyclists took part in the third annual Barry’s Roubaix cycling race Sunday, storming the Pitt Meadows dikes for the first event of the 2012 cycling season.

The course featured a nasty mix of pavement and gravel that took its toll on the participants bike’s and tires, with only half of the field completing the race.

In the men’s Category 1/2 race, Rob Britton from Team H&R Block took home first place with a time of 2:52:42 in the 120-km race, while Tim Abercrombie of Garneau Evolution finished second with a time of 2:52:57. Britton’s teammate Mike Sidic finished third in a dead heat with Jesse Reams of Hagen Berman Elite

In the women’s Category 1/2/3 race, favourite Steph Roorda of the Maple Ridge-based Local Ride/Dr. Vie Superfoods+ elite women’s cycling team finished first with a time of 2:34:25 in the 100-km race. Roorda is a World Cup track cycling medalist and Pan American champion, and sprinted to victory in the 2008 Harris Roubaix road race, the predecessor to Barry’s Roubaix.

Coming in at second place was Claire Cameron of Mighty Riders with a time of 2:34:27, while Maple Ridge’s Jean Ann Berkenpas finished third just fractions of a second later.

In the Category 3/4 men’s race, Jordan Duncan of Russ Hay racing topped the podium, while Michael Wegner finished second, and Tristan Hughes third.

Eric Verster was first in the novice men’s division, while Madeline Hawkins was first in the novice women’s division.

In the U-17 men’s race, Ulrich Langley finished first, while Maple Ridge’s Maggie Coles-Lyster won the U-17 women’s race.

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