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Local Rider wins RBC Gran Fondo

Jenny Lehmann, one of the Maple Ridge-based Local Ride/Dr. Vie Superfoods+ Elite Women’s Cycling Team’s top riders, scored a big win at the popular 120km RBC Whistler Gran Fondo ride from Vancouver to Whistler on Sept. 10.

“I’m extremely happy to finish off a great season with a win,” said Lehmann. The 24-year-old from Vancouver finished her race in a time of three hours, 51 minutes after she broke away from the field 10km from the finish line in Whistler.

“The crowd was amazing throughout the entire race, but especially during that final stretch from Creekside to Whistler, which definitely gave me that extra gear to push beyond my limits,” she said.

Lehmann took home the top prize of $3,000.

“We are extremely proud of Jenny,” said Local Ride Bike Shop owner and the squad’s manager, Barry Lyster. “She showed great commitment and consistent improvement all season long. Jenny is still relatively new to the sport and she has huge potential.”

In its second edition, the RBC Whistler Gran Fondo saw 7,000 participants pedal the Sea to Sky Highway on their own car-free lane.