Maple Ridge’s Maggie Coles-Lyster used her home field advantage to place second at the 2015 edition of Jeremy’s Roubaix.
The 12th edition of the race featured 150 of B.C.’s toughest riders taking on the back roads and dikes in Pitt Meadows.
“Riders not only had to battle the tough gravel section of the course, but when the winds and rain hit, staying warm became a new challenge,” said race director Barry Lyster.
Jeremy’s Roubaix was the first race in Cyclying B.C.’s Premier Road Series, which consists of seven events in B.C., including Race the Ridge.
Coles-Lyster was one of four riders to take an early lead early in the 80-km category 1, 2, 3 women’s race.
However, Kelsey MacDonald of team Giant Vancouver was first off the dikes on the final lap and rode to victory in front of Coles-Lyster and Kristine Brynjolfson of Women’s Team Attack.
The category 1, 2 men saw a strong group of riders stay away for the majority of the race.
After the 120-km mark, the final sprint came down to Isaac Leblanc of Pro City Racing and Garrett McLeod of H and R Block Pro Cycling.
LeBlanc used a strong finish to cruise to victory.
The category 3 men’s was the largest group of the day, with Alex Dove of Mighty Riders taking the win in front of a hard-charging group of racers.
Craig Holden of Glotman Simpson Cycling Club was the top master in the 40-plus division, while Brendan Armstrong of TaG Cycling was the top junior.
Lyster said another bonus for the day was the large turnout of youth riders for the event, with Devo Catalyst Kinetics dominating in most categories.
In the youth races, Lilly Ujfalusi was the U13 girl winner, with Lief Rodgers being the top U13 boy.
Eric Inkster was the top U15 boy, with Devo teammate Elizabeth Gin being the top U15 girl.
Ben Katerberg of Trail Bicycles, was the fastest U17 boy.