Cyclists battle rain and wind

Katie Brickman
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Moose Jaw's Clint DeMarce crosses the finish line in the Category 5 division in the Moose Jaw Spring Classic road race on Sunday afternoon.

Wet, cold and gray was the backdrop for the first Saskatchewan Cycling Association road race of the season. Not only were the cyclists competing against each other, but also the weather over the weekend.

“Racing on the real skinny tires, going around the corners is dangerous enough without being slick with water,” said Jim Large, President of the Moose Jaw Pavers Bike Club. “It was rainy, windy and cold.”

Cyclists took part in the Hill Climb Time Trial on Saturday morning at Buffalo Pound before tackling the Criterium race in the rain that evening at Murray GM.

“They really liked the course for both the Criterium and the road race,” said Large. “People like the Criterium because its different from what they get in Saskatchewan. It being on real good pavement and in a parking lot instead of on streets that have pot holes and grates…its just unfortunate the two years we have run the Criterium that it has poured rain both times.”

The Spring Classic road race went Sunday afternoon where over 50 cyclists took part in four different categories based on distance. There were cyclists from Swift Current, Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Alberta, Calgary, Alta. and Winnipeg, Man. and other areas around the province.

“With the road race because it is a loop situation and has some steep climbs, it makes it different from what we see in a lot of the Saskatchewan races,” explained Large. “We get good feedback each year and things were positive.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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