It was anything but a classic spring weekend, but that couldn't deter some of the province's best cyclists from gathering in Moose Jaw.
The Moose Jaw Pavers Team Redgoat Spring Classic drew a strong field as it kicked off the provincial road cycling season Saturday and Sunday.
"I was really pleased. We up between 40 and 50 by the time we got to the road race," said Jim Large from the Moose Jaw Pavers who hosted the event. "Given the coolness of the weather and the predictions for rain, I was very pleased.
"We had a few people come down from Saskatoon just for Sunday's race and a couple more come down from Regina."
The Spring Classic was made up of three stages — a hill climb and a criterium on Saturday followed by a road race on Sunday. The road race doubled as Sask Cup 1, the first of three stops on the Sask Cup tour.
The three Sask Cup stops will take place in quick succession this season. Bikes on Broadway in Saskatoon will be held over the May long weekend and the third race will take place over the final weekend of the month.
"Basically all of our road racing is in May," said Large who noted that that was the case because of the mountain bike schedule and the road race schedule in Manitoba and Alberta that draws a number of Saskatchewan racers.
Last year the Spring Classic brought their criterium downtown. This year the high speed, technical race was moved to 15 Wing.
"We've done that out there before. It's a nice, safe crit," said Large. "We're able to make a 1 km long course. Typically in Saskatchewan they're not that long, though that's what cycling in general likes them to be. Typically ours are more like the square block we did last year. The smoothness, the lack of potholes — that all goes into it. It's a really good venue.
"The only trouble is that we don't get any exposure doing it out there. The only people who see us are the people who are involved in it."
Tom Kenny from Calgary had the best road race in Category 5 which gave him the overall win in that category. Brent Thumlert from Calgary won the crit and was second overall, while Regina's Marc Tremblay won the hill climb and was third overall in the category.
Saskatoon's Juliette Wheler was first in all three of the women's races and was first overall.
Saskatoon's Steven Froese was first in the men's Category 4, while Moose Jaw's Frank Montpetit was first in the hill climb and second overall. Large was fifth in that category and Moose Jaw's Robert Myrchak was seventh overall in that category.
Pedro Peralta Elgueta from Regina was first overall in Category 3. Regina's David cvan Zeyl was first in the road race and the hill climb, but fifth in the crit and finished second overall. Caronport's Jalen Kropf was seventh overall in the category.
A former Moose Jaw racer, Alyosha Boldt from Saskatoon, won the Category 1/2 combined title. Dalton Fayad won the first two stages, but didn't take part in the road race.
Sydney Dahl was the only Category 6 competitor and they posted a very fact time in the road race on Sunday.