Josh and Sophie Ogilvie competed in the Cycling BC Comox Jr Road and Time Trial Provincial Championships over the weekend of June 7th and 8th. As done in previous years for other young athletes, the Interior Grasslands Cycling Club contributed funds in support; the club gave $300 to help with travel costs for the Ogilvies. This is their report:
It was our pleasure to travel to and compete it the Cycling BC Comox Jr Road and Time Trial Provincial Championships this last weekend. Thank you for your help with travel expences. This was a fun and very different racing experience for both of us.
Joshua competed in the Boys U17 as he was born 1999 and just makes that cut, so next year Josh and Soph will be in U17 together. This is a tough class of big guys from clubs that train year ’round at the two Velodromes (Burnaby Velodrome and the Juan De Fuca Velodrome in Victoria). My road race was 8 laps totalling 72 km, this is a pretty long race with good roads in a tall treed corridor near Cumberland. I was able to stick in the lead pack for 6 laps but as the tactic became more serious, I was dropped with another rider who was able to drop me in the last lap. Eating and drinking became much more important during this race. The individual TT race on Sunday was a single lap of the TT course, Soph rode the same loop. I didn’t bring the Cerélo P1 TT bike that we have and I think that I could have shaved off a good amount of time, a few guys had these kind of bikes but mostly they had skin suits and deep carbon wheels and discs and clip on aero bars. I have a pretty good idea of what competition in this age group looks like now, and I will be able to make good gains by trying to ride up at home and riding longer rides. — Joshua O.
Sophie competed in the Girls U15 category as she was born in 2000 and is at the top of that age group. Next year it’s off to U17. The U15 is a competitive group of girls who have some good strategy down. While feeling like the hills were less challenging than those back home, I had to work hard at the front of the pack in the final sprint I was able to make second by a half a wheel. Each of the 4 laps I was able to take QOM , if there had been points awarded.
The Time Trial was a 16 km loop further up-island, mostly in tall treed country lanes. One stretch ran us down the Island Highway but the wind was mostly at our backs. There were only two very small hills to speak of on-course. I was able to pass my lead out girl early and was not passed. The third girl out was able to make 5 seconds on me to take First place leaving me with Second place.
I now have a very good idea of who my competition is and I’m confident that the next race will be very different. — Sophie O.