Eric Young and Brad Huff of Rally Cycling go 1-2 at Gastown Grand Prix
It was a great day for Rally Cycling at the BC Superweek. One of the standout events of the famous week of racing is the Gastown Grand Prix. One of the oldest and richest criteriums in North America, paying $12,000 to the first placed rider. With such a big payout, the pace of the race was all-out from the get-go, with consistent attacks of the front of the peloton.
An early break was finally reeled in with eight laps to go, allowing the peloton to bunch up again to prepare for the sprint. With three laps to go, the whole Rally Cycling squad took to the front to set up Young. Shane Kline, Tom Soladay, Curtis White and Will Routley shattered the peloton, leaving just a small group left with the energy to contest the finale. On the last lap Routley set a blistering pace, carrying so much speed into the final corner he ended up in the hay bales. His efforts would not be for nothing though as he launched Young and Huff in the perfect position to power to the line virtually uncontested.
“The guys did a perfect job staying patient and waiting until the right moment to take control of the race,” said Young after crossing the line. “Winning Gastown has been a personal goal of mine for a few years now, so it feels great. Obviously it makes it even better to have Brad come in second.”
“The composure we had going into the final three laps was perfect,” added Huff. “Leading out Eric for the win was our only goal, getting second was just icing on the cake.”