Gearing up for Canada Summer Games

Some high-end local talent were racing at the local Manitoba Cycling Association’s annual Grand Pointe race series on last Wednesday night.

Local greats Mitch Kettler, Graham Lock (who is also an Engineering Student at the U of M), and Danick Vandale were throwing it down and competing against some seasoned veterans like Darren Cote and Jason Howden in a grueling road race just outside of the perimeter.

Danick Vandale and Graham Lock breaking away from the Peloton at Grand Pointe. /GREGORY MCNEILL

When asked about the upcoming Canada Summer Games, local cycling thoroughbred Cote commented, “Manitoba is putting forth an incredibly talented team. Our development program is top notch. Producing and developing talent for years to come. Can’t express how impressed I am with them,” he said.

“What MB lacks in hills we make up for in wind, really builds mental toughness. Our riders will do us proud,” Cote predicted.

Cale Bergmann, Trevor Allan, and Chris Graham and company rounding the corner at Grand Pointe. /GREGORY MCNEILL

One thing to notice is the professional racing ‘kit’ that the riders are wearing. This is Manitoba, and even though only a generation ago this phenomena was rare, it is becoming more commonplace.

“We will be seeing lots of Manitoba riders in the pro ranks for years to come.” says Cote. “(It’s) going to be some great games.”

One of the many classes of racers grinding it out in the Peloton on the rise at Grand Pointe. /GREGORY MCNEILL

The Canada Summer Games road racing events will be held at Bird’s Hill Park and the Stampede Grounds for the short course Criteriums. More information can be found on the Manitoba Cycling Association’s webpage: http://mbcycling.ca/events/

Cale Bergmann stressing out the pack as they race to the sunset. /GREGORY MCNEILL

Go to http://www.2017canadagames.ca/ for more info. Follow the Canada Games on Twitter @2017CanadaGames #JCG2017 and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CanadaGames

For more CNC stories on Canada Summer Games 2017 go to Celebrating 50 years of Canada Games.

Mitch Kettler, Graham Lock and Danick Vandale break away from the Peloton and ride together to increase their gap. /GREGORY MCNEILL

Gregory C. McNeill

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Greg has been writing stories and taking pictures of local cyclists, runners, and triathletes for over 4 years. He is a member of fatbikemanitoba.com, volunteers with trail building at www.2wheelrevolution.ca, and is a participant in long distance cycling with www.manitobarandonneurs.ca

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