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.
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.
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.”
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/