Winnipeg’s Mitchell Ketler Wins BC Superweek’s First Ever Twilight Criterium at PoCo GP

Winnipeg’s Mitchell Ketler wins BC Superweek’s first ever Twilight Criterium

July 14/18 9:17 am – BC Superweek: PoCo Grand Prix

Source: Canadian Cyclist Daily News

Canadian Cyclist

Posted by Editoress on 07/14/18

Winnipeg’s Mitchell Ketler Wins BC Superweek’s First Ever Twilight Criterium at PoCo GP

Kendall Ryan Continues Domination at BC Superweek

After winning the 2018 PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres, 21-year-old Mitchell Ketler was pretty much speechless. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native used some cunning tactics to capitalize on the final lap to take the biggest win of his career.

“Oh yeah, for sure, it’s awesome. It’s like I’m dreaming!” said Ketler, who is attending Camosun College in Victoria, BC in electrical trades. “I just had to cut it tight on the final corner, I saw Rally going a little bit outside and I knew that was my chance.”

Ketler cut past Rally Cycling’s Eric Young, who has been superb at BC Superweek thus far with four wins and six straight podiums, and Florenz Knauer, himself appearing on five podiums in six races this week. Heading into the final corner, the 29-year-old Knauer thought he had the win.

“I thought so. Eric went from the right side to the left and I lost all my momentum in the last corner. I went first but Mitch came on the inside way faster than me because I had to slow down, I guess I lost it in that corner.”

The second-place finish is the third straight for Knauer after coming in the same position in Thursday’s Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Developments and Wednesday’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. Friday’s race was the first ever twilight criterium in BC Superweek history, and the Hermann Radteam rider was impressed.

“It was awesome, the crowd was especially great here and it was a lot of fun. The lighting was perfect, the crew did an amazing job as always,” said Knauer, the owner of 34 top-10 finishes at BC Superweek since 2013.

The last ten laps of the 50-lap circuit were animated by the Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One team, which at one point had an aggressive lead out of four riders off the front. In the end, it was Sacramento, California’s William Myers coming in third place.

“We came in with one plan and that was to take the front with about ten to go and just ride it as hard as we could. I’m just happy I could get on the podium in the end and have a good race,” Myers explained.

Myers was once ranked among the top-10 in the world in a competitive video game, but on Friday, the 29-year-old was sure to inspire kids in the crowd to put down the video game controller and pick up a bike. He too recognized the importance of the last corner before the start/finish line in PoCo.

“I was maybe seventh wheel with two corners to go. I just opened it up on the inside, came by a couple of people, maybe fourth wheel into the last corner and just had a little more momentum than Eric did and got on the podium,” he said.

When it comes to racing BC Superweek, Myers – who won the Folsom Classic Criterium in May – loves the variety the series offers. “It’s really wonderful, it’s different than racing in the United States, having the teams we only get to race against a couple of times a year. It’s fun to race against different people, the courses are so hard, and the community really comes out and puts on a good show for us.”

Women’s Race
There’s something in the air in Canada that agrees with Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank rider Kendall Ryan. The 25-year-old from Ventura, California is nearly unstoppable at BC Superweek this year after she sprinted to win the PoCo Grand Prix presented by Dominion Lending Centres on Friday night.

It’s her fifth win at the series and sixth podium in seven races – plus she’s won nearly $20,000 in prize money. She used a tactic that’s been successful for her earlier in BC Superweek, where she bided her time during the race and set up for a bunch sprint on the final lap.

“Rally Cycling’s been kicking our butts this entire week, we’re all really tired and there’s only three of us. I was pretty tired yesterday, so I tried to ride smart and my teammates were relentless in covering everything, being really smart about their energy,” said Ryan.

Vancouver’s Sara Bergen, who rides for Rally, came second for her third podium in four races at BC Superweek. She knew all too well how dangerous Ryan would be on the final lap.

“That’s racing for you, Kendall’s a super talented rider, so I guess that kind of blunts the pain a little getting beat by one of the best. It was a huge race for Kendall and I must give a big thanks to my team, we went out there and went after it tonight,” said Bergen, who is the reigning Canadian national criterium champion and off to Europe on Sunday to race. “I had a great time racing here, it was a ton of fun and it was another awesome crowd in PoCo.”

Maple Ridge, BC’s Maggie Coles-Lyster came third and it’s her second straight podium after finishing runner-up at Thursday’s Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Developments. It’s also her second straight year on the podium in Port Coquitlam after coming second a year ago.

“I’ve just improved so much, and I’m so stoked to be on the podium,” said Coles-Lyster, who won the women’s points race at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. “A win would be very nice, but we still have tomorrow night in White Rock, so we’ll see!”

Despite the third-place finish, the 19-year-old Coles-Lyster felt she should have had a better result.

“I totally messed up and had terrible positioning heading into that last lap. You just have to give it everything you have on that last stretch because it’s so important to be first going into the last corner. I just missed it by a little bit and that was it, but this is an amazing course!”

BC Superweek continues Saturday with the Tour de White Rock presented Landmark Premiere Properties Choices Markets Criterium. The pro women race at 5:30 pm while the pro men take the start line at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit



1 Kendall Ryan (USA) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank 1:07:01
2 Sara Bergen (Can) Rally Cycling
3 Maggie Coles Lyster (Can) Macogep-Argon18-Girondins de Bordeaux p/b Mazda
4 Summer Moak (USA) Rally Cycling
5 Alison Jackson (Can) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
6 Lisa Howard (Can) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty
7 Libby Arbuckle (NZL) Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling Team
8 Joanie Caron (Can) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty
9 Joelle Delhaes (Can) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty
10 Sarah Van Dam (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
11 Marie-Soleil Blais (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
12 Haley Gill (Can) Rise Racing
13 Emily Nelson (GBr) Independent
14 Carolyn Russell (Can) Pender Racing p/b Bicicletta
15 Ella Harris (NZL) Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling Team
16 Janna Gillick (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling all s.t.
17 Michelle Howe (USA) Independent 1:07:06
18 Lizzie Stannard (NZl) Rise Racing
19 Beatrice Le Sauteur (Can) Logica Sport Biemme
20 Elena Valentini (ITA) T°Red Factory Racing Team
21 Ann-Pascale Ouellet (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
22 Frederique Larose Gingras (Can) Macogep-Argon18-Girondins de Bordeaux p/b Mazda
23 Holly Simonson (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
24 Emily Flynn (Can) Cyclery Racing
25 Emma Lujan (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
26 Philippa Sutton (Can) Rise Racing
27 Kate Smith (NZL) Rise Racing
28 Amelie Bruneau (Can) Cyclery Racing
29 Miriam Brouwer (Can) Cyclery Racing
30 Isabella Bertold (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
31 Sarah Macarthur (Can) Synergy Racing
32 Laurie Jussaume (Can) Cyclery Racing all s.t.
33 Katherine Enns (Can) Mighty Riders Cycling 1:07:14
34 Mary Maroon (USA) Jakroo Racing
35 Ariane Bonehomme Bruneau (Can) Cyclery Racing
36 Dafne Theroux Izquierdo (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell all s.t.
37 Devaney Collier (Can) Cyclery Racing 1:07:15
38 Abbey Mcgill (Can) Rise Racing
39 Luce Bourbeau (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell both s.t.
40 Abigail Mickey (USA) Rally Cycling 1:07:18
41 Gillian Ellsay (Can) Rally Cycling 1:07:21
42 Brenna Pauly (Can) Tripleshot Cycling 1:07:22
43 Anne Ouellet (Can) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty 1:07:27
44 Jennifer Gerth (Can) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty 1:07:36
45 Allyson Gillard (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Anna Talman (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Erin Attwell (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Holly Henry (Can) Rise Racing
DNF Kassandra Kriarakis (Can) Rise Racing
DNF Nicolle Bruderer (Gua) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
DNF Anna Stewart (USA) Jakroo Racing
DNF Jeana Rose (USA) Jakroo Racing
DNF Daniela Deschamps (Can) Jakroo Racing
DNF Catherine Ouellette (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNF Sonia Taylor (Can) Glotman Simpson Cycling
DNF Olivia Baril (Can) Macogep-Argon18-Girondins de Bordeaux p/b Mazda
DNF Pamela Troyer (Can) Mighty Riders Cycling
DNF Irena Ossola (USA) Independent
DNF Caitlin Wallin (Can) Cannondale p/b Fortius
DNS Claire Cameron (Can) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty
DNS Zoe Saccio (USA) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty
DNS Tegan Cochrane (Can) Fluevog’s Crit Nasty
DNS Michele Schaeffer (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNS Callie Swan (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNS Jennifer Tetrick (USA) Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
DNS Kirsti Lay (Can) Rally Cycling
DNS Heidi Franz (USA) Rally Cycling
DNS Samantha Quijano (USA) Jakroo Racing
DNS Annie Foreman-Mackey (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNS Kinley Gibson (Can) Cyclery Racing
DNS Meghan Grant (Can) TaG Cycling Race Team
DNS Esta Bovill (Can) TaG Cycling Race Team
DNS Stella Callaghan (NZL) Hera Everyday Goddess Racing
DNS Lancely Yung (NZL) Hera Everyday Goddess Racing
DNS Suzanna Dupee (USA) Team Mike’s Bikes p/b Equator Coffees
1 Mitchell Ketler (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy 1:13:06
2 Florenz Knauer (Ger) Herrmann Radteam
3 William Myers (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
4 Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling
5 Hendrik Pineda (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
6 Quinten Kirby (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
7 Jure Rupnik (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
8 Cade Bickmore (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports
9 Adam Jamieson (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
10 Jordan Gilmore (NZL) Independent
11 Sam Boardman (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
12 Joseph Lewis (AUS) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
13 Nicolas Cote (Can) Velo iBike
14 Brendan Cowley (Can) Hewdog Racing
15 Evan Burtnik (Can) Team RaceClean
16 Kurt Penno (Can) Toronto Hustle all s.t.
17 Facundo Gabriel Lezica (Arg) T°Red Factory Racing Team 1:13:11
18 Wolfgang Brandl (Ger) Movistar Team Ecuador 1:13:12
19 Chris Ernst (Can) Team RaceClean
20 Ed Veal (Can) RealDeal | Aquila
21 Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team all s.t.
22 Alexander Murison (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes 1:13:14
23 Antoine Ippersiel (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
24 Tim Savre (USA) Project Echelon
25 Bradley Huff (USA) Rally Cycling
26 Isaac Niles (Can) Hewdog Racing
27 Chris Macleod (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
28 Zack Jensen (USA) Independent
29 Guillaume Davidson (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
30 John Borstelmann (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
31 Stephen Bassett (USA) Silber Pro Cycling
32 Keith Brouillette (Can) Ascent Cycling p/b Neworld Cycle all s.t.
33 Jayson Valade (FRA) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team 1:13:18
34 Brett Wakefield (Can) Team Giant Vancouver 1:13:22
35 Michael Foley (Can) Team RaceClean 1:13:24
36 Jonathan Cassivi (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell 1:13:26
37 Grant Gill (Can) Steed Cycles 1:13:28
38 Jack Tanner (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports 1:13:30
39 Von Winkelmann (Can) Applewood Garneay p/b Smart Savvy
40 Jean-Denis Thibault (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
41 Dalton Walters (USA) Matrix/RBM
42 Dillon Corkery (Irl) Gerard-DHL
43 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
44 Gabriel Guay (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
45 Cormac Mcgeough (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
46 Ryan Primeau (Can) Velo iBike
47 Derek Gee (Can) Team RaceClean
48 Tristan Guillemette (Can) Team RaceClean
49 Nicholas Jones (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
50 Nigel Kinney (USA) Langlois Brown Racing all s.t.
51 Drew Levitt (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports 1:13:34
52 Zola Mehlomakulu (Can) Independent
53 Normand Richard (Can) Independent
54 Brendan Armstrong (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
55 Joshua Kropf (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
56 Christopher Hatz (Ger) Herrmann Radteam
57 Wilson Tran (Can) Langlois Brown Racing all s.t.
58 Kellen Viznaugh (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy 1:13:47
59 Jake Cullen (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy 1:13:48
60 Mason Burtnik (Can) Hewdog Racing 1:13:54
61 Max Rubarth (Can) Probaclac/Devinci 1:13:56
62 Francis Izquierdo-Bernier (Can) Probaclac/Devinci 1:13:58
63 Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
64 Olivier Peloquin (Can) Probaclac/Devinci both s.t.
65 Robert Pearce (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One 1:14:18
DNF Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Conor O’brien (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Luke Mudgway (NZL) H&R Block Pro Cycling Team
DNF Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNF Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNF Marc Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNF Felix Boutin (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Levi Kramer (USA) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNF Thierry Kirouac-Marcassa (Can) Team RaceClean
DNF Gabriel Drapeau-Zgoralski (Can) Team RaceClean
DNF Lukas Conly (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Duncan Bryson (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Graham Lock (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNF Benoit Boulay (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNF Evan Murphy (USA) Toronto Hustle
DNF Anton Varabei (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNF Trevor O’donnell (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNF Sam Rosenholtz (USA) Toronto Hustle
DNF Kyle Buckosky (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Jay Lamoureux (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Erik Diertens (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNF Patrick Riddell (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF Alexander Fraser-Maraun (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF Jackson Bocksnick (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF Marc Dupuis (Arm) Hewdog Racing
DNF Adam Holcombe (Can) Hewdog Racing
DNF Stephen Vogel (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
DNF Stephen Keeping (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
DNF Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Probaclac/Devinci
DNF Morgan Schmitt (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
DNF Evan Bybee (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
DNF Grant Koontz (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
DNF Josh Tyrrell (Can) Velo iBike
DNF Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Pender Racing p/b Bicicletta
DNF Geoffrey Chambers-Bedard (Can) Ascent Cycling p/b Neworld Cycle
DNF Marco Cecchinato (Ita) T°Red Factory Racing Team
DNF Piergiacomo Marcolina (ITA) T°Red Factory Racing Team
DNF Mamoru Yoshioka (JPN) Kyoto Sangyo Univ
DNF Tadaaki Nakai (JPN) Kyoto Sangyo Univ
DNF Dan Gronross (Can) Capa Tosta
DNF Jeffrey Kemp (Can) Capa Tosta
DNF Bruno Labelle (Can) Factory Five-thePACK
DNF Dylan Wiwad (Can) Gastown Cycling Association
DNF Tomas Kobylka (Can) Gastown Cycling Racing Reds
DNF Ryan Rudderham (Can) RealDeal | Aquila
DNF Pierre-Olivier Santerre (Can) Espoirs Elite Primeau Velo
DNF Carlo Quicho (Can) Green Line Velo driven by Zip Car
DNF Nicholas Perhala (USA) Monster Media Racing
DNF Nick Monette (Can) Victoria Wheelers
DNF Riley Pickrell (Can) Independent
DNF Jackson Kinniburgh (Can) Bicisport
DNF Charles-Antoine Forest Leblanc (Can) Desjardins Ford p/b Cromwell
DNS Pier-Andre Cote (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNS Danick Vandale (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
DNS Felix Pelletier (Can) Desjardins-Ford p/b Cromwell
DNS Aidan Caves (Can) Team RaceClean
DNS John Willcox (Can) Team RaceClean
DNS Thomas Schellenberg (Can) Applewood Garneau p/b Smart Savvy
DNS Noah Simms (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNS Ethan Palamarek (Can) Toronto Hustle
DNS Clarke Lind (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNS Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Trek Red-Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Homes
DNS Gavin Murray (USA) Marc Pro Cycling p/b Gym One
DNS Connor Toppings (Can) Probaclac/Devinci
DNS Brendan Rhim (USA) Holowesko|Citadel Cycling Team
DNS Cooper Rombold (USA) Team California
DNS Thorsten Askervold (USA) Team California
DNS Enrique Serrato (USA) Team California
DNS Callum Gordon (USA) Team California
DNS Chad Hall (USA) Team California
DNS Leo Yip (USA) Team California
DNS Camden Vodicka (USA) Team California
DNS Gera Medina (USA) Team California
DNS Dylan Davies (Can) Langlois Brown Racing
DNS Richard Bergeron (Can) Velo iBike
DNS Eric Johnston (Can) Ascent Cycling p/b Neworld Cycle
DNS Christopher Gill (Can) Factory Five-thePACK
DNS Antoine Fabry (Can) Factory Five-thePACK
DNS Richard Machhein (Can) Team Giant Vancouver
DNS Adam Pugh (Can) Peloton Racing p/b
DNS Edward Walsh (Can) T-Palm PCW
DNS Kaler Marshall (USA) Hangar 15 Biycles Elite Team
DNS Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Independent