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2011 CENTURION 100 Mile Bike Race, BLUE MOUNTAINS

by Jasper Blake

This weekend I hit up the last race on the calendar in the new Centurion series.  Graham Fraser and his team continue to show why they are the masters of creating cool events.  The Centurion race in Collingwood, Ontario grew from 1200 people last year to 3500 this year.

My primary objective was to compete in the hill elimination challenge and the Centurion 100 miler both of which will be televised on TSN.  It offered the opportunity to compete in something slightly different using my fitness from Ironman Canada and a chance to win some prize money late in the season.  Our team 7SYSTEMS-Bearing Capital-Running Free was also raising money for Team Fox, which generates funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming off of Ironman 3 weeks ago especially considering I would be racing against some of Ontario and Canada’s best amateur cyclists but it went really well.  The hill climb consisted of an elimination format whereby 8 people went head to head and the top 4 advanced from each heat.  Turns out I can climb hills quite well- I made it through to the finals and ended up finishing 4th missing 3rd place and a pay check by 1/10th of a second- climbing yes, sprinting no!

The next day the 100 miler went off- 1500 athletes and a major suffer fest.  I managed to hang in there and was in the main group at the end sprinting for the last podium spot.  I finished 9th overall and was stoked with the result.  It was fun to be a roadie for the weekend.

The team worked well together riding to finish 4th overall with Jamie List’s 21st place finish really helping our rankings.

Look forward to the team racing at Centurion in 2012!

Thanks to Tammy Rutledge for taking these great Pictures from September 17-18, 2011

2011 Recommended Events & Dates to Remember

  • April 15-17 Collingwood: Training Camp
  • June 12: K-W Classic
  • July 24:  Prov. Championships
  • August 14: Niagara Classic Road Race
  • September 16-18: CENTURION
  • October 2: Tour De Hans

2010 CENTURION 100 Mile Bike Race, BLUE MOUNTAINS

September 18-19, 2010 

TEAMS

Team RunningFree.com  Team 7SYSTEMS/Bearing
  • John Yip
  • Kevin Wall
  • Lee Redstone
  • Dave O’Neil
  • Sean Wall
  • Scott Thorton
  • Harper Forbs
  • Martin Rydlo
  • Brad Brock
  • Bill Logie
  • PJ King
  • Jamie List
  • Mark Rutlegde
  • Joe Rizzi
  • Rolston Miller