Whistler’s Trevor Hopkins earned a runner-up finish in the League 140-km race of Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria on Sunday (Sept. 22), escaping a late crash to place second out of more than 750 cyclists in the field.
The Team Whistler rider finished the ride in three hours, 59 minutes, four seconds, leading in the main group to finish behind winner Rob Britton (3:58:21), a pro cyclist.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Hopkins. “It was hard. It was probably plus-10 (degrees), pouring rain and with super gusty winds.
“I stayed at the front all day but got in one bad crash where the guy beside me broke his collarbone. That was with about 20K to go, but I jumped straight on the bike and sprinted back up to the group.”
Hopkins said conditions worsened for the final 10-km stretch into the finish but he managed to beat out about a dozen other riders on the sprint for second place.
Hopkins also claimed top spot in the race’s ‘Champs Elysees’ timed section, with his time of 23:47 through the section being two seconds quicker than any other competitor.
Several other Whistler riders participated in Sunday’s Tour, including Ken Chaddock, who placed in the top 125 with a time of 4:37:20. Also among the top 200 finishers was Milo Rusimovich, who clocked in at 4:57:59. Other Whistler finishers on Sunday included Grant Lamont (5:26:31), Gary Baker (5:37:18), Phil Chew (5:41:20) and Brenda Baker (5:43:26).
Meanwhile, Whistler’s Gloria Gomes finished the event’s 50-km ride on Sunday. Riding in a road event for the first time, she completed the course in 2:17:38.
PPOS returning to Whistler
Whistler Blackcomb will once again host a stop on The North Face Pipe and Park Open Series, welcoming the tour for halfpipe and slopestyle competition Jan. 14 to 18.
Whistler will be one of three stops on the tour, with all events being part of the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) schedule. While the event has drawn some of the world’s top freestyle skiers in past years, the open format also allows amateurs to compete against top pros while trying to improve their AFP rankings.
“As the sport of freeskiing embarks on its journey to the world’s stage at the Winter Olympics, The North Face is proud to offer this open-format event to the freeskiing community, and excited to see the sport growing and moving forward.”
Athlete registration will open on Nov. 5 at www.thenorthfaceppos.com.