Easily the hardest unsanctioned race of the local season, the Gentlemen's Race earned a healthy share of infamy this year.
52 riders in 17 teams lined up on a very wet Victoria morning.
Most were registered to race an approximately 110km route on geared road bikes. Gravel, slick descents, and elevation was on the menu.
For the three teams sporting fixed gear riders, a shorter route close to 80km was assigned.
No less difficult, this route excluded the treacherous Highlands, but included some grinding climbs out in East Sooke, as well a steep descent into Esquimalt lagoon.
The route was hard. Hard to navigate, hard to ride, hard to finish.
A combination of terrible weather conditions, sketchy pavement, and lots of
adrenaline sent three riders to hospital.
Huge thanks to Kevin Ehman and the great people over at thenumber creative for, once again, putting together a gorgeous race poster for us in a moment's notice.
The 2013 Gentlemen's Race promises to be absolutely off the chain again this year! The race is only two and-a-half weeks away, so be sure to get your team of three together and register with Parker ASAP to guarantee your team's place on the start list.