While foul weather burdened the last weekend of the Victoria International Cycling Festival the clouds parted on Saturday evening just in time to allow for some seriously badass racing.
The Design District Criterium placed riders on brakeless fixed gear track bikes, battling it out on some of the roughest streets in downtown Victoria. While the field started with fifteen racers it was whittled down during the 40 laps, as the heavy-hitters didn't hold anything back.
Phillips Brewery was an amazing host to the event and were kind enough to treat racers and spectators alike to beer samples.
Filmmaker/Photographer Brian Vernor was up from California to screen his film "The Cyclocross Meeting" earlier in the week and was able to capture all these amazing images from the event. Be sure to check in at Brian's Flickr for the rest of them.
Halldor and Andrew fight to join back with the lead group.
Steven Grandy and Parker Bloom take a tight corner onto Government Street.
Kaitlin holds it down as one of our reliable "race officals"
Parker was victim of the only crash of the evening. Fortunately with a hasty wheel change and Malcolm to push him back into the group he was able to hold onto 4th place.
Steven Grandy kills it in the final lap to take home first place and the Coveted Chrome Jersey.
1.Steven Grandy 2. Emile de Rosnay 3. Jamie Cameron
Thanks to our Sponsors: Chrome, Broad Street Cycles, Phillips Brewery and Brian Vernor.
*All photos courtesy of Brian Vernor