Cyclists vying for BC title

The fourth annual Hayman Classic returns to the South Okanagan this weekend, attracting nearly 120 of B.C.'s best young cyclists for four races in three days.

“It’s coming together,” says Ron Hayman, the Penticton resident and former Canadian Olympic cyclist for whom the competition is named and who is passionate about providing a top-notch challenge for aspiring young cyclists.

Most riders will come from B.C., but others will travel from as far as Saskatchewan, the Yukon and Montana.

The first event Friday morning is a time trial in Okanagan Falls ending at Painted Rock Winery. That afternoon, cyclists will also be racing around the Area 27 private speedway in Oliver.

On Saturday morning, a criterium runs on Riverside Drive in Penticton.

The final event Sunday is somewhat in flux. Typically, the road race starts and ends in Oliver, using Fairview Road and Secrest Roads, but spring flooding has turned the area into a work zone.

An alternate course has been found, using the Bartier Bros. winery as start and finish, but the original course may be used if things clear up by race time.

The Hayman Classic is also serving as the 2018 B.C. youth cycling championship, meaning the first B.C. finishers in each race will earn B.C. champions’ jerseys. Cycling Canada will be participating with a two-day talent ID camp designed to identify and provide advice to young riders who hope to one day turn amateur or pro.

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