'Best ever' cycle event

The fourth annual Hayman Classic, a junior cycling event that spans the Okanagan Valley, has been called the 'best ever' in its history by organizers.

A record number of participants were present, totalling 124. They hailed from around Canada and the United States.

“Champions are bred in races like this,” said Rick Lee, manager and head coach of Hamilton, Ont.-based team NCCH. “Apart from the national championships, this is the race our kids want to take part in.”

Ana Large, a 15-year-old rider from Kelowna-based Red Devils Cycling, described the weekend as "great riding and great competition." She's already looking forward to competing again in 2019 and hopefully snagging a first-place finish. 

The event took place from May 25 to May 27, and saw nothing but blue skies and warm temperatures throughout the competition. The road race portion of the event had to be moved from Oliver further south due to flooding, which made the course less steep but forced contestants to put the emphasis on pack riding and drafting.

Times from each of four races were added together to produce a cumulative score to determine winners. For full results, visit the race website

A three-day talent camp has begun Sunday following the conclusion of the race in which around 50 young riders will take part. The youth cyclists will learn what it takes to become a professional in the field and pursue a career. 

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