British Columbia in July is incredible. Sunny, warm and no bugs!
We’ve been making the trip to Vancouver every July since the team’s first year in 2014. BC Superweek has always treated us well. The week is actually 10 days, with 9 races. The community embraces this race series and organizer Mark Ernsting does a fantastic job, while his wife Susie treats all the teams well. There is something very familial about this race: most teams stay with host families in Delta, Tsawwassen, Burnaby or White Rock. We’d especially like to thank our hosts: Jamie & Lori Davidson, Michelle & Sandy McDonald, and Tim & Anne Enno.
Each race during BC Superweek has a special character – captured here in pictures by Oran Kelly of eibhir.com:
Dannick Vandale returned to racing after recovering from tendonitis – which has kept him sidelined most of the 2017 season. He was a welcome addition to our 6 rider BC Superweek squad.
The start scene at the new New West Grand Prix. The latest addition to the 10 day race series.
The Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix is the crown jewel of the week. Nothing beats the size of the crowds at this downtown Vancouver race. The crowds are an eclectic mix of trendy urbanites, business people, hipsters, and street people. The backside of the course touches on one of the roughest neighborhoods in Vancouver.
We’ve had a busy season and our share of injuries. Through much of Superweek we started reduced rosters of just 4-6 riders. Letting some riders rest by sitting out a race here or there. We sent some of our riders directly to altitude to prepare for the tours of Cascade, Utah and Colorado which we’ll do back to back to back after Superweek.
We didn’t hit the podium as much as we’ve been accustomed to in past year’s in BC – however, that didn’t prevent us from enjoying these races as much as ever! Pier-André and Émile were our consistent sprinters, with one or the other placing top 10 in most races. Nigel was our only podium getter, coming 3rd in the tough White Rock road race… perhaps the hardest single-day road race in Canada.
During the Gastown GP we co-hosted a unique course-side VIP zone in partnership with Cycling Canada, Global Relay Bridge The Gap, Team H&R Block and team sponsor The Musette Cafe. It was a unique opportunity for fans, friends and partners to mingle. We helped raise more than $2,400 to support Youth Cycling Initiatives in Canada. Bridge The Gap has been a long-time supporter of Canadian road cyclists, many of Silber’s athletes are current or former beneficiaries of the BTG Fund’s support. We were thrilled to ‘give back’ in collaboration with the other partners at this event.
Alec Cowan had a break-through Tour de Beauce and was 3rd at the National Championships. His family joined him during BC Superweek and his younger brother Quentin raced the youth race at Gastown – we’re recruiting early and predicting Quentin will be as good as his big bro.
Quentin was able to race thanks to Global Relay Bridge The Gap. We can’t say enough good about BTG. We encourage you to make a small donation, to support youth cycling in Canada.