Less climbing, more speed

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Southwest Marine Drive and the University of B.C. Endowment Lands were once eyed for the Molson Indy Vancouver. They'll be used Sunday morning by the pedal-powered, third annual Formwerks Westside Cycling Classic.

"A race without the noise is the way to go," said organizer Philip Meyer. "The speeds going down Marine Drive are going to be extremely fast."

Meyer is expecting as many as 300 riders to tackle the 10.5-kilometre closed loop in a quest for the provincial road racing championships.

The previous course dipped to sea level before a grueling climb up the north slopes of Point Grey. Sunday's realignment features the long Marine Drive straightaway and less-challenging Camosun hill climb.

"There's going to be no clear favourite on a course like this," said veteran North Vancouver racer Larry Zimich. "Obviously the strongest guy, the smartest guy will win."

Zimich's biggest recent achievement was finishing fifth in March's 1,850 km Tour of Pakistan. The stage race in the volatile country went from Karachi to Peshawar, through remote villages where tap water and electricity are luxuries.

The masters race is Sunday at 7:30 a.m. The featured senior men do 13 laps beginning at 10:30 a.m. Women get rolling at 10:40 a.m.

Schedule and map at www.teamwedgewood.com


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