Hall-Patch first to the finish

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Victoria's Clare Hall-Patch did the double at yesterday's third annual Formwerks Westside Cycling Classic.

Hall-Patch, a 24-year-old with Oak Bay Bikes, won the senior women's Westside race and provincial road racing championship in 2:15:27.9. She was almost 12 seconds faster than runner-up Leah Guloien of Port Moody. Vancouver's Moriah MacGregor was third.

Hall-Patch was also 2006's B.C. champion but finished second in last year's Westside to another Leah - Israeli-licensed Leah Goldstein.

Senior women raced eight laps of the 10.5 km loop around the south of Pacific Spirit Park and University of B.C. Endowment Lands. Hall-Patch broke away from MacGregor and Guloien after the challenging climb up Camosun hill.

"As soon as we got into the flat section I attacked and got a gap from Leah and I managed to hold it all the way [to the finish]," Hall-Patch said. "That was the hardest last couple of kilometres I'd ever done."

Hall-Patch also registered the fastest climb by a female racer up Camosun in 1:30, just 10 seconds slower than the fastest male climber, Brandon Crichton.

Trek Red Truck Racing's Ryan Anderson beat two other racers by a fraction of a second to take the senior men's race and B.C. championship.

Anderson, an ex-Edmontonian now living in Youbou, raced 13 laps in 3:15:04. Vancouver's Alistair Howard (3:15:04.2) and Kelowna's Jeff Sherstobitoff (3:15:04.4) were second and third, respectively. 


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