2019 Group 2 Ontario Criterium Series Winners

The talent across Ontario to shine bright with another group of standout individuals, who have captured the title of 2019 Ontario Criterium Series Winners. To capture the title, participants earned Ontario Criterium points by attending four events that made up the Ontario Criterium series this year; Quinte-West Criterium, Preston Street, Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix, and Tour di Via Italia.

For group 1 winners, click here.

Master 1 Men –Steve McKee

How long have you been road racing?

I have been racing for 10 years.

How did you get into the sport?

A size 62 antique steel ‘STEVE BAUER CHINOOK’ a friend bought me for $50 at an Estate sale, got me road racing. I started criterium racing when I found out they were half as long as road races and flat.

Favourite crit this year?

All the criteriums this year were fantastic. Great venues, great crowds!

Fondest accomplishment?

First National Championship 2013 Lac Megantic. No one was more shocked than me!

Master A Women Co-Winner– Kerry Gale

How long have you been road racing?

Tour de Via Italia was my first ever crit race and I have never done a road race.

How did you get into the sport?

I jumped into this race for two reasons. One to help a teammate achieve a goal and two it was ground breaking with a dedicated Master women’s start and I wanted to do my part to support this decision by adding to the number of participants.

Favourite crit this year?

Tour de Via Italia was my first ever crit race.

Fondest accomplishment?

I love that you are promoting and highlighting the awesome achievements of these athletes.

Master A Women Co-Winner – Nicole Tomasi

How long have you been road racing?

This was my first criterium, I’ve really struggled with my two seasons of road racing. Hills are my worst enemy so after DNFing at Northumberland the day before, I figured I was already in Quinte with my teammates, so what the heck.

 How did you get into the sport?

I had been riding with clubs in Toronto, and thought I’d see if I could take it to the next level, plus I can’t resist the thought of “training” for something throughout the Winter season.

 Favourite crit this year?

Well I only participated in Quinte, and to be honest it’s a little intimidating to be a Masters A level racer and be in a line up with all the other experienced Elite level women. I remember sitting on my top tub in the start line and considering inching my way backwards to bail, but then I looked over at my teammates who were ready to cheer me on from the sidelines, and well, I guess that’s really the only encouragement you need. So I sat in, and it was wild, exciting and challenging and worth being scared for a whole 45 minutes

 Fondest accomplishment?

Doing Quinte! As I mentioned, hills are just not my thing so crits really was my other road option that I hadn’t tried out. You gotta take chances right! And I’m so glad I did, and I would encourage more MASTERS A women to come in because the field!

Master 2 Men – William Trischuk

How long have you been road racing?

Started when I was 14 as a cadet in Ottawa. Raced for ~10 and then got a job. Came back to (track) racing 4 years ago, and have been doing crits in the summer to get in shape for track, for the past three summers.

How did you get into the sport?

My father and uncle were keen cyclists, but not competitors. I tried racing in Ottawa and Montreal, and liked it. I rode on the Montreal velodrome, while it still had a bike track inside, for about 8 years. And have ridden in velodromes around Europe and now Milton ever since.

Favourite crit this year?

Quinte West, because it had a big field of comparable quality riders.

Fondest accomplishment?

7th in the Jr. Worlds team pursuit with the Canadian team in 1984 in Florence.

Master 3 Men – Tim Gale

Elite 1/2 Men-Ryan Roth