Olav Stana was the most outstanding rider at the weekend’s Arrow Transportation Group four-stage cycling event.
Stana, a former Kamloops resident who now lives in Vernon, won three of the four stages of the event, to which the Interior Grasslands Cycling Club played host.
It was the first open event in Kamloops in a number of years, and organizers are calling it a success.
Stana, a multiple world champion, won the CAP-IT time trial, the Taboo hill climb and the Interfor road race. He had an outside obligation that didn’t allow him to compete in Sunday’s Spoke criterium.
On Saturday, Stana won the 14-kilometre time trial in 19 minutes eight seconds, before winning the hill climb in 31:14.He followed up Sunday by winning the 54-kilometre road race in one hour 21 minutes 10 seconds.
The IGCC had 16 riders take part, but only Ray Nyuli and John Armstrong completed all four stages.
Maxim Hansen was the fastest local in the time trial, posting a time of 20:12. Ian Fillinger (20:26) wasn’t far behind, ahead of Armstrong (21:52), Perry Grunenberg (22:16) and Jason Bourgois (22:49). Peter Voss (23:11) was sixth, Ken McDonald (23:13) was seventh, with Jennifer Gayfer (23:24), Klaus Voss (23:43), Nyuli (23:49) and Charlie Bruce (26:06) also finishing.
The top three local finishers in the hill climb weren’t separated by much time — Armstrong was first amongst Kamloopsians, in 33:29, with Fillinger four seconds back and Hansen third in 33:48. Also completing the tough course were Ray Lampart (35:44), Grunenberg (37:22), Bourgois (40:22), Nyuli (40:57), McDonald (42:31), Peter Voss (43:47), Bruce (45:44) and Klaus Voss (58:01).
Larry Hindle led the way in Sunday’s road race, posting a time of 1:22:19 to lead the local brigade. Grunenberg finished in 1:24:41, a second ahead of Fillinger, two seconds ahead of Lampart and three seconds ahead of Armstrong.
Paul Berry finished in 1:24:51, Peter Voss crossed the line in 1:25:44, with Nyuli finishing in 1:30:44. Gayfer (1:31:28), Bourgois (1:34:48) and Klaus Voss (2:01:38) also finished.
Nyuli had a great ride in the criterium, which consisted of 30 minutes of riding around a 1.6km course in Dallas, before a two-lap finish. Nyuli was second in his group, in 40:31, behind Bill Yearwood. Armstrong was second in the second group, finishing in 38:39.