|Mike Garrigan Wins P2A for Third Consecutive Year|
|Submitted: April 16th, 2012|
Mike Garrigan Wins P2A for Third Consecutive Year
ANCASTER, Ontario – Today, about 2,000 cyclists braved rainy conditions to compete in the 19th annual Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race (P2A). Toronto-based cyclist Mike Garrigan was the top male cyclist for the 60km race for the third consecutive year with a time of one hour, 45 minutes and 23 seconds. Mandy Dreyer of Dundas, Ontario, was the top female in the 60km race with a time of two hours, 12 minutes and 14 seconds.
“We had a great day today,” says John Thorpe, Co-Chair, P2A. “P2A has gained a reputation as being a challenging course to ride, and today’s rainy weather helped to make the course especially tough. Congratulations on behalf of the organizers to everyone who came out to test their mettle in one of Ontario’s toughest races.”
“The weather made this the hardest I’ve ever seen it,” says Nathan Chown, third-place finisher and 2008 P2A champion. “It was like a skating rink out there. It was really difficult to tell what was solid and what wasn’t. It was great.”
The P2A course is comprised of farms lanes, trails and road sections, and the race’s competitors include professional riders as well as weekend warriors. This year’s race featured numerous high-profile riders, including recently retired professional British rider Roger Hammond; former Canadian Olympians Sue Palmer-Komar and Leigh Hobson; provincial cyclocross champion Aaron Schooler; and more. Numerous private land owners provide use of their lands for the race.
“The Paris to Ancaster race is my favourite race because it’s so inclusive,” says Garrigan. “It’s great that international riders are coming out to this event, and I’m hoping to see more of them (international riders) join us in the years ahead.”
Below is a list of this year’s top finishers for both the 60km and 35km race. A full list of results for the Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race is available at racetiming.ca/results/live12021.htm.
60KM Race – Men’s Top Finishers
1. Mike Garrigan 1h 45m 23s
2. Aaron Schooler 1h 45m 34s
3. Nathan Chown 1h 55m 39s
60KM Race – Women’s Top Finishers
1. Mandy Dreyer 2h 12m 14s
2. Jennifer Crake 2h 13m 03s
3. Leigh Hobson 2h 13m 36s
35KM Race – Men’s Top Finishers
1. Karsten Madsen 1h 16m 34s
2. Rui Xu 1h 20m 49s
3. Ted Sewell 1h 23m 42s
35KM Race – Women’s Top Finishers
1. Nathalie Mousseau 1h 34m 45s
2. Sabrina Chapman 1h 34m 56s
3. Candace Neufeld 1h 36m 14s
About the Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race
The Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race has taken place for the past 18 years over some of the roughest terrain organizers can find. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians. The Paris to Ancaster Cycling Race features two races: the 60km Paris to Ancaster race, and the 35km St. George to Ancaster race.
For additional information, please visit ParisAncaster.com. For additional images, or to schedule an interview with race organizers John Thorpe and Tim Farrar, or 2012 P2A champion, Mike Garrigan, please contact:
Greening Marketing Inc.