Delta, BC – Rally Cycling’s Eric Young calls BC Superweek and the Tour de Delta home turf for the
powerhouse Canadian teams, but with the amount of victories and podium appearances he’s racked up
over the years, he might as well claim home field advantage too. On Friday night, Young sprinted ahead
of German rider Florenz Knauer to win the North Delta Criterium for the second straight year in front of a
raucous crowd in the social heart of North Delta.
Young and teammate Brad Huff were the only two Rally Cycling riders in the race, and they felt the
pressure from teams like Silber, which had Ryan Roth win this race in 2014 and 2015, as well as two riders
on the podium in 2016. As the race progressed, it looked like it would come down to a bunch sprint on
the final lap, and it did.
“Brad and I were just trying to hide as best we could. It went super well, we weren’t sure if it was going to
stay together or not. The Silber team seemed like they were content with having everybody together so
there were a few moves that they were in where we had to react, we just played off them the best we
could because they seem like the best team here so far,” explained Young, who finished the 45 lap, 54
kilometre race in one hour, 11 minutes, and one second.
Huff found himself as much of a spectator as those in attendance heading into the final corner as Young
and Knauer went to work.
“My plan was to take Eric up to the front, but the Silber team did an amazing job, they’re the ones who
want to control it. Florenz came around everybody with momentum, Eric was the second guy to react, I
was third and it almost stayed that way to the finish. Eric overcame him in the final turn and both those
guys on the podium, first and second, are phenomenal sprinters so it was pretty cool to watch it happen
in front of me,” said Huff.
Knauer was looking for his first win in the North Delta Criterium after six straight top-6 finishes, but the
top of the podium eluded the German once again at this race, despite his aggressive effort on the final
“Florenz had a really great effort on the climb, he went straight from the bottom and went super hard.
Then he started fading because he went so far, and I was able to come around before the last corner,”
said Young, who won the US National Criterium Championships in both 2011 and 2013 and is a huge fan
of BC Superweek. “We’re really happy to be up here, this is one of our favourite weeks of racing, it’s such
a great race – the whole community gets behind it.”
As BC Superweek rolls on, Young looks to join Ron Hayman, Gina Grain and Verna Buhler as the only
cyclists to win the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix three times after he won it in 2016 and 2017. If the
North Delta Criterium and the start of this year’s BC Superweek series is any indication, encore
performances might just be Young’s specialty.
Kendall Ryan flashed a huge smile minutes after crossing the finish line at the 2018 Tour de Delta North
Delta Criterium on Friday night to kick off BC Superweek. The 25-year-old Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
from Camarillo, California was part of a break with ten laps to go that saw she and the other five riders
take a turn at the front to stay away from the peloton. Ryan had to be creative tactically to play to her
strengths as a sprinter and get the win.
During the breakaway, Ryan took short turns at the front to conserve energy – and the other riders let
her. It surprised the 2015 US National Criterium Champion. “I was expecting them to yell at me at some
point because I was short pulling them. It’s not a cool thing to do, but a sprinter’s gotta do what a sprinter’s
gotta do!”, expressed Ryan.
Ryan had some big time help in the break as well, with teammate Emily Newsom helping ensure a TIBCOSilicon
Valley Bank victory. “During the last couple laps, I was just telling Emily to ride smart and take
shorter pulls than she normally would and just try to save it for the end,” said Ryan, who was born into a
family of cyclists and began racing BMX at just six-years-old. “I knew the breakaway was going to try
something on that last lap. They attacked with three corners to go. I just told Emily, ‘Ride ’em down, ride
’em down!’ and she dug so deep that I just ended up getting around on the last corner and it was over at
For her part, Newsom was thrilled for her teammate to get to the top of the podium. “I was pretty excited,
I knew once I saw that she was in the break I thought, ‘Yeah, we got this as long as I can just keep this
away, we’ve got the race.’ so I was pretty committed to making us stay away,” said the 34-year-old from
Fort Worth, Texas.
Ryan, who won the White Spot | Delta Road Race, Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix and PoCo Grand Prix
presented by Dominion Lending Centres in 2017, finished the 40-lap, 48 kilometre race in one hour, 12
minutes, and 18 seconds. Finishing second just behind Ryan was Peta Mullens (Hagens Berman |
Supermint). In third was 2016 Canadian National Road Race champion Annie Foreman-Mackey of Kingston,
BC Superweek and the Tour de Delta continue Saturday with the Ladner Criterium. The women’s race
starts at 6:15 pm and the men begin at 7:25 pm.
BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $140,000 in
prize money with nine races over ten days. BC Superweek runs from July 6 – 15 and is made up of the Tour
de Delta presented by Beedie (July 6 – 8), New West Grand Prix (July 10), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix
(July 11), Giro di Burnaby presented by Appia Development (July 12), PoCo Grand Prix presented by
Dominion Lending Centres (July 13), and Tour de White Rock presented by Landmark Premiere Properties
(July 14 – 15).
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For more information about BC Superweek, please contact Brian Wiebe at 604-916-8448 or email