It’s more than 12,500 kilometres between Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia and the historic fishing village of Ladner in the Corporation of Delta, but for 25-year-old Scott Law, the trip was well worth it after he sprinted to win the 2016 Brenco Criterium as part of the Tour de Delta.
Law, who rides for Subaru NSWIS & MS, finished the 70 lap, 51.8 kilometre race in one hour, 27 minutes and 47 seconds with lap times dipping as low as 47 seconds. The Subaru team was off the front from the start of the race, which was exactly what they wanted to do.
“Pretty much, it’s a tight little circuit here and that was sort of the plan, just keep our wheels up at the front and ourselves out of trouble, just ride a good tempo. I think I owe the boys a couple of beers for doing all that work for me!” exclaimed Law.
Riding with his younger brother Jackson on the Subaru NSWIS & MS team, the two siblings play well off each other, changing things up on which rider acts as the main lead out.
“We try and switch it up every now and again, he’s got a bit more ground behind him than I do and I’ve got maybe a little more punch than he does, so we kind of even each other out pretty well,” he said.
More than 100 riders took to the start line, with only 65 finishing. There were a few sprinkles of rain which caused the course to become slick and a couple of crashes occurred, but thankfully no serious injuries have been reported.
According to second place finisher Justin Williams, who rides for Team Cylance/Incycle p/b Cannondale, the final couple of laps were a bit of a roller coaster.
“It was calm at times, and then other times it was touch and go, but I was really just waiting for the surge to come. Scott’s an amazingly fast wheel to follow and we kind of felt the surge coming and we both jumped for the corner. We made it through alright, it wasn’t so bad where I was sitting,” said the 27-year-old from Los Angeles.
He is making his first trip to BC Superweek and with its tight corners, the Brenco Criterium represents the exact type of race he likes.
“It’s a lot tighter than some of the crit courses in the US, but I like it. Corners are my thing so I love a course when it’s flowing and there’s a lot of corners because I can hold my momentum better than a couple of other guys. It makes the race easier for me,” Williams said.
Michael Rice is another Australian rider to note at BC Superweek. The 20-year-old rides for Garneau-Quebecor and it’s clear that racing in Canada agrees with him. Along with the third place finish at the Brenco Criterium, he was on the podium at the Tour de Beauce in Quebec last month after winning Stage 3b.
“It was a pretty close race in the last few laps. I knew if I had any chance to win I had to wait it out, I just couldn’t get around the Subaru team in the last two turns, but I’m happy with third,” said Rice. “This crit is perfect, this is what I came here for. The racing scene is pretty quiet back home at the moment, so I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to come to Canada and do some racing and it’s turned out really well so far.”
With the Tour de Delta White Spot | Delta Road Race looming on Sunday, Law notes it’s one event that all the riders are looking forward to.
“Most definitely, it’s going to be a tough little circuit out there for the Road Race down at Tsawwassen. We’ve got a few cards to play and I think it’s going to be solid racing there and I think the big boys will come out to play and it’s going to make for some interesting racing,” he said.