Cyclist Ryder Hesjedal Wins Giro d'Italia Trophy; Victoria BC Is Proud
At The 2012 Giro d'Italia
Who Is Ryder Hesjedal?
Ryder Hesjedal is the cyclist that won the 2012 Giro d'Italia on Sunday, May 27. The 31-year-old athlete is from Victoria, BC and he is making his home-town proud! I live in Victoria and his win of the acclaimed cycling race is making news headlines as the locals smile like proud parents.
A Historical Win
Ryder Hesjedal made history as he is the first Canadian ever to win the Giro d'Italia. 2012 is the 95th year of the cycling event. A few hours after his win, Hesjedal said during a conference call, "I think it's going to take a while to sink in."
This point is understandable. The Giro d'Italia is one of cycling's major stage races and is a huge accomplishment for professional athletes. Not to mention how tight the win was for Hesjedal.
The Vancouver Sun writes that the win is the second tightest Giro ever. Hesjedal won by only 16 seconds over Joaquim Rodriguez. Rodriguez was winning the race until stage three on May 27, when Hesjedal passed to take the lead in the final stretch.
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Canada Is Proud
Victoria, BC Hosts Own Cycling Event
Victoria, BC, as the city where Ryder Hesjedal was born, is proud to help him celebrate! On June 24, Victoria will host the Ryder Hesjedal's Tour de Victoria. The cycling event will cater to all fitness levels and will be an event for the masses.
The three distances for the Tour are:
- League 140km (expert level)
- Island Savings 100km (entry level)
- 50km Ride (for new cyclists)
2012 will be the second year for the Tour de Victoria. Ryder Hesjedal formed the idea with former professional cyclist Seamus McGrath as a way to bring the local cycling routes to a wider audience.
2011 was a great success, with 1500 riders taking part in the races. The riders came from across North America, which brings great attention to the beauty and trails of Victoria and surrounding Vancouver Island.
This year, the new sponsor is GoodLife Fitness, a fitness chain with gyms across Canada. GoodLife is supplying temporary memberships to participants in the races. For example, riders in the League 140km will receive a three month membership to GoodLife Fitness.
All three races will finish at the BC Legislature in downtown Victoria. The parliament buildings are one of the main tourist attractions for the city. There will be a festival in the area planned as a celebratory event for both the riders and for Ryder Hesjedal.
Victoria, BC, Canada
The Praise for Ryder Hesjedal
Here in Victoria, BC, the cycling win is front page for the local Times Colonist newspaper. On the website, note Victoria's famous parliament buildings as part of the newspaper header.
As for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Hesjedal does not know if he will be selected. Currently, Canada only has one spot at the Olympics in each of the men's road race and time trial events. The same Canadian cyclist must participate in both events, according to the London guidelines.
Hesjedal says of the upcoming Olympics, "I guess I'll find out shortly. I would be willing and honoured to represent Canada again like I did at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008."
Let's wait and see if he is chosen! Regardless, Victoria will be continuing to celebrate the win Sunday of our local cyclist. Here's looking to the Tour de Victoria as well! Who wants to train?
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