When Terry Stone was considering his move to Hudson’s Hope, he only had one question: “is there a bike club?”
While the club wasn’t exactly in Hudson’s Hope, Stone quickly connected with the club and became an avid attendee of many races the Blizzard Bike Club hosted.
“He was quiet a competitor, riding ever since he was an early teenager,” long-time friend Bill Lindsay recalled.
“He was an avid cyclist and you didn’t want to take him for granted. He knew the strategy and a lot of people rued the day that they let him...you know...weren’t paying attention to what was happening and suddenly he’d blow by them at the finish. So ya, he was a good guy.”
Since 2008, the BBC has hosted a race in Stone’s honour and Lindsay, who met Stone in 1998, said he’s proud to see the club continue to extend the tradition some eight years after Stone passed away.
“This was a really nice thing, the family, Heather and her son put together the trophy,” Lindsay said.
“It’s handmade and it’s quite unique and quiet meaningful. I think this is an interesting race for the blizzards because it gets them out of Fort St. John.”
In the last four years, it has been club president Kevin Shaw’s race. With his fourth straight domination of the field Sunday, Shaw posted a one hour and seven minute and 57 second time on the 40 kilometre, hilly and sprint heavy course.
“I felt good, I felt like the air was really heavy today. It was damp. Felt like I was peddling up hill the whole way. All in all, everybody had the same conditions,” Shaw said, as the first racer to head out on the course in the time trial race.
“It was good, the rain held off. It’s a really fun course because it’s hilly and you never know what to expect. With a time trial, you never know how you’re doing. It’s fun—you just go hard the whole way and hope for the best.”
Shaw wasn’t exactly sure where his success comes from at the memorial race, but felt some of it originates from the enjoyment of the course.
“I like doing the hills, I have some weight behind me so going down the hill always helps. Small guys really go up the hill fast, as soon as I can get to the top I can actually get down pretty quickly,” he said.
“All in all I think if you really like a course you tend to do better on it. This course has a lot of challenges, so I think that’s kind of why (I do well).”
Richard Wood finished the race in second place with a time of 1:09.22, Dan Webster was third in 1:11:44, Pat Ferris was fourth in 1:14:32, and Darren Guliov was fifth in 1:15:03.
The next race for the club is a time trial on Aug. 11, at Baldonnel School at 7 p.m. followed by an Aug. 14 road race at Wood Corner.