Every Canadian cyclist worth his salt-stained jersey wants to do the Tour de Beauce. It’s like a rite of passage.

The final stage of ‘Beauce’ is a leg grinder of an urban circuit in Saint Georges known for dramatic lead changes, crazy caravan driving, and streets lined with spectators enjoying the race from their lawns. And then there was that time our team car pulled over from the caravan to a lawn BBQ happening on the course. Gord calmly ordered “Trois hot dogs, tous garnis et trois boissons rafraîchissantes svp.” The next lap the hot dogs and drinks were ready for us.

So yeah, Beauce is a great race that ends with a kick-you-in-the-teeth final stage. This year it did not disappoint, delivering virtual lead changes, some key riders going up the road, teams trying to control and riders cracking out the back. Essentially there was constant action for spectators, race commentators and directors scrambling to make decisions in their cars.

In the end, however, we got bit in the butt. We entered the race with Nick Zukowsky in yellow and Serghei Tvetcov 3rd at 6 sec. Nick, however, was only in the lead by a fraction of a second; and only 14 seconds separated first from 5th. From the gun to the final couple laps, all the hitters took a swing at Nick. In the end, a well-deserving Brendan Rhim (Arapahoe) took the overall with Nick falling to 3rd behind 2018 winner, James Piccoli (Canada). There was some consolation in Keegan Swirbul finishing the stage on the podium, behind Diego Milan (Canels) and Rhim, and moving into 4th GC with Tvetcov in 5th. Zuke took the Young Rider’s jersey and we won the Team Competition.

But we really wanted to win the overall at Beauce with Zuke. A side of me wants to remind everyone that Zuke just turned 21, and that he won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay and finished 3rd at Beauce. During that stretch he raced 10 times in 11 days over two stage races and wore yellow for 7 of those days. That’s a lot of defending but really, in the end, the 2019 edition of the Tour de Beauce got away from us.

No stress. It’s time to relax and recover before heading to Nationals and then BC Superweek. In the meantime, here’s a gallery of great pics by Rob Jones of Canadian Cyclist and our own Jen Agan. They give a glimpse of the annual adventure that is ‘Beauce’:

Scott McFarlane

Written by Scott McFarlane

Scott is the GM and an co-owner of the team. With a rich history in Montreal cycling as a coach, trainer and co-founder of the Silber cycling team in 2014. Through Gord, Scott met Floyd and Josh Saint in 2018 to architect the team's rebrand to Floyd's Pro Cycling.

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