Bikes hit The Heights

Cyclists in the women
Cyclists in the women's Giro di Burnaby take the hairpin corner on Hastings Street at Madison Avenue.
— image credit: Grant Granger/NewsLeader

Luke Keough's week in the Lower Mainland was spectacular, and not just because of the weather.

The cyclist from Sandwich, Mass., won his third race in three nights in taking the men's race in the Giro di Burnaby on Thursday. The night before that he'd won the Gastown Grand Prix, and two nights previous he captured the UBC Grand Prix.

It was a clean sweep of the podium for Keough and his UnitedHealthcare team in the 45-lap, 55-kilometre race around Burnaby Heights. Ken Hanson of San Diego, who won the Giro in 2012, finished second. Australian Hilton Clarke, who won the inaugural Giro di Burnaby in 2006, came third.

Seventy-two of the 93 cyclists who participated in the race finished.

Giro on Hastings


Cyclists took over Hastings Street and The Heights for the 2014 Giro di Burnaby Thursday evening.

Image credit: Grant Granger/NewsLeader

Erica Allar of Fogelsville, Penn., won the 30-lap, 37-km women's race just ahead of Winnipeg native and now Squamish resident Leah Kirchmann. Third place went to 47-year-old Laura van Gilder of Cresco, Penn., who won the Giro in 2012. Fifteen-year-old Maggie Coles-Lyster of Maple Ridge was 19th in the field of 51 after leading the race with a lap to go.

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