Squamish makes top 5 during the GranFondo

Local rider Geoff Kabush made it to fifth place in the Giro division

Squamish was able to make the top 5 in the GranFondo this weekend.

Local rider Geoff Kabush made it to fifth place in the Giro division, which is reserved for riders who have been licensed by the Union Cycliste Internationale.

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Kabush travelled 122 kilometres to make it across the finish line with a time of three hours, 10 minutes and 20 seconds. 

Everyone in the top five was racing neck-to-neck at the end – Kabush’s time was just two seconds shy of the rider from Guelph, Ont., who placed first.

Kyle Boorsma managed to snatch the winning time at three hours, 10 minutes and 18 seconds. 

Eighty-six racers crossed the finish in the Giro category.

Earlier this year, Kabush also tasted success as the first-place winner at the BC Bike Race.

No local women were present in the Giro category, according to a results sheet organizers provided to The Chief.

But there were other high-placing Squamish riders during the event in the separate division that was available to the general public.

Martin Caron, a local who made the podium during this year’s Ironman competition, managed to place 26th overall in the 122-kilometre GranFondo division.

Considering more than 2,900 riders participated in this category, Caron’s time of three hours, 28 minutes and 13 seconds was nothing to laugh at.

Arriving in 97th place overall was Squamish resident Andrew Clarke, who crossed the finish with a time of three hours, 36 minutes and 39 seconds.

The fastest local female rider at in the GranFondo division was Linnea Uunila, who had a time of four hours, 41 minutes and 39 seconds.

She was third place in the 18-and-under age group and placed 74th amongst all female riders.

She was 730th overall.

The winner of the GranFondo category overall was Vancouver’s Sebastian Salas, who crossed the finish line after riding for three hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds.

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