Monday, May 02 2016 @ 09:20 AM
Contributed by: Andrew Botterell
The 48th annual Springbank Road Races have come and gone, and I'd like to extend my thanks to all those people -- racers, officials, spectators, and volunteers alike -- who made this year's race possible. It wasn't the warmest of days, but at the least the roads were dry -- well, mostly -- and we were treated to some terrific racing.
In addition, and in no particular order, I'd like to single out Andrea Shurtleff and Paul Poppy for overseeing the volunteer assignments; Cathy Williams, Beth Orphan, and Amy White for handling registration; Manny Martins, Brad Nicol, and Malcolm Eade for driving the race motorbikes; Vicki Edgar and Peter Hathaway for providing us with straw bales; Chris Helwig and Rob Good for announcing; Lorne Falkenstein and Brigitte Sassen for doing lap cards; Chris Helwig (Coachchris.ca) and Paul Dean (Cycles London) for sponsoring the Kids' Race; and Bifana Bros for providing spectators with delicious sandwiches and fries. In addition, I'd like to thank all of our sponsors for their very generous support: the London Centennial Wheelers; Cycles London; To Wheels; Outspokin' Cycles; Village Cycle; Mountain Equipment Co-Op; Speedpro Imaging; and Cohen Highley LLP. I'd also like to thank the City of London for their continued support of the Springbank Road Races -- without their contributions the race would simply not be possible.
Finally, I'd like to extend my thanks to the organizing committee: Manny Martins, Brad Nicol, Mike Nuttall, Andrea Shurtleff, Lee Orphan, and Chris Vlemmix, each of whom worked tirelessly to make this year's race happen.
If you have any comments or suggestions about how to make the race better, or if you would like to be involved in helping to organize next year's event, please feel free to get in touch with me. In the meantime, I'll look forward to seeing everybody at next year's race, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017.