Surrey cyclist wins in GranFondo Whistler race

SURREY — It took just under four minutes for anyone to catch up to Kyle Buckosky at the 2014 RBC GranFondo Whistler, but at that point, he already crossed the finish line.

The Surrey resident, 21, cycled from Stanley Park to Whistler in three hours, 17 minutes and 58 seconds to win the male giro event on Sept. 6.

It is the fastest time for the race since 2011.

Once the race started, Buckosky said that he "broke away from the other guys in the field" with two other cyclists. There were 120 riders in the race.

Buckosky said that the race was a climb up the Sea-to-Sky Highway and that it took a lot of determination to train for the event.

He would practice by cycling up Mount Seymour whenever he could get the chance.

"You’ve got to do what you have to do.You’ve got to do a lot of climbing, you’ve got to do a lot of miles. You’ve got to put in the effort. It’s a lot of work," Buckosky said.

Buckosky travels across North America for races like this and even though it was a smaller course, he said the GranFondo has a lot of prestige.

It was the last event of the season, and Buckosky was glad to end it on a high note.

The Sands Secondary alumnus collected $8,200 for winning the 122-kilometre race.

It was the only title Buckosky won this season.

Vancouver’s Dylan Davies crossed the finish line, coming in second place, with a time of 3:21:49.

This was the fifth annual RBC GranFondo Whistler event.

kyle.benning@gmail.com

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