Buckosky wins GrandFondo race to Whistler

Cyclist pulls away from pack with 35km to go

Kyle Buckosky pulled away from the pack with 35 km to go and was never challenged the rest of the way, finishing first at the RBC GrandFondo cycling race at Whistler Saturday.

Buckosky, from Surrey, finished in 3:23:48, just shy of four minutes better than the runner-up cyclist in the group, Dylan Davies of Vancouver. The winning time was the fastest since 2011, when the winner finished in 3:16:02.

“It feels great. Usually you have some sort of trouble in some races but not this time,” Buckosky said. “With around 35 kilometres to go, I attacked and it just stuck.”

An estimated 4,000 riders participated in the annual Vancouver to Whistler GrandFondo event, departing Stanley Park at 6 a.m. to begin the 122km race.

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