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Canmore’s Howe breaks from speed skating to medal at provincial cycling

There’s a race to the finish line in the men’s CAT 1/2,112.5 km road race at the Rundle Mountain Road Festival on Sunday (June 5).…

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There’s a race to the finish line in the men’s CAT 1/2,112.5 km road race at the Rundle Mountain Road Festival on Sunday (June 5). Evan Burtnik was first, Brayden Windsor was second, and Canmore’s Connor Howe was third. JORDAN SMALL RMO PHOTO CANMORE – He might be best known for slicing through ice on a pair of skates, but put two wheels under Canmore’s Connor Howe and watch him go.

Howe, a long track speed skating Olympian, spent four years away from competitive road cycling to focus on his top sport where he placed fifth in the 1,500 metres race in Beijing.

But being in the offseason and looking for a little fun, the hometown boy signed up for the Rundle Mountain Road Festival in Canmore last weekend (June 4-5), where against the province’s top male riders, he rode away with three medals and a little cash prize.

"It’s my first CAT 1/2 races and I’m happy with how it went," Howe said of the top category for male riders.

“Speed skating training and cycling complement each other really well. My strongest part is probably shorter, a few minute efforts and that’s good for the hill climb and this road racing.” The soon-to-be 22-year-old took silver in uphill, bronze in the 112.5 km road race, and won silver in omnium for overall points.

The criterium (crit) was Saturday’s first race, which was a looping 1.3 km downtown course. Not for the claustrophobic, racers often pack together, taking swift corners shoulder-to-shoulder in the high-speed […]

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