Rich Hamilton rounds the corner from Second Street East to Mackenzie Avenue on his way to winning Saturday's Downtown Crit race.

Rich Hamilton wins exciting Downtown Crit race

Rich Hamilton won the downtown crit in a tight battle with Stu Smith, Nash Masson and Don Robertson on Saturday.

Rich Hamilton won the downtown crit in a tight battle with Stu Smith, Nash Masson and Don Robertson on Saturday.

Despite only eight people signing up, the race was still an exciting affair and quite a few people came to watch as the racers completed 20 laps of the downtown course. The race began as normal, with everyone riding in a pack.

Eventually, the riders split up, with Smith breaking away for several laps. He was slowly caught by Hamilton, Masson and Robertson, who worked together to close the gap.

The final five laps saw the quartet take it a bit easier, saving their energy for the final push. Coming around the final corner from Campbell Avenue to First Street, Hamilton took off, winning by several bike lengths. Smith just edged Masson for second place, and Robertson finished a very close fourth.

The battle for fifth was just as tight, with Kellen Viznaugh beating Daniel Stewart by an inch. Carol Prince, the only women, finished sixth.

Before the big race, Nelson Luxmoore won the kids race. Dave Pearson won the townie crit.

Check out photos from the race in the gallery below.

 

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