Babin takes home three medals at Seniors Games

A local cyclist had a good showing at the B.C. Seniors Games, scoring silver medals in the road race and hill climb and a bronze in the time trial.

Gary Babin scored a hat trick of medals at the recent B.C. Seniors games.

A local cyclist had a good showing at the B.C. Seniors Games, scoring silver medals in the road race and hill climb and a bronze in the time trial.

The games occurred in three areas; Trail, Castlegar and Nelson, where Babin took part in his events.

It was Gary Babin’s first time taking part in the games and was pleased with his performance.

“I didn’t know quite what to expect. I didn’t recognize many names on the list of starters, so I didn’t know what type of competition I’d be facing,” Babin explained.

“I had three good days. I was able to ride well and probably better than I may have expected. The weather was perfect, the courses were good but quite challenging and the organization was really good as well.”

He said that the hill climb and time trial were individual events, where he was racing against the clock, but the road race was one where he had to work together with others.

“I’ve had some experience racing so I was able to work with a couple of other riders, who had similar experiences, and we were able to get ahead and stay ahead of our competition,” said Babin.

“There was a group ahead of us, which contained some competitors but we decided we didn’t have quite enough energy to reach them so we basically concentrated on keeping the other competition away from us.”

While this year’s games took part in the Kootenay-Boundary region, next year’s games take place in Burnaby, B.C. and there will be more travel involved.

Still, Babin is considering competing again.

“This is my first time in trying the senior games and yeah, I like the whole idea of it, the atmosphere and the competition, so I may in fact try it again next year,” Babin said.