57th Tour di Via Italia

Joe Narciso navigates the corner at Erie and Parent during the 2015 Tour de Via Italia.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Joe Narciso navigates the corner at Erie and Parent during the 2015 Tour de Via Italia.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The masters, women, pros, and juniors took to the streets for the 57th running of the Tour di Via Italia on along Erie Street in Windsor on Sunday. Thousands of spectators lined the streets as 173 racers in eight classes competed for cash prizes.

The amateur classes raced for 20 laps while the pros completed 50 circuits of the 1.7 mile road course.

The race originated in 1958 and is one of the oldest continuously held bike races in North America. It is held annually on the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend.

Naomi DeSousa celebrates winning the women's 2015 Tour de Via Italia in Windsor.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Naomi DeSousa celebrates winning the women’s 2015 Tour de Via Italia in Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Ernst took the checkered flag in the Junior Men category in a time of 49:29, 27 seconds ahead of Bayley Simpson. Alan Dempsey was the top finisher in the Elite Men 3&4 as he and Simon Agnew raced to the wire in 50:16.

Jason Woods (r) nips Andrew Botterell at the wire to win the men's Master 2&3 race a the 2015 tour di Via Italia.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jason Woods (r) nips Andrew Botterell at the wire to win the men’s Master 2&3 race a the 2015 Tour di Via Italia.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jason Woods edged out Andrew Botterell in the Master Men 2&3 race in 50:48.

Naomi DeSousa was the top Junior Woman and top woman overall. Vlada Dekina took the Master Women’s class, and Megan Balsillie was first in the Elite Women.

Jeff Schiller was pushed to the finish as he completed the 50-lap Pro race in 2:4:13, 3 seconds in front of both Dan Doddy and Paul Martin.

A trailing rider avoids adding to the pile-up at the corner of Erie Street and Parent Avenue. Sandra Deegan (r) was able to re-join and finish the race despite injury.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A trailing rider avoids adding to the pile-up at the corner of Erie Street and Parent Avenue. Sandra Deegan (r) was able to re-join and finish the race despite injury.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With road rash as evidence of a spill, Sandra Deegan completed the woman's Masters race in 6th position.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With road rash as evidence of a spill, Sandra Deegan completed the woman’s Masters race in 6th position.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Involved in a collision during the women's Tour di Via Italia, Blaire Kniaziew Gervais was able to re-join the race and finished 2nd in the Masters race.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Involved in a collision during the women’s Tour di Via Italia, Blaire Kniaziew Gervais was able to re-join the race and finished 2nd in the Masters race.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor Police weren't racing, but members of the bicycle patrol were present during the Tour di Via Italia.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor Police weren’t racing, but members of the bicycle patrol were present during the Tour di Via Italia.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Just two of the onlookers enjoying the 57th annual Tour di Via Italia in Windsor on 6 September 2015.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Just two of the onlookers enjoying the 57th annual Tour di Via Italia in Windsor on 6 September 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Naomi DeSousa flashes a smile for the camera after registering the overall fastest women's time during the 2015 Tour de Via Italia on Erie Street in Windsor on 6 September 2015.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Naomi DeSousa (l) flashes a smile for the camera after registering the overall fastest women’s time during the 2015 Tour de Via Italia on Erie Street in Windsor on 6 September 2015.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

There's never enough cow bell. That issue was rectified by these ladies handing out the noise-makers courtesy of Solcz Group Inc.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

There’s never enough cow bell. That issue was rectified by these ladies handing out the noise-makers courtesy of Solcz Group Inc.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata

2 Comments on "57th Tour di Via Italia"

  1. Pietro DiPonio | 8 September 2015 at 08:38 |

    Hey Ian … a great big thank you from the Tour di Via Italia organizers !!
    Really enjoyed your article and the photos were excellent.

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