MTB Ontario Cup #2 at Albion keeps the series rolling

The second stop in the now 8 – event Ontario Cup series saw sunny skies and fast, tacky conditions over the long enduro format course. While the crowd of 400 riders was a good bit lower than the 550 at Woodnewton, owing mostly to scheduling conflicts with the Canada Cup at Tremblant, we still saw big youth starts and plenty of masters racers. The unique long lap format can work to the strengths of some riders, and many Albion locals had great days on the bikes.

The Elite Men’s race saw no big surprises, with the legend Peter Glassford of Trek Canada using his veteran skills to take the win in the Elite Men’s race. Second spot went to the elder statesman of the Elite division, fantastic rider Matt Martindill of Outsiders Racing. Third spot went to up an up and comer, Robin Horsfield of Hardwood Next Wave. The Canada Cup took all but one of the Elite Women, so racing herself in the division of 1 was Ashley Barson from nearby Bolton.

In the thinned out Junior Expert Men’s division, Jack Ciotlos of Mariposa Bicycles ran away with the win, while second went to Luke Knights of Spoke o’ Motion Cycle Club. Third spot went to Grant Stewart of Rock and Road Cycle Club. Marlee Vanderlee was the only starter in the Junior Expert Female division.

The Canada Cup at Tremblant has historically been on the May long weekend, so the later week sure took it’s toll on the numbers in the expert divisions. We will strive to have less scheduling conflicts in the future.

The next stop on the Ontario Cup circuit is in 2 weeks time, at Kelso Conservation Area. Multisport in conjunction with Kelso will bring you this event, as Superfly Racing has work to do up north in preparation for this year’s Crank the Shield: Sault Ste. Marie. Expect a slightly more technical course than you saw at last year’s provincial championships. Just a week later, we are excited for the Port Hope venue, being prepared by the Durham Shredders.

Sean Ruppel, Superfly Racing