2019 Mountain Bike Series Winners

 

The Ontario Cycling Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Ontario Cup MTB Series Winners. To capture the title, participants earned Ontario Cup points by based on their best five finishes across seven events.  This year’s series included: Woodnewton, Albion Hills, Kelso, Port Hope, Horseshoe, Hardwood, Mountainview, and Sir Sam’s.

Congratulations to all our winners this year!

Senior Elite Women – Ruby West

How long have you been racing?             

I’ve been racing mountain bikes for two seasons now. I’ve always loved going out on my mountain bike for fun or training when I was racing other disciplines, but until last year I’d never raced much at all. I fell in love with it last year and continued to race again this summer.

How did you get into the sport?              

I found mountain biking mostly as technical training for cyclocross. I’ve always had so much fun on a mountain bike and had a lot of friends I can go out and ride mountain bikes with, so it started as more of a social/training thing and just grew from there.

Favourite MTB race this year?

I really enjoyed the Mountainview course! I felt like that was a physically and technically challenging course, while also being extremely fun to race on! I enjoyed all the technical climbing and then the fun long descent!

Fondest accomplishment?

I would say my proudest moment in mountain biking has been mostly just different instances of pushing my technical limits and riding features that scare me. I came to mountain biking as a chance to improve my technical riding and it’s been a little terrifying to try some of the more technical features, but it’s always such a good feeling of accomplishment when you do ride them. I’d say that continuously pushing my limits in mountain biking is what I’m most proud of and the fact that I can continue to do that for as long as I stick with the sport is what excites me about it!

Senior Elite Men – Peter Glassford

How long have you been racing?

Since 1998 as I was going into high school. I dirt jumped and skateboarded before that and played a lot of baseball and hockey.

How did you get into the sport?

Mansfield Outdoor Center opened for mountain biking and it was close to my best friend’s house so we started going and then eventually we went to summer camps and tried out racing there.

Favourite MTB race this year?

Hardwood is always a favorite because my longtime sponsor Trek Store Barrie has supported the event for many years, and this year as a bonus it was Nationals, so it was also the hardest racing of the year! Ahead of this event, I was also able to co-coach a Talent-ID day to meet and help the great pool of young athletes we have coming up in Ontario so it was a great couple of weeks.

Fondest accomplishment?

Meeting my wife, Molly, while on a trip with several good friends to race Cyclocross in China, is hard to beat.

Junior Expert Women – Jocelyn Stel

How long have you been racing?

I started MTB racing the Ontario Cup series when I was 9 years’ old which was 7 years ago.

How did you get into the sport?

I got into cycling through my dad who has been riding for a very long time. When I was little he would take me on fun bike rides that often ended in ice cream. After that, I started racing and got a taste for the competitive. I met other girls who loved cycling and that motivated me to keep competing.

Favourite MTB race this year?

By far my favourite race this year was the Canadian National Championships at Hardwood. This was the race I trained for all season. I absolutely loved the course and worked hard to master riding it. It was a huge mix of super challenging rocks and super-fast downhills. I also loved this race because it was such a big event on home turf. There was so much support from the home crowd! I finished in fifth place, knowing I had given it everything I had, which was a huge win for me.

Fondest accomplishment?

My proudest moment in mountain biking was the first year I did the Pisgah Stage Race in 2017. The Pisgah Stage Race is a five-day mountain bike stage race over some really tough terrain. I pushed myself past my limits. I rode obstacles I had no idea I was able to ride, and rode longer and faster than I thought I could. My dad and I finished in 2nd place and did even better when we returned last year!

Junior Expert Men – Jack Ciotlos

How long have you been racing?

I have been racing since I was 9 years old.

How did you get into the sport?

I went to the Hardwood Mountain Bike summer camps for little kids when I was very young and did my first race on Sprockids when I was 9. From there I never really stopped racing and in my first year of Junior Expert I started training seriously with my coach Michael Barry.

Favourite MTB race this year?

My favourite race was Horseshoe. It was my first Canada Cup, I hadn’t done any before so I had no call up. Of those who didn’t have call ups I got the worst lottery and started 34 out of 34. I got myself into 12th place and rode my own race. It was probably the best race of the year.

Fondest accomplishment?

My fondest or proudest moment was coming into Expert last year after years of sport racing and not being that dominant and just being able to compete at the expert category and to be able to battle for the podium.

Cadet Expert Girls – Kiara Lylyk

How long have you been racing?

I have been racing bikes mountain bikes for two years now.

How did you get into the sport?

My mom brought me to a Kelso weekly race in 2017. I had a blast and looked forward to going every Tuesday. The following year my mom threw me into my first O Cup of 2018 with few skills and limited training. That race is what really started the love for riding my mountain bike and racing.

Favourite MTB race this year?

My favorite O Cup of 2019 was Sir Sams. The gradual climb, rocks and roots all made for an awesome course that was so fun to ride.

Fondest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment to date is racing on the Pan Am course for Nationals. The course was demanding, and it was really intimidating at first knowing my lack of technical skills. After a lot of practice, I got almost all the features which was a big improvement.

Cadet Expert Boys – Theodore De Groote

How long have you been racing?

I’ve been Mountain bike racing for 7 years

How did you get into the sport?

I started riding at early age and my dad raced so when I was 9 and old enough to race, I started racing.

Favourite MTB race this year?

My favourite race this year was at Hardwood because it’s such a fun, technical course and to get to race athletes from all over the country.

Fondest accomplishment?

My proudest moment in the sport is probably winning provincials this year because I had won so many races over so many years and still hadn’t won a provincial championship so it felt good.

Series Winners