2019 Ontario Cup Road Series Winners

The talent across the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) shone bright once again during the 2019 road season, and among the droves of top-tier performances, a group of standouts rose the ranks to earn the title of Ontario Cup Road Series Winners. To capture the title, participants in the series battled the elements, earning Ontario Cup points within the five (5) events that made up the Ontario Cup Road Series this year; Mosport Classic, Calabogie Classic, Ontario Police College Criterium, Northumberland Classic, and the KW Classic. 

The OCA is pleased to announce this year’s Ontario Cup Road Series Winners in the feature below. Congratulations to all of our winners this year!


Elite 1,2 Women – Allison Sauder (cochampion)

Club/Team: Faction – Smile Tiger p/b WCC

How long have you been road racing?
Fourth season road racing.

How did you get into the sport?
Through mountain biking with my high school’s cycling team and then the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club in Thunder Bay. 

Favourite road race this season?
KW Classic. Hawkesville Hill and other smaller hills make it fun but challenging. It was rewarding to battle the winds in what became a smooth rotating 3-man break, plus it was nice that it was warm and sunny after some of the cold, wet races this spring. Another reason it was my favourite is that living in Kitchener, it involved the least amount of travel time and had the most amount of people cheering me on.

Fondest accomplishment?
Tying for this year’s Elite 1,2 Women’s Ontario Cup Road Series Champion in my first season racing as an Elite 1,2 is pretty high up there on my fondest achievements in the sport.

 

Elite 1,2 Women – Joyce Spruyt

Club/Team: TO Wheels Racing

How long have you been road racing?
sixth year road racing.

How did you get into the sport?
Through working for Triathlon Nova Scotia in university I had my first road bike experience. It took a couple more years to get myself a road bike and then tried a ‘learn to race’ after battling running injuries. The rest is history!

Favourite road race this season?
Ontario Police College Criterium. It’s local, well run, basically a crit, and an epic day of racing with local pro’s attending.

Fondest accomplishment?
Winning the 2018 Ontario Criterium Championships at Tour de via Italia.

 

Elite 3 Women – Natasha Badertscher

Club/Team: NCCH p/b Franklin Templeton Investments

How long have you been road racing?
On the road since 9 years old, so 7 years ago.

How did you get into the sport?
I started out with triathlons when I was younger, but always enjoyed the cycling part the most and decided to stick with that. My dad also raced, so that definitely encouraged me.

Favourite road race this season?
They were all fantastic races and really great courses, but I have to say Ontario Police College Criterium because not only do I love the crit style racing, but I got the chance to race with Leah Kirchmann!

Fondest accomplishment?
The first time I became a national champion which was on the track in 2018.

 

Elite 1,2 Men – Arvin Moazami Godarzi

Club/Team: NCCH Elite p/b MGCC

How long have you been road racing?
I began cycling 14 years ago (2005) and the first time I’ve participated in a race was about 12 years ago (2007).

How did you get into the sport?
My father and uncles had an important role encouraging me to be a strong, professional cyclist because they were members of the Iran National team and played an important part in encouraging me to improve.

Favourite road race this season?
Northumberland. It was a heavy route and gravel route which was attractive and I dramatically believe this race was the most difficult race within the OCup series.

Fondest accomplishment?
Participating in Rio Olympic Games (2016) as an Iranian athlete. It was my proudest moment. I was also second podium finisher in Asian Games (2014).

 

Elite 3 Men – Oliver Campbell

Club/Team: Midweek Cycling

How long have you been road racing?
Racing since first year Cadet. This is my sixth year.

How did you get into the sport?
I got into the sport when my grandma bought me a road bike and started racing after going through the Midweek Learn to Race program.

Favourite road race this season?
Northumerbland due to the awesome course, the epic conditions, and the overall good effort by my team to get the two top spots on the podium.

Fondest accomplishment?
Two national titles in the team pursuit.

Elite 4 Men – Tyler Dust

Club/Team: Independent

How long have you been road racing?
This has been my first season road racing.

How did you get into the sport?
I started road riding last year, and after winning an airport sprint or two in Morning Glory group riders, I realized that I was reasonably quick. The desire to continue to ride with people faster than me led me into racing.

Favourite road race this season?
Northumberland Classic. This race had it all. A steep climb, gravel, rolling hills, and a little bad weather to top it off. All in all, it was a great day of racing that led to my first podium.

Fondest accomplishment?
Winning the KW Classic, as it was my first, and so far only win.

 

Master A Women – Jennifer Bell

Club/Team: Thunder Bay Cycling Club

How long have you been road racing?
Road cycling since 2017.

How did you get into the sport?
I stumbled upon the sport when I was looking for a fun new way to continue an active and healthy lifestyle. I originally started with women’s group riders when I quickly found my passion for pushing my limits and always challenging myself to see what I can achieve.

Favourite road race this season?
Calabogie because it was a really great experience to race on a beautiful motorsports track. Mosport is second to Calabogie because of the very poor weather.

Fondest accomplishment?
Competing and earning a gold for the third year in a row in the Canadian Masters National ITT Championships and all of the great friends and athletes I have met along the way.

 

Master B Women – Karen Grujic

Club/Team: TO Wheels Racing

How long have you been road racing?
Third season racing road.

How did you get into the sport?
Made the switch to cycling from motorcycling racing because it was supposed to be cheaper… it’s not.

Favourite road race this season?
Ontario Police College Criterium.

Fondest accomplishment?
Winning the provincial jersey at the Steve Bauer Classic.

 

Master 1 Men – Sean Boileau

Club/Team: Ascent Cycling p/b MGCC

How long have you been road racing?
I started road racing in 2011, so racing 9 years.

How did you get into the sport?
I decided to buy a bike in late fall 2010 as a way to get into better shape after a string of injuries. I need something low impact, and after my first group rider I was hooked. I lost 50 pounds in 6 months on the turbo!

Favourite road race this season?
All the races were great. If I had to pick I would choose KW Classic. We had a full team out (10 guys) and they all rode like champions.

Fondest accomplishment?
When I was racing for Real Deal. I remember a race out east where everything went according to plan, our team pulled back the break, and I led out Ed Veal for the big win over a stacked field. It was one of those rare moments in cycling when we couldn’t have drawn it up better, and it gave me a new appreciation of what you can achieve in cycling with great teamwork.

 

Master 2 Men – Jason Haagensen

Club/Team: Independent

How long have you been road racing?
Road racing for two years now.

How did you get into the sport?
Getting into cycling came from a place of curiosity; wondering how far and how fast I could ride, and eventually wanting to find out if I could be competitive within racing.

Favourite road race this season?
Out of three O-Cups this year, I would have to say the Ontario Police College Criterium was my favourite simply because it was the only dry race.


Fondest accomplishment?

My first O-Cup podium last year at the Cobourg Gran Prix.

 

Master 3 Men – Mark Lipfeld

Club/Team: Independent

How long have you been road racing?
I grew up racing bikes in Quebec. In the 80s I raced as a Cadet and a Junior on the track in Montreal and also raced many crits. Having plenty of success, I rode for different teams, finishing out with a factory bike team in Toronto.

How did you get into the sport?
In 2016 after not riding a bicycle in more than 25 years, I dug out my original race bike from the 80s and decided to start riding again, just to get back into shape. Feeling pretty good, I bought a modern race bike, set some personal goals, and decided to enter a few events in 2018. One of them was the Cobourg Criterium, where I placed third in M3. So this year I’ve committed to a full season of racing and a long future ahead of riding my bike.

Favourite road race this season?
All the events were great! From racing in the cold rain at Mosport, doing 70 km/h down through corner 2 in the pouring rain, to climbing the 20% hill at the Northumberland Classic.

Fondest accomplishment?
Winning the final O-Cup road race in Hawkesville. What a great feeling, winning a sprint finish. But all the other events were great.