The Ontario Cup Series kicked off this past Sunday at Woodnewton, just south of Uxbridge. Bluebird skies, perfect trail conditions and a great atmosphere are crucial to starting the series on a positive note.
Many exciting new changes marked the start of the series, with the 9am youth races brought to you by Caterpillar/Durham Shredders being a great new addition to the series. Now more than ever, new young riders can start on a less hilly, less technical course! Over 30 riders took advantage of this new initiative, while the more experienced riders aged 11 – 16 were able to race the more demanding, 10:00am race start.
The big races of the day, the Expert/Elite races sure didn’t disappoint, and there is a real changing of the guard in the Men’s Elite Field. Taking the win was Liam Mulcahy of Maverix/Progressive, while Davis Ross of AWI Racing took second. Third place went to Uxbridge’s own Tyler “icicle” Orschel, of Maverix/Progressive, with fourth going to the Wily veteran Matt Martindill of Arrow Racing. Also on the podium in the fifth spot was Uxbridge’s Malcolm Barton, of Maverix.
The Elite women’s field was dominated by Trek Canada’s Soren Meeuwisse, while second went to Elise Nieuwold of Angry Johnny’s. Third went to Centurion/ Next Wave’s Erica Leonard.
Capping off the day was a great BBQ, with proceeds going to youth racing, thanks to Maverix and Great Canadian Meats for taking care of the food. The Ontario Cup makes its next stop in Kingston, May 7th. This event is being run by Substance Projects, for information on Ontario Cup #2 go to: http://substanceprojects.com/ontario-cup