February 13th marked the first ever Ontario Cup Track event held in the brand new Mattamy Velodrome. The snow was falling and the wind was blowing at over 50km/h outside, but in the Velodrome it was tropical, 24 degrees without a breeze. Participants from across the country and upper US states made the drive to the inaugural event which saw over 110 athletes competing over two days in as many as four separate events.
Friday night kicked off with two rounds of elimination Points Races for the Master men which cut their field in half. Next were the Sprint Qualifications for all category’s which had riders pitted against each other, in a head to head battle. The night wrapped up with all four categories racing in the Points Race finale.
Saturday would prove to be a long day for those athletes which signed up for all four events. Racing got under way at 3pm and lasted over 8 hours. The Sprint Tournament was the first event which was followed by the Scratch Race Qualifier for the Master Men.
The Keirin Heats got under way after the dinner hour which was followed by the finale of the Sprint Tournament. The Keirin Finale followed soon after the Tournament which had a number of athletes competing at high speeds to take the first O-Cup title on the Track.
The last event of the night was the Scratch Race for all categories, a great way to end off two days worth of racing with lots of action.
A notable mention goes out to Steve McKee. Between event qualifiers and finales he competed in over 20 events during the two days. We also wanted to thank the Quebec Provincial Team who made the long drive in the poor conditions to support the event.
A BIG THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and athletes who made the event possible, give us a few days to recover and I’m sure we’ll all look forward to the next one at the end of March!