It is a day that will live in infamy. To be remembered alongside Pleasure Valley 2002, 24 Hours of Summer Solstice 2000/2009; weather so bad it would make you want to book a one-way ticket to the equator. But, for those who decided to line up to do more walking than riding, it is surely a day they will never forget!
Cold, all-day rain Saturday made way for snow squalls and high winds Sunday – not a scene uncommon to Highlands Nordic – in the winter! Organizer Superfly Racing made the best of it; “I’ve never been so close to cancelling a race as I was today – the weather was just so difficult, and with the clay-based trails, I knew the riders were in for a death march” Sean Ruppel also took to twitter early in the morning, effectively discouraging riders from showing up! In spite of it all, over 300 riders showed up to help out their local bike shops with new cables and a tune-up!
A day like this makes for a very unique podium, with running and perseverance winning over bike fitness and technical skill. Taking the win in the Junior Expert Men category was Brody Sanderson of Angry Johnny’s CC, while the winning Junior Expert Woman, from a family used to the top spot, was Sarah Fabbro of Trek Canada. The Senior Elite Women’s field was very small, with all finishers leaving with hardware. Soren Meeuwisse of Trek Canada easily ran away with her second straight win, while two newcomers to the Elite Field, Andrea Burley and Paige Foxcroft of Angry Johnny’s took 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Senior Elite Men’s field saw a Babe Ruth moment occur at the start line – both Peter Disera and Sean Ruppel of Superfly Racing called the win for Peter Glassford of Trek Canada – and the grizzled veteran did not disappoint, winning by over 5 minutes. Second place again went to Liam Mulcahy of Progressive/Maverix, with third place going to the above mentioned Peter Disera of Norco Factory team.
While we’ve recapped the day’s winners, everyone who battled the day’s conditions were true winners. 2016 has gotten off to a rocky start for the Scott Ontario Cup series, but the weather is bound to turn around for our next stop: The CRCS/3ROX Canada Cup at Horseshoe presented by Bateman’s/Norco/Cloud9AV/Sonos. While that is a mouthful, we’re very excited for our new sponsors, and 2016 promises Horseshoe’s best Canada Cup ever!
Huge Thanks go to Highlands Nordic and everyone who battled the elements to deliver an epic day!