With the new year just around the corner and MTB season fast approaching, we are delighted to announce the events that will make up the 2019 MTB O-Cup series! This year we will be working with a variety of amazing organizers to bring you a stellar Mountain Bike season at numerous venues across Ontario.
Superfly Racing has partnered with MultiSport Canada to bring you six great MTB events throughout the summer. Pulse Racing will host the Canadian Championships/Ontario Cup at Hardwood Ski and Bike and Angry Johnny will host the Mountainview O-Cup. The Ontario Cup Series is one of Canada’s premier XC Mountain Bike racing series. Accommodating to a wide range of skill, the O-Cup series provides riders with challenging courses and viable competitive opportunities against riders of similar skill level from across the province. The O-Cup series will be a best of 5 events, which will take the participants’ top 5 finish points towards the final standings to determine the series champion.
NOTE: An updated and revised schedule has been posted since the posting of this article. Please visit http://www.ontariocycling.org/sports/cross-country/mtb-o-cup-series/ for a revised schedule and up-to-date information
O-Cup #1 – May 5th, 2019 @ Woodnewton
The O-Cup Series is set to start at Woodnewton on May 5th, 2019. Racers will get to experience another year at this great venue to test out their legs and lungs after the winter break. Just an hour out from Toronto, the Uxbridge, ON venue provides riders with an excellent early season challenge.
O-Cup #2 – May 26th, 2019 @ Albion Hills
The series traverses back to the GTA at Albion Hills on May 26th. The convenient location in Caledon provides a highly accessible venue for racers in Ontario. Last year’s doubleheader O-Cup site will be returning in 2019 as a single day event rounding off the month of May.
**PLEASE NOTE SINCE THE POSTING OF THIS ARTICLE, PORT HOPE AND KELSO DATES HAVE BEEN SWITCHED. PLEASE VISIT http://www.ontariocycling.org/sports/cross-country/mtb-o-cup-series/ FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION AND A MORE RECENT NEWS POSTING.
O-Cup #3 – June 9th, 2019 @ Port Hope
A new addition to the series, Port Hope will be the location of the third O-Cup of the 2019 MTB Series. Just a couple of weeks after the Albion Hills O-Cup, racers will look to collect the silverware and O-Cup points on June 9th.
O-Cup #4 – June 16th, 2019 @ Kelso Conservation Area
The venue of the 2018 Ontario Provincial Championships will now be the location of the midseason O-Cup race on June 16th. Kelso is a fantastic venue in Milton, ON just off of the 401. Kelso Conservation Area hosts nearly 30km of trail that explores the fields and forests along the Niagara Escarpment. Kelso offers trails that cater to the new rider and seasoned expert. With double and single track, climbs, descents, and plenty of natural and man-made technical terrain features, Kelso will not disappoint.
O-Cup #5 & Canada Cup – July 14th, 2019 @ Horseshoe Resort
July 14th will mark the date for the O-Cup and Canada Cup race out of Horseshoe Resort. Horseshoe’s course keeps getting better and will feature better spectatorship, great riding and a truly awesome resort atmosphere.
O-Cup #6 & MTB Canadian Championships, presented by Trek Bicycle Store – July 20th & July 21st, 2019 @ Hardwood Ski & Bike
The sixth race of the 2019 O-Cup series will be at Hardwood Ski & Bike. Ontario is fortunate to host the 2019 Canadian Championships on our home legacy course from the 2015 Pan Am Games. This venue is a racer and fan favourite with its challenging, fun and amazing spectator friendly course. Riders can choose to enter in the O-Cup categories and/or contend for a Canadian Champion title. Be sure to come take part in the action and watch Canada’s best riders!
O-Cup #7 – August 11th, 2019 @ Mountainview
The O-Cup series continues on August 11th at Mountainview. This will be the perfect time to get any last minute preparations for the Provincial Championships. Mountainview is an outstanding venue that will be familiar to those who participate in the Mountainview Thursday Night Series or the Nine Lives Enduro.
Ontario Provincial Mountain Bike Championships – September 8th, 2019 @ Sir Sam’s
Following the Mountainview O-Cup, the 2019 Provincial Championships will be hosted at Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride. After a year hiatus of being the Provincial Championship location, Sir Sam’s will again prove to be one of the most exciting courses on the circuit. Riders will get a chance to challenge themselves in their hopes to claim Provincial Championship jerseys and medals in their respective categories. Please note that Sir Sam’s Provincial Championship will also be an O-Cup race where Ontario Cup points will be awarded. The O-Cup series winners will be announced on this date.