June 17, 2015 – Local youth cycling talent emerged again at last weekend’s Ontario Cycling Youth Cup race in Newmarket. The Centurion-Next Wave Cycling Team once again fielded a strong road cycling contingent and found the podium in most races. The following day, most athletes took part at the Canada Cup Mountain Bike races at Hardwood Hills in Barrie.
The Ontario Cycling Youth Cup series features 6 races in Ontario throughout the season. This weekend’s event was the Tour de Speed hosted by the Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club. It was a perfect day of racing with excellent weather on a beautiful course. Each day of racing includes a time trial and road race for each participant. The team entered athletes in most divisions.
Our youngest team, Squirt Girls (9-10 years), started strong with Ava Holmgren and Elli Clark taking first and second place in the time trial. In the process, both girls set a new course record. The Minime Boys team also performed well with Paul Mysko and Colton Woods taking 3rd and 4th place in a strong time trial field. In the Cadet Boys division, Tyler Clark took third place.
The road race was exciting for the spectators. The sun came out and the weather warmed considerably making the racing even more challenging. In the Squirt Girls road race, Centurion Next Wave swept the podium with Ava Holmgren, Elli Clark and Isabella Holmgren taking top honours, and once again setting new course records. In the boys road race, Max Holmgren was able to unleash a surprise sprint from near the back of the field to take the win in the PeeWee Boys division. Colton Woods followed this up with a third place finish in the Minime Boys division, while Tyler Clark’s sprint in the Cadet Division gave him a hard-fought win in his race.
The following day, most of the athletes and Junior team members competed in the Hardwood Hills Canada Cup Mountain Bike races. The team raced on the wet Pan-Am Games course amongst a national field. Colton Woods won the Under-15 Boys race while Dylan Kerr took third place. Owen Clark and Max Holmgren took first and second in the Under-13 Boys race.The trio of Elli Clark, Ava Holmgren and Isabella Holmgren once again swept the podium for the Under-11 Girls Division. Junior team members Brody Sanderson and Graydon Staples took first and second place in the Under-17 Cadet Expert Men’s Division, while Dana Gilligan won the Under-17 Cadet Expert Women’s Division.
The team’s success is due to excellent teamwork and practice. The boys and girls are committed to training hard, but also has a lot of fun together. Says Director David Staples, “The future is looking bright with this level of talent locally”. The youth cup series continues next month with racing in Windsor, followed by the Tour de Terra Cotta Youth Cup race on the August long weekend. Meanwhile the Junior boys are preparing for races in Kitchener this Friday and the Tour de la Releve in Rimouski on July 8-12.
Time Trial here.
Road Races here.
Final Points here.