May 4, 2009 – The first stop on the Cycle Solutions O-Cup DH/Super D series presented by Lapierre Bikes was off the hook, posting the second largest race in Ontario’s history. A mix of sun and clouds kept the Super D course buffed as the inaugural event took place. The course was a mix of super fast and flowy sections with some rocks and jumps thrown in for good measure. All of the competitors had smiles from ear to ear (if they weren’t picking their lung up from off the ground, haha) and said this was the perfect start for Super D in Ontario.
In the 19-29 Open category there were some rippers lining up looking for gold, everyone from Expert level cross country racers to Team Canada DH racers. After the dust settled an John Fisher (Cycle Solutions) an expert XC racer took the crown over two of the provinces fastest DH racers, Matt Zdriluk (Commencal) and Rob Fraser (Trek-Primary)
1. John R. Fisher- Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny’s Racing -Unionville 3:58.861
2. Matt Zdriluk- Commencal- Beamsville 4:05.513
3. Rob Fraser Primary -Trek- Pickering 4:17.522
The 30-39 Open category had a strong field with some trail riders, ex-pro DH racers, industry guru’s and some XC racers. The course was bested by race organizer Peter Appleton (Lapierre bikes) in his first race back after a year and a half of racing with a serious back injury. It was Matt Dafoe (Giant/Adrenaline Racer) who was probably the most excited Super D participant at the race who pulled out 2nd and Dylan Elliot had a solid third place finish.
1. Peter Appleton- Lapierre Bikes- Dundas 4:23.690
2. Matt Dafoe- Giant/Adrenaline Racer 4:25.213
3. Dylan Elliott Ingersoll 4:37.934
Sunday’s DH race day brought us some sunnier weather and perfect May racing conditions, the spectators lined the course waiting to see who would rule the tried and true rock garden to rock drop.
In the races largest category Senior Sport, we had a BMX race superstar Alex Brancier (Bike Zone) pull out his first ever DH win, showing some great early season form. Chris Dzavik (Trek Store), a Dirtjumping machine, showed his all around skills claiming 2nd and Steve Burnham took 3rd
1. Alex Brancier-Sessions DH/The Bike Zone-Milton 1:33.382
2. Chris Dzavik-Trek Store Race Team-Toronto 1:33.412
3. Steve Burnham 1:33.705
Everyone was waiting to see what the elite men could put down and they didn’t disappoint. What everyone was waiting for happened, a time in the 1min “teens”, Rob Fraser (Trek Primary) pulled off a 1:19, the only time under the 1:20 mark. It was Justin Brown (Cycle Solutions) who managed to grab 2nd place just a couple seconds behind while the big guy Zach Tatem (Trek Store) whipped out a third.
1. Rob Fraser-Primary-Trek-Pickering 1:19.745
2. Justin Brown-Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny’s acing-Brampton 1:21.278
3. Zachary Tatem-Trek Store Race Team-Toronto 1:23.255
This weekends huge attendance is a testament to the amazing DH/Super D community that lives in Ontario, while other race series are down in numbers we are up! Congrats for keeping the race seen thriving Ontario. Next event is just 2 weeks away as a new lower course is developed at Heights of Horseshoe May 16/17.
We can’t thank enough our amazing support staff, Lee Allen, Kris Somers (MC/DJ), Allan Hawley and his timing staff, Kelso Pro Patrol and staff (Barb and Simon) and ofcourse the amazing volunteers and sponsors: Cycle-Solutions.com Bike Store, Lapierre Bikes, Norco Performance Bikes , Kenda Tires, Titec Components, Dropmachine.com, POC Protection, Harveys, Fatlip clothing, Industry Bike park, Ontario Cycling Association and X-Fusion shocks.
For all results and Ontario Cup DH/4X racing info visit www.sirbikealotracing.com.