June 17, 2013 (Niagara, ON) – On a fairly overcast day in Niagara, over 400 riders lined up for the 15th annual Giant Bicyles Lake2Lake 29er Enduro from Brock University to Lake Ontario. Blasting up Hydro Hill behind the University Brandon Etzl of Team JetFuel led the charge followed closely by Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Alex Schmidt (Speed River) and Caledon’s Corey Brioschi (ShortHill Cycling Club).
Upon entering the slick singletrack, Etzl’s day was over with a mechanical and Schmidt and Brioschi distanced themselves from the pack as they would their way through the ShortHills Park. These two battled each other as Jordan Szoke of Brantford (an accomplished superbike racer) and John Cauchi of Burlington kept them in sight with local favourite, Johnnie Toews, chasing hard in fifth.
Entering Charles Daly Park the two leaders were neck and neck down the final chute with Schmidt leading, and Brioschi able to make a move on the inside to win by a bike length, making for an exciting finish. Szoke just managed to hold of Cauchi for third in the same fashion.
Making a return to racing on the women’s side was hometown favourite, Jenny Brown of Reactivated Training. Already a 4x winner of the Lake2Lake, Brown had to contend with last year’s winner Megan Fleury of Liberty Cycles. The accomplished veteran managed to take two minutes out of the teenager, with Melanie Bernier of London in third.
A great day was had by all with many a smiling face as the sun finally came out for the awards. Lake to Lake Events would like to thank all of the volunteers and racers. A big thank you to the Sunflower Squad for handling the feedzone and Ziggy for taking care of the sound. Look for results and pictures very soon on laketolake.ca