September 01, 2011 (Toronto) – Members of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues mountain bike team geared up for the season by claiming two gold medals in the “Hot August Nights” 24-hour race this past weekend at Albion Hills Conservation Area in Bolton, Ont.
Some of the best racers in the province put themselves to the test, seeing who among them could best endure 24 straight hours of attacking the trails and pushing themselves, and their equipment, to the limit. At the end of the long night there was no shortage of deliriously exhausted athletes, many unable to finish.
In the end, Varsity Blues racers demanded respect on the trails as Chris McKnight won the gold medal in the prestigious men’s solo division, while Chris McKinnon and David Biancolin won the gold in the men’s two-man division.
McKnight loved the race, but pushed himself hard and commented that “Needless to say it was agonizing.”
Head coach David Wright and the Blues team is preparing for their University Cup race season, which will see the first race taking place in Mansfield, Ont. on Sept 17.
“We encourage new riders to try the sport,” said Wright. “The team welcomes both male and female riders whether novice or experienced racers and there are races set for first-time racers at all University Cup events.”
Any UofT students are interested in joining the mountain bike team please attend the first team meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6-7 p.m. at the Athletic Centre (room 330).
For student athletes attending other post-secondary institution University Cup race information can be found HERE.