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University Cup #2 – Hardwood Hills Report, Photos

September 23, 2008 (Oro Station, ON) – Over 100 University students gathered at Hardwood Hills last weekend to compete in the second of the four University Cup races. Competition was tight as several more schools made an appearance this time around.

In the Men’s A Category, Queen’s Steve “Showboat” Chapman continued his winning ways, and dominated the race. In second was ’08 Ontario Cup Senior Expert champion, Brendan Matheson of Georgian College. Third place was earned by Dmytro Mulyava of York University.

In the Women’s B category, Kaitlin Michener of Humber College earned a convincing win, while in second was University of Guelph’s Erika Bota. In third place was Jennifer Morgan of Queens University.

The Men’s B category was extremely close as Simon McKay of Guelph and Chris McKnight of the University of Toronto exchanged lead several times. In the end it was Chris McKnight whose perfectly timed sprint attack at the finish line bagged him the win. In third place was the University of Ottawa’ Jean Marc Bennet.

In the Women’s B category, Guelph’s Holly Dodds maintained her lead throughout the race to bag the win. In second was Laurentian University’s Aden Beresford. Claiming the last podium spot was Ryerson University’s Elizabeth Graham.

The overall team standings showed little change with the University of Guelph extending it’s lead, and with Queen’s and the University of Toronto holding second and third respectively.

With two more races remaining it will be interesting to see if the University of Toronto or Queens can muster the power to shake up the rankings. University Cup #3 is scheduled for Sept 28th at Ganaraska Forest, located near Port Hope, Ontario

Team Standings After 2 of 4 Races

1. University of Guelph – 1,084
2. Queen’s University – 833
3. University of Toronto – 541
4. York University – 184
5. University of Waterloo – 105

If you are a University or College student in Ontario or Quebec (or even south of the border!) then this race series is geared towards you. Contact your University cycling team/club for more information OR check out the OUMRC for details.

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