Words: Jason Petznick
Photos: Andy Vathis
Video: Brian Hunt and Paul Reid
01 MUD BOG
Mud, muck, slop, boue, gadoue, bourbe.
No matter what you call it, there was no escaping it this past weekend at Blue Mountain Bike Park. In stark contrast to last year’s achingly dry race conditions, an unusually wet start to the month of May has left many trail networks across Ontario trading shovels for snorkels. Had this been a regular weekend at Blue the race may have been called off entirely, but this is the Canada Cup, and with crucial UCI points up for grabs, the show must go on!
02 TASTY MUD
Some riders were loving the muck…
03 BIKE WASH
While others opted for a more traditional method of cleaning their bikes. Huge thanks to Claude Larue who took the initiative of renting a pressure washer and generator when it was clear that Blue Mountain’s Bike Wash was going to be overwhelmed by the course conditions.
Just when riders thought they were out of the woods (figuratively and literally), a wet and deep compression was waiting to take them out within sight of the finish line.
05 YOUTH SEWELL
Ty Sewell was the youngest racer on track, and put in an extremely respectable time in finals.
06 AM MEN CAMPOSILVAN
With a 4th place finish in the 18-29 Men’s division, Adrian Camposilvan proved that it’s not about how much travel you have, it’s about how you use it.
07 JR EXPERT KENNEDY
Collingwood’s own Curtis Kennedy climbed to the second step of the podium in Junior Expert.
08 JR EXPERT HOYLE
British Columbia’s Kolt Hoyle was blitzing the course on every run, and took the win in Junior Expert by just over seven seconds.
09 ELITE WOMEN BATTY
A nasty bug bite and aggressive allergic reaction wasn’t going to stop Charlotte Batty from making her return to racing. She wound up 7th place in Elite Women.
10 ELITE WOMEN LUEBKE
Monica Luebke has been racing the East Coast Open since the inaugural year of 2010, and it doesn’t look like she has any plans of slowing down.
11 ELITE WOMEN KONEFAL
Sarah Konefal couldn’t repeat her 1st place finish from Tremblant, but a 3rd place finish at Blue was enough to keep the Canada Cup Leader’s Jersey on her shoulders.
12 ELITE WOMEN VAILLANCOURT
Audree Vaillancourt’s consistency paid off with a 2nd place finish to add to her 2nd place from Tremblant.
13 ELITE WOMEN SKALWOLD
Ella Skalwold made the trek up from Vermont, and put more than 23 seconds between herself and the rest of the Elite Women’s field to take 1st place on Sunday.
14 ELITE MEN GOLABEK
Andrew Golabek getting up to speed at the top of the course.
15 ELITE MEN MAXWELL
Lightning wouldn’t strike twice for Tyler Maxwell. After climbing into the top 10 at the 2016 East Coast Open, a fall in his race run sealed his fate and pushed him down to 19th overall in Elite Men.
16 ELITE MEN FROST
James Frost put down a burner on Saturday to qualify 3rd, but a couple wobbles in his race run on Sunday would drop him down to 17th place on the results list.
17 ELITE MEN ROBBINS
London, Ontario’s Adam Robbins made the jump to Elite Men this year, and would settle for 16th place finish as he sets off for the World Cup at Fort William.
18 ELITE MEN THIBAULT
Sam Thibault came into the weekend wearing the Canada Cup Leader’s Jersey, but struggled on Sunday and wound up 15th overall.
19 ELITE MEN RICARD
Phil Ricard was loving the conditions from the first day, and a 2:19.80 on Sunday would put him into 3rd place.
20 ELITE MEN LEFRANCOIS
A repeat of his 2nd place finish at Tremblant would be enough to put Jonathon Lefrancois into the overall lead for the Canada Cup title.
21 ELITE MEN LANGEVIN
Last year’s winner Hugo Langevin was looking to rebound from a tough start to the season that found him down in 23rd position at Tremblant.
22 HUGO FINISH
And across the line! Langevin would edge Lefrancois by a mere 4 hundredths of a second with a final time of 2:18.11.
The top Ontario Rider? The one and only Ken Brake riding for Sweet Pete’s Bicycle Shop slid his way into 8th place overall with a time of 2:30.39.
23 YOUTH 13-14 WOMEN 18-29
Ty Sewell (1st Place, Youth Boys 13-14) and Claire Woodhouse (1st Place, Women 18-29)
24 YOUTH 15-17
Youth Boys 15-17, (l-r) Aaron Steingardt, Alex Dicks, Jacob McLeod
25 MEN 18-29
Men 18-29, (l-r) Louis Mailloux, Vlad Sherryuble, James Barton
26 MEN 30-39
Men 30-39, (l-r) Greg Zaffarano, Craig Smith (not present), Drew Otterman
27 MEN 40-49
Men 40-49, (l-r) John Danyluk, Paul Holder, Derek Ravitch (not present)
28 MEN 50+
Claude Larue, Men 50+
29 JUNIOR EXPERT MEN
Junior Expert Men, (l-r) Curtis Kennedy, Kolt Hoyle, Blair Fraser
30 ELITE WOMEN
Elite Women, (l-r) Monika Luebke, Audree Vaillancourt, Ella Skalwold, Sarah Konefal, Maxine Bergeron
31 ELITE MEN
Elite Men, (l-r) Benjamin Despres-Morin, Jonathon Lefrancois, Hugo Langevin, Phil Ricard, Julien Laramee
Massive thanks to all the riders, spectators, volunteers and sponsors for rolling with the punches to pull off a great weekend of racing. Full results can be found here http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/postable_results.pdf