Last night the Ontario Downhill Riders Association hosted their first, inaugural Ontario Cup Downhill Awards. This was an all-day event which kicked off with some killer riding at Joyride 150 and continued with the awards ceremony held at the Duchess of Markham. Jeff Faulds and the ODRA did an amazing job and the turnout for the riding and awards was incredible. It’s an interesting period as far as racing goes in the province. A new race organizer and a recently formed riders association are just a few of the big changes for 2012. This is also a year where it seems the gap between the original old-timers, like me, and the young newcomers to the sport is the biggest it’s ever been. Events like last night’s awards ceremony are more important now than ever.
The main reason the Ontario Downhill Riders Association wanted to put this awards party on was to get everyone out together and give some awards to some of the amazing people in our community. With the change of organizers there has been a bit of unknown about the future of DH racing in Ontario. We wanted to let everyone know that there will be racing still and that it’s worth being excited about. Jeff Faulds
The awards ceremony was amazing and the ODRA did a great job of ensuring everyone was included. MC duties and the handing out of the awards were handled by Anton Urtan and Jeff Faulds. Here are some images from the ceremony.
The Ontario Downhill Awards plaques waiting for a home
The best part about our series is the people. This is what it’s all about. Amazing turnout!
Master of Ceremonies, Jeff Faulds, with the list of lucky winners.
“U-Turn” and “Fauldsy” did an amazing job giving out the awards.
The misfits table. (l-r) David Klaver, RC, Tyler, Robo and Squid.
A very excited Hermo waiting for the games to begin.
There wasn’t an award for just “best” but I think this is adequate. Thanks for everything Shane!
Proud papa and all around awesome guy, Bill Graham. Congrats buddy, we’re all stoked for ya!
The future of our sport. Adam Robbins takes home Best First Year award.
How can you not love Aubs! So happy to see her there last night. Steez and all!
Kristen Courtney with her well-deserved Female Rider Of The Year award.
Old School Johnny with his lovely family.
Jeff Faulds with his Most Helpful (Everyone’s Angel) Award. A true ambassador to the sport.
Mr. humble, Sid Slotegraaf, took home the Male Athlete Of The year award.
Hermo cleaned up at the awards. Seen here with the Most Likely To Win Everything He Enters award.
Mike is a big part of the scene and really came into his own this season.
Taylor Rowlands made the trip down after his shift at Craigleigh and arrived just in time to accept the Venue Of The Year Award for Blue Mountain.
The Tuf Rack table having a blast. Hi Monika!
Matt accepting the Mrs Zdriluk (Parent Of The Year) award. Awesome!
Silent Norco Racing takes home Team Of The Year.
The first ladies of Ontario Downhill. (l-r) Aubs, Tifenn, Monika and Kristen. You girls rock!
I think it was a great success. We had lots of people come out and have a good time. It was awesome to have 381 people vote for the awards, We want to see all of you out at the races this year. It’s when you get all of us together that you remember how tight of a community we have. Almost everyone there knew everyone else on a first name basis. And if they didn’t, everyone went up and introduced themselves and got to know them. Thank you to the event sponsors Norco Bicycles, Tuf Rack, Steam Whistle, To Wheels, and Joyride 150 and a huge thanks to Anton Urtan for helping me out with the awards, Marc Landry for his help, coverage, and dedication to our community, Erin Faulds and Dennis Faulds for all the help making the awards. Most of all each and every person who came out to the awards. Thank you. Jeff Faulds
Once the awards were done I had the chance to give everyone a sneak peek of the new site. At the time of writing this report, the site is not live. I was originally planning to launch it at the event but a few last minute hang ups made it impossible. I was super happy to share it with those in attendance however and the applause and support were overwhelming. I have been working on this for over a year and it’s something I am very passionate about. I was really happy to be able to share the site with everyone. Thanks guys! Thanks also to one of the site’s new shooters and contributors, Steve Hayes, for snapping these pics and others in the report.
Me, finally able to show the new site to everyone.
Riding Feels Good – live on the big screen for the first time.
This was an incredible night and everyone had a blast. Our community is one of the best on the globe and it is always great to get together, off the bike, and mingle. This season is really starting off with a bang and I think will mark a real change in the series.
Really big thanks to Jeff Faulds and the riders in the ODRA for hosting this event. Thank you Tuf Rack and thank you to all those who attended the fun night. Congratulations to those who won an award and to those who didn’t. Last night we all won.
Here are a the results from the survey for the awards:
1. Most helpful (everyone’s Angel) at the Races.
2. Parent of the Year
3. Crash of the Year
|Oskar Anderson at Kelso #1||23.57%||70|
|Heidi Stiles at ECO||36.70%||109|
|Tiffan Vialatte at Tuf Rack Fall Classic||36.70%||58|
|Rob Carmichael at Camp Fortune||20.20%||60|
4. Most likely to win every cycling race they enter
5. Super D athlete of the year
6. Sponsor of the year
7. Venue of the year
8. Best personality
9. Best first year racing performance
10. Most improved rider of the year/up and comer
11. Team of the year
|Silent Norco Racing||28.95%||88|
|Kamikaze Spider Riders||13.51%||60|
12. Junior rider of the year (U19)
13. Master rider of the year (30+)
14. Female athlete of the year
15. Male athlete of the year