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2012 ODRA Inaugural Ontario Downhill Awards

January 9, 2012
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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:

381 VOTES

 

1.  Most helpful (everyone’s Angel) at the Races.

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Terry Lemmonis8.00%24
Marc Kendall20.67%62
Jeff Faulds32..33%97
Billy Graham10.67%32
Claude LaRue4.67%14
Brandon Cassells23.67%71

2. Parent of the Year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Mark Kendall29.27%84
Jon Anderson8.71%25
Jonathan Tice13.63%42
Brent Fraser14.63%42
Jim Tellerd2.44%7
Mrs Zdriluk31.36%90

3. Crash of the Year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Oskar Anderson at Kelso #123.57%70
Heidi Stiles at ECO36.70%109
Tiffan Vialatte at Tuf Rack Fall Classic36.70%58
Rob Carmichael at Camp Fortune20.20%60

4. Most likely to win every cycling race they enter

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Mike Hermanovsky26.95%83
Matt Zdriluk9.09%28
Rob Fraser21.10%65
Jeff Faulds4.22%13
Kyle Sangers22.73%70
Sid Slotegraaf15.91%49

5. Super D athlete of the year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Mike Hermanovsky26.95%83
Matt Zdriluk9.09%28
Rob Fraser21.10%65
Jeff Faulds4.22%13
Kyle Sangers22.73%70
Sid Slotegraaf15.91%49

6. Sponsor of the year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Tuf Rack45.72%139
Norco Bicycles25.33%77
Cycle Solutions12.50%38
X-Fusion3.62%11
Lapierre Bicycles12.83%39

7. Venue of the year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Blue Mountain36.96%112
Sir Sams9.57%29
Horseshoe12.87%39
Camp Fortune34.32%104
Kelso6.27%19

8. Best personality

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Shane Joachim34.80%103
Greg Karges19.59%58
Claude Larue16.55%49
Billy Graham13.51%40
Anton Urtan15.54%46

9. Best first year racing performance

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Adam Robbins53.14%144
Colby Mathews23.99%65
Cameron Drenth22.88%62

10. Most improved rider of the year/up and comer

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Radney Pritchard17.81%52
Mark Battiston10.62%31
Adam Donlan28.77%84
Mike Hermanovsky342.81%125

11. Team of the year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Primary/Trek17.43%53
Silent Norco Racing28.95%88
Cycle Solutions5.92%18
Kamikaze Spider Riders13.51%60
Adrenalineracer/To Wheels27.96%85

12. Junior rider of the year (U19)

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Micheal Osterveld2.33%7
Craig Thompson10.96%33
Kyle Sangers40.53%122
Diane McCallagh19.93%60
Deven Chilton9.63%29
Anton Urtan16.61%50

13. Master rider of the year (30+)

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Derek Abraham20.86%63
Kyle Easby11.26%34
Johnny Danyluk14.90%45
Grant Nichol12.25%37
Shane Joachim28.15%85
Greg Karges12.58%38

14. Female athlete of the year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Diane McCallagh25.52%74
Kristen Courtney18.62%54
Monika Luebke21.38%62
Jennifer Valentine18.62%54

15. Male athlete of the year

NAMEPERCENTVOTES
Mike Hermanovsky22.08%68
Matt Zdriluk9.42%29
Rob Fraser20.45%63
Sid Slotegraaf25.00%77
Kyle Sangers20.45%63
Matt Nielson2.60%8

Marc Landry is a Toronto, Ontario based action sports photographer. Honing his skills on local and World Cup cycling circuits, Marc has since expanded his subject matter to include several outdoor adventure sports. Marc is in his element when surrounded by the energy that top athletes radiate. The relationships he forms with his subjects is apparent in his images and is part of what defines his look. He is most at home in the mountains and his preference for long glass and elaborate lighting setups has become his signature style.

6 Comments

  1. Awesome night with awesome people! Couldn’t have asked for much more!

  2. That was a great time. Thank you all that could make it out.

  3. Congrats to all of the award recipients!

  4. Congrats to everyone who was nominated! You all did a great job this year!
    I wish I could have made it out there this year.

  5. what a night! congrats to all the winners and nominees. Cant wait for the 2012 season to start.

  6. It was a great day. Full day of riding followed by a great night of friends getting together to celebrate the 2011 season. Congrats on the site and congrats to all the winners and those nominated. So looking forward to the 2012 Race season.

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