July 10/09 12:51 pm - The Durian Cup
Posted by Editoress on 07/10/09
The Durian Cup Race #2: Get Oriented!
The Durian Cup race mountain bike series continued with more offroad excitement in Victoria with last Thursday's '(July 2nd) Get Oriented!' orienteering-style race. A total of 22 riders were given maps with marked points, and they had to ride to each mandatory point in their category, as well as any bonus points they chose to, and use the color crayon at the points to mark their sheet. The more points hit, the more points received, although every minute late resulted in a drastic loss of points, so racers had to keep an eye on their watches as well, to ensure they made it back in time. Also, there was an artistic element included where bonus points were awarded for drawing a butterfly in the space provided. Check out the photos to see what people came up with in their haste!
The C field opened up with four competitors, and the top finishers were Danielle Stevens(Ind) in 1st, folllowed by Katie Rabien(Oak Bay Bikes) and Daegan Reimer(Ind). For the C Series title, Leon Tulevski(Ind) remains on top (although didn't compete this week), and Danielle and Katie fill out the top three.
The B's had 6 riders competing, and five returning from last week to defend their positions. The returning Emily Pridham(Dirty Girlz) took top honors, followed by new-comer Ian Lindseth(Ind). Eric Simonson(Ind) returned to collect 3rd and more series points as well. Emily is sitting safely in first for the series with 2pts, our sole Junior rider (at 13yrs old!) Logan Simonson(Ind) is holding onto 2nd place with 10pts, and his father Eric trails by 2pts in 3rd. We also had two disqualified riders for returning late and giving organizers a scare!
For the A's, we saw a whopping 10 riders out to challenge each other! Jeff Clarkson(Schwalbe), despite a flat, was the only rider to visit all 12 stations, and safely collected 1st place points, despite a butterfly that more closely resembled a black heart! Roger Macleod(Ind), another new-comer to the series hit enough stations to collect 2nd, and Dave Shishkoff(OrganicAthlete) rounded out the top three, taking this opportunity to compete in the series and represent the organizing club. In the overall A Series, Kate Scallion(Ind) who finished 4th on the night and drew the best-rated butterfly, has a commanding lead of the series with 5pts. Kat Wright(Ind) is holding ground in 2nd place with 9pts, and Halldor Gunnarsson(Riders Cycles) is doubtless making Kat nervous with 11pts.
In our other recognized sub-series, Kate is unsurprisingly our Top Woman, Halldor retains Top Master, Logan remains our Top Junior, and Dave is now the Top Vegan!
Courtesy Dave Shishkoff