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June 10/13 0:00 am - XC OCup #3 - Sir Sam's race report and results

Posted by Editoress on 06/10/13

A challenging course greeted racers at the third stop of the Plastiglas Ontario Cup mountain bike race series presented by Apollo Bikes.  Held at Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike in the Haliburton Highlands, world cup competitors and Scott - 3Rox teammates Amanda Sin and Derek Zandstra took top honours in their respective elite categories.

The skiing at Sir Sam’s is of the downhill variety, so with a significant hill at hand, it was only fitting that there was plenty of climbing on the agenda.  Throw in twisty, rooted singletrack, steep descents and slick rock sections, and it was a course that rewarded riders skilled in all aspects of the sport.

Elite Women
Norco Factory rider Haley Smith led the women off the line and onto the big opening climb, which zigzagged up the ski hill.  Hot on her heels were Mikaela Kofman (Scott-3Rox), Laura Bietola (Real Deal/Gears p/b Fieldgate), Sue Haviland (Norco Evolution) and Mandy Dreyer (Tuf Rack Racing), with Sin a bit further back.



Elite podium

Kofman quickly took over the lead and set a pace that only her teammate could match, though Bietola tried valiantly to hang on to the pair.  Her effort to do so proved costly as she gradually faded throughout the race.

“I wanted to work on my World Cup starts,” explained Kofman, the reigning provincial champion.  “I’m pretty bad at them.  I figured I would go all out, so I led the first lap.  Amanda caught up to me and we rode together for a bit.”

On the second lap, Sin moved in front of her teammate prior to a section of singletrack, where a crash by Kofman proved decisive.  “It was super slippery up there,” explained Kofman.  “I was just riding along and boom, my bike was out from underneath me and I went down pretty hard.”

Although she was unhurt and able to continue, the resulting gap proved insurmountable, and Kofman had to settle for second.  For her part, Sin maintained a steady tempo and cruised home with a nearly two-minute advantage.

“The start was tight so I wasn’t able to move up as quickly as I would have liked to,” related the winner.  “It took me a little while to get into the position I was looking for.  But I wasn’t too concerned.  I knew there was lots of room ahead to move up.”

“It was a really good test of mountain bike skills, but also fitness,” said Sin of the course.  You need to be able to do a bit of everything (on this course). If you’re a really strong climber that’s going to help but you also need to be a good mountain biker because there’s a lot of singletrack, and being efficient through the singletrack can really pay off.”

Haviland continues to impress in her comeback.  “On the first climb four girls got away, two of them being Amanda and Mikaela, who gradually increased their lead over the course of the race.  It became a race of those two and the rest of us.  I slowly picked off a couple of people (Smith and Bietola) and ended up on the podium.”



Junior Women



Elite Men
If you’re betting on who might get the holeshot at an O-Cup race, you would do well to put your money on Kelsey Krushel (Tuf Rack Racing), who led the field off the line, followed by Tyson Wagler (Two Wheel Racing), Mitchell Bailey (Trek Canada), Matthew Martindill (Independent) and Bretton Matthews (Norco Evolution).

Following in formation was the Scott-3Rox trio of Zandstra, Cameron Jette and Marc-Antoine Nadon, who moved forward as a group until they were leading the race.  Sensing danger, Bailey “shimmied” his way in amongst the threesome.  On lap two, once into the singletrack, the group spread out and Zandstra showed his class by riding away to a dominant win.  Consistent sub-20 minute laps saw him win by almost four minutes.



Elite Men


“It’s an excellent course here at Sir Sam’s,” commented Zandstra.  “It’s always been great riding here; beautiful view at the top overlooking the lake.  They did a good job building the course.”

Bailey continued in pursuit, but was reeled in by Andrew Watson (Norco Factory Racing), who had managed to overcome a bad start.  “I know Watson’s strengths,” revealed Bailey.  “So I tried my best to ride with him.  He’s really good at riding calmly and consistently.  I tried to ease it back a bit so I could attack as hard as I could on the last lap.”

Bailey’s move worked as he created a gap and managed to hold it to the finish, with Watson rolling home third.  “We were playing cat and mouse through some of the lapped traffic.  On the last lap Mitch just had a little more in the tank and was able to get a gap.  I rode a clean race; didn’t crash or anything like that.”



Junior Men


Race Notes

- The series shifts focus for the next two races as it shares the limelight with a pair of national level events.  First up is the Sudbury Canada Cup on July 14 followed immediately by the national championships (July 18-21) at Hardwood Ski & Bike near Barrie.  For more information on all these events visit

- Junior expert rider Peter Disera (CSAJCC/Norco pb LG) started with the elites (and finished in eighth) in order to help him prepare for the fast start and larger field at the upcoming World Cup event in Val di Sole, Italy, where he will be participating in the Junior race next weekend.

- Mikaela Kofman has completed her university studies (for now) and is dedicating herself to cycling for at least the next year.  She has, however, applied to various professional schools and may return to combining education with racing.

- Asked about his course-design philosophy, race organizer Sean Ruppel commented that the purpose of the Ontario Cup series is to prepare riders for the next level of racing, such as Canada Cups and World Cups.  As such, he is trying to make the courses for the 1:30 starts (elites and experts) more challenging.  “Ideally I’d like to keep the (course for the) 10:00 (Sport riders) less challenging than the last two have been, but there’s just been no way to do it.  If you want to get to the next level you have to see what people are riding elsewhere.  Today was a representation of Quebec, North Shore (and) World Cup-style riding.  For the most part, 90% of this course was very average.  It’s just that extra 10% that people remember.”

- Zandstra, who recently returned from participating in two World Cups in Europe, ranked the course as a five out of ten, with ten being the most difficult World Cup course.  “There’s nothing on this course that I was scared to go into, whereas at a World Cup there’s stuff that you go ‘Oh man this is tough’.   If you look at it too much you kind of get intimidated by it.”

Report and photos by Emil van Dijk

Elite Women, 24.3 km (4 laps)
1 Amanda Sin (Scott-3 Rox Racing) 1:34:08
2 Mikaela Kofman (Scott-3 Rox Racing) at 1:57
3 Sue Haviland (Norco Evolution) 5:52
4 Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) 7:08
5 Julie LafreniËre (Ride with Rendall) 7:57
6 Mandy Dreyer (TUF RACK Racing) 8:36
7 Laura Bietola (RealDeal/Gears p/b Fieldgate) 9:24
8 Katlyn Dundas (Trek Store C.C.) 13:27
9 Elyse Nieuwold (Team Spoke O`Motion) 14:32
10 Samantha Wagler (Two Wheel Racing) 21:11
11 Sarah Bonikowsky (Reynold Cycle) 38:37
DNF Karlee Gendron (Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team)
DNF Heather Gray (CSAJCC p/b Norco LG)
DNS Rhonda Stickle (Team Bikeland : P"K Express/
Junior Expert Women, 18.3 km (3 laps)
1 Haley Golding (CSAJCC p/b Norco LG) 1:20:58
2 Siobhan Kelly (AdrenalineRacer/ToWheels) at 0:28
3 Marie"Pierre Nadon (Two Wheel Racing) 2:43
4 Jess Demers (Timmins Cycling Club) 13:40
5 Megan Fleury (Ind) 21:52
DNF Gillian Hague (Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club)
Junior Expert Men, 24.3 km (4 laps)
1 Jarred Jonker (J&J Cycle) 1:32:44
2 Eddie Skala (Pedal Bicycle Shop) at 2:43
3 Braedyn Kozman (TUF RACK Racing) 6:14
4 Jaxon Brennan (Team Spoke O'Motion) 13:27
5 Tommy Waldeck (Reactivated Racing) 16:12
DNF Eric Johnston (Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club)
DNF Bryan Meyers (CSAJCC p/b Norco LG)
DNF Aaron Thomas ( Velikonja)
DNS William Elliott (CSAJCC p/b Norco LG)
DNS Brandon Freund (Ind)
Elite/U23 Men, 30.3 km (5 laps)
1 Derek Zandstra (Scott-3 Rox Racing) 1:38:39
2 Mitchell Bailey (Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team) at 3:49
3 Andrew Watson (Norco Factory Team) 4:22
4 Cameron Jette (Scott-3 Rox Racing) 5:43
5 Kelsey Krushel (TUF RACK Racing) 6:18
6 Steven Noble (Opus / OGC) 6:37
7 Marc"Antoine Nadon (Scott-3 Rox Racing) 6:45
8 Peter Disera (CSAJCC p/b Norco LG) 7:40
9 Matthew Martindill (Ind) 8:14
10 Jacob McClelland (AWI Racing) 8:47
11 Tyson Wagler (Two Wheel Racing) 10:15
12 John Cauchi (Rock and Road Cycling) 13:30
13 Corey Brioschi (ShortHills CC Race Team) 14:09
14 Mark Winfield (Team Bikeland) 14:11
15 Scott Lynch (Two Wheel Racing) 15:05
16 Jon Slaughter (CSAJCC p/b Norco LG) 16:16
17 Preston Wagler (Two Wheel Racing) 17:18
18 Bretton Matthews (Norco Evolution) 17:23
19 Tim Carleton (La Bicicletta Cycling Club) 20:23
20 Erich Baumhard (Evolution Cycling Club) 20:32
21 Greg Van Moorsel (Reynold Cycle) 20:33
22 Jarrod Forrest (Rebec and Kroes Cycles) 20:34
23 Alex Lefebvre ( 20:42
24 David Klaver (Ind) 20:45
25 Michael Hermanovsky (Ind) 21:44
26 Robin Wallar (Team Spoke O`Motion) 22:35
27 Mike Neilly (Caledon Hills Cycling Race Team) 26:13
28 Simon Wagler (Two Wheel Racing) 26:14
29 Jamie Wagler (Two Wheel Racing) 26:16
30 Corey Hakkers (Two Wheel Racing) 26:44
31 Dave Reid (CSAJCC p/b Norco LG) 30:41
32 Brendan MacKillop (Cyclepath Markham) 35:35
DNF Tim Gale (Pedal Power Racing)
DNF Trent Meyers (Caledon Hills Cycling Race Team)
DNF Jon Winfield (Team Bikeland)
DNF Davis Ross (Team Bikeland)
DNF Alex Schmidt (
DNF Matthew Farquharson (TUF RACK Racing)
DNF Chris Fruetel (Trek Store C.C. : Peterborough Cycling Club)
DNF Stu Alp (KHS Bicycles)
DNS James Clarke (Caledon Hills Cycling Race Team)

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