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September 17/12 9:08 am - Crank The Shield Final

Posted by Editoress on 09/17/12

Reports and results from the Three Days of Crank The Shield


Challenging First Day Test Rider’s Skill and Fitness

Day 1 (September 14th): Haliburton Forest to Camp White Pine, 70 km

A constant rain made the first stage of Crank The Shield extra challenging, but did not succeed in dampening rider’s spirits.

Racers awoke to an absence of sunshine and sprinkling of rain, which grew to a consistent stream as the start of Stage 1 approached. Faced with a challenging 70 kilometers of hydro cut, gravel roads and singletrack, all 200 riders put on a brave face and ventured out into the Haliburton wilderness. In the end, the course received rave reviews from pros and recreational riders alike.


Rolling out   Photo gallery


The Scott-3Rox team of Kabush, Zandstra, Douglas and Jette were joined by Norco young gun L’Esperance to form the lead pack early on in the stage. In the end Kabush and Zandstra were able to work together to drop young L’Esperance with Zandstra edging out Kabush for the win. When asked about today’s conditions, Zandstra commented, “20 kilometers in we knew it was going to be a long day. It was Epic out there.” The Cyclery’s Tricia Spooner was able to edge out Cayley Brooks (Trek Canada) for the fastest female of the day. In the team categories, Andrew Watson and Hayley Smith (Norco Factory) took the mixed title and Jette and Douglas (Scott-3Rox) dominated the men’s tag team.

Racers could not have tackled the day’s challenging course and conditions without huge support from the team at Motorex lubes keeping rider’s drivetrains running smooth at each aid stations. Shimano neutral service has been invaluable in getting racer’s ready for day 2, as has Norco Performance Bikes and their team of mechanics.

Day 1 Results 


Kabush Edges Out Zandstra and L’Esperance for Day 2 Win

Day 2 (September 15th): Camp White Pine to Camp White Pine, 80 km

Sunny skies and awesome singletrack put a smile on rider’s faces on the second day of Crank The Shield 2012.

The second day of Crank The Shield saw riders complete a giant loop, starting and finishing just outside of their lodging at the luxurious Camp White Pine. In a stark contrast to the first stage, rider’s enjoyed the most singletrack laden stage of the race under sunny skies and warm temperatures. Featuring many of Haliburton’s best kept riding spots such as the Glebe and Wanakita Trails, the second stage was described by many as the best stage in the race’s four year history.

Once again, it was the Scott-3Rox team controlling things at the front of the race with riders from both Trek Canada and Norco Factory also in the mix. Using team tactics to isolate solo challenger Andrew L’Esperance (Norco Factory), Kabush attacked early bringing with him the tag of Jette and Douglas and leaving Zandstra the task of controlling the powerful young L’Esperance. Not content to sit back and watch the race unfold, Zandstra used a passing car to his advantage and made a move to bridge up to the leaders, mistakenly taking L’Esperance with him. After several more attempts to drop the Norco rider and a flat by Douglas, Kabush and Zandstra were finally able to break free with Kabush crossing the line first overall. Cayley Brooks (Trek Canada) was the fastest solo female and the mixed team of Watson and Smith (Norco Factory) repeated their stage one victory.



Day 2 - Top 3 Men   Photo gallery


After a fifteen kilometer neutral ride, the final stage of the race will begin Sunday at Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike. Known for its amazing singletrack and breathtaking views of Haliburton Forest, riders will finish the race with some of the best singletrack in the area. Tired legs will take solace in the shortest stage of the race and will be greeted at the finish in Haliburton Forest by their families and a huge feast fit for Kings and Queens.

Day 2 Results


Crank The Shield Wraps Up at Haliburton Forest

Day 3 (September 16th): Camp White Pine to Haliburton Forest, 70 kmphoto

The final day of Crank The Shield 2012 could not have been any better as riders were treated to ideal weather and epic amounts of singletrack.

After a short ten kilometer neutral ride from Camp White Pine over to Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike, riders were greeted with snacks and warm drinks before starting their final day of racing. The riders climbed the ski hill twice while sampling the amazing trails at Sir Sam’s. Next it was off to Haliburton Forest via gravel roads and hydro cut where once there they rode the extremely challenging and root laden trails, such as the famous Normac Trail. Upon finishing at the Forest Centre, riders were treated to an amazing chicken and ribs barbeque.

Andrew L’Esperance (Norco Factory) attacked early in the stage getting a substantial gap on the powerful Scott-3Rox.  “I just knew I had to try something early and see if I could stay away. Anything can happen in stage racing and you can’t give up”, said L’Esperance. Not long past the half way point Kabush and Zandstra were able to pull back the gap, but it was the Norco rider who crossed the finish line first taking his first stage win at Crank in 2012. Ultimately, there were no major GC shake ups with Jette and Douglas (Scott-3Rox) taking the overall tag team title, Watson and Smith (Norco Factory) taking the mixed team title, and Cayley Brooks (Trek Canada) the top solo women’s crown.

An event of this magnitude cannot happen without the support of many in the cycling community. Chico Racing would like to extend a giant thank you to the crew at Norco Performance Bikes and Shimano Canada for providing neutral support to all the racers. Motorex lubes were essential in keeping their bikes running smooth. Haliburton Forest and Sir Sam’s were amazing hosts and of course, Camp White Pine exceeded everyone’s expectations with comfortable cabin and amazing food!  

Day 3 results 

Photo gallery


Final Standings


Solo Under 30 Men
1 Derek Zandstra (Scott-3 Rox Racing) 9:30:11
2 Andrew L`Esperance (Norco Factory Team) 9:31:20
3 Brendan MacKillop ( 11:03:21
4 Jesse Wetzl (Algoma Bicycle Company) 11:07:38
5 Matt MacKillop 12:53:42
6 Andrew Gowthorpe (Cyclepath Oakville Race Team) 13:04:09
7 Simon Denure 16:52:37
DNF Owen Flood (Arrow Racing) 9:51:10
DNF Greg Balmer
DNF Shaun Wardle
Solo 30 - 39 Men
Solo 30 - 39 Men
1 Geoff Kabush (Scott-3 Rox Racing) 9:30:10
2 Rob Parniak (Tall Tree Cycles / Steelwool Bicycles) 10:00:57
3 Adam Trimble (Norco Evolution) 10:17:10
4 Marc Rioux 11:11:48
5 Neil Ireland ( Velikonja) 11:37:52
6 Kevin Webster ( 11:47:02
7 Kevin Mahood (Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny`s CC) 11:50:15
8 Andy Brown 11:56:07
9 Phil Pharand 12:11:16
10 Jonathan Thorpe 12:29:20
11 Steve Faraone 12:34:58
12 Steve Rideout 13:42:31
13 JF Tremblay 13:46:47
14 Stephan Meyer 13:52:03
15 Mark Cliffe"Phillips 13:52:15
16 Jeremiah Argo 14:01:16
17 Stefan Ioannou 14:20:19
18 Christian Prost 14:28:16
19 Peter Gurney 14:29:56
20 Keith MacKinnon (Evolution Cycles) 14:40:14
21 Taylor Slate 15:09:41
22 Troy Leyburne 15:16:48
23 Kevin Cameron 15:32:39
24 Jamie Mitchell 15:34:35
25 Dan Edwards 15:37:10
26 Cameron MacNiven 15:42:09
27 Chad Donnelly 15:46:04
28 Jaco Pretorius 17:26:06
29 Matt Labadie 18:17:30
30 Darryl Fraser 19:23:23
DNF Oliver Curran
DNF Angelo Diodato
DNF Alex Terentiew
DNF Dave Barton
DNF Matthew Grzesh
DNF Steve Brotherston (Team DNR)
DNF Ryan Smith (Aquila/Racer Sportif/Mattamy Homes)
DNF Todd Williamson
DNF Jeff Cleland
Solo 40 - 49 Men
1 Michael Mazza ( 10:27:06
2 Jeff Shikaze (Cyclepath Oakville Race Team) 10:47:36
3 William Hellems ( Velikonja) 11:04:31
4 Robert Schultz 11:15:36
5 Chris Yeates (Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny`s CC) 11:20:33
6 Ken Waring 11:47:54
7 Michael Bowen ( 12:00:55
8 Nicolas Lortie 12:04:05
9 Gary Rendering (from Beaverton) 12:09:59
10 Ron MacNeil ( 12:36:30
11 Ray Vermette 12:36:45
12 Michel Collette 12:38:27
13 Jouko Haapanen (Lapdogs Cycling Club) 12:45:58
14 Rob Nishman (Real Deal Racing / La Bicicletta) 12:58:58
15 Robert Baumberger 12:59:57
16 Mike Tourond 13:02:46
17 Christopher Beer 13:12:45
18 Mike Abraham (Tall Tree Cycles / Steelwool Bicycles) 13:13:29
19 Andy McKean 13:15:44
20 Peter Gowthorpe 13:22:36
21 Duncan Vernon 13:38:36
22 Ed Harper 13:53:36
23 Jeff Heacock (Bikesports) 13:57:27
24 Bob Farrell 14:07:38
25 Al Vardy 14:09:37
26 Jack Simpson 14:23:37
27 Jack Newton 14:23:58
28 Steve McCrossan 14:39:36
29 Rob Bouchard 14:56:53
30 Richard Puddicombe 15:15:18
31 Andrew MacLeod 15:19:13
32 David Mirsky 15:38:17
33 Mark Bouckaert (Lapdogs Cycling Club) 15:42:07
34 Nate Phelps 15:48:43
35 Floyd Jones 16:04:58
36 Dean Ouellette 16:05:10
37 Michael Popoff 16:05:15
38 Harry Prentice 16:13:15
39 Craig Bond (Team DNR) 17:44:39
40 Mark Stilwell 18:05:33
41 Peter Duff 18:10:25
42 Ed Haire 18:10:28
43 Mike Morten 19:14:52
44 Leif Hudson 19:19:08
45 Scott MacDonald 19:22:41
DNF Craig McLaren
DNF Blake Paton
DNF David Beer
DNF David Stachon (Tall Tree Cycles / Steelwool Bicycles)
DNF Ray Hawkins
DNF Mark Del Vecchio
DNF Oggie Sokolovic (Aquila/Racer Sportif/Mattamy Homes)
Solo 50+ Men
1 John MacKillop ( 11:02:55
2 Benny Doucette 11:43:38
3 Steve Rilett 11:58:22
4 David Grosse 12:23:16
5 Fritz Kipfer 12:50:07
6 Chris Reid 13:01:42
7 Rich Olynyk 13:44:30
8 Cameron Mahon 14:03:58
9 James Hall (Trek Store Cycling Club) 14:11:38
10 James Irwin 14:31:10
11 Danny Thompson 14:50:06
12 David Hartwick 14:56:53
13 Bill Bayard 15:04:19
14 Tim Morrison (ShortHills Cycling Club Race Team) 15:04:43
15 David Parsons 15:15:42
16 Bob Scott 15:28:04
17 John Hughes 15:45:00
18 Jim Flower 17:02:39
19 Dan McCabe 17:03:21
20 Kirk Holmes 17:15:40
21 Ray DeNure 17:31:27
22 Martin Rose 18:05:30
DNF Steve Heittola
DNF Henri Burmeister
DNF Gary Clarke (Team DNR)
DNF Vincent Forgues
DNF Chris Wardle
DNF Richard Woodbury
Solo Singlespeed Men
1 David Dermont (True North) 10:41:07
2 Scott Bentley (Sound Solutions : Joyride 150 Cycling Club) 11:51:40
3 Jeffrey Payn 12:02:50
4 Rob Morriss 16:59:34
DNF Blair Harper
Solo Under 40 Women
1 Cayley Brooks (Trek Canada) 11:13:57
2 Danielle Musto 12:36:24
3 Carlene Starck (Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny`s CC) 13:52:17
4 Zandra Inman 15:52:08
Solo 40+ Women
1 Tricia K. Spooner (The Cyclery) 11:55:32
2 Robin Kay (Lapdogs Cycling Club) 13:08:22
3 Donna Winters 14:26:03
4 Tanya Martin 15:27:49
5 Sue Sheppey 16:08:59
6 Mary Fowler 16:57:02
7 Tanya Flemming (Cycle Solutions/Angry Johnny`s CC) 18:24:34
DNF Marleah Bevelacqua
DNF Laurie Woodbury
Two Person Team 0 to 59 Men
1 Scott - 3Rox #1 (Kyle Douglas/Cameron Jette) 9:52:52
2 Team Ramrod (Matt Christian/Ryan Christian) 14:45:20
DNF Pork Chop Sandwiches (Artem Gutyr/Slava Gutyr)
Two Person Team 60 to 79 Men
1 LapDogs (John Cauchi/Mike Bosch) 11:40:40
2 Evolution Cycles (Jamie Davies/Tristan Smit) 11:45:02
3 Burnt Helmets (Denis Buchwald/Dave Harding) 13:24:36
*4 MacNivens (Andrew MacNiven/Ian MacNiven) 18:08:19
DNF Bloody Reid`s (James Reid/Jody Reid)
DNF Team T1C/London Honda/Village Cycle (Phil Kaikkonen/Tim Gale)
DNF Billroon(s) (Bill Tighe/Dave Rooney)
DNF Glenashton (Ondrej Benjik/Bekir Sero)
Two Person Team 80 to 99 Men
1 Team Smart (Jon Barnes/Stephen Heck) 10:11:46
2 Fire and Ice (Gordon Ruder/Helmut Schweinsteiger) 11:00:12
3 The Cyclery Ottawa (Sean Wright/Vince Caceres) 12:21:31
4 Cyclepath Oakville Race Team (Greg Shikaze/Hal Judd) 13:17:18
5 Les Zoomitt (Martin Dallaire/Rémi Cauchon) 14:18:02
6 Pure Adrenaline Cycle (Joe Obrien/Brad Luby) 18:45:15
DNF Sasquatch and The Leprechaun (Robert Paul Bell/Keith MacKenzie)
Two Person Team 100+ Men
1 Uncle Mike`s Old Farts (Stewart McIntosh/Bernard Perreault) 11:51:42
2 Guy and No Oggie (Guy Leclair/Blair Harper) 12:08:05
3 Two old Farts (George Sciberras/Peter Loney) 13:38:18
Two Person Team Mixed
1 Norco Factory #1 (Andrew Watson/Haley Smith) 10:50:41
2 French Connection (Jacques Bernier/Mélanie Bernier) 12:47:13
3 Team Owsley (Tony Owsley/Abigail Owsley) 12:49:48
4 Ollie`s Dollies (Julie Rossall/Tracy Holmgren) 15:54:32
5 Team Wanderlust (Juliette Prouse/Robert Prouse) 16:30:46
6 We Could Paddle This (Kimberly Dodds/Kyle Tarlton) 19:39:59
DNF Robot Pirate Monkeys (Jeff Landry/Tanya Hanham)


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