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June 14/05 4:22 am - 24 Hours of Summer Solstice, Ontario Cup DH #2 Report

Posted by Editoress on 06/14/05

24 Hours of Summer Solstice
Adam Ruppel, Chico Racing

North America’s Largest 24 Hour Mountain Bike Event
8th Annual presented by Sporting Life
June 18-19, 2005 at Albion Hills Conservation Area

Chico Racing is thrilled to host the largest 24 Hour mountain bike team relay in North America on June 18-19 at Albion Hills Conservation Area. The 24 Hours of Summer Solstice presented by Sporting Life is in its 8th successful year as a highlight on the Canadian cycling and outdoor adventure calendar.

Over 2,200 riders race from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, on teams ranging in size from ten to the soloist, riding as many laps as possible over 24 hours on a 17.5 km course. This first weekend of summer brings participants together for a race, but more importantly, it is a 2 day festival packed with competition, entertainment, camping and camaraderie celebrating the outdoors and the sport of mountain biking. There will also be a kid’s race, bands, fun contests, and shopping through on site retail setups. A new exciting finish to the 24-hour course is a technical section that will make for great photo opportunities and an action packed finish line.

This event was sold out in February of 2005, but spectators are welcome.

For more information visit

Ontario Cup DH #2
Courtesy Sirbikealot Racing and Promotions

Buffed course, hot days and cool lakes!

The 2nd installation of the Ontario Cup Provincial DH series went underway this past weekend at Camp Fortune. Opening for full time weekend access this year the trail crew has put in some serious time and effort to create an epic race course.

Many of the locals have been sessioning this badboy and breaking it in for weeks.

The weekend was one of the hottest on record with the Humidex reaching the low 40’s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But our faithful MC Kris “Brown”Somers made sure that the beats were flowing and that everyone was drinking lots of liquids and staying within their comfort zone.
All that heat and racing had most people traveling 2 minutes down the road to Meech lake for a much deserved cool down.

The race went at 1pm and the battle of Quebec and Ontario racers began. In the Junior Expert men it was a rippin field but Derek Cowell held them off with a 3 second gap on second place

1. Derek Cowell, Ontario 2:42.580
2. Lee Boeyen, Quebec
3. Francis Paquet, Quebec

In the womens field the wiley veteran Sheila Morris (former national team member), told them all by surprise and created an insurmountable gap of 16 seconds on 2nd place.

1. Sheila Morris, Ontario 3:09.740
2. Genevieve Gagnon,
3. Annedore Bock, Ontario

But it all came down to the men’s field where crazy times were to come, Peter McLean of Sweet Pete’s/Primary racing broke the 2:40 mark even after losing his chain near the end of the course, his 1.3 second lead held off 2nd place finisher Charles Alexandre Dube and Norco Factory Team ripper Justin Brown was 3 tens of a second behind in 3rd.

1. Peter McLean, Ontario 2:35.019
2. Charles Alexandre Dube, Quebec
3. Justin Brown, Ontario

Be Sure to check out a href= target=_blank> for full results, future races and the decision facing the July 2/3 weekend replacement race.

It wouldn't be possible to hold these races without the generous support of Cycle Solutions, Norco Bikes, Kenda Tires, Wrex Racing, Dangerboy, Titec, Hoots Gear, Race Technology, Kreater Custom Motorcycles, Fuel Bars, and E-13.

Sirbikealot Racing would also like to thank Allan Hawley's timing crew, the
Canadian Gatineau Ski Patrol and the great staff at Camp Fortune


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