Sabel works her way up the MTB ladder
by Randy Pascal
As members of the Walden Mountain Bike Club “Wolfpak Racing” Team look forward to hosting Ontario Cup
races on their home turf next month, the group continues to make waves in the Ontario racing scene.
Among the eight member team competing at Hardwood Hills Ski/Bike Centre in Barrie on June 3rd, Crystal
Sabel shone brightest, moving up to the Senior Expert category after winning the first two Sport Division races of the
season in convincing fashion.
Sabel, a graduate of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary, continued to dominate at the more competitive grouping, destroying
the field by finishing a full seven minutes faster than the second place finisher in the Senior Expert Women's
Other local highlights included Jody Waddell winning the Master Sport 30-34 race while Paul Guenette
did the same in the Senior Sport Male 19-29 Division.
The races in Barrie were part of both the Plastiglas Ontario Cup XC series as well as the Canada Cup
Mountain Bike series.
Many of the racers who competed at this event are expected to make their way to Naughton on July 8th as the Walden
Mountain Bike Club joins forces with Chico Racing in staging the first Ontario Cup race to be held in the
WMBC will then work diligently with Pulse Racing, attempting to bring the Canada Cup MTB series to Naughton in 2013 and
2014. Given that this year's O-Cup race is one of the last sanctioned events before the Olympic Games, organizers remain
hopeful that some national team members may make an appearance in Northern Ontario.
Following are complete results for the Wolfpack Racing Team from the Hardwood Hills races:
Junior 17-18 Sport Men
Victor Hopper — 7th place (1:31.02)
Junior Expert 17-18 men
Dominic Girard — 22nd place (1:29.55)
Daniel Hill — 28th place (1:40.47)
Senior Sport Men 19-29
Paul Guenette — 1st place (1:21.59)
Senior Expert Men 19-29
Greg Edgar — 10th place (2:04.27)
Senior Expert 19-29 Women
Crystal Sabel — 1st place (1:43.42)
Master Sport 30-34 Men
Jody Waddell — 1st place (1:26.48)
Master 30-39 Expert Women
Angela Keefe — 8th place (1:57.40)