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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Wolfpak team racing near and far
2017-08-12
by Randy Pascal

With a pair of representatives preparing to tackle the challenge that is the Leadville 100 in Colorado, the balance of the Walden Mountain Bike Club's Wolfpak Racing team would continue their impressive season much closer to home.

Competing at Buckwallow Cycling Centre in Gravenhurst in mid-July, Luukas Ovaska raced away from the field in the Cadet Sport 15-16 Male division, earning a first place finish in a time of 53:09.

Derek Thompson earned family bragging rights on the day, garnering a silver medal in the Minime 13-14 male category (39:39), while his father, Todd, placed third in the Citizen male 19+ grouping, crossing the line in 1:04:05.

Nicholas Carrier produced a second top of the podium finish for the Wolfpak, capturing the Master Sport 30-39 race (1:25:54), while both Alex Anstice (4th - 1:31:13) and Ian Sagle (11th - 1:40:55) were right in the thick of things in the Master Expert 30-39 classification.

A couple of weeks later, it was a Wolfpak quartet that would make their way to Albion Hills for Ontario Cup #6, an endurance format event with 25 km laps. Carrier made it back to back podium placements, adding silver to the mix in a time of 1:13:48, while Ovaska added a bronze medal to his resume, clocking in at 1:19:13.

Sagle was once again part and parcel of arguably the deepest fields in the province, securing the #4 slot in the Master grouping with a time of 1:29:54. Finally, club organizer Rob St Marseille continues to work his way back into competitive shape, finishing 19th in the same bracket (1:58:10).

The Ontario Cup season will come to a close on August 17th in Haliburton, as cyclists from across Ontario gather for the Provincial Mountain Bike Championships. Nicholas Carrier is showing the way in the aggregate point total in Master Sport 30-39, Luukas Ovaska is second in Cadet Sport 15-16, while Ian Sagle (4th), Alex Anstice (9th) and St Marseille (22nd) are all in the top 25 in the Masters division.

"We have several Wolfpak racers who are definite threats to win at Provincials, or take the overall series title," noted St Marseille, adding Paul Guenette to the mix, once he returns from the Leadville experience. "It is going to be fun to watch."

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