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Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018
WMBC cyclists busy in back to back Canada Cup events
by Randy Pascal
The competition stiffened substantially as representatives of the Walden Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) Wolfpak Racing Team faced challengers in Canada Cup events, on back to back weekends, at Horseshoe Valley and Hardwood Hills.

A tough, hilly course welcomed the cyclists on the first Ontario leg of the Canada Cup XCO Series on June 10th, with Nicholas Carrier recording the top local result, a seventh place finish in the Master Expert Men 30-39 division (1:26.14).

Tyrone Daniel was two spots back, part of the Master Sport Men 30-39 bracket (1:10.09), while long-time Nickel City Aquatics' swimmer Luukas Ovaska was 17th in the Junior Expert Men classification (1:21:31).

Rounding out the local results were club president Rob St Marseille (23rd - Master Expert Men 50-59 - 1:45:00) and Wolfpak newcomer Elijah Jeffrey (25th - Cadet Sport Men - 1:00:52).

Exactly one week later, under blistering heat, the WMBC contingent were treated to a fast, flowy course, one on which veteran Alex Anstice excelled, earning a bronze medal podium placement in the Master Expert 30-39 Men's Division, posting a time of 1:19.54.

Nick Carrier came in some six minutes later (1:25:49), placing 9th in the same category, while Ian Sagle was forced to withdraw with heat exhaustion. Ovaska (25th - Junior Expert Men - 1:26:14), Daniel (7th - Master Sport 30-39 Men - 1:22:13), Jeffrey (20th - Cadet Sport Men - 1:09:45) and St. Marseille (28th - Master Sport 50-59 Men - 1:58:37) were all right back at it, as the locals look to a very busy summer of mountain bike racing.

Next up for the WolfPak is the Summer Solstice 24 Hr Relay this weekend (June 23rd-24th) at Albion Hills.

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