May 24, 2022, Kelso Mountain Bike Race Series 2022 Event Number 1……A RETURN TO MASS START RACING AT KELSO!!!!!!!
It was a great night to kick off the 2022 Kelso race series and NCCH came to the course ready to race. It was obvious from the end results that all the training and amazing coaching our athletes are receiving is paying off in a big way.
In the Novice Race, NCCH had six (6) Athletes in the top 20 overall, and several riders had great results in their categories. In the female 10 and under category Sofie G. stared her racing year off in a big way taking first place. Addison M. continued the strong start to her race season finishing second in the female 11-14 category.
In the male 11-14 category NCCH had Logan B. (4th), Julian M. (6th), Liam C. (8th), Caleb A. (11th) and Rhys C. (12th), five riders in the top 12 and we are looking forward to them building on their early season success. Jamie H. had a strong race taking 4th in the male 15-18 category. Coach Barry took first in the male 50-59 category but had an overall time slightly slower then Logan and it appears the student is becoming master.
In the sport race, Matthew P. missed first place overall by 2.7 seconds securing himself a second-place finish overall and a second-place finish in the crazy fast male 11-14 category. Also in the male 11-14 category and building on his early success at the O-Cups and Youth Road races, Jaxson V. finished 3rd and Rohan B. rounded out the field crossing the line in 11th. In two great showings by some of our female riders, Maria M. took silver in the female 15-18 category and Coach Amy won the female 40-49 race. Also repping NCCH blue was Jeff B. in the male 40-49 category finishing 32nd.
The expert race saw two NCCH riders in the top 4 overall with Brady S.(3rd) and Antoine B.(4th). Brady’s finish saw him take 1st in the 60+ category, man does he look young for his age, and Antoine’s finish saw him place 2nd in the male 15-18 category. In the female 15-18 category Sophie B. and Vanessa M. took second and third respectively.
In the male 40-49 category NCCH was well represented with Coach Cyril(5th), Coach Mike V.(6th) and Coach Fred (15th). A special shout out goes to Coach Mike B. who got bit by the race bug and took 5th in the male 50-59 category.
In probably the fiercest competition of the night Luke C. represented NCCH in the kids race and finished second overall and in the highly competitive beginner race Charlie S. finished tied for second, way to go boys, the future of NCCH is bright.
Congratulations to all our Athletes who represented NCCH on the race course and thanks to all the coaches and race day support at the event. It was a great start to the Kelso race series season and we hope to see our riders build on their early season accomplishments.
On May 29, 2022, athletes from NCCH and Team Hamilton competed in the Quinte Criterium road race held at Centennial Park in the City of Quinte West. The day featured some fierce racing with some unbelievable photo finishes. The Elite 4 Men category saw some of the toughest racing of the day with three athletes including NCCH’s Joe F. and Antoine B. leading a breakaway group of 4 athletes, a crash in the last lap saw 3 athletes race for the honors in a sprint to the finish. Joe F. took second place in a photo finish with Antoine B. taking third a mere 7 seconds behind. Alexander M. finished in 19th. Alex M. was in a group which featured 18 athletes crossing the line in a massive photo finish, 4th place to 21st place was separated by 1 SECOND. Talk about a close race. In the Elite 3 Mens category, Thomas P. aka Coach Thomas, took the gold in another photo finish and Zeke M. placed 21st. Maria M. raced to a 6th place finish in the Elite 3 Women’s category and Vanessa M. placed 12th in the Elite 1 and 2 Women’s category, this was another tight race that saw 1st place and 12th place separated by 31 seconds. In probably the craziest photo finish of the day, Chris ERNST racing with our sponsor team Xspeed United, finished 12th, this race saw a one second difference between first and 22nd. A kudos goes out to the race officials that were able to sort out the results of that finish. These were some amazing results and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for our athletes. A big Thank you to Cyril as the Lead for this project, and Coach Thomas
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This weekend saw three full days of road racing for NCCH. The weekend kicked off with O-Cup #3, the Northumberland Classic held in Baltimore, Ontario on May 21, 2022.
In the Elite 4 Men’s race, NCCH riders Alexander M. and Antoine B. finished 12th and 15th respectively in a race that featured the largest field with 42 riders. In the Elite 3 Women race Vanessa M. representing Team Hamilton took second place and Maria M. grabbed 12th. In the Elite 3 Men’s race Charles B., also representing Team Hamilton, dominated the field winning by over 2 minutes. The Elite 3 Men’s race also featured strong finishes by Thomas P.(10), Zeke M. (16) and Brady S. (23). In the Elite 1&2 Men’s race, XSpeed United rider Orian F. crossed the line in 20th. For those that don’t know, Xspeed United is one of the sponsors of Team Hamilton.
On Sunday May 22, 2022, our athletes attended the Flamboro Speedway in Flamborough, Ontario, for OCA Youth Cup #1 hosted by the KW Cycling Academy. It wasn’t the greatest day for a ride with the weather being overcast, breezy and rainy, which made for a lengthy rain delay, but that didn’t stop our riders from some amazing results.
After completing a 77.8km race on Saturday Antoine B. said that was just a warm up and kicked things off by setting the fastest time of all riders winning the Grade A category time trial, followed that up with 4th in the 1.72km sprint race, 1st in the Endurance race and 1st in the 0.25km sprint. Congratulations Antoine, Monday was a well-earned day off.
Not to be overshadowed was a very Marcus Hurley-esk finish by Mathias L. taking first place in the E Grade time trial and 1.72km sprint race, which earned him an upgrade to D Grade were Mathias then won the Endurance race and 0.25km sprint race. Way to go Mathias.
In the other time trial races Matthew P. just missed the podium finishing 4th followed by Jacob K. who crossed the line in 8th in the Grade C Category. In Grade D, five out of the top eight riders wearing NCCH blue with Martin-Oliver R.(1st), Addison M.(4th), Bailey M.(5th), Ashton M.(6th) and Chloe M. (8th). In the Grade E race NCCH owned the podium and had 4 out of the top five spots with Mathias L. (1st), Jaxson V.(2nd), Gregory M(3rd). and Rohan B.(5th).
In the 1.72 km sprint Grade E race, NCCH took 4 of the top five spots with Mathias L. (1st) Rohan B. (3rd) Gregory M.(4th) and Jaxson V.(5th) followed up by Addison M. (5th), Bailey (6th), Ashton M. (7th) and Chloe M. (8th) in the Grade D race. In a tight race Matthew P. grabbed second place, missing first by less then a second, with Jacob K. and Martin-Oliver R. rolling across in 9th and10th places.
In the grueling Endurance race Matthew P. (3rd), Martin R. (5th) and Jacob K. (7th) all had strong races in the Grade C race. Mathias L. had another great race taking 1st place, followed by one of the closest finishes of the day seeing Addison M. (6th) barely cross the line in front of Aston M. (7th), followed by Chloe M. in eighth Bailey M. in ninth. In the Grade E race, 1st , 2nd , and 3rd went to Jaxson V., Rohan B. and Greg M.
The 0.25km sprint Grade E race looked like a carbon copy of the Endurance race with Jaxson V. Rohan B. and Greg M. taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd again. In grade D, Mathias L. sprinted to his fourth 1st place finish of the day, and Addison M. crossed the line in 5th followed by Bailey M. in 6th. In the Grade C race Mathew P. took silver followed closely by Jacob K. in 4th.
Monday May 23, 2022 was the third day of racing for NCCH, a small but mighty group of NCCH riders attended the Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario for OCA Youth Cup #2 hosted by KW Cycling Academy. It was a little cool and a little overcast, but with no rain it was a great day for a race.
Rohan B. kicked things off by grabbing Bronze in the Grade E time trial, then followed that up by joining the triple gold club winning the Grade E 2.16km sprint, Endurance Race and 0.4km sprint. Congratulations Rohan, whatever you did Monday don’t change a thing.
In the Grade D time trials Ashton M. (5th), Chloe M. (7th) Addison M.(8th) all had great races. In Grade C Matthew P. (2nd) Martin-Oliver R.(3rd) landed on the podium with Jacob K.(6th) in the hunt.
In the 2.16 km Grade D sprint Ashton M. (4th) just missed the podium, with Chloe M. (7th) and Addison M.(8th). The Grade C race had 3 out of the top 4 spots coloured NCCH blue with Martin-Oliver R. (1st) Matthew P. (3rd) and Jacob K. (4th) making NCCH proud. This race was so close there was a one second split between first and sixth place.
The Grade E Endurance Race saw Ashton (6th), Addison M. (8th), Chloe M.(10th) having another strong race. In the Grade C Matthew P. held on for first place in another tight race, with Jacob K.(5th) and Martin-Oliver R. (7th). This race was another photo finish with the top seven riders separated by a one second split.
After a strong first round, Addison M. sprinted to third place in the Grade D 0.4km race with Chloe M. just behind in sixth. In Grade C Matthew P. took his second gold of the day and Martin-Oliver R. just missed the podium finishing fourth.
The biggest news of the day was that after two full days of MC work KW coach Rob Good had not lost his voice. Thanks to Rob, your commentary and encouragement of all riders makes your events some of the best events to attend.
After three longs days of hard work and racing all of our athletes have earned a little rest, that goes for you coaches too, I know one coach who was fast asleep by 8pm Monday night.
And last but not least, thanks to all the event staff, volunteers, commissaires, timers, race officials who put on these events, it’s your hard work and dedication that make these events possible and help grow youth cycling.
On May 7 and 8, 2022, A and B level NCCH competitive athletes attended the Mansfield Outdoor Centre for a weekend of training with Peter Glassford. Peter Glassford is a professional cycling coach and author of The Consummate Athlete. After a full day of training the athletes were treated to a feast prepared by our devoted parents Kyle and Jeff. The athletes then had an evening of team building before retiring for the night in the cabins provided at the Mansfield outdoor Centre. The next morning coaches and parent helpers prepared a breakfast feast to fuel the riders for the day before they headed out with Peter Glassford for a second day of training. The event was a great training and team building experience for our riders, coaches and parents. NCCH engaged the services of Pro MTB Coach Peter Glassford, who shared his knowledge with our riders and coaches to help prepare for many races to come. As part of the NCCH Strategic Plan, we will continue to plan these types of activities.
Thanks to NCCH Lead Coaches, and volunteer coaches, along with parents who attended to support the Camp. Lastly, thanks to NCCH Competition Director Amy who planned and coordinated the event, along with NCCH staff. NCCH staff secured a grant from the OCA (Tony Osborne Funding) to offset some of the costs of the event.
Mountain Bike O-Cup #2 took place May 15, 2022, at Hardwood Hills, Oro, ON. NCCH was well represented with 26 riders competing in the event. NCCH made a big statement with five riders claiming gold in their categories and two other riders finishing on the podium. In the Grade D Boys’ category, Logan B. took first place in a tight race that saw the top three riders finish within 10 seconds of each other. This race also saw Charlie S. our youngest racer at age 7, make his O-Cup debut. In the Grade D Girls category, Addison M. took the gold winning her second O-Cup race of the year. Jaxson V. won his second O-Cup race this year taking first in the Grade C Boys category, with Jacob K and Ben G. both finishing in the top ten. The Grade C Boys category was one of the largest categories with 33 riders. Matthew P. took bronze in the Grade B Boys’ category with fellow riders Jordan M. and Matthew M. finishing 5th and 8th. Vanessa M. took first place in the Junior Sport Women category with Maria M. finishing 5th. Alex S., Jeff S. and Coach Kyle represented NCCH in the Master Sport Men categories. Not even a crash could slow Coach Amy, who finished 4th in the Master A Expert Women category. Mathis L. Antoine B. and River W. all finished in the top 10 in the Cadet Expert Boys category. In another strong showing, Charles B. took first in the Junior Expert Men category, with Brady S. and Logan C. finishing in the top 10. Sophie B. finished on the podium taking 3rd in Junior Expert Women category. In the Master B Expert Men category Coach Cyril represented NCCH. A special mention goes out to Mark S., the father of Charlie S., and Paul C., the father of Logan C. who finished 2nd in the Master B Expert Men’s category. We may have to get them in NCCH colours in the future.
Shout out to Peter Glassford, who coached several of our athletes at the recent Mansfield Training event, Peter finished 3rd in the Senior Elite Men category. Congratulations to all the riders who competed, your hard work is paying off and everyone at NCCH is very proud of you all. Thanks to all the Parents, NCCH Lead Coaches, Volunteer Coaches and helpers, parents, race organizers and officials who made the event a success.
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