It was a rainy, wet and muddy day for Mountain Bike O-Cup #3 at Sir Sam’s in Haliburton, ON. Not even an epic rainstorm which delayed the race start by two hours, could slow down the speed, or spirits Team NCCH which saw 6 Athletes make the Podium. Logan B. and Liam C. kicked the day off taking the silver and bronze in the D Grade Boys race. In the D Grade girls race Addison M. took home NCCH’s solo Gold Medal. The C Grade boys race fielded 24 Athletes with 7 from Team NCCH. Ben G. landed on the podium in 2nd with Jacob K. 4th, Julian M. 10th, Greg M. 11th, Bailey M. 14th, Nolan W. 19th and David S. 20th. Jaxson V. moved up from C Grade to B Grade and continued his great season taking 3rd, with Chayse R. 9th, Sam M. 12th and Kyle M. 14th. Matthew P. moved up from B to Grade A and placed 15th.
It has been amazing to watch our Athletes improve from race to race. In the Master A Sport Men race Alex S. battled mud and rain to take 11th, Coach Amy captured the Silver medal in the Master A Expert Women race. In the Cadet Expert Boys race River W. was 5th and Antoine B. was 7th. There wasn’t a single Athlete, Coach, Parent or bike from NCCH that wasn’t covered in mud at the end of their race. Thanks to the organizers from Sir Sam’s who had a cleaning station set up to clean off all the bikes and the event staff to despite terrible weather were able to keep the event running. Thanks to all the Coaches and Parents that braved the elements to support our Team on the course, in the feed zone and helped other teams that needed an extra hand during the event. The terrible weather showed the strength of the cycling community at this event and how different teams came together and supported each other. At the end of the day despite the mud and rain all our riders crossed the finish line and had a great time at the event. Congratulations everyone!
On June 5, 2022, the KW Cycling Academy hosted the Dirty Nein mountain bike race at Bechtel Park in Waterloo, ON. The day started with a short track race, followed by a downhill event and ended with the cross country race.
The day started off in an epic battle between KW and NCCH in the Grade B short track race. This race featured 11 Athletes, 6 from NCCH and 5 from KW. The race saw some fierce competition but NCCH owned the podium with Jaxson V. first, Sam M. second and Chayse R. in third. In the Grade C short track race, NCCH riders had another amazing race with Jacob K., second and Ben G. third. In the Grade D race Charlie S. faced off against 6 KW riders. Charlie held his own and landed on his first ever podium taking second place.
After their strong showing in the short track race, Jaxson V. and Sam M. moved up to Grade A for the cross-country race and continued their great day with Jaxson taking third and Sam coming in fourth. In the Grade B race NCCH had three athletes in the top four with Chayse R. second, Jacob K. third and Kyle M. fourth.
It was a great day for the NCCH Athletes with several riders competing in criterium style racing for the first time and setting personal bests on the course. Thanks to Coach Amy and Coach Colin for taking the lead on this event and thanks to KW Cycling Academy for hosting another great event.
May 31, 2022 Kelso Race Series Race #2
It was a hot summer night for the second Kelso race of the year, which led to some hot action on the race course.
The night started off with second place finishes for Luke C. in the youth race and Charlie S. in the beginner race.
After dominating the sport field last week Matthew P. moved up to the expert race and continued to build on his earlier race taking first in the male 11-14 race. Antoine B., also racing in expert, took third in the male 15-18 category. Good luck to both of you this weekend in Quebec. Coach Mike V. also made the podium taking third in the expert male 40-49 category.
In the sport race Jaxon V. continued his amazing start to the year taking first in the male 11-14 category with Ben G. and Julian M. taking sixth and seventh. Jamie H. moved up to sport from novice and took 6th in the male 15-18 category. Coach Amy grabbed first in the female 40-49 category, and in the male 40-49 category Coach Kyle crossed the line in 23rd and Coach Jeff came in 31st.
In the novice race, Sofie G. kept her winning streak intact taking first in the female 10 and under race. I see an upgrade in someone’s future. In the male 11-14 race NCCH riders Nolan W. (7th) Liam C.(8th) and Rhys C. (14th) all had great races. And in the 50-59 race Parent Rider Barry showed the young kids the old guy still has some gas in the tank finishing first in the male 50-59 category.
It wasn’t the biggest field of Athletes for NCCH but the NCCH supporters in attendance more than made up for their small numbers led by the booming voice of Coach Fred. Thanks to Coach Colin for prepping our Athletes to take the course before the race. Lastly to all our riders keep up the great work you are doing, everyone in the NCCH family is so proud of all of you.
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