Ontario’s top Downhill Mountain Bike riders descended down the trails of Blue Mountain Resort this past weekend, as Blue Mountain hosted the 2011 Ontario DH Provincial Championships on September 3 and 4. The race was presented by Sirbikealot Racing and supported by the Ontario Cycling Association.
Athletes geared up in a series of challenging races throughout the weekend and competed for the provincial title in the marquee DH event on Sunday. Due to inclement weather, the organizers had to move the race course from Big Sleeze to Goat’s Path, as the clay base of Big Sleeze can be quite slippery when wet. Riders didn’t miss a beat, and were thankful that the rain held off long enough for them to charge down the mountain. The amped-up crowd was captivated by the extreme efforts of the riders and in the end Matthew Nielsen of Bracebridge, ON and Kristen Courtney of Ottawa, ON took the men’s and women’s top trophies respectively.
“It was a great end to the season and everyone worked together to pull the race off despite the poor weather conditions,” said Peter Appleton, race organizer. “We had a bit of a slow start due to the course change, but in the end the course was exciting and the riders had a great time, which is what it’s all about. Athletes enjoy the diverse and challenging terrain at Blue and we look forward to returning in 2012.”
The Blue Mountain crew had strong representation, with local riders Kyle Easby (2nd Masters), Chris Wall (3rd Masters) and Taylor Rowlands (5th Senior Elite) all reaching the podium. For full race results visit http://www.ontariocycling.org/.