LongSock Classic

Ganaraska Forest, ON

Paul and Chris, pull in some richly deserved hardware. Lenka, ever smiling after a hard fought battle for 6th in the Women's MTB 70k Marathon.

Paul and Chris, pull in some richly deserved hardware. Lenka, ever smiling after a hard fought battle for 6th in the Women's MTB 70k Marathon.

Substance Projects’ second race in the Marathon race series took place at Ganaraska Forest Centre on May 21, 2017.   A large contingent of the LapDogs Cycling Club / Race Team was on hand to enjoy kilometre after kilometre of buttery-smooth singletrack, fast, wide-open downhills and lung-busting climbs.  Several trips to the podium ensued.  Particular congratulations to Paul “The Hammer” Potvin, who took home some podium hardware (and prize beer) despite it being his first season of cross-country mountainbike racing.  In other news, Barry Cox is currently eating a lot of pizza and ice-cream so he can gain 20lb and duke it out with Paul in the Clydesdale category.  

The Results
Half Marathon (35km)

  • Kathleen MacEwen:  5th, 35+ women
  • Barry Cox:  13th, 35-39 men
  • Paul Potvin:  2nd!!!!! Clydesdale men
  • Chris MacFarlane:  3rd!!!!! Clydesdale men
  • Mike Chalovich:  14th, Master men
  • Richard Cecconi:  16th, Master men
  • Tom Beck:  2nd!!!!! (and race series leader) Singlespeed men

Marathon (70km)

  • Lenka Branichova:  6th, 35+ women
  • Alex Sanchez:  5th, 35-49 men
  • Brian Moosie:  9th, 35-39 men
  • Oggie Sokolovic:  2nd!!!!, Master men

Spring Epic 8 MTB Relay Race

Mansfield Outdoor Centre, ON

The Epic 8 attracts an amazing collection of riders... from local characters and weekend warriors to Pro Cycling Royalty. On the left, Barry Cox, and on the far right, Emily Batty and Mark Brusso. 

The Epic 8 attracts an amazing collection of riders... from local characters and weekend warriors to Pro Cycling Royalty. On the left, Barry Cox, and on the far right, Emily Batty and Mark Brusso. 

Saturday May 13th 2017 saw the return of an annual mountainbiking tradition.  The Spring Epic 8 Hour Relay at Mansfield Outdoor Centre.   This event was sold out and saw over 300 teams of 2, 3 and 4 riders, as well as a number of masochistic solo riders, see how many laps they could put in on a 10km course between 10am and 6pm.   As #EmpoweredbyGears was one of the marquee sponsors, The Pack was out in force, having a great time and putting the hurt on the competition.

Oggie picks up a bit of bling. Shelly, Darcie and Lenka... all smiles after a great day on the bike. 

Oggie picks up a bit of bling. Shelly, Darcie and Lenka... all smiles after a great day on the bike. 

Results
“Nucking Futs” (Oggie Sokolovic, James Irwin, Guy Leclair, Linnley Clarke)
1st!!! – 4-person Team Open – combined age 200 and over

“The BateDogs” A Partnership Team with the fine folks at Batemans (Darcie Watson*, Michelle Robertson*, Nicola Kidd**, Shannon Hagerty**)   * LapDogs, ** Batemans
3rd!!! – 4 person Team Female Open

“LapDogs Unleashed” (Brenda Zurbi, Laura McWade, Michelle Ste. Marie, Jennifer Walsh)
4th – 4 person Team Female Open

“Hound Dogs” (Richard Cecconi, Shawn Hill, Kathleen MacEwan)
10th – 4 person Team Mixed – combined age 140 and over

“Not the First Dog Off the Porch” (Shelley Knox, Paul Potvin, Wendy Bain, Albert Wong)
15th – 4 person Team Mixed – combined age 140 and over

“Dope Rhymes” (Mark Brusso, Larry Woo)
6th – Tag Team Open age 70-99

“Go Rocket Dog Go!!!” (Barry Cox and Andrew Ryan)
13th – Tag Team Open age 70-99

“Czech-Mex” (Lenka Branichova and Alex Sanchez)
7th – Tag Team Mixed

Richard Bowers
14th – Solo Male 40-49

Marcus Boyle
6th - Solo Male 50-59

Tom “The Ultimate Hard Man” Beck
5th – Solo Singlespeed

Andrew, Darcie, Brenda, Kathleen and Wendy... sharing some laughs and relaxing between laps. 

Andrew, Darcie, Brenda, Kathleen and Wendy... sharing some laughs and relaxing between laps. 

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Paris to Ancaster

Paris (and Ancaster) ON

Several LapDogs launch themselves at the start of the 70k P2A. With 50+ LDCC members in attendance, the "Dogs were by far the most represented club and this year's event. 

Several LapDogs launch themselves at the start of the 70k P2A. With 50+ LDCC members in attendance, the "Dogs were by far the most represented club and this year's event. 

The Paris to Ancaster truly is Ontario’s “Spring Classic” bicycle race.  Over 2,000 riders typically come out to test their early season fitness on a grueling course consisting of either 70km or 40km (depending on how masochistic one is) of gravel back roads, farm lanes, rail trail and lots and lots of mud.   The 2017 P2A was a particularly tough incarnation of this race, thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures and a strong headwind for most of the course.

The LapDogs Cycling Club and Race Team was not deterred by the weather, and was out in force, with an unprecedented 50+ members lining up on the start line to take on this early season challenge.   A large number of the LDCC contingent were riding this race for the first time.  You can bet it won’t be the last!

Trying to keep warm before the start. 

Trying to keep warm before the start. 

The Results

Paris to Ancaster (70k)

  • Jean “The Bullet” Michaud - 25th, Mens 60-69
  • Albert Wong - 62nd, Mens 60-69
  • Jouko Happanen - 16th, Mens 50-59
  • Ian Ptolemy - 19th, Mens 50-59
  • Oggie Sokolovic     - 30th, Mens 50-59
  • Michael Cranwell - 32nd, Mens 50-59
  • Andrew MacDonald - 101st, Mens 50-59
  • James Irwin - 140th, Mens 50-59
  • Mike Dennis - 19th, Mens 40-49
  • Colin “Johnny Cross” Matthews - 25th, Mens 40-49
  • Alex Sanchez - 52nd, Mens 40-49
  • Yves “Steve” Bonnardeux - 55th, Mens 40-49
  • Marcus “Chien Chaud” Schroeter - 58th Mens 40-49
  • Bevin Reith - 94th, Mens 40-49
  • Rob MacEwen - 104th, Mens 40-49
  • Barry Cox - 133rd, Mens 40-49
  • Adlen Bourafa - 138th, Mens 40-49
  • Paul Potvin - 246th, Mens 40-49
  • Adil Quereshi - 322nd, Mens 40-49
  • Richard Lee - 365th, Mens 40-49
  • Derek Stadnicki - 387th, Mens 40-49
  • Valentin Erich Mihut - 418th, Mens 40-49
  • Brook Smith - 44th, Mens 30-39
  • Sean Poulter - 51st, Mens 30-39
  • Phil Torres - 64th, Mens 30-39
  • Matthew Bucci - 83rd, Mens 30-39
  • Helder Gamiero - 179th, Mens 30-39
  • Matt Anastasiades - 188th, Mens 30-39
  • Matt Webster - 283rd, Mens 30-39
  • Chris Hoy - 56th, Mens 20-29
  • Thomas Hughes - 7th, Singlespeed open
  • Finlay MacEwen - 3rd Mens 11-15
  • Wendy Bain - 12th, Women 40-49
  • Lenka Branichova - 7th, Women 40-49
  • Robin Kay - 9th, Women 40-49
  • Darcie Watson - 11th, Women 40-49
  • Shelley Knox - 38th, Women 40-49
  • Lise Munsie - 13th, Women 30-39
  • Kate Morgan-Constable - 15th, Women 30-39
  • Antonia Stevens - 22nd, Women 30-39
  • Jacqueline Hansen - 39th, Women 30-39
  • Sarah Fasullo - 45th, Women 30-39
  • Thea Mizuhara - 15th, Women 20-29
  • Cassandra McWade - 21st, Women 20-29
  • Steve “Beast” Hart - AWOL in the Caribbean

St. George to Ancaster (40k)

  • Tim Griffin - 5th, Mens 50-59
  • Aleksandr Sanitickii - 24th, Mens 40-49
  • Benen MacEwen - 6th, Mens 11-15
  • Brenda Zurbi - 20th, Women 50-59
  • Kathleen MacEwen - 2nd, Women 40-49
Robin, P2A veteran on the final climb to the finish. 

Robin, P2A veteran on the final climb to the finish. 

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Calabogie Road Classic, O'Cup #2

Calabogie, ON

The LDCC Calabogie Crew. 

The LDCC Calabogie Crew. 

Always a favourite, this race is run on an old car racing circuit which features a very wide surface smooth surface. Ideal for bicycle racing with just about every race ending in an exciting field sprint. 

This season, we had a small enthusiastic group on LapDogs participating, including several rookies. 

The Results

  • Chris Hoy - DNF, Elite 4 Men
  • Sarabraj Singh - DNF, Elite 4 Men
  • Juan Larios, 20th, Master 3 Men
  • Adlen Bourafa, 48th, Master 3 Men
... and a fun call-out to LDCC sponsor, Georgetown VW. 

... and a fun call-out to LDCC sponsor, Georgetown VW. 

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MTB O'Cup #1

Woodnewton, ON

Mark Brusso begins the 2017 season exactly where he left off last season... on the top of the podium.

Mark Brusso begins the 2017 season exactly where he left off last season... on the top of the podium.

As the mountainbike race season starts to get into full swing, the LapDogs Cycling Club and Race Team was in attendance at the first Ontario Cup series race, held at Woodnewton, near Uxbridge, Ontario.  Racers were treated to buttery-smooth singletrack and a great day of racing, and the LDCC definitely made their mark on things with some great early-season results, including three trips to the podium.

The Results

  • Derrick Cho - 12th, Master Sport Men (50-54)
  • Tom Beck - 3rd Master Men (55-59)
  • Mike Chalovich - 6th, Master Men (55-59)
  • Darcie Watson - 6th, Master Sport Women
  • Brook Smith - 3rd Master Sport Men (30-39)
  • Mark Brusso - 1st, Master Expert Men (30-39)
  • Bevin Reith - 10th, Master Expert Men (40-49)
  • Oggie Sokolovic - 12th, Master Expert Men (50+)

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Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race.

East Burke, VT

Robin and Jouko, proudly flying the colours south of the boarder in Vermont. A most successful day, despite Robin loosing a rear derailleur with 2k of go in the race. 

Robin and Jouko, proudly flying the colours south of the boarder in Vermont. A most successful day, despite Robin loosing a rear derailleur with 2k of go in the race. 

Robin Kay and Jouko Haapanen, our LDCC's First Couple of Gravel, traveled to Vermont to participate in the infamous Rasputitsa. Historically an gruelling, cold, wet and muddy fair. This year's race was no exception. 

In Robin’s words… 

2017 Rasputitsa Spring Classic in the books. Lots of rain. Lots of mud. Lots of suffering. Pretty much a perfect day! Until someone fell on my bike and snapped off my derailleur. Luckily only ~2k from the finish. Ran it in no problem. Good for a 2nd place finish in my age category. Jouko had a fantastic race finishing in 2h 27min giving him a 8th place finishing in his category.

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Homage to Ice

Substance Projects

The Homage to Ice, put on by Substance Projects on Saturday April 15, is the kick-off for the mountainbike race season.   Substance Projects is known (and loved) for putting on races over long, challenging courses with a low-key, grassroots feel.   At this year’s event, racers were subjected to true early season conditions including mud, rain and more mud.   Several of the LapDogs Cycling Club and Race Team were up to the challenge:

The Results

Half Marathon (25km)

  • Kathleen MacEwen, 7th, 35+ Women
  • Mark Brusso, 1st, 35-49 Men
  • Derrick Cho, 11th, Master Men
  • Tom Beck, 2nd, SInglespeed Open
  • Barry Cox, 7th, Singlespeed Open

Marathon (50km)

  • Gus Ryan, 4th, Fatbike Open

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2017 Steaming Nostril and Runny Nose

Guelph ON

The Spring Classics:  Paris-Roubaix, Fleche-Wallone, Tour de Flanders.  Hard one-day races held in the early pro cycling season, often run in adverse conditions, over challenging terrain.   Ontario has its “spring classic” races too, and the Steaming Nostril / Runny Nose has become a fixture in the Ontario early season calendar.   These races, 65km and 40km in distance respectively, are run on the gravel roads in Mennonite country around St. Jacobs.  Racers were treated to a challenging course which included strong headwinds, rolling terrain, beautiful scenery and some deep, deep mud.  The LapDogs Cycling Club and Race Team were out in force for an epic day in the saddle, and were a force to be reckoned with in all categories.

The Results

Runny Nose (40km)

  • Jacqueline Hansen - 9th place, Womens’ Open
  • Sarah Fasullo - 11th place, Womens’ Open
  • Shelley Knox - 12th place, Womens’ Open
  • Wendy Bain - 13th place, Womens’ Open
  • Michelle Ste. Marie - 14th place, Womens’ Open
  • Albert Wong - 1st to the bar after a race-ending mechanical 

Steaming Nostril (65km)

  • Kate Morgan - 7th Women 30-39
  • Kathleen MacEwen - 3rd Women 40-49
  • Darcie Watson - 7th Women 40-49
  • Mark Brusso - 14th Male 30-39
  • Phil Torres - 36th Male 30-39
  • Matt Anastasiades - 43rd Male 30-39
  • Colin Matthews - 13th Male 40-49
  • Michael Dennis - 15th Male 40-49
  • Markus Schroeter - 30th Male 40-49
  • Alex Sanchez - 32nd Male 40-49
  • Ed Heung - 40th Male 40-49
  • Yves Bonnardeux     - 44th Male 40-49
  • Barry Cox - 63rd Male 40-49
  • Max Moorhead - 74th Male 40-49
  • Paul Potvin - 77th Male 40-49
  • Derek Stadnicki     - 99th Male 40-49
  • Tim Griffin - 9th Male 50-59
  • Marcus Boyle - 10th Male 50-59
  • Rick Otway - 23rd Male 50-59

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Track O'Cup #2

Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton ON.

Rob looking strong and fast.

Rob looking strong and fast.

Today's race report is from LDCC Track Racer, Rob MacEwen, who had very successful day on the track. In his words...

Jeff Lucyk and I were the two Lapdogs representing the team at Track O-Cup #2.  This is an all day event at the velodrome with multiple races per category, including the Keiren and Endurance events.  

While it's a long day there's plenty of camaraderie amongst the teams and plenty of exciting racing to watch.

Jeff and I participated in the endurance events in the Cat 3 group.  The endurance races are ability based for both men and women with three events, the scratch race, elimination race, and points race.

The M3 scratch race was a hard steady effort with just a few riders trying to go clear.  It's just a 10 minute race at 45km/hour so you try to spend as much time as possible drafting.  The racing is quite tight at times, but since the course is perfectly predictable, so is the racing.  Most of the time anyway.  The race finished in a mad dash for the line.  A top speed of 59 km/hour got me 7th and Jeff finished a very solid 13th in his first track race ever!.

Rob and Jeff, representing and flying the LDCC colours.

Rob and Jeff, representing and flying the LDCC colours.

The Elimination is a strategic race with the last rider across the line every two laps being pulled.  I was very lucky to follow the right wheels and keep my wits about me and managed to survive and survive again by nipping people at the line.  In the end, I tried to get the jump on my opponent but he came around me to take the win.  Jeff finished 11th.

The Points race results aren't available right now (at time of this publication).

The whole day of racing is available online, so if you'd like to spend 8 hours watching track, here you go.  This link starts at the beginning of the M3 Elimination race.  

Hopefully we'll see more Lapdogs out to enjoy the very friendly atmosphere and fun racing.  Bring the family to cheer you on and work on that top end speed.  Races are short and sweet and you don't need to be a skinny climber to do well.  

Rewards for a job well done. Congratulations Rob. 

Rewards for a job well done. Congratulations Rob. 

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New Year's Eve Cyclocross

Toronto, ON

Some of the LDCC Pack braving the cold and snow to ring in the New Year. 

Some of the LDCC Pack braving the cold and snow to ring in the New Year. 

Cyclocross in December?  In the snow?   Sure, why not!   The New Years’ Eve Cyclocross has become a tradition for the past 8 years and always promises, er, challenging conditions.   Although warm out, racers were treated to soft, slushy snow which was a real slog to pedal through, a couple of ramps in the course to launch off, and a “choose your own adventure” maze with three possible ways through.  Your Lapdogs Cycling Club Race Team was out, and had a strong showing both on the course and at the pub after the race.   

Race 1

  • Markus “Chien Chaud” Schroeter, 7th place
  • Steve “Zebra Slayer” Hart, 17th place 
  • Barry “Slain Zebra” Cox,  21st place 
  • Tim Anema, 28th place
  • Lise Muncie, 40th place 
  • Kathleen MacEwen, 41st place

Race 2

  • Sean Poulter, 8th place
  • Markus Schroeter, 9th place
  • Steve Hart, 18th place

On behalf of the entire LDCC Club and Team, we wish you all a very Happy New Year. We're very excited about the coming season of Racing with the Pack. 

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Cross In the Park

Buffalo, NY

Cassandra and an unknown local at the Buffalo Cross Race. 

Cassandra and an unknown local at the Buffalo Cross Race. 

Cross in the Park is a long-standing fixture in the ‘Cross racing calendar in Upstate New York.   The folks at Campus Bicycle Works put on a top-notch race replete with mud, technical climbs and twists, a really nasty runup, hecklers, bacon hand-ups and more mud.   The Lapdogs Cycling Club put together a small but determined border raiding party and put their mark on the event.  A few brave souls even raced twice – once in the masters’ race in the morning and again in the open category race in the afternoon.   

Our Team's Results:

  • Barry Cox, 13th, Masters 40+ men,  20th CAT 4 men
  • Steve Hart, 12th, Masters 50+ men, 21st CAT 4 men
  • Rick Otway,1 3th, Masters 50+ men
  • Jean “The Bullet” Michaud, 18th, Masters 50+ men
  • Alan Reain, 1st, CAT 4 men
  • Mark Brusso, 10th, mens’ open
  • Cassandra McWade, 4th, CAT 4 women
Steve, enjoying the course, and Alan takes a win from the locals. 

Steve, enjoying the course, and Alan takes a win from the locals. 

CX Canadian Nationals

Sherbrooke, QC

Marcus at speed, and through the tent at CX Nationals. 

Marcus at speed, and through the tent at CX Nationals. 

With the Ontario Cup series finished, and a week to go until Provincials, there was no Cyclocross racing in Ontario this past weekend.  But that didn’t deter the Lapdog Cycling Club cyclocross race team from mixing it up between the tape.  We just had to travel out of Ontario to find some action…

Canadian Nationals
This is The One.   The Show.  The Canadian National Championship, where all of the best Cyclocross racers in Canada line up on the same start line to determine the best of the best.   And two members of the LapDogs Cycling Club cyclocross race team – Sean Poulter and Marcus Boyle, were there to do battle.

In the words of Sean:
“Amazing, humbling course.  So much mud and elevation.  Good fans, and Marcus was probably the loudest one there.  So awesome watching all that talent….it was muddy like we haven’t seen yet but Marcus kept it rubber side down”

Sean, pushing hard through the sand/mud. 

Sean, pushing hard through the sand/mud. 

Congratulations on both Sean and Marcus for representing The Pack at the national level of competition.

Our Team's Results

  • Sean Poulter: 35th, Elite men
  • Marcus Boyle, 25th, 40+ men

CX O'Cup #7 - Dam Cross

Woodstock, ON

In the words of Lap Dogs Race Team member, Oggie Sokolovic:

"Race course was setup in Pittock Conservation Area near Woodstock. It included a looooong beach sand pit, the longest I have ever run in the sand for reason other than to save my life. It also included an awesome fly-over, that was wet enough to punish any mistake promptly... It included natural log obstacles which was a nice touch for those with good bunny-hopping skills where we could save some significant seconds over the competition. Lots of nice corners, mandatory off-camber stuff, short asphalt section just in case one needs a sprint finish to duke it out, some gravel to spice it up entering some corners, a root or two, overhang tree branches and relentless hecklers. The rain was on and off but never too strong... Just enough to keep everyone honest with their skills... A great bunch of racers, as always on the CX circuit... LapDogs were well represented. Good job everyone."

Our Team's Results:

  • Oggie Sokolovic, 3rd Master 3 men
  • Rob MacEwen, 14th Master 3 men
  • Steve Hart,  20th Master 3 men
  • Finlay MacEwen, 4th Minime Boys
  • Benn MacEwen, 3rd, Peewee Boys
  • Sean Poulter, 7th, Elite 3 men
  • Marcus Boyle, 9th, Master 2 men
  • Alan Reain,  13th, Master 2 men
  • Markus Schroeter, 14th, Master 2 men
  • Kathleen MacEwen, 1st, Master  women
  • Mark Brusso, 3rd, Master 1 men
  • Thomas Hughes, 3rd, Singlespeed men

CXTO Cookie Cross

Christie Pits, Toronto ON

Tim... checking out the field prior to "launch."

Tim... checking out the field prior to "launch."

This was a big one, folks.  Cyclocross has been absent from downtown Toronto for the past few years but on Saturday, October 29, 2016, that all changed.   This race was the culmination of almost two years of work from a group of dedicated volunteers, a number of whom are LDCC members.  The course was twisty, technical and fun, and included the longest run-up of the season yet.  226 people and one inflatable dummy came out to Christie Pits Park to join in an all-day celebration of the return of cyclocross to downtown Toronto.  The LapDogs cyclocross race team were out in force, and a number of them found out that the only thing more fun that putting on a cyclocross race is participating in it!

Mike, Ian and Steve... all smiles before the storm. 

Mike, Ian and Steve... all smiles before the storm. 

Our Team's Results:

  • Matthew Bucci, 15th, Elite 4 Men
  • Tim Anema, 22nd, Elite 4 men
  • Bevin Reith, 4th, Master 3 men
  • Tim Griffin, 8th, Master 3 Men
  • Ian Ptolemy, 14th, Master 3 Men
  • Barry Cox, 21st, Master 3 Men
  • Phil Torres, 26th, Master 3 men
  • Mike Chalovich, 33rd, Master 3 men
  • Steve Hart, 35th, Master 3 Men
  • Yves Bonnardeaux, 36th, Master 3 Men
  • Rick Otway, 46th, Master 3 Men
  • Duncan Rands, 51st, Master 3 men
  • Benn MacEwen, 2nd, Under 13 Youth
  • Sean Poulter, 4th, E3 Men
  • Alex Sanchez, 2nd, M2 Men
  • Marcus Boyle, 6th M2 Men
  • David Michael Lamb, 10th, M2 Men
  • Finley MacEwen, 11th, M2 Men
  • Rob MacEwen, 13th, M2 Men
  • Richard “Beeeef” Bowers, 14th M2 Men
  • Marcus Schroeter, 16th M2 Men
  • Gus Ryan, 3rd, Singlespeed Men
  • Cassandra McWade, 14th, Elite Women
  • Darcie “My Sombrero is choking me!” Watson, 3rd, Masters Women
  • Mark Brusso,  3rd, M1 Men
Alex, Gus and Mark... all in all a very awesome day. 

Alex, Gus and Mark... all in all a very awesome day. 

Riverside Rumble CX

Belleville, ON

Chris Macfarlane... pushing the pedals hard in Bellville. 

Chris Macfarlane... pushing the pedals hard in Bellville. 

In the words of Chris Macfarlane...

"After lining up it was a go for my first CX race in 6 years. On this day I had only the simplest of goals; first finish this race with close to the same splits on every lap and second avoid being lapped by the leaders before 2 laps where completed. 

The race was in the north end of Riverside park and included the toboggan hill. Which would on the first lap prove to be at least in my mind the crux point to each lap. Sharp short steep hill run with the added joy of a barrier right at the bottom and one right at the top. Which got progressively harder each lap as the race progressed.

I managed to hold off getting lapped not two but 3 laps by the race leader.  By the end of the race I had accomplished both my goals and completed 6 laps in 63 minutes by the end. While it wasn't enough to get me on the podium it was a great race to get back into the swing of riding and racing in that style of race."

CX O'Cup #5 - Firemens Cross

St. Catherines, ON

The boys... Rob, Oggie, Barry, Rick and Alex... the calm before the storm.

The boys... Rob, Oggie, Barry, Rick and Alex... the calm before the storm.

The Ontario Cup Cyclocross continues, and the Pack continues to be a force to be reckoned with over the barriers and between the tape.   This past weekend’s venue was Fireman’s Park in Niagara Falls.  The forecasted rain held off, and there was another strong showing by the Lap Dogs Race Team.   

Colin and Barry, in full flight. 

Colin and Barry, in full flight. 

Our Team's Results:

  • Benen MacEwen – 5th Peewee Boys
  • Finlay MacEwen – 3rd Minime Boys 
  • James Griffin – 6th Cadet Men
  • Rob Macewen – 4th Master 3 Men
  • Alex Sanchez – 10th Master 3 Men
  • Colin Matthews – 11th Master 3 Men
  • Oggie Sokolovic – 12th Master 3 Men
  • Tim Griffin – 20th Master 3 Men
  • Barry Cox – 30th Master 3 Men
  • Jean Michaud – 34th Master 3 Men
  • Rick Otway – 35th Master 3 Men
  • Kathleen MacEwen – 5th Master Women
  • Marcus Boyle – 6th Master 2 Men
  • Richard Bowers – 17th Master 2 Men
  • Markus Schroeter – 18th Master 2 Men
  • Mark Brusso – 3rd Master 1 Men
Mark Brusso... a strong race and a well deserved 3rd step on the podium.

Mark Brusso... a strong race and a well deserved 3rd step on the podium.

CX O'Cup #4 - Hardwood Cross

Hardwood Ski & Bike, Barrie ON

The Boys (Marcus, Markus and Michael-David), hitting the climb... 

The Boys (Marcus, Markus and Michael-David), hitting the climb... 

Hardwood Hills Mountainbike and Cross Country Ski Centre hosted the second half of the Thanksgiving Weekend Double Header.   The course was unforgiving with sand, steep climbs and a particularly fiendish run-up that caused competitors to dig deep.   Although many of the Lapdogs Race Team had raced the day before at the Baseball Cross, the Pack was out in force and putting the hurt on the competition…

Our Team's Results:

  • Benen MacEwen:  6th Peewee Boys
  • Finlay MacEwen:  2nd Minime Boys
  • Alex Sanchez:  6th Master 3 men
  • Oggie Sokolovic:  7th Master 3 men
  • Rob MacEwen:  8th Master 3 men
  • Rick Otway:  25th Master 3 men
  • Kathleen MacEwen:  2nd Master Women
  • Darcie Watson:  8th Master Women
  • Marcus Boyle:  7th Master 2 men
  • Markus Schroeter:  9th Master 2 men
  • David Michael Lamb:  14th Master 2 men
  • Mark Brusso:  3rd Master 1 Men
  • Thomas Hughes:  3rd Singlespeed Open

 

CX O'Cup #3 - Baseball Cross

Barrie, ON

Kathleen attacks one of the run-ups on her way to a 2nd Place finish.

Kathleen attacks one of the run-ups on her way to a 2nd Place finish.

Thanksgiving weekend was a cyclocross double-header, with Ontario Cup races on both Saturday and Sunday.  The first half of the double-header was the Baseball Cross, held at the Barrie Sports Complex.  The course was fast and flowy, with a lot of sand forcing riders to dismount and run with their bikes in several places on the course.   The LapDogs Race Team was, of course, up to the challenge.

Our Team's Results: 

  • Finlay MacEwen:  1st Minime Boys
  • Matthew Bucci:  11th Elite 4 men
  • Colin Matthews:  8th Master 3 men
  • Oggie Sokolovic:  10th Master 3 men
  • Yves Bonnardeaux:  11th Master 3 men
  • Alex Sanchez:  12th Master 3 men
  • Rob MacEwen:  13th Master 3 men
  • Barry Cox:  24th Master 3 men
  • Rick Otway:  41st Master 3 men
  • Jean Michaud:  44th Master 3 men
  • Kathleen MacEwen:  2nd Masters women
  • Sean Poulter:  8th Elite 3 men
  • Marcus Boyle:  10th Master 3 men
  • David Michael Lamb:  12th Master 3 men
  • Mark Brusso:  3rd Master 1 men

CX O'Cup #2 - Centennial Cross

Centennial Park, Etobicoke, ON

A bit of congestion right of the start of the Men's M3 Race. 

A bit of congestion right of the start of the Men's M3 Race. 


The second race of the Ontario Cyclocross season was held at Centennial Park in Toronto on October 2, 2016.  Competitors were treated to a twisty, technical course which favoured bike handling skills over power.  Rain before and during the event made keeping the rubber side down a challenge.   Of course, as this race took part in the LDCC’s backyard, the Pack was out in force, and was a force to be reckoned with for the competition

Our Team's Results:

  • Benen MacEwen:  3rd Peewee boys
  • Finlay MacEwen:  2nd Minime boys
  • Oggie Sokolovic:  11th Master 3 men
  • Rob MacEwen:  14th Master 3 men
  • Colin Matthews:  21st Master 3 men
  • David Michael Lamb:  32nd Master 3 men
  • Barry Cox:  40th Master 3 men
  • Rick Otway:  45th Master 3 men
  • Mike Chalovich:  47th Master 3 men
  • Jean Michaud:  52 Master 3 men
  • Kathleen MacEwen:  5th Master women
  • Darcie Watson:  8th Master women
  • Sean Poulter:  6th Elite 3 men
  • Marcus Boyle:  7th Master 2 men
  • Markus Schroeter:  14th Master 2 men
  • Richard Bowers:  21st Master 2 men
  • Mark Brusso:  6th Master 1 men
  • Thomas Hughes:  6th Singlespeed open

CX O’CUP # 1 – More Cowbell Cross

St. Catherines, ON

Mike, Barry and Steve... working hard at the first CX event of the season. 

Mike, Barry and Steve... working hard at the first CX event of the season. 

Although the mountainbike race season is over, the Pack is still racing on dirt!   That’s right, cyclocross season is here, and the first Ontario race was held in wine country on Sunday September 25.   The More Cowbell Cyclocross featured a huge turnout of racers and a fast but technical course with enough sand, technical features and barriers to keep everyone on their toes.   The LapDogs Race Team were, of course, out in force and putting the hurt on the competition.
Results

  • Yves Bonnardeux, 8th place, M3 men
  • Colin Matthews, 11th place, M3 men
  • Steve Hart, 17th, M3 men
  • Mike Chalovich, 27th, M3 men
  • Rick Otway, 28th, M3 men
  • Barry Cox, 35th, M3 men
  • Matthew Bucci, 13th, E4 men
  • Markus Schroeter, 11th M2 men