The Spring Epic 8 is one of those unique mountain bike events that brings together riders of all levels of ability and fitness. From Elite Experts to Weekend Warriors, this event provides challenges for all. Attendance was high this year with well over 700 racers participating.
Taking place at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre, not far from Collingwood, this venue features a 10 km course built onto the side of the Niagara Escarpment. Loaded with fast singletrack, well spaced doubletrack for passing and several gruelling climbs to separate the pack, this year’s course truly tested all who raced.
The day was extremely hot and humid with temperatures hitting upwards of 35 C during the height of the race. This was certainly the hottest day of the year so far and rather extreme for early May. Add to this, a punchy and extremely dusty race course and many of our racers claimed that this was very likely the toughest 8 Hour they had ever participated in. Hydration (by Skratch Labs) was certainly an important factor in the success of our Duke's Cycle Cannondale LapDogs Racers.
Our Relay Teams
Nucking Futs, 1st Place, 4 Person Open
Oggie Sokolovic, James Irwin, with special guests, Guy Leclair*, Linnley Clarke*
LapDogs: Steppin’ to the A.M, 4th Place, 2 Person Open
Larry Woo & Mark Brusso
Miro Zgavc, 27th Place, Solo Male, 39 & Under
Richard Bowers, 15th Place, Solo Male, 40-49
Robyn Duke, 3rd Place, Solo Female
Michael Cranwell, 1st Place, Solo Male 50+
* Guy & Linnley are on loan from other Teams