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Quality Inn - Sudbury
Mike Hennessy, Lawyer
Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
Mountain Bike Tour attracts all sorts
2017-07-25
by Randy Pascal

Sure, members of the Walden Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) were front and center, as one might expect, at the Ionic Engineering Mountain Bike Tour Sunday in Naughton. But perhaps as much as any other single event that is part of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge (SFC), the cycling component enjoys a wide spectrum of participation, with distances and technical requirements that cater to all ages and skill sets.

Forty-six year old Scott Hopkins is now in his third year as an SFC mainstay, eventually conquering each of the sporting tests after coming up just short in 2015. “I thought I would do all events, right up to the swim, but I couldn’t do the swim, couldn’t swim the distance,” Hopkins acknowledged.

“So I joined the Laurentian Masters swim team that winter. Last year, I did all the events, including the swim, and I won my age category (40-49). I’m mediocre in every event, but I’m back this year to check them all off,” he added with a laugh.

Hopkins, of course, is being far too hard on himself, having shown a solid proficiency and the ability to progress in each and every event. When it came to the Mountain Bike Tour, there was plenty of thought invested in finding the right fit.

“It’s a little bit strategic,” said Hopkins. “The (WMBC) Wolfpak (racing team) will show up and they’re going to podium in everything, so I try and ride within my ability, which is the intermediate course, but then go the longer distances. I did the 20 kms, so that eliminates a lot of the competition.”

Ironically, while one might think that the tooth and nail battles occur with the younger generation, it might well be the categories for the parents of the kids where the most fierce battles are waged, relatively speaking.

“I think the forty year olds and the fifty year olds are the ones who might be the most competitive out here,” noted Hopkins. “Generally speaking, our children have grown up and we have a little bit more time, a little more time for yourself and training.”

Known first and foremost for her avid involvement in nordic ski, Alison Godwin has not quite reached that stage of her life just yet. “My son is out here with three of his buddies, and they were doing the team relay,” she said of the eldest of her three children, part of a squad of seven and eight year olds.

This represents a distinctly different approach to her riding than when Godwin was first introduced to the sport. “When I was getting into skiing a little more seriously, I started riding with Stephanie Tarlton, Bronwen Davies. They were skiers, primarily, but mountain bikers in the summer. I was way in over my head, following them on rides I never should have followed them on.”

“I ended up in the river, upside down, still clipped into my bike, but eventually, my skills came around. Now it’s just fun and the kids just love it, so we’re riding as a family, which is great.” Having come a long way in her technical riding ability, Godwin was one of five women who tackled the 20 kms advanced circuit, placing right in the middle of the group in a time of 1:03:45.

“It was fun,” she said after the race. “I didn’t have my kids hanging off me, and they said I came through every lap with a smile on my face. I wanted to clean the climbs that are challenging. That’s what I would consider a good race, that I didn’t have to get off my bike.”

While 18 year-old second year Laurentian Sports Administration student Casey Crowe might have finished at the bottom of pack of more experienced cyclists in the form of Colin Ward, Mike Nawalaniec and Hopkins, his placement really wasn’t all that much of a concern for a key member of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge team.

“I picked up the role as statistician for this year, for sure, a volunteer role with (SFC organizer) Neil (Phipps),” said Crowe. “It was just something that I would like to get into, because getting into some community involvement is big for me. And I have a bit of background in data entry, that sort of thing.”

An “on and off” participant during his high school days at Lo-Ellen, Crowe has now been exposed to a completely different aspect of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge from the one he enjoyed as an athlete.

“It’s more about learning what is going on with all of the events,” said Crowe. “I’ve been attending most of them now, versus the one or two that I might have attended as a participant. Just seeing how everything is run, really going behind the scenes, set-up and take down, the weeks of planning. When it comes to the points and stuff, it’s pretty much as expected – but I can now understand why it takes so long to compile it all.”

Remaining highlights of the event including a blistering opening lap of 14:00 turned in by Wolfpak rider Alex Anstice en route to claiming top spot in the men’s 20 km advanced bracket, crossing the finish line in 43:30.

Next up for the Sudbury Fitness Challenge is the uniqueness of the Beaton Classic, set to take place at Moonlight Beach come the morning of Sunday, August 13th. Following is a detailed list of results from the Mountain Bike Tour:

20 kms - Advanced - Women
1st - Wanda Dewulf - F50-59 - 1:01:29
2nd - Susan Gaudreau - F40-49 - 1:03:08
3rd - Alison Godwin - F30 - 39 - 1:03:45
4th - Sara McIlraith - F40 - 49 - 1:06:00
5th - Carol Mourre - F40 - 49 - 1:08:58

20 kms - Advanced - Men
1st - Alex Anstice - M30 - 39 - 43:30
3rd - Ian Sagle - M30 - 39 - 46:54
4th - Danny Brunet - M30 - 39 - 50:11
9th - Zachary Dopson - M30 - 39 - 53:25
11th - Marc Larochelle - M30 - 39 - 53:40
14th - Nathan Sagle - M30 - 39 - 56:56
15th - Joe Lonsdale - M30 - 39 - 57:57
16th - Caz Taback - M30 - 39 - 58:31

2nd - Paul Guenette - M20 - 29 - 44:52
13th - Catlin McCluskey - M20 - 29 - 55:02

5th - Peter Ledingham - M40 - 49 - 51:14
6th - Mike Banks - M40 - 49 - 52:21
7th - Todd Thompson - M40 - 49 - 53:14
8th - Neil Phipps - M40 - 49 - 53:19
10th - Kerry Abols - M40 - 49 - 53:33
12th - Kristian Bischoff - M40 - 49 - 54:38
17th - Matt Hansford - M40 - 49 - 1:00:29
18th - Dale Wallace - M40 - 49 - 1:00:49

19th - Gordon Beange - M50 - 59 - 1:03:25
20th - Al Vardy - M50 - 59 - 1:08:52

20 kms - Intermediate - Women
1st - Monika Haring - F20 - 29 - 1:13:37
2nd - Julie (Rathwell) Falvo - F30 - 39 - 1:15:09
3rd - Marcie Neuberger - F30 - 39 - 1:24:36

20 kms - Intermediate - Men
1st - Colin Ward - M40 - 49 - 1:06:28
2nd - Scott Hopkins - M40 - 49 - 1:12:19
3rd - Michael Nawalaniec - M50 - 59 - 1:12:23
4th - Casey Crowe - M13 - 19 - 1:15:06

20 kms - Women
1st - Megan Bischoff - F40 - 49 - 34:07
2nd - Jess Lonsdale - F30 - 39 - 35:16
3rd - Helen Bobiwash - F40 - 49 - 42:06
4th - Karen Broughton - F50 - 59 - 43:16
5th - Leanne Meagher - F40 - 49 - 44:17
6th - Laura Young - F50 - 59 - 1:00:12
7th - Heather Hachey - F50 - 59 - 1:04:09

20 kms - Men
1st - Derek Thompson - M13 - 19 - 24:18
2nd - Jesse Gasteiger - M40 - 49 - 34:01
3rd - Josh Tillson - M13 - 19 - 37:35
4th - Colin Watson - M30 - 39 - 37:54
5th - Robert Marcolini - M50 - 59 - 45:14
6th - John Hachey - M50 - 59 - 1:04:09

5 kms - Women
1st - Clew Meagher - F13 - 19 - 21:42
2nd - Ashley Hurley - F30 - 39 - 24:00
3rd - Vanessa Lewis - F20 - 29 - 33:30

5 kms - Men
1st - Matthew Paventi - M12 & Under - 18:23
2nd - Fionn Meagher - M12 & Under - 20:37
3rd - Henri Lefebvre - M12 & Under - 21:40
4th - Kaeden Ward - M12 & Under - 21:44
5th - Paul Lefebvre - M40 - 49 - 22:10
6th - Caleb Paquette - M12 & Under - 23:51
7th - Hudson Green - M12 & Under - 27:11

700m sprint
1st - Hailey Larochelle - F10 & Under - 4:12
2nd - Kaelyn Bischoff - F10 & Under - 4:50

1st - Noah Rioux - M10 & Under - 3:03
2nd - Caleb Hood - M10 & Under - 4:44
3rd - Jett Gasteiger - M10 & Under - 4:48

350m sprint
1st - Emma Mourre - F8 & Under - 1:40
2nd - Abigail Hood - F8 & Under - 3:35
3rd - Kaja Thrush - F8 & Under - 5:45
4th - Lux Gasteiger - F8 & Under - 5:49

1st - Joshua Rioux - M8 & Under - 1:19
2nd - Pascal Paquette - M8 & Under - 1:53
3rd - Carter Cullens - M8 & Under - 2:32
4th - Zak Brunet - M8 & Under - 4:07

Corporate Relay - 4 X 5kms
1st - Sessions Ride (Luukas Ovaska, Tim Tindall) - 55:39
2nd - Stuart Olson (Nicholas Carrier, Patrick Diotte, Ryan Lafontaine) - 57:38
3rd - Bestech (Dan Dumais, Tyler Samson, Paul Lalonde, John MacLean) - 1:09:01
4th - Ionic (André Dumais, Steve Matusch, Gary Poxleitner) - 1:19:50

Team Relay - 4 X 5kms
1st - Sugarbush Rush (Erik Labrosse, Patrik Labrosse, Taylor Norco) - 1:06:17
2nd - Rioux Boys (Joshua Rioux, Noah Michael Rioux, Marc Rioux) - 1:11:42
3rd - Crossover Kids (Chesley Godwin, Hector Loiselle, Eden Abols, Rowan Meagher) - 1:44:48

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