Devon Dust Up / Alberta Singlespeed Provincials

Provided by Steve Martins, Hardcore Cycling Club

Hardcore Cycling Club and the Town of Devon, Alberta hosted Alberta Cup #7 and the Singlespeed Provincial Championships on Sunday, July 13. It was a cool, partly cloudy 20 Celsius as riders took the line for a surprisingly climb-heavy course with constantly varying pitches ranging from steady to chest-at-the-bar steep.

Primes were given out to Darcy Kuss and Andre Sutton for being the first riders from each start to clean The Sidewinder, a new feature added this year that takes competitors up a steep bank around three “are you kidding me?” tight switchbacks. The remainder of the course featured roller coaster twisty fast singletrack and a long winding flat stretch along the North Saskatchewan River that had the One Speeders spinning furiously while tucking in behind each other and The Geared.

Peter Yez (Mud Sweat and Gears) won the SS championship in dominating fashion to earn the mandatory tatoo for the winner while Martha Handford (Different Bikes) was the lone racer representing the womens category to take the tatoo. Tom Brodzinski and Tim Brezsnyak (both Deadgoat Racing) rounded out the mens podium in second and third respectively.

In the Elite XC Tim Heemskerk (United Cycle) displayed the form that earned him a Canada Cup win in Canmore the previous weekend to take the win again in Devon, while Andre Sutton (Hardcore Bikes) and Brian Bain (CMC/Bow Cycle) battled it out for second with Andre eventually taking it.

On the women’s side Pepper Harlton (Juventus) cruised to victory with Loni Klettl (Freeskool Jasper) riding steady to take second in an abbreviated Elite Women’s field.

Expert Men saw junior Justin Middleton (Juventus/RVC/Kona) riding in front from start to finish to edge out Erik Bakke (Deadgoat) and Mike Sarnecki (Team ING/Long Sock Movement). The Expert Women traded blows all day but when the dust settled it was Katy Kurtis (CMC/Bow Cycle) atop the podium and Krystyn Ong (Juventus) second with Bridget Linder (Hardcore) third

With perfect weather for racing and the type of short steep ups and downs that come at you like a kick in the junk, another annual stop in Devon for the Dust Up concluded with some “bagged” racers who will surely yet curiously come begging for more next year.

Results can be found [here]

Lungsnot’s photo set can be viewed [here]

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3 Responses to “Devon Dust Up / Alberta Singlespeed Provincials”

  1. Great race organized by Steve and all the Hardcore crew. Props for all your hard work on building the “Sidewinder” switchback climb. Thank you.

  2. Agreed. Well organized race. And being a local of Devon, I loved to see the new groomed trails. Awesome event.

  3. Great course, great arrangement for a gap in the weather, good time all around.

    Thanks hardcore team!

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