Devon Dust Up Report, Results, & Photos

Provided by Hardcore Racing

It was another great day of Alberta cross country bike racing.  This stop on the ABA race circuit was in Devon for the Dust Up.  In addition to being the last cup race before the geared provincial championships this race also saw Single Speeders duke it out for the right to be named Provincial Champ.  Racers from all over the province showed up to brave the leg busting climbs and the fast as you can go flats.   All 7.5 km of the course had ideal conditions as a few days of rain had made it nice and tacky.  New this year was the start area, which took place right in the middle of the Devon Lions campground and provided great viewing opportunities for friends, family and a fans.

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The first start saw the biggest group of the morning Novice Men tackle the course.  It was a tough battle for victory in this category but in the end independent racer Alistair Hill took the win with Redbike’s Chris Ring in second, but only down a down a second was Jason Reid from The Sean Fahlman Experience.   Sport Men was another large category and saw the top three ride away from the group and finish within about a minute of each other.  ERTC’s Neil Reid finished first, Brian Loewen of Mud, Sweat & Gears was second and Hardcore’s John Clark (who later volunteered as a course marshal) finished third.

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The rest of the morning results were as follows:
SPORT WOMEN
1.Bogi Gyorki-Deadgoat
2.Elizabeth Boschma-Pedalhead Racing
NOVICE WOMEN
1.Karen Fedoruk-Hardcore
2.Ramona Hill-Spin Sisters
3.Clare Neville-Spin Sisters
YOUTH SPORT WOMEN
1.Erin Middleton-Juventus
2.Sara Witzke-Juventus
YOUTH SPORT MEN
1.Graham Todd-Juventus

The afternoon saw the temperature rise as the Experts, Elites and Single Speeders sought glory.   The women’s expert field was a battle for podium spots and after the dust had settled independent racer Judy Harlton had won the day with Amy Barnett of Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle in second and Hardcore’s own Sandy Anhel was third.  The expert men’s filed was a filled with quality riders and it would be a tough race but in the end Hardcore’s Peter Knight claimed victory and independent racer Alan Reain in second closely followed by Cyclemeisters / Bow Cycle’s Ryan Corey. 

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The Elites had the longest race of the day 6 laps of the 7.5 km course for a total of 45 km.  Tim Heemskerk of United Cycle Racing/TREK/ GEAX TEST TEAM took the win.  To celebrate his win Tim rode the 50 km back to Edmonton, just another day at the office.  In second was Manuel Fehlmann of Pedalhead/Balance Point Racing who has not been a regular at the xc races this year but when he does show up he hands out the beats and rides hard.  Hardcore’s Andre Sutton claimed third spot, as usual he only took half bottles in the feed zone which is a weight saving practice that seems to be paying off for him. 

The Elite women’s race would be a battle of the top two women in the province, Juventus’ Pepper Harlton and Freeskool’s Loni Klettl.  Pepper who was looking to claim back the points leader position had a solid start but the relentless climbing proved too much for her cross bike and a mechanical forced her out of the race.  The day then belonged to Loni who took the top spot.   Second on the day was to Shantel Koenig of Redbike followed by Katy Curtis of Cyclemeisters in third.

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The true heroes of the day were the single speeders.  They would be vying for the bragging rights of Provincial Champion.  Eight men lined up at the start and by the time the dust had settled Gabor Csonka Deadgoat – Wiseracer.com won in 1:56:02, in doing so he passed most of the expert field despite starting 2 minutes after them.  Last years champion Peter Yez from Mud Sweat and Gears spun his way to second while Derek Anderson Freewheel Fatties claimed the final podium spot.  In the women’s race Lisa Lepoole of Terrascape was the lone competitor but that didn’t stop her from putting in a solid effort and definitely earning the right to be named 2009 Single Speed Provincial Champion.  

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This year marked the second bike give away.  This give away recognizes youth leaders in the Devon community.  The lucky recipients this year were Liam Armstrong and Hayley Marie Hicks.  They got to take home a sweet new Gary Fisher Tarpons.

A big thanks has to go out to all the volunteers, some of whom raced and volunteered.  Without them the race would not have been possible.  Also thanks has to given to Hardcore Bikes the main sponsor.  The Town of Devon, Devon Lions Campground and the Devon IGA also were key contributors in making this event a success.

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Results from the 1st start can be viewed [here] and the 2nd start [here]

Check out more photos:

Lungsnot’s Photos                                

Chris Slowinski’s Photos

See you all next year for more dust and definitely more ups!

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One Response to “Devon Dust Up Report, Results, & Photos”

  1. Especially liked the event today. It was a well done, and thanks for the burgers…

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