electrical bike Fall Epic 8 journey, Hardwood Hills, Wolfpack Pups, Walden Mountain Bike Membership
What occurs when two swimmers and two hockey gamers get collectively?
First, there may be some good-natured ribbing about which sport isn’t, nicely, silly or boring.
Extra importantly, Ethan Mourre, Josh and Noah Rioux, and Caden Sutton spent their respective off-seasons as a mountain bike staff.
Over the weekend, they raced on the Fall Epic 8 journey in Hardwood Hills close to Barrie. Entered because the Wolfpak Pups out of the Walden Mountain Bike Membership, the 4 boys accomplished 12 laps in seven hours 57 minutes, to complete seventh of 10 groups of their division (whole age 79 and beneath).
The purpose was to finish as many laps of a 10km loop inside eight hours. They rode three laps every. It was their first Epic 8 collectively as a staff.
For Josh, 11, a swimmer and soccer participant, visibility on the bike course was a difficulty.
“There was one path with the skinniest bushes ever. Whenever you turned a nook you couldn’t see a tree. I simply hit it each time.”
Mourre fell on his first lap and misplaced his water bottle on the second and third laps.
“The perfect half was proper on the finish you’re going to the end. You’ve all people cheering for you. It’s lots of adrenaline. It feels good.”
It was Sutton’s first race however, oddly, his nerves have been solely an issue on his last lap.
“I obtained somewhat bit squirrely. I began bouncing off bushes and rocks. It was a complete mess.”
The perfect half was being on the race, Sutton provides. “It was a brand new expertise. I beloved it. It was so totally different and funky.”
“Sprinting on the finish feels good, however I feel simply hanging out and speaking about how good your lap was,” says Noah Rioux, 14, who swims competitively with Sudbury Laurentian Swim Membership and attends St. Charles Secondary College.
The identify Wolfpak Pups displays how they’re the subsequent era of Walden path riders.
Marc Rioux, Josh and Noah’s dad and Wolfpak member, has been leaning extra in the direction of teaching and sharing of mountain bike information.
At races, the Wolfpak adults have been seeing younger riders from centres like Toronto and Durham. Racing with Ethan’s mother, Carol, Marc Rioux knew that the massive centres do have extra of a base from which to attract riders.
Nonetheless, they knew Sudbury children do journey bikes; particularly their very own. And they also posed that age-old query when individuals go away city – why can’t we try this in Sudbury?
Final yr, Ethan was launched to Noah and Josh for biking they usually ultimately rode the 8-hour Epic. When Caden Sutton ended up at school with Noah, it turned out that he additionally favored mountain biking. Now they’d a fourth.
“We thought it will be so much simpler and we might do extra (laps) and that’s what occurred,” says Mourre, 14, who performs defence for Sudbury Wolves main bantams and attends Lo-Ellen Park Secondary.
“I feel the staff did very nicely. All of us had quick laps. All of us pushed our hardest. We gave our all.”
Sutton, who is sort of 14, performs left wing in Nickel Centre home league hockey and skis alpine. He has been mountain biking for 2 years however this was his first yr racing.
“I simply love pushing myself to the max. It’s satisfying whenever you’ve performed an eight-hour,” he says. “You’re drained however you understand that you just’ve had a very good lap. It’s simply an incredible feeling.”
Mourre likes the aggressive facet. Whereas that’s the identical in hockey, mountain biking provides extra threat and journey for him.
“With hockey you’ve all of your set performs. With mountain biking, something (can occur). In case you transfer your tire one incorrect method, you can be within the bushes.”
For Josh Rioux, new options all the time appear to be constructed on the Walden trails yearly.
“They make it far more enjoyable. I like hitting jumps and simply having enjoyable with all of the options.”
His brother likes the options, however for Noah, there’s additionally a way of journey. “It’s thrilling. I like attempting new issues.”
Regardless of fatigue and sore muscle tissue from their weekend, the boys have been already speaking about subsequent yr and using a 24-hour occasion.
It’s the sort of factor their coach likes to listen to.
Marc Rioux was pleased with their outcomes because the division included riders who have been 19 and who’ve racing expertise on the Ontario Cup circuit.
“However they have been competing towards (them), which is nice. In the event that they proceed on they usually prefer it, and do several types of races, then it will be fascinating to see the place they match within the province.”
Different Wolfpak Outcomes:
Rioux was third within the males’s solo 40-49 class. Kristian Bischoff was twentieth. Paul Guenette, 4th, Elijah Jeffrey twenty fifth, 39 and beneath.
Three or 4 particular person whole age 120-139 class featured two Sudbury groups racing beneath Stuart Olson: Mike Banks, Nicholas Service, Buck Miller, and Jake Gougeon completed second; Luukas Ovaska, Matt Hansford, Tyrone Daniel, and Adam Galt got here in fifth.
Right here is the hyperlink for the outcomes: https://zone4.ca/race/2020-09-29/a161627e/results/.