Earns first gold medal at Ontario race
ELLIOT LAKE—Brittany Durdle of Little Current may be new to mountain bike racing, but she has already earned herself a first place finish at the Elliot Lake Mountain Bike XC Ontario Cup race this past weekend.
“The atmosphere was great there and everyone was really welcoming,” said Ms. Durdle of the race. “It didn’t matter the skill level, there was a lot of support from the other riders and everyone else.”
Ms. Durdle completed the race with a time of 1:03:49.92, earning her first in the Citizens Women’s 19 plus division.
Ms. Durdle first got into mountain biking two years ago, encouraged by Island mountain bike racer and Walden Mountain Club’s Wolfpack Racing member Alex Anstice of Tehkummah.
“Alex and his wife Caroline are friends and they encouraged me to participate in the McLean’s Park Mountain Bike Relay Race a few years ago,” explained Ms. Durdle. “I tried the track in Elliot Lake a few weeks ago and it was hard, but I thought I could do it, so I signed up for the race last minute and had two weeks to prep. I biked twice a day training, building up my endurance. Signing up really motivated me to practice and pushed me.”
Mr. Anstice also earned gold in the Master Expert Men 30-39 division with a time of 1:55:56.05.
Ms. Durdle urges individuals interested in trying mountain bike racing to come out to the 6th annual McLean’s 6 Hour Relay Race this Saturday, August 27 from 10 am to 4 pm. The entry fee is $20 and there are draw prizes. Register as a relay team of 2-4 riders to see how many laps of the challenging six km loop you can complete in six hours, so show up as an individual and organizers will try and pair teams. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.