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Neal Kindree takes 2012 Orecrusher title

Melamed wins first in 20 to 29 age group

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For Neal Kindree the start of the 2012 mountain bike race season is looking much like the start of the 2011 season.

The Squamish elite rider completed the slightly revised course in one hour, 51 minutes and 34 seconds. Kris Sneddon of Sechelt crossed the finish line 23 seconds behind Kindree. Greg Day of Squamish was the third place finisher and he finished more than three minutes behind Sneddon.

Sandra Walter of Coquitlam was the fastest female of the day and she was followed by Rua Read of Squamish and Whistler's Ann Yew finished third. Walter's time was two hours and 12 minutes while Read clocked in at just under 2:18.

Jesse Melamed of Whistler placed first amongst the men between the ages of 20 and 29. He said the course is a demanding one that requires lots of pedalling. The new route extended the length of the course slightly. The start line this year was moved from Don Ross Secondary School to the commercial area in Brackendale where the main race sponsor, Republic Bicycles, is located.

Melamed said he was happy with his result and he is looking forward to racing in Pemberton's Nimby 50 on May 26 and in the Test of Metal in June.

Michael Boehm was the fastest Whistler rider with a time of 2:04:32. He won the 35 to 39 age group.

Tony Routley of Whistler won his 50 to 59 age group and said this was the first time he's done the Orecrusher in a few years.

"The ups are more in the open and the downs take advantage of the single track," said Routley.

For more Orecrusher results pick up the Thursday edition of Pique Newsmagazine.

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