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Ore Crusher puts riders through their paces

Martin Lazarski tops race

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In 30 to 34, Megan Rose of North Vancouver was first in 1:40:45, followed by Whistler’s Sarah O’Byrne in 1:58:01 and Helen Dalziel in 2:03:29.

Robin O’Neill won the women’s 35 to 39, and was third among women in the age categories in 1:53:00.

“I really wasn’t expecting to do that well, I just felt so flat today and couldn’t get my heart rate up,” said O’Neill. “It was a pretty hard (Toonie Ride) on Thursday, and I think that threw me off a bit.

“The course was surprisingly tough, there was really nowhere to rest. It was pretty crazy at the start, wheel to wheel, but after the first lap I just rode at my own pace.”

Lori Kercher of Whistler was second in 2:32:15.

In men’s 35 to 39 Tony Backler was the top rider with five laps in 1:28:15, followed by Team Whistler’s Trevor Hopkins in 1:31:07 and Ryan Newsome of Port Moody in 1:31:10.

Frances Vice raced unopposed in women’s 40 to 44 in 2:13:11. Whistler’s Caroline Lamont won the 45 to 49 race in 2:22:31, followed by Alyssa Myshok of Vancouver in 2:23:42.

Jude Goodwin of Squamish raced unopposed in female 50-plus, finishing four laps in 2:02:43.

In male 40 to 44 Joe Maika of Team Whistler placed third in 1:37:27, behind Ray Lachance and Pewter Holzhuter of Vancouver and Kamloops.

In 45 to 49 Ted Russo of Port Moody was first in 1:30:41, followed by Surrey’s Bruce Hale in 1:43:53 and Delta’s Sheldon Orr in 1:47:20. Alan Kristmanson was the top Whistler racer in fourth in 1:50:09, followed by Mike Charuk in fifth.

In male 50-plus Gin Ming of Whistler finished four laps in 1:30:04 to take the win, followed by Simon Parker in 1:32:08 and Ernie Bodie of West Vancouver in 1:32:16. Rick Reid of Whistler was fourth in 1:40:24.

For complete results visit www.orecrusher.com.

The event was a fundraiser for the Outdoor Leadership School at Don Ross Secondary, with approximately half of each entry fee going towards the program. The program also provided volunteers for the day, cheering on riders on every section of the course.

As well, the Ore Crusher is the first race in the Squamish Triple Crown, followed by the Test of Metal and GearJammer. Riders in all three racers will be ranked according to their total time in all three events.