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  • Norco Factory Team: Horseshoe Canada Cup #2 Report

    June 8, 2016

    By: Norco Factory Team riders

    The whole Norco Factory Team was present for the third round of the Canada Cup series place this past Sunday in Horseshoe Valley, Ontario. Peter Disera is hometown boy and lives 500 meters from the course. He’s also the defending men’s winner as is Haley the defending women’s winner.

    After the whole team returned from the La Bresse World Cup in France last weekend we were looking to win both the men’s and women’s races, defend Evan Mcneely’s overall series title, and push forward in the overall team ranking, which Norco was leading.

    Evan Guthrie at the kid's Trillium event

    Evan Guthrie at the kid’s Trillium event

    Before the races we teamed up with the organizer and rode in the kid’s Trillium event on Saturday and helped out for the race. It always fun to get out and be surrounded by a bunch of kids who only smile and have a ton of fun – it’s keep us in line and reminds us that it’s always fun on a bike. That evening the Disera family hosted a BBQ for everyone to load up on good food, stories and watch a custom haircut for Mcneely.

    Come race day everyone was relaxed and ready to throw down. The men’s race came with some tactical moves in the chase while Peter Disera was long gone off the front and eventually won for the second consecutive year. Evan Guthrie sat in the two-man chase group all day and attacked on the final climb of the last lap to take 2nd. Evan Mcneely battled at the front of the race early on and finished in 6th. He continues to lead the overall individual Canada Cup series. Andrew L’esperance followed up in 7th. That put all four Norco men in the top-7.

    Canada Cup Horsehoe Resort Podium (Peter Disera 1st, Evan Guthrie 2nd)

    Canada Cup Horsehoe Resort Podium (Peter Disera 1st, Evan Guthrie 2nd)

    Haley put together a great race after battling in a fast chase group all day and came out of top of that group to finish 2nd. She was second to last weekend’s World Cup bronze medallist Emily Batty. This race is close to home for Haley and she had a ton of family up cheering her on. It’s extra special when your family is out there cheering for you!

    Haley Smith had a ton of family out cheering for her at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort

    Haley Smith had a ton of family out cheering for her at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort

    As always, our man Kevin Haviland took care of us 5 athletes, his wife Sue who also raced, and his two daughters. This picture below has it all – Live to Play employee Jim Jamieson’s son Elliot was out racing with the BC Team, Haley who just finished racing and Kevin just came from the feed zone with all the tools, wheels, bottles, etc. and has his daughter Alexa, who raced on Saturday in the Trillium kids event, with him. Our other super helper Josh Toohill isn’t pictured because he was already back working at the trailer. Teamwork!

    Andrew L’Esperance:

    “A lot of bike racing takes place off the bike. As a team, we all dealt with travel back from the World Cup in Europe leading up to this weekend. We came out of it okay! Awesome to see strong, consistent racing from the team at the Horseshoe Canada Cup. So far this year Norco Factory Team has put 2 athletes on every Canada Cup podium and is leading the team overall standing. Go team!”

    Andrew L'Esperance at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort. Photo: Jeff Faulds

    Andrew L’Esperance at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort. Photo: Jeff Faulds

    Evan Guthrie:

    “Being back at Canada Cups is always a highlight throughout the year. The last two weekends in Europe at the World Cups were tough in many ways. It was nice to come back, put down a big week of training and come out with a good feeling ride to finish 2nd. We had strength in numbers with the Norco men and showed that by going 1-2. Petey was on fire. I’m now looking forward to the Canada Cup in Hardwood Hills next weekend.”

    Evan Guthrie at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

    Evan Guthrie at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

    Evan McNeely:

    “As much as I love traveling all over the world to ride my bike, racing in Ontario will always be my favourite. This was my first time ever wearing the Canada Cup leaders jersey in a race, despite winning the overall title last year. I put out my best effort, but slipped from the podium on the last lap. You can’t win them all.”

     Evan McNeely at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

    Evan McNeely at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

    Peter Disera:

    “Horseshoe is always a special race. Living a short 500m away from the start-line makes this a stress free race. The course is a true test to some of the area’s best riding. My Kenda Saber Pros on my Stan’s NoTubes Valors were fantastic on the day – attacking that hero dirt in every corner added up over the race. The race went the same as last year: on the second lap I found myself out front and never looked back! Super stoked with my first Elite win of the year and it couldn’t have been at a better venue. Thanks to all my supporters, all the little rippers that came out for the Trillium Trail Blazers and Norco Factory Team.”

    Peter Disera crossing the line in first at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

    Peter Disera crossing the line in first at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

     

    Haley Smith:

    “From riding with the Trillium MTB kids on Saturday, to the team dinner at the Disera house and racing a fun course an hour from home, this weekend had it all. Happy to be back home for a mid-season refresher and to get some training in before the main goals of the season. Now, if only Ontario peaches would hurry up and grow.”

    Haley Smith on her way to the podium at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

    Haley Smith on her way to the podium at Canada Cup #3: Horseshoe Resort.

    Photos by Rob Smith, Perry Disera and Jeff Faulds.

    See full results from the weekend here. The Cross-country Canada Cup continues with Round 4 next weekend (June 10-11) at Hardwood Ski & Bike Centre, north of Barrie, Ontario.

    The Norco Factory Team is powered by:

    Norco Bicycles

    Kenda Tires

    Sram

    Wilderness Trail Bikes

    Stan’s NoTubes

    Live to Play Sports

    SMITH

    3T Cycling

    Cane Creek

    Crankbrothers

    Parktool

    Axiom

    Lazer

    Kinetic

    Sugoi