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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We Need More Cowbell VII Cross - Team Race Report

Team905 Cycling powered by Steelmark Business Services kicked off the 2013 Ontario Cup Cyclocross season Sunday in St. Catharines.

The Niagara-based cycling team had five riders in the various fields at the season-opening We Need More Cowbell VII Cross 2013 held at Burgoyne Woods and finished the day with four one win, two Top 5s and a Top 10. The course was relatively flat with a few unique obstacles that made it more challenging.

Jamie negotiating barriers

In the top Masters 1 field, Jamie Schuman rode to fifth place Sunday, finishing two minutes behind the winner, Robert Holmgren. Schuman also had the second-fastest lap of the day for his field, completing the opening loop just one second slower than Holmgren. Fellow Team905 rider Steve DeBoer finished 13th in the Master 1 race.

"It looks like the Masters 1 field is going to be deep and fast this year," said Schuman. "I was both excited and nervous to kick-off the OCup CX season on home turf. It was great to get the official season started after a long summer of training."

Making his debut in the Over-35 masters category, Dan Dakin took the win in the Master 3 division.

Dan on the podium
"I'm happy to start the season with a win," said Dakin, who plans to upgrade to Master 2 before the next Ontario Cup race in two weeks. "I know the competition will be significantly more difficult in M2, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."

In the Master 2 race, local Brock University professor Stephen Cheung finished 8th, two and a half minutes behind the winner. Cheung also finished fifth at a cyclocross race in Buffalo three weeks ago.

The M2 race was combined with the Senior 3 field including Team905 rider Robin Watt. He had upgraded from the lower Senior 4 in the off-season and finished fifth in his debut.

"It felt great to start the new season. Starting with a faster group this year I wasn't sure what to expect, but it seems I fit in well with the group and I made the right decision on the upgrade," he said. "I have new rivals to compete against and improvements I can make throughout the season."

Robin being chased
Stephen at the triples

The Ontario Cup season now takes two weeks off before Race No. 2, which will be held Oct. 6 at Firemen's Park in Niagara Falls. The event is organized by local cyclocross racer Jeff Moote.

"Jeff lays out a great course and I'm excited to race it," said Watt.

In a doubleheader weekend at the Firemen's Park cyclocross event last year, Dakin had a win and a second in Senior 4, Watt had a win and a third in the same field, Chueng had a fifth and an 11th in Master 2, Schuman had a third and DeBoer had a fifth and an 11th in Master 1.

Team905 Results
We Need More Cowbell VII Cross 2013
Ontario Cup Cyclocross No. 1
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Master 1 Men - Jamie Schuman, 5th; Steve DeBoer, 13th
Master 2 Men - Stephen Cheung, 8th;
Master 3 Men - Dan Dakin, 1st
Senior 3 Men - Rob Watt, 5th

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