DALE NORMAN/SUBMITTED PHOTO Riders in the Team Hardwood-Trek mountain-bike development program hit the trails for the first time this season on the weekend. Upcoming events at the Oro-Medonte Township facility include the launch of Wednesday-night racing and the Ontario Cup series.
This past Saturday saw the athletes from the Team Hardwood-Trek mountain-bike development program hit the trails for the first time in preparation for the 2015 season.
With only 10 days until our first Wednesday Night Race at Hardwood Ski and Bike and 14 days until the first Ontario Cup Series Race, athletes, coaches and parents were eager to rip up the trails with their friends.
You could see smiles for miles and hear laughter across the parking lot as old friends caught up with each other and the kids got the chance to meet some new friends.
The coaches for the bronze race and silver groups had a solid workout planned for the athletes to help shake off the winter cobwebs and prepare everyone for another solid season of "shredding the gnar."
There is a greater level of anticipation at Team Hardwood-Trek for the 2015 season as we will get to witness the Pan Am Games mountain-bike event being held at our home venue, Hardwood Ski and Bike, July 12.
Our athletes will get to see some the best mountain bikers in the world compete in our own back yard. What an amazing opportunity to witness one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Talk about motivation and a momentum builder for our young future champions.
Team Hardwood-Trek is on of the biggest, longest-running and most successful mountain-bike development programs in Canada. Some of the athletes who have taken part in our program include 2012 Olympian and probable 2015 Pan Am Games athlete Emily Batty, 2013 World Junior XC silver-medallist Peter Disera, 2013 Canadian XC champ Mitch Bailey and 2013 Canadian XC champ Soren Meeuwisse, to name a few.
In 2014, the Ontario Trillium Foundation recognized the amazing things Team Hardwood-Trek does to promote healthy families with a three-year, $75,800 grant.
Building off the momentum of the grant and the excitement of the Pan Am Games coming to our home turf, we will be growing again this season. We have programs for kids from six to 18 years old, from beginners to aspiring national and international racers.