CALABOGIE, ON – Absolutely dominating the first race of the year in the CSRA National Championship circuit, the London Recreational Ski-doo Snow Cross team captured checkered flags, media attention and the continued admiration of fans at the Capital Cup National Snow Cross, December 7th – 9th at Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort just west of Ottawa.
Not going unnoticed by the media, CTV Ottawa Morning Live’s Sarah Freemark interviewed London Rec Team members while learning the ropes and picking up tips on how much hard work really goes into being a member of a successful snow cross team.
Battling rain, snow and extreme temperatures, riders were challenged through three days of testing, setup and racing, culminating in a victorious conclusion for the London Rec team, riding away with an awesome 22 combined wins between heat races and finals.
Team owner Mike Schmidt congratulated the team and thanked team sponsors, stating, “I couldn’t be happier with this weekend’s results. The hard work the riders did in the off season really paid off. It is definitely a team effort, our riders, our mechanics and our sponsors have all helped to contribute to this success. Ski Doo has provided us with an awesome race sled this year that the riders are very comfortable pushing to the limit. We are looking forward to continued success for the balance of the racing season…”
Highlights of the weekend:
• Ric Wilson, #4c, four time Canadian Champion, proved at 50 years young that he still has what it takes by winning the Pro-vet and Pro-Masters titles on both days.
• Devin Wilson, #282, reinforced that his last name spells talent by making a clean sweep of the weekend winning all his heat races and the Pro-Lite Final on both days.
• 15 year old Blake Taylor, #211, captured the Sport 600 Finals both Saturday and Sunday, as well as walking away with the Sport 500 Final on Sunday.
• Ben Vrij, #828, in his first season in Pro-Lite won his first heat race on Saturday and 4th in the second heat, securing himself a front row start in the Pro-lite final, where he finished 13th. Sunday Ben positioned for a back row start in the Pro-lite, but worked his way up to a 9th place finish.
• Jon Fowles, #240, after achieving good results in his heats, positioned a front row start in the Sport 600 Saturday, finishing 7th. Sunday Jon grabbed another front row start for the Sport 600 final, and capped the weekend by finishing second to his team mate Blake Taylor.
• Alex Colvin #811, finished strong on both days, placing third in both the Pro-vet and Sport-vet finals each day.
Wrapping up the weekend, the London Recreational Ski-doo Snowcross Race Team left Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort triumphantly leading the early season in points in the Pro-lite, Pro-vet, Pro-masters and Sport 600 classes.
London Recreational Ski-doo Snow Cross Race Team is a subsidiary of London Recreational Contracting, an industry leader in Concrete Pool and Spa Construction, focused on three key factors: quality, creativity and outstanding customer service. Founded in 1988, London Recreational Contracting is a family owned and operated business with more than 20 years of experience delivering magnificent pools, spas and landscape creations.
From Mike Schmidt / London Recreational // www.londonrecreationalracing.com