Spring racing in Ontario continued over Easter weekend with the Hell and Heck of the North taking place out of Ballantrae north of Toronto. The temperature was mild and the ground was still damp after two days of rain over the long weekend. The Hell course covered 90 km with tough off-road sections and the long trench section of rail trail in the middle of the race. The Heck course covered 70 km and didn’t feature any of the off-road sections that make the Hell so tough.
The Hell of the North takes place on rolling roads north of Toronto.
The Hell features gnarly off-road sections while the Heck takes place mostly on paved roads with a little gravel mixed in for good measure.
Three riders escaped early in the Hell.
The main group stayed mostly together until the first off-road section.
Annie Nanowski (Durham Shredders) was the women's winner in the Hell.
Sean MacKinnon leads the race and would finish second behind teammate Robert Gutgesell third wheel here.
William Elliot of X-Speed United leads a small group on a off road section.
After a few days of rain, the ground was very moist.
Riders battle through giant puddles out on the course.
The leaders race towards the finish.
Gutgesell takes the win in the hell.
Axel Froner took the win in the Heck of the North.
The women's Heck podium. Karen Paterson the winner.
The Hell men's podium topped by Gutgesell.
Whitney Surgenor and Annie Nanowski were the top two riders in the women's Hell.
The Heck race was won by high school student Axel Froner (KW Cycling Academy) ahead of Justin Rogers (ReadDeal Racing) and Dorel Pop (Ennsys Inc. p/b Cyclepath Oakville). Karen Paterson (Highgate Racing) won the women’s Heck ahead of Melanie Solmon (RealDeal Racing) and Boni Griffith.
The Hell was won by Robert Gutgesell (RealDeal Racing) ahead of teammate Sean MacKinnon and Martin Rupes (X-Speed United). Annie Nanowski (Durham Shredders) won the women’s Hell ahead of Whitney Surgenor (RealDeal Racing) and Shannon Kemp (NRGPT).