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 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).

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