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Robin Horsfield battles back to claim second-place finish

Pedal power: Robin Horsfield, second left, on the podium after finishing second in the latest Ontario Cup Cross Country Mountain Bike race

Robin Horsfield continued his impressive form by claiming a second-place finish in the latest Ontario Cup Cross Country Mountain Bike race in Peterborough, Ontario.

The course was the longest of the year with the senior elite men’s field racing for a full two hours.

As has been the case this season, Horsfield got off to a blistering start to lead in the opening stages of the race. However, as the first lap progressed, the Bermudian rider struggled on a technical rocky element and ultimately lost touch with the eventual race winner Noah Miller.

To compound matters, he was also passed by two local competitors, as well as by longtime rival John Slaughter who got past Horsfield heading onto the second lap.

However, refusing to rest on his laurels he pressed on, working particularly hard on the uphill portions of the course and was able to move himself from fifth place to third leading into the fifth and final lap.

On the final hill, two kilometres from the finish, Horsfield also managed to chase down and pass Slaughter to clinch a second-place finish overall.

"At that point on the first lap I was feeling pretty down," Horsfield said. "But throughout this season I have shown myself time and again that quitting is the only way you really lose a race."

This is the second time Horsfield has finished on the podium of an Ontario Cup, with his last podium being another second place in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest podium place sees Horsfield maintain his third place ranking in the province of Ontario with one race remaining in the Ontario Cup series, scheduled for Sunday in Midland.

The top five places remain up for grabs leading into the final race, which also serves as the Provincial Championship.

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Published August 24, 2022 at 7:47 am (Updated August 24, 2022 at 7:47 am)

Robin Horsfield battles back to claim second-place finish

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