2023 will represent a huge shift for Superfly Racing.
After 2 years greatly affected by the pandemic, 2022 welcomed some normalcy to the event season. While we had a full schedule, the reality of post-pandemic events saw on average less riders, and a slow return to XC racing. The low attendance at Ontario Cups was in part the layoff, and partly due to a very uncertain schedule and some events that were promised and not delivered. The strong start at Woodnewton with 404 riders was cut in half by the summer, having 225 racers at my last Ontario Cup at Horseshoe was a sad way to end nearly a quarter century of running O-Cups. I cherish the times i had, venues myself and my brother helped develop, and lasting friendships I created through those years!
2022 did see a very successful return of Crank the Shield:SSM – however the new reality of having most of my staff move on, and the general difficulty in finding help, made it a very tough event to produce. We are taking a break from CRANK in 2023, and are going to return to the Quebec Singletrack Experience and hope a bunch of our CRANK riders will join!
We are looking at an even better format, and more fun singletrack for Crank the Shield:SSM 2024!
In 2023, Superfly is going to concentrate on working with Chico on the amazing 24 Hours of Summer Solstice, and producing the always amazing Spring Epic 8 at Mansfield on May 13. We are also passionate about youth racing and will again bring the spring High School Series – we hope more schools get back on board! Superfly is excited to also bring the “Spring Mtb Championships to Woodnewton! With no O-Cups at this special venue, we will have a showcase for the fittest spring riders (Read: spent the winter on a trainer), or just a tune-up race for everyone to prepare for the Paris to Ancaster, Ontario Cups and other spring rides!
The popular Great Albion Enduro has been renamed the Fall MTB classic, however due to low numbers in smaller events, we are pre-emptively cancelling this event. Cross country Mountain Biking has not recovered from the years of restrictions and ridership in general is the lowest it has ever been. We hope to work with all the stakeholders in changing this in future years.
See you on the trails!
For all 2023 events you will NOT need any form of license, and being self-insured we will strive to keep racing fees lower! Superfly has it’s own yearly policy which still covers participants. Same benefits of having a license without the fees!
Superfly is also lending our expertise to several charity rides, and is always available as a sub-contract and comes with nearly 30 years experience and all the equipment and networking needed to help run a quality event. Contact us if you are in need of any kind of assistance!