Bermuda National Champion Robin Horsfield finished fourth at Ontario Cup #4, held at Horseshoe Valley near Barrie, Ontario.
The field was somewhat depleted as the weekend also saw a World Cup in Andorra and a Canada Cup in Quebec. Former pro Peter Glassford took the win, showing that he is well primed for his attempt next weekend on the Canadian National Title.
Horsfield led the field of 20+ riders out on the first lap before succumbing to the blistering pace of Glassford. Glassford clocked 1:21:15.87, while Horsfield clocked 1:27:43.22.
"Leading out the race is a goal that my coach and I have discussed," said Horsfield. "There is a price to be paid for leading early - however, we also know that if we are truly changing the target to be a top Ontario rider that the front of the race is where I need to be. I can't afford to wait around."
"The ability to ride at the front of a provincial level race for any sustained period of time should not be underestimated," notes coach Mark Brown. "This is not something Robin could do last year. If we look back we know that for a period of time Robin was targeting a top 10 finish in Ontario. This grew to become a goal of 'top group', and now he really is starting to kick at the podium. It's always been a long game and Robin is continuing to do things that weren't possible for him a short time ago."