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GOLDSTONE WINS JUNIOR OVERALL WORLD CUP TITLE AFTER FANTASTIC FIRST SEASON

Snowshoe, USA (September 20, 2021) — Jackson Goldstone (Miranda Factory Team) capped off an incredible first downhill season on Saturday, winning the Junior overall World Cup title a few weeks after becoming World Champion. Goldstone’s season includes three first place finishes and three second place finishes, putting him well ahead of his other opponents with 300 points.

“I’m super stoked with my season so far,” said Goldstone. “It’s been pretty dreamy that I was able to take the overall World Cup title on top of the World Championship title. I’m so happy to be on the podium and finish the season on a high.”

On Wednesday, Canadian athletes competed in the first of two DH World Cups in Snowshoe, USA, with Canadian champion Finn Iles (Specialized Gravity) claiming his first podium of the season in fourth place, followed by Mark Wallace (Canyon Collective) in fifth. This was the first time in Canadian history that two Elite men stood on a World Cup podium at the same time.

“It was a big week in Snowshoe, six days on such a physical track was tough but it was a great way to end the season,” said Wallace. “The highlight of my week and season was standing on the podium with Finn [Iles] after race one. It’s something we have talked about for years but knew would be tough to accomplish so it was really cool to make that happen!”

On the cross-country side, Norco Factory Team’s Carter Woods came into the last race of the season ranked number one U23 in the world after winning two races earlier this season. He eventually finished 14th and caps off his season ranked 4th, Canada’s top XCO result of 2021. The Snowshoe World Cup also marked Catharine Pendrel’s (Clif Pro Team) final world cup competition after an illustrious career which includes an Olympic bronze medal, two world titles and three World Cup overall wins.

Canadian cross-country athletes now head to Baie-Saint-Paul for the Canadian XCO Championships from September 24-26.

CANADA’S TOP MOUNTAIN BIKE ATHLETES HEAD TO BAIE-SAINT-PAUL FOR THE CANADIAN XCO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ottawa, ON (September 20, 2021) – Following the conclusion of the international mountain bike season in Snowshoe, USA, last weekend, the nation’s top athletes are heading to Baie- Saint-Paul from September 24-26 for the Canadian XCO Championships.

The cross-country championships for Cadet (Under-17), Junior (Under-19), Under-23 and Elite men and women will take place on Friday, September 24, while all Masters categories will compete for the maple leaf jersey on Sunday, September 26. On Saturday, the first-ever Short Track (XCC) Canadian titles will be awarded in the Elite men’s and women’s categories. The event schedule also includes two Quebec Cups, with the XCT races taking place on Saturday and the XCO races on Sunday.

“We are thrilled to return to Baie-Saint-Paul for the 2021 Canadian XCO Championships,” said Cycling Canada’s Events & Officials Manager, Jolène Dupuis. “Baie-Saint-Paul is no stranger to hosting the highest level of Canadian mountain bike racing, having played host to both Canada Cups and Canadian Championships in years past. The addition of Elite men’s and women’s Short Track Canadian champion titles is an exciting new development in the event program which speaks to the evolution of the sport in Canada both from an athlete and an event organization standpoint.”

Defending champion and Tokyo 2020 Olympian Peter Disera will be on site and looking to secure a fourth consecutive Elite title. He will face tough competitors in Rio Olympian Léandre Bouchard, Andrew L’Esperance, 2019 U23 Canadian champion Quinton Disera and U23 world cup medallist Carter Woods.

The women’s title will be up for grabs and should be a tough battle between current champion Emily Batty, former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Catharine Pendrel, Tokyo 2020 Olympian Haley Smith and cyclo-cross star Jenn Jackson, among other strong contenders. The upgraded course will pose an added challenge to athletes, who will be tackling additional climbs and new technical sections.

Please note that due to Quebec’s rules around the vaccine passport, all participants will be required to show proof of vaccination on site. More information can be found here.

2021 MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAP UP WITH VICTORIES AND MILESTONES TO CELEBRATE

Val di Sole, Italy (August 30, 2021) – After six stunning days in Val di Sole, Italy, 55 Canadian cross-country and downhill riders have officially wrapped up the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. The week proved successful for many riders, including first-year Junior downhiller Jackson Goldstone who won the world title, as well as Gracey Hemstreet who clinched bronze in the Junior women’s race, on top of 16 other top-20 finishes.

“Our downhill team had a very successful week here in Val di Sole said Team Manager Adam Walker and Coach Claire Boucher. “While the podiums and results are definitely a highlight, we are even more excited about the growth of this program and potential of our athletes and staff as a team. We genuinely feel that the future is bright for DH in Canada.”

The week also saw the introduction of the new Short Track event, with 7 Canadian men and women qualifying for the final round. Qualifiers included Laurie Arseneault (19th) and Quinton Disera (16th) who were Canada’s top finishers in the event. They were joined by Sandra Walter, Haley Smith, Peter Disera, Tyler Orschel and Marc-Andre Fortier in the final.

There was also plenty to celebrate on the Elite side with Catharine Pendrel riding in her 17th and final World Championships. Pendrel finished on a high note, placing 22nd to earn the best Elite result of the day. Her accolade comes off the heels of the Tokyo Olympic Games, where she raced into an impressive 18th place.

Shaking off some of the cobwebs after a pause on international racing, Mountain Bike National Head Coach, Dan Proulx, said athletes are getting back into the swing of things and is happy with the progress the Canadian team has made.

“We definitely have a renewed appreciation for the importance of racing regularly and reliably as part of building an athlete’s engine for optimal performance each year,” said Proulx. “We’re getting better every race, but we still have a way to go. I’m confident we’ll get there. We have a lot of ambitious and talented riders to work with who are eager to be successful at the highest level. We’re strengthening our programs to make sure they get there.”

Athletes will head to Switzerland next with their professional teams to continue international racing for the fifth world cup of the season. Full results can be found here.

ONE WORLD TITLE AND TWO PODIUMS FOR CANADIAN DH JUNIOR ATHLETES AT MTB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

VAL DI SOLE, Italy (August 29, 2021) – Canadian athletes did not disappoint on the sixth and final day of racing at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, bringing home two medals in the Junior Downhill competition. British Columbia’s Jackson Goldstone finished in the top spot, winning both the gold medal and the world champion’s jersey, while Gracey Hemstreet clinched the bronze.

After qualifying second on Friday, first-year Junior Goldstone was able to overtake the top seeded rider from Ireland with a time of 3:37.097, a whooping 1.812 seconds faster than his opponent and almost five seconds faster than his qualifying time to take the top spot. Goldstone, who is the current world cup leader after winning several competitions this season, will be proudly wearing the world champion’s jersey for the next year.

“The final was absolutely amazing,” said Goldstone after winning the rainbow jersey. “My run was really good. I had a couple unclips […] but don’t think it slowed me down too much, so I’m pretty stoked with my run. It feels really good to be the World Champ and I’ll try and hold this one proud for Canada.”

Shortly after Goldstone’s epic win, Canadian teammate Gracey Hemstreet completed her run with a time of 4:44.11, which landed her in third place to claim the bronze medal in the Junior women’s category behind Izabela Yankova of Bulgaria and Kine Haugom of Norway.

“I’m so excited to represent Canada and stoked I medaled at my first World Championships,” said Hemstreet. “Thank you to Cycling Canada and the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation for the support here in Val Di Sole.”

In other results, Canadian champion Finn Iles was Canada’s top Elite finisher, earning a solid 9th spot, while Mark Wallace finished in 13th place. In the women’s field, Rachel Pageau was 18th, while Jennifer McHugh was 23rd.

CYCLING CANADA RESPONSE TO 2021 MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTIONS

Ottawa, ON (August 15, 2021) – Cycling Canada recognizes that a healthy cycling nation offers support to athletes of all disciplines and has been working hard to diversify its revenue streams in order to be able to support programs outside of the publicly funded Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. These efforts have allowed additional support for development riders at this year’s Downhill World Championships and we expect this support to increase over time as we remain committed to better supporting Canadian downhill athletes.

As a result of not being able to traditionally support downhill athletes, Cycling Canada formed what is referred to as the ‘Downhill Working Group’; this advisory group is made up of representatives from the downhill community including Trade Teams, provincial sports organizations and both female and male athlete representatives. This group contributes to the creation of selection policies at the beginning of each year and advises on the selection of riders for both world cups and world championships. Selections made by the DH Working Group are then confirmed by our High Performance Committee, which consists of former athletes, a current athlete representative, and representatives from the cycling community. Overwhelmingly, the ask from athletes has been for clear and objective criteria and it is the High Performance Committee’s role is to ensure that selections are done in accordance with the posted criteria.

The selection criteria for the 2021 World Downhill Championships for both Elite men and women was clear and objective. Selection was based on 2020 World Championships results, 2021 world cups, UCI rankings and Nationals and all athletes had the same opportunities to enter races in 2021 and achieve results for selection. This year, three Elite women were selected to attend the World Championships, and unfortunately, all three declined their selection. The criteria clearly states that Cycling Canada is to only select the top three who are not already selected, provided that they finish in the top-8. If those athletes decline, the criteria does not state that selections should be rolled down the results list to pick additional athletes.

However, it is also very clear that there are extenuating circumstances. It is incredibly rare that every qualified athlete in a specific category would decline selection. Cycling Canada has a responsibility, above and beyond the confines of high performance sport, to both promote and encourage cycling in Canada. Canadian athletes’ success on the world stage inspires the next generation of Canadian athletes and fielding a team that does not include a single Elite female athlete does not move us closer to that goal.

In consideration of these extenuating circumstances, and with the goal of increasing female representation at this year’s World Championships, Cycling Canada has made the following decisions:

1. Cycling Canada will roll down selections to athletes finishing in the top-8 of the Canadian Downhill Championships in the Elite women’s category. This includes:

Vaea Verbeeck
Jennifer McHugh
Rachel Pageau

2. In consideration of her injury this season, Cycling Canada will also select Gracey Hemstreet as an additional Junior female athlete.

CANADA SELECTS TEAM FOR THE UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ottawa, ON (August 12, 2021) – Cycling Canada has announced the team selected to represent Canada at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, between August 25-29. Of the riders selected, 55 will be competing.

Both cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DH) athletes will be competing in the biggest event on the calendar, including Olympians Catharine Pendrel, Haley Smith and Peter Disera who recently returned from competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“We have a strong and ambitious team going to Worlds this year,” said Dan Proulx, Cycling Canada’s Head Mountain Bike Coach. “There are several riders on the verge of significant breakthroughs at the international level, particularly in the U23 category and we’re excited to see what they can do in Italy. Post-Olympics, development always becomes our primary focus. We’re taking a big team filled with many new and emerging young riders and we want them to compete fiercely, learn everything they can and come away with the best experience possible.”

Cycling Canada is also proud to be sending a fully supported downhill team for the first time in several years. “We’re super excited to be able to field a large team at this year’s World Championships!” said Downhill Team Manager, Adam Walker. “We’re hoping for big results from our Elite riders, and we’re excited to be able to provide development opportunities for our Junior athletes at both the World Championships and the following weekend at the Lenzerheide World Cup.”

Decisions to the team were made in the selection criteria as set forward in the DH Working group, along with the criteria outlined on our website.

Junior XCO Women
Nicole Bradbury – Hamilton, ON
Ella Myers – Calgary, AB
Mara Roldan – Whitehorse, YK
Marie-Fay St.Onge – Fleurimont, ON

Junior XCO Men
Owen Clark – Mono, ON
Zorak Paille – Laval, QC
Cole Punchard – Huntsville, ON
Lief Rodgers – Port Moody, BC

U23 XCO Women
Dana Gilligan – Oro Medonte, ON
Emilly Johnston – Comox, BC
Juliette Larose-Gingras – Lac-Beauport, QC
Sidney McGill – Edmonton, AB
Jocelyn Stel – Burlington, ON
Marianne Théberge – Lévis, QC
Roxanne Vermette – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC

U23 XCO Men
Tyler Clarke – Mono, ON
William Côté – Sherbrooke, QC
Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, ON
Noah Ramsey – Toronto, ON
Xavier Roy – Amos, QC
Vincent Thiboutot – Quebec City, QC
Carter Woods – Cumberland, BC

Elite XCO Women
Laurie Arsenault – Terrebonne, QC
Emily Batty – Brooklin, ON
Jennifer Jackson – Oro Medonte, ON
Cindy Montambault – Val-David, QC
Catharine Pendrel – Kamloops, BC
Haley Smith – Uxbridge, ON
Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC

Elite XCO Men
Léandre Bouchard – Alma, QC
Peter Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Quinton Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC
Marc-André Fortier – Victoriaville, QC
Andrew L’Esperance – Halifax, NS
Tyler Orschel – Uxbridge, ON

Junior DH Women
Lily Boucher – Squamish, BC
Vanessa Bruneau – North Vancouver, BC
Gracey Hemstreet
Emmy Lan – Comox, BC

Junior DH Men
Marcus Goguen – Whistler, BC
Jackson Goldstone – Squamish, BC
Jakob Jewett
Tristan Lemire – Montreal, QC
Coen Skrypnek ­– Calgary, AB
Cole Stinson – Comox, BC
Wei Tien Ho – Whistler, BC

Elite DH Women
Jennifer McHugh – Fernie, BC
Rachel Pageau – Chicoutimi, QC
Vaea Verbeeck – Vernon, BC

Elite DH Men
Lucas Cruz – Pemberton, BC
Finn Iles – Whistler, BC
Elliot Jamieson – White Rock, BC
Gabriel Neron – Alma, QC
Mark Wallace – Duncan, BC

PENDREL FINISHES 18TH AT HER FOURTH AND FINAL OLYMPIC GAMES

TOKYO (July 27, 2021) – Three of the country’s top mountain bike stars competed at the Izu Mountain Bike course on July 26-27 on what was argued to be one of the toughest and most technical courses in the event’s history. Catharine Pendrel was Canada’s top finisher, crossing the line in 18th place at her fourth and final Olympic Games.

The women’s race was shortened from six laps to five and included several course modifications due to the large amounts of rain that fell prior to the start. Pendrel, a Rio 2016 bronze medallist and two-time world champion, proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with as she made her way from 27th to 18th place in less than one hour and a half of racing.

“My race was good,” said Pendrel. “I wish I had made some different line choices on the first lap because I got too far back, but I rode steady and I was typically able to pick off a position per lap. I think I rode where my form is from what I’ve seen at world cups. I was hoping to find a little extra magic today but I rode where I am, so I have to be proud of that.”

Pendrel was joined by Haley Smith who capped off her Olympic schedule at her first Games with a 29th position after being pulled from the last lap.

On the men’s side, Canada’s sole competitor Peter Disera had a strong start, but faded in the last half of the race to finish 26th.

Tonight, women’s road racing will wrap up with two-time Olympians, Karol-Ann Canuel and Leah Kirchmann in the Individual Time Trial, starting at 11:30pm ET. Then, Hugo Houle will take on the men’s ITT event on July 28 at the Fuji International Speedway. Stream all the racing live on CBC Olympics.

THE RACE FOR THE MAPLE LEAF SLEEVE WRAPS IN BC AT THE CANADIAN DH CHAMPIONSHIPS

GOLDEN, B.C. (July 26, 2021) – The wait was finally over for Canadian downhill mountain bike athletes, after over eighteen months of waiting to race again on home soil. Athletes from across the country tackled a fast and technical course at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, British Columbia, competing for the coveted maple leaf sleeve, last awarded in 2019.

“It has been an amazing week here in B.C. with the return of the Canada Cup Downhill Series, followed by our first Canadian Championship event since 2019,” said Josh Peacock, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at Cycling Canada. “All three events broke recent participation records, with the bulk of new registrations in amateur categories – an exciting indication of where our sport is headed. The addition of adaptive racing to the event program was welcomed with overwhelming enthusiasm by the downhill community and is something we will look to develop further in coming years.”

The Championship weekend featured over 300 riders across all categories, including the adaptive riders as the newest category with Cole Bernier from Kelowna, B.C .taking the win.

Riders included familiar names such as Finn Iles, former overall World Cup Champion and Junior World Champion, who was the top seed after racing Saturday. Looking to defend his 2019 national Elite title, Iles was able to cross with the fastest time of 3:48.52 to earn Elite the national title over Mark Wallace, who is coming off the Downhill World Cup in Les Gets, France where he came in fifth.

On the women’s side, Casey Brown edged out former World Champion, Miranda Miller, by just over a second to take the Women’s Elite Canadian Champion title.

Jackson Goldstone won the Men’s Junior Expert category. Goldstone is coming off a successful World Cup tour, winning both gold and silver in Europe in the men’s junior category, before taking to the top of the podium in Canada. On the Women’s Junior side, Emmy Lan took the win by over 30 seconds to Lily Boucher.

Full results from the weekend can be found on Cycling Canada’s event page.

CANADIAN DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS MARKS RETURN OF THE MAPLE LEAF JERSEY

GOLDEN, B.C. (July 21, 2021) – Following a 2020 season-hiatus of events on home soil, the Canadian Downhill Mountain Bike Championships will mark the return of the maple leaf jersey on July 24-25 in Golden, British Columbia.

While taking all of the necessary health precautions from local organizing committees, resorts, provincial rules and regulations and following all necessary COVID-19 protocols, we are very excited to see athletes compete for the first time since 2019 at a championship level.

Having started the Downhill season on a high note with Canada Cup events in both Fernie and Panorama, riders will head to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC to compete for the most prestigious title on Canadian soil. The event will be a part of the longstanding Dunbar Summer Series, concluding a week of UCI downhill racing in BC’s interior. In addition to those athletes competing for the coveted maple leaf sleeve, the event will also welcome challenge-class racers in the Adaptive Mountain Bike (aMTB) category, a first in national calendar history.

“We are thrilled to return to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for the first Canadian Championships in nearly two years,” said Jolène Dupuis, Events & Officials Manager at Cycling Canada. “Heading into this event, we have already seen record-breaking pre-registration numbers, and expect world-class racing across all categories.”

The event will take place over two days on July 24th and July 25th with seeding runs to take place on Saturday, and race day on Sunday. Details and results can be found on the Cycling Canada event page.

GOLDSTONE & WALLACE PODIUM AT THE DH WORLD CUP IN FRANCE

Les Gets, France (July 3, 2021) — Two Canadians finished among the top-5 at the third round of the Downhill World Cup on Saturday in Les Gets, France. After placing second at his first-ever DH World Cup in Leogang, Austria, 17-year-old Jackson Goldstone (Miranda Factory Team) stood at the top of the podium this time, taking gold in the Junior men’s downhill final.

Goldstone, who initially qualified second, shaved 14 seconds off his qualifying time to finish with a time of 3:26.950, almost two seconds ahead of silver medalist Jordan Williams of Great Britain. “I had the run of my life today,” said Goldstone. “[It] was an amazing week all around, and I’m stoked that the rain held off and we had a dry track.”

On the Elite side, veteran Mark Wallace (Canyon Collective Factory Team), finished 5th in the Elite men’s downhill final. Wallace has earned several podium finishes throughout his career, including a 4th place at the DH World Championships in 2020.

World Cup racing continues on Sunday for cross-country athletes of all categories. Live races will be available on RedBull TV.