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Altstadt, Germany (May 8, 2021) – It was a huge win for Norco Factory Team’s youngest rider, Carter Woods, at the opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Saturday in Altstadt.

Woods, who is part of Cycling Canada’s NextGen program, left it all on the course, propelling himself from fourth to cross the finish first in the U23 men’s category.

“It’s pretty special for sure,” said the BC athlete. “Last time in Altstadt, I had a rough one, so it felt good to get a clean race. It all unfolded on the second half of the last lap. It was myself and two others, and I laid everything down on the last climb and they weren’t able to stay with me. I just took it smooth down the descent and rolled into the finish. My goal going into the race was to take the win. I had it visualized, and I was prepared. But it still hasn’t really sunk in yet!”

His race tactics paid off as he stood top of the podium — the first Canadian to do so since 2013, when Norco Factory teammate Peter Disera won the 2013 World Cup in Mont-Ste-Anne in the Junior category.

Click here to watch the races live and here for full results.


Ottawa, ON (April 29, 2021) – A large Canadian contingent has made its way to Europe for the opening rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike XCO World Cup, set to take place in Albstadt, Germany, on May 8-9 and Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic, on May 15-16.

While six Elite and U23 athletes will be competing under Team Canada colors, other Canadian professional athletes will be competing with their respective teams, including Olympic hopefuls Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team), Emily Batty (Canyon MTB Racing), Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team), Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) and Léandre Bouchard (Team Pivot Cycles – OTE).

“I’m really excited to get back to world cup racing,” said 2016 Olympic medallist Catharine Pendrel, who gave birth earlier this year. “My progress postpartum has been great with lots of room also to keep improving. I know some of that improvement can only come through racing, so I’m looking forward to getting to work and seeing what we can make happen!”

The two world cups will count as the final qualifying events prior to the Olympic Games, where Canada is expected to secure a quota of two women and one man. For the development squad, these events will be an opportunity to gain valuable experience while competing against some of the top names in the sport.

“We have a solid team of development riders that have been selected to represent Canada at these world cups,” said Dan Proulx, Head Mountain Bike Coach at Cycling Canada. “We have a lot of strong riders in our system. This is a new beginning of sorts – a chance to help our athletes learn what it takes to be successful on the world stage. We’re very excited to be back in Europe and racing on the world cup circuit again!”

Team Canada

Quinton Disera – Barrie, ON [Elite Men]

Jenn Jackson – Barrie, ON [Elite Women]

Mackenzie Myatt – Musquodoboit Harbour, NS [Under-23 Women]

Tyler Orschel – Uxbridge, ON [Elite Men]

Julianne Sarrazin – Prévost, QC [Under-23 Women]

Roxane Vermette – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC [Under-23 Women]


Ottawa, ON (November 18, 2020) Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the names of the 47 athletes who were selected to join the BMX, Mountain Bike, Para-cycling and Track NextGen programs for the 2021 season. Selected athletes will be working with Cycling Canada’s NextGen coaches, as well as coaches from across the country including former Olympians Tory Nyhaug, Joe Veloce and Tanya Dubnicoff.

“I am excited by the depth of talent we have across all cycling disciplines looking to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond,” said Jenny Trew, Cycling Canada’s NextGen Lead Coach. “As we start this quad with enhanced NextGen programs, we are already setting considerable goals with the aim of achieving medal success in Paris. Our athletes, coaches and staff are excited and motivated for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

In addition to its NextGen programs, Cycling Canada will be launching a new coaching program for road athletes, providing them with the opportunity to be trained by National Team coaches. Four athletes will be entering the pilot version of the program, with the goal of expanding the program in the coming years.


James Hedgcock – Ancaster, ON [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Milton BMX]
Curtis Krey – Etobicoke, ON [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Milton BMX]
Carson Kowaski – Red Deer, AB [Coach – Tory Nyhaug, Team – Red Deer BMX]
Riley Lavorato – Lethbridge, AB [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Lethbridge BMX]
Teigen Pascual – Squamish, BC [Coach – Arielle Martin, Team – Squamish BMX]
Molly Simpson – Red Deer, AB [Coach – Adam Muys, Team – Red Deer BMX]
Ryan Tougas – Pitt Meadows, BC [Coach – Adam Muys, Team – Ridge Meadows BMX]

Mountain Bike

Raphaël Auclair – Lac-Beauport, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Pivot Cycles – OTE]
Quinton Disera – Barrie, ON [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Norco Factory Team]
Emilly Johnston – Comox, BC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Pendrel Racing]
Dylan Kerr – Barrie, ON [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Angry Johnny’s]
Jérémie La Grenade – Gatineau, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Ride with Rendall]
Juliette Tétreault – Val-des-Monts, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Ride with Rendall]
Roxane Vermette – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Vélo Club MSA]
Carter Woods – Cumberland, BC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Norco Factory Team]


Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin – Quebec City, QC [Coach – Eric Van Den Eynde]
Joey Desjardins – Hawkesbury, ON [Coach – Sébastien Travers]
Kara Douville – Calgary, AB [Coach – Phil Abbott]
Matthew Kinnie – Moncton, NB [Coach – Guillaume Plourde]
Michael Shetler – Kirkland, QC [Coach – James Jacek-Côté]
Carla Shibley & Meghan Brown (pilot) – Calgary, AB [Coach – Phil Abbott]
Lowell Taylor & Ed Veal (pilot) – Lethbridge, AB [Coach – Phil Abbott]

Track – Sprint

Jackie Boyle – Toronto, ON [Coach – Dave Jack]
Madison Dempster – Milton, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Midweek Cycling]
Ryan Dodyk – Edmonton, ON [Coach – Alex Ongaro, Team – Juventus Cycling Club]
James Hedgcock – Ancaster, ON [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club]
Andrew Scott – Oakville, ON [Coach – Joe Veloce]
Gavin Thomas – Calgary, AB [Coach – Tanya Dubnicoff, Team – Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle]

Men’s Track Endurance

Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – XSpeed United]
Chris Ernst – Kitchener, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – XSpeed United]
Amiel Flett-Brown – Vancouver, BC [Coach – Houshang Amiri, Team – Red Truck Racing]
Mathias Guillemette – Trois-Rivières, QC [Coach – Pascal Morin, Team – XSpeed United]
Jackson Kinniburgh – Calgary, ON [Coach – Tanya Dubnicoff, Team – Digital Commerce Bank]
Ethan Ogrodniczuk – Vancouver, BC [Coach – Richard Wooles, Team – Glotman Simpson]
Sean Richardson – Vancouver, BC [Coach – Tim Sherstobitoff, Team – TAG Cycling]

Women’s Track Endurance

Erin Attwell – Victoria, BC [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Ngaire Barraclough – Edmonton, AB [Coach – Alex Ongaro, Team – InstaFund La Prima]
Hayley Basterash – Edmonton, AB [Coach – Kevin Clark]
Miriam Brouwer – Cambridge, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Devaney Collier – Edmonton, AB [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Adèle Desgagnés – Montreal, QC [Coach – Yannick Bédard, Team – Équipe Cycliste Québecor Stingray]
Lily Plante – Sutton, QC [Coach – Yannick Bédard, Team – Équipe Cycliste Desjardins-Ford]
Kaitlyn Rauwerda – Hamilton, ON [Coach – Chris Rozdilsky, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Callie Swan – Prince George, BC [Coach – Richard Wooles, Team – Macogep-Tornatech-Girondins de Bordeaux]
Sarah Van Dam – Victoria, BC [Coach – Richard Wooles, Team – Red Truck Racing]
Ruby West – Dundas, ON [Coach – Jeremy Powers, Team – Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Dolticini CT]


Leogang, Austria (October 12, 2020) – The 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships concluded in Leogang, Austria, on Sunday with world cup medalist Mark Wallace placing fourth in the Elite men’s downhill final, only 0.712 seconds short of the podium.

Wallace, who qualified 22nd on Friday, did not let the slippery conditions slow him down, setting the third fastest time in his final run before being dislodged by Austrian David Trummer. Finn Iles, who had initially set the third fastest qualifying time, slid out and finished 34th.

Overall, Canada had solid showings in E-MTB, XCO and DH over the five days of competition, with three riders finishing in the top-5. Maghalie Rochette, who was the first Canadian to compete, took fifth in the women’s E-MTB competition on Wednesday, followed by Sean Fincham on Friday who also placed fifth in the men’s U23 XCO competition. Wallace tops off the championships with the best Canadian result of the week.

While this marks the end of the cross-country season, the downhill season is just getting started with upcoming world cups scheduled to take place in Slovenia and Portugal.

For full results, click here.


Leogang, Austria (October 10, 2020) – After finishing 11th at last year’s UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Sean Fincham came closer to the podium on Friday in Leogang, Austria, where he placed fifth in the U23 XCO category. The 22-year-old from Squamish, BC, had posted two top-10 placings in Round 1 and Round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Nove Mesto Na Morave.

“It was a hectic day out there for my last U23 Worlds,” said Fincham. “I am stoked to finish with my best ever Worlds result. It was exciting fighting for third place for most of the race. The conditions were super sloppy, there was nowhere to hide and it was always full-on.”

With a field of over 70 riders, all five Canadian riders managed to finish in the top-25, with Carter Woods finishing 15th, Gunnar Holmgren 20th, Quinton Disera 22nd and Tyler Orschel 23rd.

On Saturday, Canadian riders tackled the U23 women’s and Elite men’s and women’s cross-country races, finishing just outside of the top-25. Léandre Bouchard and Marianne Théberge finished 26th in the Elite men’s and U23 women’s race respectively. In the Elite women’s field, Emily Batty finished 27th, Jenn Jackson 28th and Haley Smith 29th.

“It was pretty neat to finish the world championships with my best result of the year,” said Bouchard. “The conditions were super rough and muddy, but I was feeling great on the course. I rode pretty consistently and gained a few positions every lap. I knew by the last lap I was below 30th and I was able to see the top-25 group in front of me. I’m very grateful to have a racing season this year; it could have been nothing, but we had five races in two weeks.”

Tomorrow, Canadians will be in action in the Downhill finals, where Finn Iles is expected to be a top contender after qualifying third in the Elite field, only just 4.783 off the leader.


Ottawa, ON (September 15, 2020) –– Cycling Canada has selected 27 athletes to compete at the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships which are scheduled to take place in Leogang, Austria from October 5 to 11, 2020. Athletes will be competing in Cross-Country (XCO), Downhill (DH) and E-MTB events over the course of seven days.

The Nove Mesto UCI MTB World Cup, which takes place the week before Worlds, will be the only gauge of form for the XCO athletes who have had little to no competitions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2019 Canadian Champions Peter Disera and Emily Batty have been selected to compete, as well as 2019 world cup medalist Haley Smith.

“I didn’t expect that I would get the chance to race at all this year, so to be back is a little overwhelming,” said Smith. “I know that, on paper, I am fitter than ever before and have done more and better training than ever as well but I don’t yet know how this training will translate to race speed. I am mentally fresher and sharper, having not had an entire summer of travel and race fatigue built up. I’m truly excited which is a really positive mental space to find myself in. I’m grateful for the chance to dig deep and see what I’ve got in me, and to hopefully do the maple leaf proud in the process.”

In the E-MTB category, Maghalie Rochette will look to go one better than last year when she took silver in the inaugural edition of the event on home soil in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Rochette will also be competing in the XCO event in preparation for the cyclo-cross world cup season.

The World Championships will kick off the DH season, which will be preceded by the Maribor and Lousa UCI World Cups. Former Junior World Cup Champion Finn Iles will be looking to improve on last year’s seventh place, while former Elite World Champion Miranda Miller will be the only woman to represent Canada in the downhill events.

Due to travel advisories during the pandemic, athletes were only eligible for selection if they were already in Europe as part of their competition program with UCI-registered trade teams. The Canadian team will be supported by their UCI-registered trade teams and Europe-based Cycling Canada staff.

Elite Women (XCO)

Emily Batty – Brooklin, ON
Jennifer Jackson – Oro Medonte, ON
Maghalie Rochette – Ste-Adèle, QC [XCO & E-MTB]
Haley Smith – Uxbridge, ON
Sandra Walter* – Coquitlam, BC

Elite Men (XCO)

Raphaël Auclair – Haut-Saint-Charles, QC
Félix Belhumeur* – Quebec City, QC
Léandre Bouchard – Alma, QC
Peter Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Andrew L’Esperance – Halifax, NS
Marc-André Fortier – Victoriaville, QC

U23 Women (XCO)

Marianne Théberge – Lévis, QC

U23 Men (XCO)

Quinton Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC
Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, ON
Carter Woods -– Cumberland, BC

Elite Women (DH)

Miranda Miller* – Squamish, BC

Elite Men (DH)

Lucas Cruz – Pemberton, BC
Henry Fitzgerald – West Vancouver, BC
Finn Iles – Whistler, BC
Elliot Jamieson – White Rock, BC
Magnus Manson* -– Sechelt, BC
Mark Wallace – Duncan, BC

Junior Men (DH)

Patrick Laffey* – Nanaimo, BC
Drew Mozell* – North Vancouver, BC
Ethan Shandro – North Vancouver, BC
Seth Sherlock – Squamish, BC

*selected but won’t be attending


Mont-Ste-Anne, QC (September 2, 2019) – Canada had a strong finish to the Mountain Bike World Championships on Sunday at Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, with top-10 finishes in the Downhill for Junior Men, Elite Women and Elite Men. In the Junior Men category, Lucas Cruz was fourth, Elliot Jamieson sixth, Patrick Laffey eighth and Seth Sherlock ninth. Vaea Verbeeck was eight in Elite Women, while in Elite Men, Finn Iles was seventh and Mark Wallace ninth.  Canada finished the world championships tenth in the medal standings with a silver medal.

“Last year was my first [Elite] Worlds and I was 14th and this I am seventh, so it is a good step up,” said Iles. “I’m quite happy with that. It was definitely special to race here at Mont-Ste-Anne; when I came down and was first, the feeling of that whole crowd is something I will never forget. I wish I could have stayed on the Hot Seat longer, but I’m happy overall with my performance.”

Lucas Cruz, a second year Junior, missed the bronze medal by a mere hundredth of a second. “I felt super solid all week in training and most of my run was good; I had a few little mistakes and lost a little time at the bottom because it turned out my tire was low, but overall it was good.”


Mont-Ste-Anne, QC (September 1, 2019) – Canadian Elite women’s cross-country champion Emily Batty had her best race of the year on Saturday at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, finishing ninth. She was joined in the top-20 by three other Canadians – Haley Smith (12th), Catharine Pendrel (14th) and Sandra Walter (18th). In the Elite men’s category, Leandre Bouchard was the top Canadian in 27th place, while Laurie Arseneault was ninth in Under-23 women.

“I would say this is more of what I expect,” said Batty, who has struggled on the World Cup circuit this season. “I was going for top-5, but I will take this. I was excited to race in front of all the people who have come from all across Canada, and grateful for them cheering me on. I started fifth row, and I don’t remember being back that far before. That was such a chore; I think I was two minutes down by Lap 2, with all the traffic. But I was able to focus on my own race, and I made no mistakes. I think with the season I have had, this was my top-3.”


Mont-Ste-Anne, QC (August 30, 2019) – Canada’s Carter Woods, of Cumberland, BC, came within 17 seconds of finishing on the podium at the Mountain Bike World Championships on Thursday, ending up fourth. The Junior [17-18 years] rider was part of a group of five riders that broke away from the rest of the field early in the race at Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, but fell off the pace of the front three in the final lap. In the Junior women’s race, earlier in the day, Emilly Johnston of Comox, BC, finished ninth.

“It was a super tough race,” said Woods,” but all I can think about is going up the last climb and there were so many people chanting my name. Everyone at the top is so good; looking back there may have been a few spots where I could have gone harder, but in the moment, you are suffering so much. I’m super happy with fourth; it was a fair battle out there.”

“It was so amazing,” said Johnston, who is attending her first world championships. “I’m super proud to be representing Canada, especially here in Canada. On the second lap I made a silly mistake and took a bit of a tumble, but I was back up in 10-15 seconds. In general, this was a learning experience for me, and I was happy with my result.”


Mont-Ste-Anne, QC (August 29, 2019) – Canada’s Maghalie Rochette won a silver medal on Wednesday at the first ever edition of the women’s electric pedal-assist mountain bike (E-MTB) competition at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec. Rochette led for much of the race before being overtaken by Switzerland’s Nathalie Schneitter on the final lap. In other competition, Canada was fifth in the Team Relay event.

“I am super disappointed,” admitted Rochette. “I really wanted to win; it is the very first one in history and it would have been really cool to win it here in Canada. I gave it my all but, in the end, Nathalie was better. I’m a bit mad at myself because I made a mistake on the last lap that cost me. On a technical climb I put my foot down, and when I tried to get going again I crashed, and that’s when Nathalie caught me.”

Peter Disera rode anchor for Canada in the Team Relay, and brought the team up to fifth from eighth. “I’m pretty proud of my ride, because I haven’t been riding too well [since earlier World Cups], but today I came out very focussed. On a whole, it’s been really impressive to watch the growth in Team Canada.”