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.