BC Riders at UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Opener

Canada’s BMX squad began their 2018 season on March 31st and April 1st with the first two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which took place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, less than an hour outside of Paris.

Drew Mechielsen of Langley, BC, was Canada’s top rider of the weekend, making the women’s final in Round 1 on Saturday, and finishing eighth overall. On Sunday in Round 2 she was 28th after crashing out of competition in the quarterfinals.

“After a tough off season full of training it felt so awesome to have it all pay off and make it into the final,” said Mechielsen.

The men did not fare as well, with neither Tory Nyhaug (Coquitlam, BC) or James Palmer (North Vancouver, BC) making it past the quarter-finals. Nyhaug did not race on Saturday after injuring his back in training, but was however able to compete on Sunday, finishing just out qualifying for the semi-finals, and ending up 19th overall. Palmer made it to the quarter-finals on both days, finishing 23rd on Saturday and 24th on Sunday.

“It was a tough weekend, after hurting my back Friday,” admitted Nyhaug. “We did everything we could to be able to race, but after trying to practice Saturday it was a no-go. Thanks to our support team, I was able to take the start on Sunday and did my best given the situation. We’ll head home for some more treatment and be ready for Papendal [Rounds 3 and 4].”

James Palmer was pleased to see improvements after working over the winter. “After a long off season spent working on different weaknesses and preparing for the year, it was great to finally kick off our World Cup season in France this past weekend! We put a lot of emphasis this off-season on bettering my starts and acceleration down the hill, so to come out and lay down some of my fastest and most consistent starts over a World Cup weekend was extremely gratifying. The progress I’ve made these past few months with the team have us heading in a great direction.”

Adam Muys, BMX Coach at Cycling Canada, said “Over this off-season we have spent a lot of time working on our starts and it was really good to see the riders’ hard work paying off in the races. Drew [Mechielsen] was flying out of the gate and battling down the first straight with the world’s best. She earned her spot in the women’s final.”


Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

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2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Women’s Round 2

 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup – Men’s Round 2

Pendrel 7th at Opening of Mountain Bike World Cup

Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, BC, was Canada’s top finisher at the opening round of the UCI Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike World Cup in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on Saturday, finishing seventh in the Elite women’s competition.

 

Pendrel, a three-time World Cup overall champion and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, rode in the top-5 for most of the six lap race, battling reigning world champion Jolanda Neff of Switzerland for the final podium spots before fading slightly in the final lap. Annika Langvad of Denmark won the women’s race ahead of Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France. Other Canadian results include Canadian champion Emily Batty (Brooklin, ON) in 14th, Haley Smith (Uxbridge, ON) in 23rd, Cindy Montambault (Val-David, QC) in 34th and Rebecca Beaumont (Alma, QC) in 44th.

“I felt great,” said Pendrel, “just needed a little more dig in the last lap, but racing always helps train the brain and I look forward to fighting for the podium again at the next one.”

In the Elite men’s race, Leandre Bouchard (Alma, QC), who will represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games, was the top Canadian in 36th place. Sam Gaze of New Zealand outsprinted world champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland to take the victory. Other Canadian results include Canadian national champion Peter Disera (Horseshoe Valley, ON) in 45th, Andrew L’Esperance (Halifax, NS) in 57th and Raphael Gagne (Quebec City, QC) in 66th.

“I managed my race very well and had a clean ride,” said Bouchard. “I only did 2-3 minor mistakes. I just need a bit more power to be at the fitness level I’m looking for. It’s still early in the season so I’m looking forward to the next World Cups, and the Commonwealth Games.”

Canada also had four riders competing in the Under-23 men’s race, with Quinton Disera (Horseshoe Valley, ON) the top Canadian in 24th place, followed by Raphael Auclair (Haute-Saint-Charles, QC) in 40th, Felix Belhumeur (Montreal, QC) in 47th and Marc-Andre Fortier (Victoriaville, QC) in 51st.


Source: Cycling Canada

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Jasmin Duehring Wins Bronze for Canada at Track World Championships

Team Canada finished off the 2018 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, on Sunday, March 4, 2018 with a bronze medal, with Jasmin Duehring of Vancouver finishing third in the women’s Points Race.

Duehring, who was seventh in the Scratch Race on the opening day of the Championships, came back from a disappointing Madison on Saturday to finish third behind Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands and Jennifer Valente of the United States. Duehring was one of nine riders to lap the field, as well as scoring points in three intermediate points during the race, to finish with 30 points in total.


Photo by Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist (All Rights Reserved) – Jasmin Duehring

“We’ve had a strong team here, but it hasn’t quite translated into medals, so I was really proud to have our Canadian flag go up once,” said Duehring. “I’ve been on the podium a few times in this event and the rainbow jersey has eluded me, so I really wanted to go for it. I raced aggressively and a couple of times tried to make a move to get a lap, but Kirsten Wild was so strong out there and she wasn’t letting anyone get away.”

Stefan Ritter was the only other Canadian athlete to race on Sunday, finishing 16th in the 1000 metre time trial with a time of one minute and 1.923 seconds. Ritter raced with a broken clavicle from an early crash. Jeffrey Hoogland of the Netherlands won the world title.

“It’s not the ride I was hoping for,” admitted Ritter, “I was definitely hoping for a top-10. But considering that I could not do a bunch of kilo prep and we didn’t practice many starts because of my shoulder, honestly, I’m pretty happy with 16th. I did feel on the standing starts; it’s painful but I can push through it and I’m pretty lucky that I can still ride and race.”

Jacques Landry, Chief Technical Officer – Head Coach at Cycling Canada, said “it’s not the best Track Worlds we’ve had, but certainly better than last year, when the men’s Team Pursuit squad crashed. Looking at the world championships as a whole, we have a lot of things to take home and work on. The men’s Team Pursuit rode really well and they are a lot more technically sound so we just have to do some fine-tuning. In the women’s Team Pursuit, we didn’t have all of our ‘A’ riders here and still managed to finish fourth, so next year in the Olympic qualification window we expect to be stronger as we’ll have more riders to choose from and who will feed off each other to get better.”

“On the sprint side, Amelia [Walsh] is continuing to progress and with Lauriane Genest moving up the ranks, we may be in the running for the Team Sprint in the future. For the men, Hugo [Barrette] needs to be able to deliver more than one or two good rides, so he needs to build his capacity. Stefan [Ritter] continues to learn and progress, and just needs more racing practice to avoid making mistakes. All in all, there are a lot of takeaways; we know what we have to do and we just have to execute. I think we are in a good situation; we may not have some of the rankings we are used to, but that is just a temporary situation and we’ll be able to get back on track for when it really counts.”


Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

2018 Western Track Challenge is Just The Beginning

The 2018 Western Track Challenge proved to be a weekend filled with lots of action at the Burnaby Velodrome at the Harry Jerome Sports Centre in Burnaby, BC from February 16-18. Following the Eastern Track Challenge in Milton, Ontario just the week before, the two (Eastern and Western) events combined to propel the 2018 track season to a rapid start.

As an effort between Cycling BC, Burnaby Velodrome Club, and Cycling Canada, the Western Challenge attracted teams and athletes from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, and Oregon.

The 2018 Western Challenge provided an opportunity for many young athletes to develop their racing skills by creating a high-performance environment that will help prepare them for national and world championship level racing. It also gave the local track cycling community an opportunity to put their racing skills to the test in a nationally sanctioned event.

With both the 2018 Eastern and Western Track Challenges in the books, there is still plenty of high-level track cycling competition to look forward to in 2018.

The BC Provincial Track Championships will be hosted by the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association at the WestShore Velodrome in Victoria from August 17-19, 2018. On a national level, the Canadian Track Championships p/b Lexus (U17/Junior/Para) is scheduled for April 12, 2018 and the Elite/Master Canadian Track Championship is on September 27, 2018. Both national championships will be held at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario. The Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup will also be coming back to Milton in October.

 

View the full race results from the 2018 Western Track Challenge

Check out photos from the 2018 Western Track Challenge.

 

The Trek Red Truck Racing Team at the 2018 Western Track Challenge:

 

BC Racers Tough It Out at Cyclo-cross World Championships

The 2018 Cyclo-cross World Championships took place over the weekend in Valkenburg, Netherlands with three racers from BC taking on some very tough competition and some of the muddiest conditions ever seen. Riders slipped and slid their way around a technical and physically demanding course. The course made it virtually impossible to avoid crashing and riders struggled to limit their mistakes.

Canadian Elite champion Michael van den Ham of Abbotsford came in 34th in the Elite Men’s race, while seventeen-year-old Conor Martin from Kelowna finished 29th in the Junior Men’s race. Mical Dyck from Cumberland finished in 31st place in the Elite Women’s category.

Overall Winners:

Men Elite – Wout Van Aert (Belgium)
Men Junior – Ben Tullet (Great Britain)
Men U23 – Eli Iserbyt (Belgium)
Women Elite – Sanne Cant (Belgium)
Women U23 – Evie Richards (Great Britain)
“Of the five Worlds I’ve raced, this is by far the hardest course I’ve seen. More than racing the people out there, we were racing the course. Laps stretched to over ten minutes and massive segments of the course turned to running. I don’t think there was a single person out there who had a clean race. Rather, success was more about moving forward from mistakes and trying to minimize them as the race wore on.  All in all, I’m happy with my race, the goal was a top-30 and I managed to be there for a while before falling back a few spots to 34th.  A huge thank you the the cyclo-cross program and all the volunteers that made it happen. With the conditions being what they were, their roles were even more crucial to our success.” – Canadian Elite National Champion, Michael van den Ham
Photo Credit: Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist

Source: Cycling Canada