All Eyes on Langford


January 22, 2018 – Langford, BC – The Westin Bear Mountain Resort will play host once again to the 2nd annual Bear Mountain Bike Festival presented by the City of Langford from March 31 – April 1.  This year’s festival will expand on the successes of last year’s inaugural event bringing world-class mountain bike racing to the Eastern Vancouver Island Region. The two-day festival will also feature races for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities as well as special activities for kids.

As a partnership with Cycling Canada, City of Langford, and Tourism Victoria, the festival will showcase elite-level long distance and short track cross-country racing, challenge events for enthusiasts, dedicated activities for kids, and an on-site bike expo showcasing the top mountain bike brands in the industry.  New for 2018 is the addition of a food truck concession area where participants and spectators will have an excellent selection of warm food and drinks.

Highlighting the Festival be the UCI Bear Mountain Canada Cup MTB Race powered by Powerade on March 31, featuring three-time World Champion and 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team).

Catharine Pendrel © The Cycling Co.

As the defending Bear Mountain Canada Cup event champion, Pendrel is very motivated to start the year on a high note, “I’m really looking forward to the Bear Mtn Canada Cup.  I love having such high-level racing in BC to start the season and really enjoy the riding and atmosphere at the Bear race”.

Emily Batty © The Cycling Co.

Last year’s 2nd place finisher, Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing), will be looking to make a strong first impression as reigning National Champion for the 2018 season, and attempt to take her first Bear Mountain Canada Cup win. Defending overall Canada Cup Champion, Soren Meeuwisse (Trek Canada), showed consistency year-round and solidified her first overall 2017 Canada Cup series, is another woman to watch.

Raph Gagne © The Cycling Co.

In the Elite Men’s race, Raph Gagné (Cannondale 3Rox) has made it his routine to win the first Canada Cup of the season and is looking to make it three-for-three at Bear Mountain on March 31. Raph will have his work cut out for him as he competes against a tough men’s field. Overall 2017 Canada Cup winner Evan Guthrie will be looking to the challenge as will newly crowned National Champion, Peter Disera (Norco Factory Racing).

Peter Disera © The Cycling Co.

It will be a strong field in both the Men’s and Women’s races in the UCI Canada Cup Junior series. Racers from the Men’s BC, Ontario, and Quebec teams are expected to do well, however, Team Alberta and Manitoba may have some surprises.  The race will be wide open for the Junior Women as last year’s winner, Gwendalyn Gibson from Team USA and 2nd place winner Sidney McGil have moved on to the U23 age category.

This year offers the first year and first event for U17 Expert as an Official Canada Cup category for both Men and Women. As such, a leader’s jersey will be awarded as well as the assignment of a Canada Cup official ranking. Watch as participating provincial teams compete for this inaugural honour.

“The Bear Mountain Canada Cup is an amazing event that brings the local mountain bike community and some of the World’s best riders together.” Says Canadian National Team Coach, Dan Proulx. “It’s a fun atmosphere and a fast and challenging course. For the National Team, it’s a kick off to our North American race campaign. Everyone looks forward to this one!”

Sunday, April 1, will feature the Russ Hay’s XC Short Track Race. Short track racing is a relatively new format that has recently been added to the UCI Race Calendar and is designed to be very spectator friendly. The event will be a 20-minute race for each race category and will take place on a fast and flowing 1.5 km course. Lap prizes or “primes” will be awarded to heighten the excitement and keep the race pace high. There will be race categories for beginner, intermediate, expert, masters, and youth cyclists.

© The Cycling Co.

Rounding out the weekend will be something special for the kids., as Oak Bay Bikes Westshore presents Kids Bike Day inviting families with kids age 6-10 to take part in some fun skills training with former Canada Cup Champion and certified coach Adam Walker from the Cycling Co. Kids will learn the basics of mountain bike riding, try their skills on the obstacle course, and enjoy free snacks and prizes as a reward. Entry is free and is capped at 150 kids.

Complimenting the entire race weekend will be food trucks and free coffee/hot drinks courtesy of McDonalds McCafé®. In addition, North America’s top MTB brands will be showcasing the latest and greatest Mountain Bike models and offer Demo rides on Sunday, April 1.

Event Itinerary:

Saturday, March 31

  • Canada Cup MTB p/b Powerade (UCI C2 MTB)
  • Bike Expo
  • Food Concession

Sunday, April 1

  • Russ Hay’s XC Short Track (BC Premier Series)
  • Oak Bay Bikes Kids Bike Day
  • Bike Expo
  • Food Concession

 About the trails at Bear Mountain:

Home and high performance training centre for the Canadian National Mountain Bike Team, the Bear Mountain Bike Park consists of over 10km of west coast inspired single track and flow trails. Built over the past two years in collaboration with the Nature Trails Society, the park is open to all ages and abilities.

For more information and downloads:

  1. Visit the Cycling Canada Website
  2. Visit the Bear Mountain Bike Festival Website
  3. Download the Bear Mountain Canada Cup Technical Guide



  1. 2018 Bear Mountain Canada Cup p/b Powerade
  2. Oak Bay Bikes Kids bike Day (Free Entry!)
  3. Russ Hay’s XC Short Track


 For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact:

Jon Watkin
Event Director
C: 250-415-3246


Canada Wins Two Medals at Track World Cup in Belarus

Minsk, Belarus, January 21, 2018 – Canada had a strong showing at Round 5 of the UCI Track World Cup in Minsk, Belarus, with athletes winning silver and bronze medals on Saturday. Stefan Ritter of Edmonton, Alberta, won the silver medal in the Men’s Keirin, while the NextGen women’s Team Pursuit squad took bronze.

The NextGen team of Erin Attwell (Victoria, BC), Maggie Coles-Lyster (Maple Ridge, BC), Devaney Collier (Edmonton, Alberta), and Laurie Jussaume (Contrecoeur, Quebec) qualified third on Friday in the 4000 metre event and set the third fastest time again on Saturday morning to make it into the bronze medal race against France in the evening.  Canada was leading France after the halfway mark when the French team crashed out of competition.  The United States won the gold medal ahead of Italy.

“We started out really smooth,” said Attwell, “and the plan was to focus on the technical aspects of our ride; executing well, staying on the black line and communicating.  We did a really good job of working together as a team.  It’s the first time that we have executed everything perfectly; we had such a smooth ride for all three [races], and every ride got better technically and we got faster in every ride. It’s exciting for the future.”

Jacques Landry Chief, Technical Officer – Head Coach for Cycling Canada, and Project Manager in Minsk, commented:  “Saturday was a good day for the team. Our NextGen TP squad rode three great rides, on schedule, every time. The strategy was easy for them – it was to focus on their own race, communicate and strive for flawless execution. They met the strategic goals which led to a bronze medal; a bronze medal that may not have happened without the great preparation from NextGen coach, Jenny Trew, along with on-point in the field input from our physiologist, Emily Wood.”

“To cap off the day, Stefan rode a great Final which could have yielded a gold. Though his qualifier could have been better, with his legs firing on all cylinders, he rode a great repechage to put him back into the running. In the Sprint competition he had a strong qualifier but just came up against a more experienced rider in the heats.”

For Ritter, a former Junior world champion, the podium result came after a long recovery from a crash in 2017 that kept him out of competition for the earlier part of the 2017-2018 World Cup season. Ritter had to go through the ‘second chance’ repechage race to qualify for the semi-finals, but won his semi-final race to make it into the medal final, where six riders competed for the medals.  In the Final, Ritter finished second to Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands.

“Overall I’m really happy with how the Keirin went,” said Ritter.  “I couldn’t have asked for more, to be honest.  Considering this is the first time I’ve raced the Keirin at a World Cup, I’m really happy with silver.  Except for the first ride, all my rides went really well; tactically, I feel like I made good decisions.”

In other competition, Devaney Collier of Edmonton competed in the four event women’s Omnium, finishing 14th overall, while Maggie Coles-Lyster competed in the Points Race but did not finish, and in the Madison with Laurie Jassaume, where the duo was 13th.

“The Madison was definitely a new experience,” admitted Coles-Lyster.  “I think Laurie and I learned a lot; it was one of the fastest races I’ve ever done. It showed us everything we need to work on, and I know that we will get there. This was the second Madison we have done together, so we’ve made big progress since the [Junior] world championships, and I can see us making more progress now.”

Landry summarized the project: “The girls [NextGen Track endurance] really came into their own during this project; it’s a testament to their talent and the work done in the background from coaches and staff like Jenny and Emily Wood. They’ve not only learned a lot in the Team Pursuit, but also in the individual events like the Points Race, Omnium and Madison. Although Stefan Ritter may have made some mistakes in the 1/8th final, he definitely has shown he is world class. This is the Stefan we expect to see more of in the coming months and years.”

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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David Lappartient questions use of race radios over race fixing concerns

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UCI president David Lappartient looks to ban earpieces over fear of illegal betting

UCI president David Lappartient has made a vow to stop the use of race radios in cycling over fears that it may lead to race fixing.

In an interview with Het Laatste Niuews, Lappartient worried about the vulnerability of race radios and the potential risk of them being used in race fixing as a result of illegal betting. 

Issues surrounding the technology used for communication in races seemed to be at the root of Lappartient’s concerns, with a motive of banning radios at next year’s World Championships.

‘You can communicate directly with the rider in the race. Officially, the connection goes from a team car to a rider,’ Lappartient told Het Laatste Niuews.

‘But technologically, there is nothing that prevents me or you from calling the wearer of the yellow jersey during a stage of the Tour.’

Although the Frenchman did not claim to believe that the adverse use of race radios was currently being exploited in the pro peloton, he claimed that he would like to address the issue before allowing it to arise like that of biological and mechanical doping.

‘I do not want to get to a day when cycling, once we have clambered from the valley of doping, and the fight against mechanical fraud has been successfully carried out, is undermined by corruption and gambling scandals,’ he added.

However, for some, Lappartient is approaching the wrong issues. Quick-Step Floors‘s sports director Brian Holm tweeted his disappointment at the UCI president creating ‘a new problem in cycling’ and his lack of concern towards motor-pacing.

This newest suggested measure is the latest in a busy first month as UCI president.

Lappartient has already announced he plans to combat motor doping whilst also banning the use of corticosteroids, in their entirety, by 2019.