Team Canada for MTB World Championships

Posted on 06. Aug, 2010 by in news, releases

Canada hosts event for the third time in history; World’s best to ride hills of Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

The Mountain Bike World Championships are the biggest annual Mountain Bike event in the world in terms of importance. Over 850 competitors from 50 nations are expected to arrive in Québec City for the event. Over 1000 volunteers will be ensuring a smooth event for everyone involved.

“This event is a great opportunity to showcase our talented athletes and the strong national program to Canadian cycling fans in Québec and in Canada. The team we have selected will represent their country with one goal, to win medals,” said Jacques Landry, Chief Technical Officer for the Canadian Cycling Association.

This 2010 edition of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships is the third time the event has been held on Canadian soil and is hosted for the second time in the beautiful mountain resort of Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. The region is world-renowned for its skiing in the winter, and mountain biking in the summer. Bromont, QC, held the first edition of the event on Canadian soil in 1992.

“Everyone on the team, whether it’s athletes or the support personnel, is excited about the World Championships being held in Canada for the third time. People from all ages have an amazing opportunity to come out, celebrate our athletes, see our Olympians, and learn more about the exciting sport of Mountain Bike and Trials,” continued Landry.

The team is highlighted by many of the biggest names in Mountain Biking such as Pendrel, Prémont, Kabush, Batty, Caron and Smith just to name a few.

Catharine Pendrel (Harvey Station, NB) is the current World Cup leader in the Olympic discipline of Cross-Country (XCO) and current Canadian Champion. Pendrel was Canada’s top rider at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in XCO with a strong 4th place result.

Marie-Hélène Prémont (Chateau Richer, QC), ranked 8th in the World Cup XCO standings, is an eight time Canadian champion and Olympic silver medalist from Athens 2004. Prémont will be riding on the same hill she began her development and progressed towards international stardom within the mountain biking sport.

Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) races at Sea Otter

Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) races at Sea Otter

Geoff Kabush (Courtney, BC) is leading the charge in the Cross-Country discipline with the Men’s Elite group. Kabush is the only Men’s rider with Olympic experience in the delegation. Kabush will be surrounded by Max Plaxton (Victoria, BC), Derek Zandstra (Trenton, ON) and Andrew Watson (Craighurst, ON), the Top 4 at the Canadian Championships race held earlier this summer in Canmore, Alberta.

Emily Batty (Brooklin, ON), who has had a strong summer on the courses of the World Cup tour, will be Canada’s best medal hope in the Women’s U23 category. Batty is the Canadian Champion in the U23 Category. Antoine Caron (Stoneham, QC), who was fourth in last weekend’s World Cup race in Val di Sole, will lead the strong Men’s Junior charge.

Canada will be represented by three Olympians, one Olympic medallist as well as a total of ten 2010 Canadian champions in various age groups and disciplines.

A total of 68 athletes will be representing Canada at the event. Canada will be sending a large contingent of athletes to the World Championships as it benefits from additional quotas as the home nation, in all disciplines and categories.

The CCA has maximized its quota allocation to provide younger riders with the opportunity to learn and acquire experience against the world’s best riders. For this reason the CCA has divided its athletes in two categories: Performance and Development.

This event will have a significant economic impact on the region of Québec as, in addition to the teams and their support staff, over 350 journalists from around the world will be in Québec for the event.

The World Championships will highlight all UCI Mountain Bike events: the Olympic Cross-country (XCO), the Marathon Cross-country (XCM), the Individual Downhill (DHI), 4-Cross (4X), the Team Relay (XCR), as well as the Trials event.

The opening ceremonies of the 2010 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships are scheduled for Tuesday, August 31, 2010 in downtown Québec city. The Mountain Bike World Championships competitions will be held at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and the crowd-pleasing Trials discipline will be held downtown.

During the 2010 World Championships, GESTEV, the organizing committee, is hosting a long list of provincial cycling events, as we all as a festival called “Vélirium” with lots of great entertainers, music shows and parties to keep the cycling fans and visitors entertained during the festivities.

Olympic Cross-Country (XCO)

NAME CATEGORY Legend
DYCK, Mical Elite, Women – Performance
PENDREL, Catharine Elite, Women – Performance CC, O
PRÉMONT, Marie-Hélène Elite, Women – Performance O, OM
SIN, Amanda Elite, Women – Performance
McKIRDY, Jean Anne Elite, Women – Development
VIPOND, Catherine Elite, Women – Development
WALTER, Sandra Elite, Women – Development
BATTY, Emily U23, Women – Performance CC
BEAUMONT, Rebecca U23, Women – Performance
KOFMAN, Mikaela U23, Women – Performance
BARSON, Ashley U23, Women – Development
OLIVIER-LAPIERRE, Cassandre U23, Women – Development
PICHETTE, Andréanne U23, Women – Development
SURPRENANT, Marie-Claude U23, Women – Development
BIETOLA, Laura Junior, Women – Performance
LAFORGE, Kristina Junior, Women – Performance CC
ROSSER, Lauren Junior, Women – Performance
BROOKS, Cayley Junior, Women – Development
FISHER, Emily Junior, Women – Development
LANTHIER-NADEAU Andréanne Junior, Women – Development
MEUNIER, Valérie Junior, Women – Development
KABUSH, Geoff Elite, Men – Performance CC, O
PLAXTON, Max Elite, Men – Performance
WATSON, Andrew Elite, Men – Performance
ZANDSTRA, Derek Elite, Men – Performance
GAGNÉ, Raphael Elite, Men – Development
HADLEY, Matt Elite, Men – Development
SNEDDON, Kris Elite, Men – Development
LALANCETTE, Simon U23, Men – Performance
MORIN, Francis U23, Men – Performance
STAFFORD, Jared U23, Men – Performance CC
CADIEUX-DUVAL, Sébastien U23, Men – Development
COTE, Félix U23, Men – Development
L’ESPERANCE, Andrew U23, Men – Development
WAGLER, Tyson U23, Men – Development
BAILEY, Mitch Junior, Men – Performance
CARON, Antoine Junior, Men – Performance
McNEELY, Evan Junior, Men – Performance CC
BOUCHARD, Léandre Junior, Men – Development
MARTIN, Jérémy Junior, Men – Development
MOREAU, Etienne Junior, Men – Development
NOBLE, Steven Junior, Men – Development
4-CROSS (4X)

NAME CATEGORY Legend
LAPLANTE, Anne Elite, Women – Performance
LAMBERT, Hans Elite, Men – Performance CC
WALSTROM, Kye Elite, Men – Performance
GAUVIN, Yann Elite, Men – Performance
BRANCIER, Alex Elite, Men – Performance
INDIVIDUAL DOWNHILL (DHI)

NAME CATEGORY Legend
BROWN, Casey Elite, Women – Performance
BUCHAR, Claire Elite, Women – Performance
GATTO, Micayla Elite, Women – Performance CC
LAPLANTE, Anne Elite, Women – Performance
MILLER, Miranda Elite, Women – Performance
VERBEECK, Vaea Elite, Women – Development
McQUEEN, Rebecca Elite, Women – Development
SMITH, Steve Elite, Men – Performance
MITCHELL, Andrew Elite, Men – Performance CC
BILUIK, Jamie Elite, Men – Performance
TENNANT, Dean Elite, Men – Performance
VANDERHAM, Thomas Elite, Men – Performance
FRASER, Rob Elite, Men – Performance
VANDERHAM, Ryan Elite, Men – Development
BEGG, Kelsey Junior, Women – Performance CC
ROSSER, Lauren Junior, Women – Performance
GAUVIN, Rémi Junior, Men – Performance CC
GEDDES, Nick Junior, Men – Performance
SANGERS, Kyle Junior, Men – Performance
GRIMM, Nick Junior, Men – Performance
ALLISON, Tyler Junior, Men – Development
SUHAN, Riley Junior, Men – Development
MARSHAL, Chayse Junior, Men – Development
Legend:
CC: Current Canadian Champion (as of August 6th, 2010)
O: Olympian
OM: Olympic Medalist

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