The 2013 MTB Canada Cup Cycling Series is back for another summer, with exciting cross-country and downhill mountain bike races to be disputed in three different provinces, starting this weekend.
The mountain bike series, in its 22nd edition, will feature four cross-country and three downhill races in 2013, hosted in three provinces throughout the summer, travelling to Québec, Ontario and British Columbia, with the finals hosted in Whistler BC.
2011 World Champion Catharine Pendrel labels the Canada Cup series as critical to her international success: “The Canada Cup was a critical stepping stone in my development. The courses were challenging technically and physically, and by racing Canada Cup races, I met the racers that pushed and inspired me to improve. Learning to race for the win on World class courses at home allowed me to transition to success at the international level."
Geoff Kabush, who was Canada’s top mountain biker at the 2012 Olympic Games and posted the country’s top result in its history at the Olympic Games, also credits the Canada Cup in his international success: “The Canada Cup was definitely a major stepping stone in my career. The Canada Cups refined my skills, taught me valuable racing lessons, and gave me the confidence I needed to progress to the World Cup. I still remember the accomplishment I felt in 1997 when I won my first Canada Cup in Bromont.”
Mark Wallace image by Paris Gore
In 2012, Raphael Gagné took the Elite title in men’s cross-country, while Sandra Walter took the overall title in the women’s elite cross-country category. Mark Wallace won the overall Downhill series of the Men Elite category, while Danielle Uyesugi was proclaimed the Women Elite Downhill champion.
Former Champions of the cross-country Canada Cup Series include Olympic medallist Marie-Hélène Prémont, Olympian Emily Batty, and current national team members, Sandra Walter, Raphael Gagné, Derek Zandstra, Mikaela Kofman and Jean Ann Berkenpas (McKirdy).
The Canada Cup series is designed to provide competitive opportunities to the next generation of cyclists, transitioning from provincial race series to international competitions.
Hosted in partnership between Cycling Canada, its provincial sport organizations and local organizing committee, the Canada Cup Cycling Series is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union. Schedule:
May 18 – Mont-Tremblant, QC [Cross Country]
May 19 – Mont-Tremblant, QC [Downhill]
May 25 – Baie-St-Paul, QC [Cross Country]
July 7 – Sun Peaks, BC [Downhill]
July 14 – Sudbury, ON [Cross Country]
August 17 – Whistler, BC [Cross Country]
August 18 – Whistler, BC [Downhill]www.cyclingcanada.ca