Canada Announces 2021 World Champs Team, No Elite DH Women Attending

Aug 13, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
Finn Iles in his final World Cup race as a junior in 2017.

Cycling Canada has announced a 51-rider squad that will travel to Val di Sole to compete in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships August 25-29. The team includes 36 cross country riders in the junior, U23, and elite men's and women's categories and 15 downhill riders representing junior men's and women's and elite men's categories. The team will not include any elite downhill women, likely because most of the women who would be eligible to race are focused on enduro, freeride, or Crankworx events this season. Cycling Canada's press release said the women's elite downhill brigade was "choosing not to travel at this time."

Among the cross country racers are Catherine Pendrel, Haley Smith, and Peter Disera, who recently represented Canada at the Tokyo Olympics.

bigquotesWe have a strong and ambitious team going to Worlds this year. There are several riders on the verge of significant breakthroughs at the international level, particularly in the U23 category and we're excited to see what they can do in Italy. Post-Olympics, development always becomes our primary focus. We're taking a big team filled with many new and emerging young riders and we want them to compete fiercely, learn everything they can and come away with the best experience possible.Head Mountain Bike Coach Dan Proulx

In exciting news for the downhill team, Cycling Canada will provide full factory-level support for the first time to several riders to the gravity crew.

bigquotesWe’re super excited to be able to field a large team at this year’s World Championships. We’re hoping for big results from our Elite riders, and we’re excited to be able to provide development opportunities for our Junior athletes at both the World Championships and the following weekend at the Lenzerheide World Cup.Downhill Team Manager Adam Walker

The riders named to the team are as follows:

Junior XCO Men:

Owen Clark – Mono, ON
Zorak Paille – Laval, QC
Cole Punchard – Huntsville, ON
Lief Rodgers – Port Moody, BC

Junior XCO Women:

Nicole Bradbury – Hamilton, ON
Ella Myers – Calgary, AB
Mara Roldan – Whitehorse, YK
Marie-Fay St.Onge – Fleurimont, ON

U23 XCO Men:

Tyler Clarke – Mono, ON
William Côté – Sherbrooke, QC
Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, ON
Noah Ramsey – Toronto, ON
Xavier Roy – Amos, QC
Vincent Thiboutot – Quebec City, QC
Carter Woods – Cumberland, BC

U23 XCO Women:

Emilly Johnston – Comox, BC
Juliette Larose-Gingras – Lac-Beauport, QC
Sidney McGill – Edmonton, AB
Jocelyn Stel – Burlington, ON
Marianne Théberge – Lévis, QC
Roxanne Vermette – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC

Elite XCO Men:

Léandre Bouchard – Alma, QC
Peter Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Quinton Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC
Marc-André Fortier – Victoriaville, QC
Andrew L’Esperance – Halifax, NS
Tyler Orschel – Uxbridge, ON

Elite XCO Women:

Laurie Arsenault – Terrebonne, QC
Emily Batty – Brooklin, ON
Jennifer Jackson – Oro Medonte, ON
Cindy Montambault – Val-David, QC
Catharine Pendrel – Kamloops, BC
Haley Smith – Uxbridge, ON
Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC

Junior DH Men:

Jackson Goldstone – Squamish, BC
Jakob Jewett – Squamish, BC
Tristan Lemire – Montreal, QC
Coen Skrypnek ­– Calgary, AB
Marcus Goguen – Whistler, BC
Cole Stinson – Comox, BC
Wei Tien Ho – Whistler, BC

Junior DH Women:

Emmy Lan – Comox, BC
Lily Boucher – Squamish, BC
Vanessa Bruneau – North Vancouver, BC

Elite DH Men:

Lucas Cruz – Pemberton, BC
Finn Iles – Whistler, BC
Elliot Jamieson – White Rock, BC
Gabriel Neron – Alma, QC
Mark Wallace – Duncan, BC


  • 42 1
 Rachel Pageau absolutely deserves the opportunity to race for her country. I think Canada does a lot of rad things, but Cycling Canada has dropped the ball here.
  • 26 0
 Crap, did no women want to go, I mean Miranda, Casey or Vaea would be great to rep Canada!
  • 6 1
 Well it's UCI World Champs, so i assume they would need UCI DH points to be able to be selected, and tbh I haven't checked but I'm not sure there's any Canadian women on the DH elite circuit right now.. fact check?
  • 32 0
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: Rachel Pageau has done the first 2 races and is in Maribor.
  • 7 1
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: pretty sure you don’t need points because it’s not a World Cup. Instead of representing yourself your representing your team. Vaea raced in 2019 world champs after not doing any world cups. And this year there isn’t any Canadian women racing in DH
  • 2 0
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: *instead of representing yourself your representing your country
  • 42 0
 @Dudeclimbsrocks: Theres been 3 Canadian women on the circuit this year, Rachel, Miranda Miller and myself. Selection is mostly based off nationals, but the fact that Rachel is already in Europe, competing in Maribor and Lenzerheide but unable to compete in worlds is wild.
  • 4 0
 @baileygs: WILD indeed!!
  • 2 0
 @bgoldstone: you should have been on that list ! Good luck in Maribor !
  • 1 3
 @Colinofthewoods: he is on that list
  • 1 0
 @pedaler: Bailey Jackson sister.
  • 1 0
 @Colinofthewoods: thanks but wrong B Goldstone!
  • 1 0
 @baileygs: thanks for the fact check and good luck to you for the rest of the season!!
  • 19 0
 " Canadians are fast.... in Canada". Wyn Masters ^^
  • 11 1
 We train by rushing to Tim Hortons before it closes on our bikes
  • 16 0
 Rachel Pageau should be there! That is absolutely insane. Frown
  • 9 0
 Amusing but makes sense that most of the XC riders are from Ontario and Quebec, and almost all the DH riders are from BC.
  • 4 0
 Watch out for BC's U17 xc racers, they're coming!
  • 4 0
 Ridiculous there are no elite female DH riders attending, almost seems like some kind of joke considering the talent in Canada? This has GOT to change!
  • 3 0
 Why is it that despite being some of the best riders in the world, there has (other than Stevie) been a hugely successful Canadian rider in recent memory?
  • 11 1
 Jaxon Goldstone has been killing it in junior this year. There is this other young guy named Finn Isles who is always a top five threat. Canada has a solid representation of fast women in the Crankworks events. They don’t really race will cups but the sad reality is they probably make a lot more money riding to Crankworks series. And good for them,why the hell not. It’s not like DH is even an Olympic sport. Instead of racing to impress the UCI they race to earn a living. I think our country would be much stronger on the racing scene if DH were an Olympic sport then they could get federal funding.
  • 4 0
 Oh, they're here, and more coming.
  • 2 0
 @roadrasher: I’m proud to see them riding to make a living and to advance/expand the sport rather than to provide content for the UCI or Olympic corporations.
  • 2 0
 Funding. Cycling canada is a joke. Pay an expensive membership get a shirt, and no financial support. System puts a financial ceiling on its riders.
  • 1 0
 Its not that Canada doesn't have any good racers, its that Stevie was exceptional. You could compare him to racers in any country and have a similar outcome
  • 4 0
 bummed that no females are being supported here we have kick ass rippers this is a mystery. Even one would be awesome.
  • 3 0
 Vaea knew she didn't want to race Worlds, reached out to Cycling Canada prior to doing nationals and was told that the top 3 riders from Nationals would be selected, and if they declined they would continue to go down the list as long as it stayed within the top 8 riders. (This was posted on her instagram story)

What appeared to have happened was the top 3 riders from nationals were asked, declined, and then cycling canada seemingly did nothing and decided to not send any women. There were 3 more eligible racers on the list within the top 8.
  • 2 0
 Go Mara Roldan in Junior XCO, Team Yukon represent!
  • 2 0
 @ rippersloungeracing crew had a good post in their stories
  • 1 0
 Kirk McDowall should be going! Hes been killing it lately ( or did he not want? unable to go )
  • 2 0
 Gabe Neron!
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