Canada Announces 27 Athletes for Leogang World Championships

Sep 15, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Major milestone for Haley Smith today. She earned her first UCI World Cup podium in third and the fastest lap time in the Women s field. She s been climbing that ladder steady now.

Canada has announced the 27 athletes it will be sending to the Leogang World Championships that are due to take place on 5-11 October in Leogang, Austria.

Canada will be taking 16 XC athletes and 11 DH athletes who will all be hoping to leave the weekend with a set of Rainbow Stripes. Athletes were only eligible for selection if they were already in Europe as part of their competition program with UCI-registered trade teams. The Canadian team will be supported by their UCI-registered trade teams and Europe-based Cycling Canada staff.

The XC riders will have a round at Nove Mesto to warm up their race legs. 2019 Canadian Champions Peter Disera and Emily Batty have been selected to compete, as well as 2019 World Cup medalist Haley Smith. The downhill athletes will be going into the World Championships cold with no World Cups scheduled before the World Champs. Former Junior World Cup Champion Finn Iles will be looking to improve on last year’s seventh place, while former Elite World Champion Miranda Miller will be returning to DH racing to try for a second Rainbow Jersey.

The fastest ladies in the world and their shiny new gold silver and bronze hardware.

XCO

Elite Women
Emily Batty – Brooklin, ON
Jennifer Jackson – Oro Medonte, ON
Maghalie Rochette – Ste-Adèle, QC [XCO & E-MTB]
Haley Smith – Uxbridge, ON
Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC

Elite Men
Raphaël Auclair – Haut-Saint-Charles, QC
Félix Belhumeur – Quebec City, QC
Léandre Bouchard – Alma, QC
Peter Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Andrew L'Esperance – Halifax, NS
Marc-André Fortier – Victoriaville, QC

U23 Women
Marianne Théberge – Lévis, QC

U23 Men
Quinton Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC
Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, ON
Carter Woods -– Cumberland, BC
Downhill

Elite Women
Miranda Miller – Squamish, BC

Elite Men
Lucas Cruz – Pemberton, BC
Henry Fitzgerald – West Vancouver, BC
Finn Iles – Whistler, BC
Elliot Jamieson – White Rock, BC
Magnus Manson -– Sechelt, BC
Mark Wallace – Duncan, BC

Junior Men
Patrick Laffey – Nanaimo, BC
Drew Mozell – North Vancouver, BC
Ethan Shandro – North Vancouver, BC
Seth Sherlock – Squamish, BC


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65 Comments

  • 71 1
 The correlation between home province and discipline is remarkable
  • 16 2
 Alberta should be ashamed.
  • 40 12
 @Oregon29: For more than this.
  • 23 3
 @Oregon29: we're here smashing laps and drinking beers so maybe not the fastest but doing just fine thanks
  • 6 1
 @Oregon29: Finn is from Calgary, Alberta
  • 2 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: my bad thank you, I was close lol!!
  • 1 0
 @G3V162F: close in distance but a world apart in terrain and beauty!
  • 1 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: But really he cut his teeth on the bike when his family moved to Whis.
  • 1 0
 @bogey: yes, best riding in Alberta is in Banff. Don't bother going anywhere else; just duck across the border and ride there, then head home.
  • 2 1
 I always imagine that in the BC areas there's high school reunions where there's one person who gets asked what they've been doing and they look down at the floor and awakwardly mumble something about earning millions in a finance and banking job.

And their old schoolfriends look at them with a hint of pity from within their full-face helmets (BC smart-casual dresscode) and try and say something nice like "Yeah nah sounds cool, good for you man". But they can all sense the failure and shame.
  • 19 0
 Based on the comments I think a lot of folks might have missed this.
"Athletes were only eligible for selection if they were already in Europe as part of their competition program with UCI-registered trade teams."
  • 19 0
 Love how it's almost entirely divided by East = XC West = Gravity lol
  • 8 0
 Doesn't Quebec have some pretty gnarly terrain though? And we know Frenchies can shred. What gives?!
  • 10 0
 @roma258: They choose to shred gnarly terrain in lycra on 100mm bikes instead of with full faces on DH bikes Wink
  • 1 0
 @roma258: Quebec certainly does have some gnarly terrain however the mountains have much less elevation. That being said Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec was one of the original world cup downhill venues
  • 6 0
 @GoofyGarcon: Listen, if Connecticut can produce Richie Rude, Quebec damn well better produce some shredders!
  • 5 1
 @roma258:

Watch out for Tristan Lemire in the next few years.
  • 2 0
 @turco999: agree 100% and he is on Commencal- he will kill it
  • 1 1
 @roma258: real Frenchies can shred!
  • 1 0
 @roma258: didn't read the post? representing in the e-mtb category.
  • 13 0
 Samuel Thibault finished 5th at Nationals last year.

Hugo Langevin finished 25th at Worlds last year. 4th canadian.

They are both from Quebec riding Bromont everyday. They had a place on that team.

Don't forget Tristan Lemire for the future who just signed for one of the best team on the circuit.

Kids in Bromont juste need races to shine. They are extremely talented. Sean Hughes, Victor Imberbon, Juliette Hughes. Watch those names on Instagram.

Quebec will be on that team very soon. See ya Smile
  • 1 0
 All shredders who have to drive 10+ hours down here to the eastern states cup races. I don’t understand how there isn’t a top tier DH race series in that area. So many fast riders and no organization.
  • 13 0
 No one from Saskatoon??!?! #rigged
  • 10 1
 It’s almost like eastern Canada is devoid of any reasonable amount of elevation.
  • 1 0
 Can confirm. Nova Scotia's ski hill is a mound
  • 10 0
 Except theres this interesting part of the country with reasonable elevation, insane terrain, and a world cup race every year in the east. But where are the Quebecois athletes? The talent MUST be there, must be a development problem?
  • 1 0
 @j-t-g:
Yes, there are a few, very notable exceptions!
  • 1 0
 @letsgoridebikes18: There's actually tonnes of exceptions. A huge amount of QC has more than enough elevation to make several minutes long DH tracks, and have trails. It's just almost completely unknown outside of the locals that ride there.
  • 1 0
 @giantwhip: Wentworth had some pretty great riding back in the day before the owners booted bikers (I'm still bitter). Their have been WC downhill races on similar size hills in the past, Martock has pretty weak elevation but Cape Smokey is coming back to life with 1000 vertical feet and likely some pretty wicked terrain to build bike trails, which they plan to do.
  • 1 0
 And the west is all about gravity!
  • 2 0
 @MCsession7: Go try Wentworth again, its coming back, no lift access, but a nice climb trail has been built.
  • 8 0
 Judging from the picture, Tracy Hannah does not miss leg day. Hugely impressive. tup
  • 2 0
 It's from all the hard work in the mine.
  • 2 0
 It might be a Tumor....It's not a Tumor!
  • 10 1
 The BC DH team ????
  • 8 0
 US is sending thoughts and prayers.
  • 6 0
 The title is wrong. Canada is sending zero athletes, trade teams are sending 27.
#notaworldchampionships
  • 6 0
 No Catharine Pendrel? Is she injured?
  • 2 0
 She's not injured, but I was wondering the same thing.
  • 2 1
 "Athletes were only eligible for selection if they were already in Europe as part of their competition program with UCI-registered trade teams."

Obviously she wasn't in Europe at the time so she didn't make the cut.
  • 1 0
 @billreilly: yes, I know she wasn't in Europe. I'm just wondering why she didn't go.
  • 1 0
 @volvoshredder: They had to already be in Europe it looks like. So if they weren't already there they were ineligible. Probably applies to a lot of people that didn't make this list as people have been encouraged not to travel, I'm guessing many were doing their riding and training here in Canada
  • 2 0
 @AC1987: some of these riders travelled from Canada 2 weeks ago. I assume CP didn't want to go.
  • 5 0
 Where's McDowell?
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same thing, also isn't Magnus injured or recovering from an injury? Kirk has been racing all summer...
  • 2 0
 was expecting to see Felix Burke too after crushing it in the BCBR
  • 1 0
 Only eligible riders for selection must be in Europe with uci sponsored team
  • 3 0
 16 + 12 = 27? I'm counting 11 DH riders.
  • 2 0
 Only one U23 XCO female rider and no Junior DH female rider? That is worrisome for a sustainable program on the world stage.
  • 1 0
 I think it'd be fair to not jump to such conclusion during the pandemic. I can think of a ton of reasons a fully qualified U23 racer might not travel to Europe for this.
  • 1 0
 Yes that’s true. According to cycling Canada’s rules you have to be in a UCI trade team, and there are no Canadian jr women on trade teams.( There is only one woman jr dh on any trade team)
The point of world championships is to allow racers to ride for their countries, and this isn’t the case under these rules. Even though travel is allowed to Austria from Canada, cycling Canada prohibited qualified jr downhillers from attending.
  • 1 0
 Does anybody know where this will be played live? Will it all be on RedBull?
  • 1 0
 World champs is weird for that. Yes in some countries, not in others. Depends on who has the world champs rights which in the US and Canada I think red bull does not
  • 4 1
 Congrats and go Canada!
  • 2 0
 10 Norco Riders in the mix! Nice!
  • 2 0
 Good luck all!!!
  • 2 0
 Giv'er
  • 1 1
 Crazy how a 2 time world champ can be snubbed based on not being on a "trade team" ????????. Quite the selection criteria.
  • 1 0
 essentially team BC on the gravity fed side of things, git r done!
  • 1 0
 So what about the riders from the US - will they be able to turn up ?
  • 2 0
 MMMMMMMiller!
  • 1 0
 Why Tristan Lemire is not making the team ??
  • 1 0
 too young
  • 1 0
 He’s injured and not riding for one. Not eligible til next year based on age for another.

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