Cycling Canada Announces 2019 World Champs Team

Aug 20, 2019
by Sarah Moore  
FinnIles wraps up his first year as an elite with some strong results and will have lots of motivation to this off season to build on what he s accomplished.

Cycling Canada has announced the team of 71 riders who will represent Canada at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, between August 28th and September 1st. Mont-Sainte-Anne has a long history of hosting world-class mountain bike events, and this will mark the first time that this event is awarded three times to the same organizers.

Both Cross-Country (XCO) and Downhill (DH) athletes will be competing in the biggest event on the calendar, in addition to E-MTB, which will be making its debut at a World Championship. This year’s event holds an added level of excitement as the members of Team Canada will be riding on home turf, in front of an anticipated 50,000 spectators.

bigquotesRacing at a home at the World Championships is always a special honour. We’re excited to race on a track that we know well – one of the most technical and demanding tracks in the world.

Obviously we hope to see Canadians on the podium here, but more importantly we’re looking for athletes to improve on their personal best and come away with even greater ambition to compete with the best riders in the world. This competition will provide an incredible incentive for our development riders, providing dividends to our system for many years to come.
Head Coach Dan Proulx

Emily Batty left nothing out on course. The Canadian had a stellar ride to third today.
Your women elite podium- Courtney Langvad Batty.

Junior Women (XCO):
Samuelle Baillargeon – Quebec City, QC
Emilly Johnston – Comox, BC
Juliette Larose-Gingras – Quebec City, QC
Kelly Lawson – Barrie, ON
Julianne Sarrazin – Prévost, QC
Kaitlyn Shikaze – Oakville, ON
Magdeleine Vallières-Mill – Sherbrooke, QC

Junior Men (XCO):
Hamish Graham – Saskatoon, SK
Dylan Kerr – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Jérémie La Grenade – Gatineau, QC
Xavier Roy – Amos, QC
Charles-Antoine St-Onge – Fleurimont, QC
Vincent Thiboutot – Quebec City, QC
Carter Woods – Cumberland, BC

U23 Women (XCO):
Laurie Arsenault – Terrebonne, QC
Mireille Larose-Gingras – Quebec City, QC
Mackenzie Myatt – Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
Sophianne Samson, Quebec City, QC
Amélie Simard – Beaupré, QC
Marianne Théberge – Lévis, QC
Roxanne Vermette – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC

U23 Men (XCO):
Raphael Auclair – Haut-Saint-Charles, QC
Quinton Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Émile Farrell-Dessureault – Sherbrooke, QC
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC
Gunnar Holmgren – Orillia, ON
Holden Jones – Squamish, BC
Tyler Orschel – Markham, ON

Elite Women (XCO):
Emily Batty – Brooklin, ON
Jenn Jackson – Oro Medonte, ON
Cindy Montambault – Val-David, QC
Elyse Nieuwold – Newmarket, ON
Catharine Pendrel – Kamloops, BC
Haley Smith – Uxbridge, ON
Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC

Elite Men (XCO):
Félix Belhumeur – Quebec City, QC
Leandre Bouchard – Alma, QC
Peter Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Marc-André Fortier – Victoriaville, QC
Raphaël Gagné – Quebec City, QC
Andrew L’Esperance – Halifax, NS
Cory Wallace – Jasper, AB

Junior Women (DH):
Amy Ertel – Whistler, BC
Bailey Goldstone – Squamish, BC
Madison Skrypnek – Squamish, BC

Junior Men (DH):
Justin Clements – Calgary, AB
Lucas Cruz – Pemberton, BC
Elliot Jamieson – White Rock, BC
Patrick Laffey – Nanaimo, BC
Milton McConville – New Westminster, BC
Seth Sherlock – Squamish, BC

Elite Women (DH):
Georgia Astle – Whistler, BC
Miranda Miller – Squamish, BC
Rachel Pageau – Quebec City, QC
Vaea Verbeeck – North Vancouver, BC

Elite Men (DH):
Finn Iles – Whistler, BC
Hugo Langevin – Bromont, QC
Magnus Manson – Sechelt, BC
Kirk McDowall – Vancouver, BC
Samuel Thibault – Chambly, QC
Mark Wallace – Duncan, BC

Women (E-MTB):
Maghalie Rochette – Ste-Adèle, QC
Courtnay Romkey – Calgary, AB

Men (E-MTB):
Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette – Quebec City, QC
Yann Gauvin – Ste-Catherine-De-La-J-Cartier, QC
Andreas Hestler – North Vancouver, BC
Félix Longpré – St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC
Thomas Pesce – Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, QC
Jan Roubal – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Alexandre Vialle – Prévost, QC
George Visser – Bromont, QC

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.

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  • 71 9
 E competitions still look out of place here. Like these are bikes with engines. This defies the center purpose and meaning of cycling...
  • 17 0
 Wait what does an e-mtb race look like? This is the first I've heard that they're racing them...
  • 11 1
 yeah, but money...
  • 3 0
 @Jvhowube: I recall they've been racing them in enduro (with the likes of Nicolas Vouilloz and Sabrina Jonnier competing) and I assumed the pedal assist would come into play in the transfer sections as during the actual timed stages, they'd be going too fast for the pedal assist to kick in anyway. Not sure what discipline this is going to be though. Would it just be enduro-type racing too?
  • 13 7
 should be regulated by AMA like other motorcycle events
  • 3 0
 @adrennan: ebike seen by the motorbike federation. What an awful joke, but if it could keep e-mtb out of the mountains...
  • 6 3
 @vinay: the list of legends selling out and “racing” ebikes is seriously disappointing. i get the low level folks and non racers/ambassador types pushing them for sponsors, but names like nico, moseley, clementz etc. racing ebikes just sucks.
  • 10 2
 coastal crew pushing ebikes, gullevich posting vids from seymour riding one, marco fontana riding/racing them seemingly exclusively. i never thought we’d see this kind of shite.
  • 2 2
 @Jvhowube: you know about clowns?
  • 2 0
 Francophones are really into the e bikes
  • 2 0
 But what battery will each rider choose for the race?
  • 1 0
 @kookseverywhere: you mean that every skilled-enough riders to be ambassadors are francophone? Wink
  • 52 6
 Pinkbike your filter isn't working, I'm seeing moped content here?
  • 21 5
 We added the tag now, should be gone for sensitive filter folks. Smile
  • 2 0
 Great, I have to hear about more fake cycling on pinkbike. I thought this stuff was going to have it's own trash bin to rot in.
  • 4 0
 @chriskneeland: Where would this trash bin be at? I am just asking for a friend. In case they need to know where I won't be later, which is in that trash bin.
  • 17 2
 That is a huge list of people - how much support are the athletes given to attend - given that Georgia is rasing money in Whistler to go to Worlds! Maybe a smaller list and more support would be good - perhaps fewer ebike riders/none?
  • 9 2
 Definitely on board with your eBike comment. Why provide support to "athletes" that are getting support the entire way through the race - make them pedal out east...
  • 4 0
 Probably only 30% of the riders on the list are actually getting support. The vast majority are racing as privateers (they find their own accommodation and support). Cycling Canada (Wisely IMHO) decided to open up the privateer spots for their home worlds. Typically a full team is not sent to world because they do not have the man power to support that many riders.

Even those riders who are getting support are paying for it. Only the very top UCI ranked riders, rider who are targeted by Own the Podium do not have to pay a project fee. And just about everybody pays for their own flights.
  • 4 2
 yeah, I would challenge you to keep up with Andreas Hestler (even if you were on an e-bike) or George Visser. I remember racing against George 31 years ago and I am sure he would drop you pretty quick.

Their bike skills (and their fitness) is a big notch above everyone else. If there is an E-Bike race, I am sure Canadians will do well.
  • 1 1
 Its wayyy easier considering world's is in Canada.
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure most of them have to pay for their own jerseys too.
  • 1 1
 Yeah what support?? Ha. Xc folks sure but dh athletes do not get funding support. We are asked to pay $1000 project fee to have a team mechanic and pit space. + your own accommodation + your own transport. So what do most of us end up doing? Keep that $1000 and decline Cycling Canada’s “support”. We get to wear their jersey with big sponsors on it that they get money from, we don’t... And then we’re asked to thank Team Canada for the honour and the support from their sponsors. Yet I’m paying 100% of my way there, and I don’t get to show my own sponsors that actually did support me to get there. Frustrating to say the least! I am sooo honoured to race for Canada, my country. And am sooo honoured to wear the National Champ sleeve. But Cycling Canada, seriously, have always disappointed me in regards to the sport. If we’re paying for it all why not open all 7 spots per elite categories and get your Canadian riders out there? My first ever international race was MSA Worlds in 2010 and I loved it so much even if I didn’t perform all that well. I just wanted to learn and keep progressing and set off to race world cups for 7 years and now am a professional mtn biker. Not given the chance to experience that high might close some doors unfortunately.
Also the politics of the xc side of things doesn’t sound pretty either for the athletes. Hats off to those putting up with it all for the sake of doing what we love. Rent over Smile
  • 2 0
Like it or not DH is not an Olympic sport. The funding that cycling Canada gets is given on the condition that goes to Olympic events.

And that funding is limited. Only the very top XC racers do not have to pay the same project fee that you are paying. To have your project fee covered you need to either medal at worlds last year or finish in the top 16 at a World Cup this year.
  • 1 0
 @vaea: so your on the list but not going then?
  • 25 9
 ebike wankers lol; uci lost all credibility
  • 25 0
 They didn't have much to begin with
  • 11 0
 Where is Forrest?!
  • 2 0
 no doubt!!! WTF
  • 6 0
 Broken + dislocated wrist
  • 4 0
 Wow, really cool to see Miranda Miller back to have another go at the Worlds title!

Just wondering, is the number of athletes a country gets to send to the championships dependent on how they perform at the WC series (and if so, how would this work for 4X racing?) or is it just up to the countries to delegate as many athletes as they wish? Of course the Canadians are doing really well in recent years whereas the British DH racers have had much better years. But even then I wouldn't have expected so few Brits compared to the Canadians.
  • 2 0
 Home country gets extra spots.
  • 5 0
 The XC team is dominated by people from QC, the DH team dominated by BC based people. Interesting!
  • 7 0
 West coast has more shuttle descents, and trails are more focused on up then down. East coast has smaller hills, and trails are more focused on up and down. It's a perfect example of environment shaping development!
  • 3 0
 @Lookinforit: I think politics has a big (maybe bigger) role in these decisions than environment. But call me cynical.
  • 2 0
 @jpshore: Did you even look at the selection criteria?

These things are published for everybody to read. Go take a look at it, apply your knowledge of XC results this year and see if you come up with a different choice.
  • 1 0
 @WhatAboutBob: Interesting. I can't find the link on the Cycling Canada site. Do you have the link?
  • 1 0
 @jpshore: Everything can be found here

Cycling Canada has done a good job of making their selection pretty clear. The only ones that ever in doubt are the bubble athletes (the last ones selected) and in that case their is always going to be someone who is unhappy.
  • 5 0
 is this the first team to list e bikers?
  • 6 2
 Was digging this post, till I saw the E-national teams. Anyway, good luck DH and XC riders.
  • 5 2
 Andreas Hestler! Blast from the past. He even used to ride actual mountain bikes. Those were the days!
  • 1 0
 He runs BCBR and helps run the Rocky race team...he’s still very much relevant lol
  • 1 0
 @garneau565: you mean raced and won bcbr recently
  • 2 0
 Can just imagine the start line of an Emtb race. Everyone in turbo going too far off the back of the bike trying to tame a wheelie.
  • 3 0
 Congrats to Emily Johnston!!!
  • 4 0
 Ethan Shandro injured?
  • 1 0
 Anyone seen the French team announcement? Would be a toughest to get on this year I think...
  • 1 0
 Oro- Medonte/ Horseshoe Valley well represented! Good Luck!!
  • 1 0
 Please stop with e-bikes please pinkbike.... you're encouraging them...
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