Cycling Canada Announces 2022 World Champs Team

Aug 17, 2022 at 15:50
by Sarah Moore  
This is guaranteed the most special win of them all for Jackson Goldstone here on home soil.
Jackson Goldstone will be looking for his second World Championship win in the Junior DH category after claiming the rainbow stripes in 2021.

Cycling Canada has announced a contingent of 51 athletes who will head to Les Gets, France to race in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships on August 24-28.

The DH squad has big goals with Jackson Goldstone looking for his second World Championship win in the Junior DH Category after claiming the rainbow stripes in 2021. Coming off his win in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Finn Iles will also be eyeing the top step of the podium in the Elite category. World Cup Overall Leader Gracey Hemstreet is also strong contender for the Junior Women's podium in what has been an incredible season for the Junior athlete from the Sunshine Coast.

bigquotesCanadian Downhill is growing stronger and stronger every year. Legends and icons like Stevie [Smith], Claire [Buchar], Miranda [Miller], and Finn [Iles], are, and have been, fueling the fire with our Juniors for the past few years. Canada is evolving into a formidable force in Downhill and we are very excited to showcase our athlete's talent in this year World Championships.Chad Hendren, National Team coach

On the XC side, fresh off his National Championship win and three medals on the 2022 World Cup Circuit is U23 rider Carter Woods, who will be looking towards the podium after falling just shy at the 2021 World Championships. Elite riders Emily Batty and Peter Disera each claimed a National title at the 2022 Mountain Bike Canadian Championships in XCO and will be looking to perform with the maple leaf on their jerseys in Val di Sole.

bigquotesWe’re excited to bring this group of exceptional athletes to the biggest race of the season. The momentum has been building all year; our elites have found a very high level and our U23 and U19 cohorts have been exciting to watch all season. I’m excited to see our group rise to the occasion on the world stage.Jeff Ain, National Team coach

Racing will start on Tuesday, August 23rd with the Short Track (XCC) qualifications, followed by the XCO Team Relay, the DH Qualifications and all three finals of the XCC, the XCO and the DH on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Junior XCO Women:


Marin Lowe – Squamish, BC
Ella Myers – Calgary, AB
Mara Roldan – Whitehorse, YK
Isabella Holmgren – Orillia, ON
Ava Holmgren – Orillia, ON
Ellie Clark – Mono, ON
Ophélie Grandmont – Beaupré, QC

Junior XCO Men:


Ian Ackert – Severn, ON
Zorak Paille – Laval, QC
Maxime St-Onge – St-Denis-de-Brompton, QC
Cam McCallum – Langley, BC
Alexander Woodford – Ottawa, ON
Mika Comaniuk – Lachine, QC



U23 XCO Women:


Emilly Johnston – Comox, BC
Jocelyn Stel – Burlington, ON
Roxane Vermette – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC


U23 XCO Men:


Owen Clark – Mono, ON
Noah Ramsay – Toronto, ON
Cole Punchard – Huntsville, ON
Carter Woods – Cumberland, BC


Elite XCO Women:


Laurie Arseneault – Terrebonne, QC
Emily Batty – Brooklin, ON
Jennifer Jackson – Oro Medonte, ON
Sandra Walter – Coquitlam, BC

Elite XCO Men:


Léandre Bouchard – Alma, QC
Peter Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Quinton Disera – Horseshoe Valley, ON
Sean Fincham – Squamish, BC
Tyler Orschel – Uxbridge, ON
Gunnar Holmgren - Orillia, ON


Junior DH Women:


Gracey Hemstreet – Sechelt, BC
Joy Attalla – Fernie, BC
Eva Leikermoser – Comox, BC


Junior DH Men:


Jackson Goldstone – Squamish, BC
Tegan Cruz – Pemberton, BC
Bodhi Kuhn – Rossland, BC
Wei Tien Ho – Whistler, BC
Coen Skrypnek – Calgary, AB
Elijah Barron – Cobble Hill, BC
Marcus Goguen – Whistler, BC
Max Halchuk - Kelowna, BC


Elite DH Women:


Bailey Goldstone - Squamish, BC
Rachel Pageau – Chicoutimi, QC
Chandrima Lavoie – Nelson, BC


Elite DH Men:


Finn Iles – Whistler, BC
Mark Wallace – Duncan, BC
Jakob Jewett – Squamish, BC
Kirk McDowall – Anmore, BC
Lucas Cruz – Pemberton, BC
Gabe Neron – Alma, QC
Jack Pelland – Garibaldi Highlands, BC



62 Comments

  • 63 4
 When I saw the title of this article I got really nervous, like an acceptance letter. I finally worked up the courage to open it and read the names and I'm more upset than I thought I would be to get to the bottom of the list without reading my name. I guess I'll have to plan on entering one or more races at some point. Good luck, everyone who made the cut! Give 'em hell out there.
  • 22 0
 Seth should be on this team. Lost opportunity, but excited to see we can do on the world stage! #CanadaDH
  • 3 0
 All of the team selected are ranked above Seth with the exception of Jack who has 2 points less than Seth. Jack got 4th at the Canadian Nationals while Seth didn't race the Nationals.
  • 2 0
 Seth seem to be in a weird spot, I was stoked to see him climbing the DH ranksz and the what seemed with a sudden switch to EWS without much announcement or reasoning to the public which is fine, and I'm stoked he's crushing it there. It's awesome if he's the next Jesse for Canada, but given he was one of the more successful Intense riders earlier in the season, the sudden switch from DH and the lack of Seth coverage from the intense team seems suspect.
  • 1 0
 @casey79: jack got third for canadians at nationals….
  • 2 1
 @casey79: Seth did race nationals but appeared to have a mechanical
  • 3 0
 @kiddlivid: Ride a sick carbon enduro bike and push for the overall title in EWS ooooor ride a 40+ pound lead sled in hopes to be midpack in DH... Im thinking Seth is making the smart decision to focus on EWS for a bit. I don't see him riding the soviet era DH bike very often but rides that Tracer lots.
  • 1 0
 @kiddlivid: The Intense team seems to give him props on the IG feed for his results at EWS. Maybe you are not looking at the IFR feed?
  • 22 0
 Wei Tien Ho? If I remember correctly, he is an insane skier from whis, too
  • 9 0
 Yep, and so is Marcus Goguen. The bike & ski levels of the kids up there is ludicrous.
  • 11 0
 Yeah their normal is everyone else's insane!! Side effect of growing up in Whistler and loving biking and skiing (and being good at both).
  • 7 0
 He was on the MSA Wyn TV, said he's planning on entering some FWT qualifier events
  • 12 0
 Good to see Kirk get some recognition.
  • 1 0
 Yes! Stoked for this and him
  • 11 0
 let’s go thicc jibs
  • 9 3
 Given the recent results of the Canadian Open race, Cycling Canada has chosen a team of Australian dh racers with a small smattering of native-tongued Canadians.
Jeff Gretzky* Cycling Canada's spokesperson was quoted as saying:
"It was the natural choice, Australian is the 3rd official language spoken in Canada especially in Whistler village, which is actually an annexed foreign region governed by Australia. Australia has a rich history of DH talent so we are capitalising on our terrain that has attracted them".


* Every 3rd Canadian male is named Jeff.
  • 2 1
 You do know we don't want the Whistler Australians right? Like you can f*cking have them all back.
  • 1 0
 @TheBearDen: ha ha! Nope those a$$holes are all yours!!
  • 1 0
 @ReubenSandwich: Actually a lot of them went back. UK expats have taken over.
  • 3 1
 Janet Jackson, You Want This!

As for Emily Batty, your teammate will tell you it's All About Control, and if the first turn gets Nasty again quickly tell yourself "Come On Get Up" and to Go Deep.
  • 2 0
 Had a chance to see 5 of the 7 Jr XCO Women compete at the Canada Summer Games last week. Definitely looking forward to seeing how they (especially Ava) match up with riders from around the world next week.
  • 3 1
 The Dh racers pay 100 % of their costs to attend and race, no support funding from Cycling Canada, yet have the best chances for results.
  • 3 0
 Actually as of this year cycling Canada has found a significant source of funding for DH. Like XC riders still have a cost but they no longer have to cover everything. And remember XC racers have collected 7 senior world championships over years.
  • 1 0
 @kclw: can you expand more?
  • 1 0
 @kclw:

The racers have to cover everything... The juniors a little less so...
  • 1 0
 @da1994canucks: I don't know enough of the details. But I do know that cycling Canada was sucessful in lobbying Own the Podium to include funding for gravity. There is also a seperate fund that provides additional funds. I have no idea how these funds are being used. I suspect they are covering the cost of the support staff at WCH (mechanics, physio, coaches, ect...)

@skimtb1 both XC and DH athletes have to pay a project fee. The only riders exempt from this are the very top riders, who are ususally there with their pro-team.
  • 1 0
 @kclw:
My friend is on the team in elite. They are paying 100% out of pocket. They get two jerseys, access to the team mechanic, and their uci race package picked up. That's it.
  • 1 0
 @kclw: I seriously question this. Own the Podium provides for Olympic Sports only. Any funding provided by OTP needs to go to what the sports federation said it was going to as well.
  • 3 0
 How the heck did Oro, Horseshoe, Orillia area become such an XCO hotbed?
  • 3 0
 Nothing else to do there?
  • 12 0
 Hardwood Hills.
  • 3 0
 Area has great options including hardwood , but also Copeland , bracebridge, Mansfield, 8th line etc. 45 min drive in any direction adds much more. Great spot for xc, gravel, road riding and general trail riding. Bad spot for KOMs!! Lol
  • 2 0
 **Also incredible Moto enduro specific trails. Over 500km of maintained trails within 45 min drive. Plus 2 national mx tracks! (RJ’s and Motopark). Still looking for time machine to give me 15 years back and healthy shoulders though…
  • 1 0
 @spudreau: ya, I just looked at the trails on trail forks, will need to check them out. Funny enough, I grew up in Muskoka right close to there, but didn't get into MTBing until I moved to Ottawa. Cheers.
  • 1 0
 Eager kids + Coaches + Programs + great weekly series within 60 minutes in all directions, Mountainview, Hardwood, Horseshoe(DH) Buckwallow (pre 2020) Albion, Coulson hill,

+ Hundreds of KM of sand based MTB terrain
+ Thousands of KM of quiet paved and gravel roads
+ 90% of all Ontario cups are within 60 to 90 minutes drive.
+ Solid XC skiing for winter training
  • 3 0
 Where is Emmy Lan from Comox BC? She's a monster in Junior DH...
  • 2 0
 She is injured Frown
  • 4 0
 What, no DH-E team?
  • 2 0
 Wow, I am looking at the event schedule and there is really an e-mtb division. I had no idea, wtf.
  • 3 0
 No people from Saskatchewan on any roster... Missed opportunity.
  • 1 0
 Tough to build descending skills when you’re highest hill is a garbage dump converted to a skil hill. Lol
  • 1 0
 It’s actually 85% of the DH crew are from BC.

Perhaps you were taught math in BC?

Cool list though!!!
  • 1 0
 yep BC rules. At least in Canada. Hope they will at the Worlds too
  • 2 1
 @vhdh666: Quebec can hold its own, too.
  • 1 0
 @MDW83: hope they rule at the worlds too :-)
  • 2 0
 Team Maple Syrup!
  • 2 1
 99% + DH athletes are from BC.
  • 2 0
 Everyone but Shell, Gabe has been living in BC for quite a few years now
  • 1 0
 Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, that name sounds so fairy.
  • 1 0
 Its MSA ... not sure why they list it as that instead of MSA or Beaupre. Same with "Horseshoe Valley", which is not technically a municipality or township or anything, just a location which is in parts of Oro-Medonte & Springwater townships. No town or even village named Horseshoe Valley.
  • 1 0
 @adamkat:
Beaupre is the region, St-Ferréol is a town.
  • 1 0
 @OliChando: Oh good to know!
  • 1 0
 What happened to Quebec producing riders?
  • 1 0
 No more race circuit, or at least not what it used to be.
  • 1 0
 isn't Gabe Neron from QC originally? But has been in BC for a few years now I think, since I've been following him anyway. Would be cool for the QC scene to be strong though, the more competition and DH races in Canada the better!
  • 1 1
 what are "The rainbow strips"????
  • 1 0
 No Haley Hunter Smith?
  • 2 0
 She is focusing on the Lifetime Grand Prix marathon race series (and crushing it as #1 overall female).
  • 1 0
 Understandable. Not really her thing right now with her new team and race program.
  • 1 0
 #CanadaDH
  • 1 0
 way to go Chandrima!!!
  • 1 0
 Way to go Zorak Paillé





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