Emilly Johnston claims the Jr women's win and the Canada Cup Leader's jersey at round one. Emilly attacked from the gun and held onto a pace no one else was able to match. Emilly will not defend her jersey at round 2, deciding to head to Europe to test herself at the UCI Jr Series in May.
Housemates and teammates Emily Unterberger and Elyse Nieuwold, after going 1,3 at an Island Cup two weeks ago, again found each other to be their main rival at Bear Mountain. They raced together until a last lap attack by Elyse saw her gain the edge over Emily for 10th and 11th in elite women's field. This duo will line up beside each other again at the Vedder Mountain Classic in Chilliwack as well as rounds 2,3 and 4 of the Canada Cup series in Quebec.
On the men's side Holden Jones discovered that moving up to Elite/U23 combined with a full engineering course load makes racing hurt a bit more than in the jr ranks! Despite limited training hours over the winter and some good leg cramps during the race he was able to finish an impressive 24th. This team has some grit! After scoring a recent 3rd in Elite men at the Sunshine Coaster Holden will line up next at the Canada Cups in Quebec.
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