We are pleased to share that all three athletes have been selected to Team Canada for the World Championships in Lenzerheide Switzerland September 4-8th. Congrats Holden, Emily and Elyse!
To find out more about the event visit the Lenzerheide World Championship website
Emily’s silver at nationals was not only a great performance on the day but a great reference for her skill progression from one year to the next. The course in Canmore is loaded with steep challenging descents which Emily easily conquered despite being bested by the course the previous year. After the race she said her RaceFace dropper seat post had changed her life! Always modest however, a big part of this improvement was definitely the hard work and training she put in over the last year to gain skill and confidence and the tenacity with which she raced.
Holden’s season long battle with Carter Woods for top spot in junior men was once again tested at Nationals. This day belonged to Carter, but Holden raced with focus and form to minimize the gap and secure silver by a large margin. He followed this silver medal winning ride with a gold for team BC in the relay the following day, the fastest junior lap and 3rd fastest lap of the day.
Balancing work, returning from Europe that week and back to back racing meant Elyse was racing on fumes by Nationals. Elyse is a fighter though and pushed through for 8th on the day.
Elyse claims silver in the GC after 6 days of back and forth racing against a competitive women's field.
The race began with 3 Epic days in Golden before moving to Revelstoke, Vernon and Silverstar for the final three stages.
Elyse Loved the mtb stage race format and all the amazing new trails she got to experience at race pace!
Photos by John Gibson
The End of June and July saw a lot of racing. While Emily was out for the Whistler Canada Cup with a compression fracture and slight shoulder dislocation, Elyse and Holden were going strong, claiming silver in both the Elite women's and Junior men's races.
From Whistler, Elyse was off to Europe with more of an adventure than bargained for! Her travel companion and feed/tech support got badly injured on Day 1 and Elyse truly found out the Privateer experience. In Val di sole, her first European World Cup she finished 53rd and with a quieter week afterwards she was able to climb up to 39th in Andorra, a track notorious for its difficulty being at 1900m.
There is nothing like that first trip to Europe to learn just what World Cup racing entails and how to prepare for it!