Biking Canada introduced a 26-rider crew for the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships that happen in Fayetteville, Arkansas from January 28-30.
Led by World Cup podium finisher Maghalie Rochette, the nation is fielding full rosters for the junior, under-23 and elite fields, very like hosts USA Biking, whereas the dominant European nations – the Netherlands and Belgium – are chopping again as a result of logistics and expense of the journey to the US.
Rochette began her season with a pair of wins in Rochester, New York in September however arguably had her finest performances in the course of the two weeks across the begin of December when she scored a second place on the Besançon World Cup, third place on the Val di Sole World Cup, and fourth within the Superprestige in Increase.
“I am actually proud of my season to date,” Rochette mentioned within the federation’s press launch. “I had a few of the finest outcomes of my profession and was extra constant than ever.”
Rochette had her finest efficiency at Worlds in 2017 when she was fifth behind winner Sanne Cant (Belgium). Since then, she hasn’t made the highest 10 however has excessive aspirations for Fayetteville.
“My aim for Worlds is to place all these learnings into apply and to ship the very best efficiency. I believe it is real looking to goal for a podium, however I actually wish to begin this race with an open thoughts and I do not wish to set any limits for myself. I’ve ready as a lot as doable, so my aim is to cross the end line feeling utterly drained, realizing that I’ve completed my finest.”
Rochette will likely be joined by Pan American Video games silver medallist Ruby West, in addition to nationwide cyclo-cross champions Michael van den Ham and Sydney McGill.
The Canadian crew may even characteristic Pan American Champion Ava Holmgren, the third-ranked junior on the earth. Holmgren completed within the high 10 in two World Cups – Namur and Dendermonde – within the juniors and gained the junior race in Gullegem earlier this month as a part of the federation’s crew journey to Belgium.
“The worldwide race expertise we had been in a position to present for our growth athletes this season will likely be largely useful at Worlds,” mentioned Biking Canada’s Cyclo-cross Lead, Rob Holmgren.
“The brand new expertise and expertise they had been in a position to purchase will carry them properly into this competitors and additional into their careers. Now we have an excellent group of growth athletes and veterans, and we look ahead to seeing them carry out in opposition to one of the best on the earth.”
Canada for the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
- Junior Ladies: Jenaya Francis, Ava Holmgren, Isabella Holmgren, Kiara Lylyk, Ella Myers
- Junior Males: Ian Ackert, Theo DeGroote, Sasha Renaud-Tremblay, Luke Valenti, Alexander Woodford
- U23 Ladies: Christiane Bilodeau, Kelly Lawson, Katelyn Walcroft
- U23 Males: Hugo Brisebois, Owen Clark, Tyler Clark, Matt Leliveld, Noah Ramsey
- Elite Ladies: Siobhan Kelly, Sidney McGill, Maghalie Rochette, Ruby West
- Elite Males: Malcolm Barton, Tyler Orschel, Brody Sanderson, Michael van den Ham
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