Canada Cup #2: Mont Tremblant

Perseverance and Podiums

Mont Tremblant played host to the second Canada Cup of season and the beautiful ski-village venue did not disappoint. The slope side XC race course has been evolving over the years with this year being one of the shorter courses on the cup circuit at 5.5km. The shortened course resulted in increased laps for most race categories, but the opening 2+km climb and  technical single track sections were still ample separation points between many riders. The course also got a little rain on the evening before race day which reduced the dust and improved some of the loose sections.

Mike Solic and Greg Jess kicked things off for the team in the opening start waves. Both battled from their last position call-ups to take second place in their categories! Mike continues to ride strong and is steadily improving, while Greg looks to be making the jump to the expert category with his early season success. Jay took to the second waves of the day and despite efforts off the start line to secure favourable positioning, mechanical issues eventually hindered the momentum. He fought through it and finished the race showing great perseverance and focus. The day concluded with the Elites and Junior Experts in the final waves. Liam, Chris and Jan rocketed off the line in the Elite Men’s pack, followed by Malcolm and Gunnar in the Junior Expert wave, and Laura in the Elite Women’s field. Liam encountered a significant crash off the start line, which he was able to work through for a short while before succumbing to the impact of the crash and eventually bowing out of the race. Chris experienced a mechanical in the first lap and had to run his bike through to the tech zone, but he was able to get back on the course following a repair. However, a later crash ended his race short. Jan’s race was also cut short as he was heading into his final laps, as the race leader eventually began lapping his opponents resulting in numerous pulled riders. Malcolm also encountered a crash off the start in the Junior Expert wave, but managed to work his way back into the mix. A subsequent mechanical caused yet another set-back, which he was able to resolve to continue racing but it did impact his finish goals for the race. Gunnar represented both Team Ontario and Maverix Racing during the weekend, as he was participating in the Team Ontario camp along with several other junior athletes. He had a strong start and kept the pressure on throughout the race to claim third place on the podium. Laura capped-off the day for the team with a tenth place finish in the Elite Women’s category. She was pulling double-duty during the weekend: providing coaching support to the Team Ontario Juniors as well as fitting in some time for racing!

There was certainly no shortage of perseverance and team work this weekend, as we faced ups and downs and kept moving forward. Simon kept the bikes in check all weekend and managed the feed zone with the help of parents and team mates!

Great work by everyone!


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