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Canada Sends Four BC Riders to Opening Rounds of BMX World Cup

Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of five athletes that will represent Canada at the opening rounds of the 2017 BMX World Cup.  World Cups 1 and 2 will take place in Papendal [Netherlands] on May 6-7 and World Cups 3 and 4 are in Zolder [Belgium] on May 13-14.

The team will be led by 2015 Pan Am Games champion and 2016 Olympian Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, BC.  He will be joined in the Elite men’s field by Gaby Malenfant of Drummondville, QC, James Palmer (North Vancouver, BC) and first year Elite Alex Tougas (Pitt Meadows, BC).  In the women’s competition, Canada will be represented by second year Elite rider Drew Mechielsen of Langley, BC.

“This project will kick off the new quad with our first two weekends of World Cup events,” explained Adam Muys, National BMX NextGen Coach.  “New for 2017, the World Cup format has changed to a single qualifying race, followed by a Repechage and then single elimination Eighths, Quarters, Semi-finals and Final.  Then each event will have a second day of racing with the same format.  Two World Cups in one weekend.”

Muys added:  “We have put in many hours of training over the winter and look forward to see how our athletes have grown.  We expect Tory Nyhaug to lead the charge, but don’t be surprised to see James Palmer, Alex Tougas, Gaby Malenfant and Drew Mechielsen to make some waves.”

Drew Mechielsen – Langley, BC [Elite Women]
Gaby Malenfant – Drummondville, QC [Elite Men]
Tory Nyhaug – Coquitlam, BC [Elite Men]
James Palmer – North Vancouver, BC [Elite Men]
Alex Tougas – Pitt Meadows, BC [Elite Men]

Coach – Adam Muys
Chiropractor – Jenn Turner

Source: Cycling Canada

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Tory Nyhaug won the 2015 Pan Am Games and represented Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Drew Mechielsen, photo by Lee Cejalvo
Alex Tougas
James Palmer