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Cycling Canada Announces 2018 BMX World Championships Team

Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the 2018 BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 1-9. Twelve riders will represent Canada in the Elite and Junior classes and six riders have been selected to compete in the Challenge classes as part of the NextGen program. The team will be joined by a number of additional Challenge class athletes.

Adam Muys, National BMX Coach, said “We have a very strong team heading into the 2018 Championships, with a group of riders in the Elite class that can achieve a Finals appearance. The team is led by Tory Nyhaug and Drew Michielsen, but Alex Tougas, James Palmer and Daina Tuschsherer have shown over the past 12 months that they are capable of making the Semi-finals at the World Cup level, so anything can happen once that gate drops.”

Brendan Arnold, National NextGen coach, said “The selected Challenge team currently boasts two riders that are top three in the world, and two others that have achieved Semi-final success at the 2017 World Championships. This trip will be a valuable development opportunity for the riders, since five of the six will be moving up to the Junior category in 2019.”

2018 World Championships BMX Team – Elite and Junior

Elite Men
Tory Nyhaug – Coquitlam, BC
James Palmer – North Vancouver, BC
Alex Tougas – Pitt Meadows, BC
Gaby Malenfant – Drummondville, QC
Josh Samells – Milton, ON
Ben Leslie – Nanaimo, BC

Elite Women
Drew Mechielsen – Langley, BC
Daina Tuchscherer – Calgary, AB

Junior Women
Avriana Hebert -Edmonton, AB

Junior Men
Aidan Webber – Comox, BC
Felix Maltais – Drummondville, QC
James Hedgcock – Ancaster, ON

NextGen Challenge Team Selections

Ryan Tougas – Pitt Meadows, BC
Nick Berarducci – Airdrie, AB
Molly Simpson – Red Deer, AB
Curtis Krey – Etobicoke, ON
Britney Hovencamp – Amherstview, ON
Cole Zufelt – Trenton, ON


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.Source: Cycling Canada