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BC’s Fincham 14th, Unterberger 20th at Mountain Bike World Championships

Sean Fincham of Squamish, BC, was Canada’s top rider on day 3 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships which took place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Fincham finished 14th in the Under-23 men’s competition. In the Under-23 women’s competition, Emily Unterberger of Revelstoke, BC, finished 20th and Laurie Arseneault of Terrebonne, Quebec, was 21st.

The women’s race was dominated by the Swiss, who finished 1-2. Unterberger moved up steadily through the race, from the mid-30s in the first lap, to the high 20s and then into 20th place with one lap to go. Arseneault, the Canadian national champion, had a stronger start, but faded slightly in the final laps. Other Canadian results include Mackenzie Myatt in 27th and Juliette Tetreault in 42nd.

Photo Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist (All Rights Reserved) – Sean Fincham

The men’s race was won by last year’s silver medalist, Alan Hatherly of South Africa. Fincham, the Canadian men’s Under-23 champion, started on the fifth row, but had made his way to the mid-20s by the end of the first lap. His second lap was the fastest of the entire field, moving him into 16th, and a lap later he was up to 11th. However, the effort took a toll, and he faded slightly in the second half of the race.

Fincham, who was a member of the Team Relay squad that finished eight on Wednesday, said “It’s been a pretty awesome Worlds, I’m stoked. The start is always hectic, but I managed to sneak by a few people before the singletrack, and I hit there to move up. I was in there fighting for the top ten, but fell apart a little bit at the end. It’s been an eye-opening year … I know it’s possible now, and I’m looking forward to next year.”

Source: Cycling Canada
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