Canadian riders appeared on the podiums in both Downhill and Cross-country over the weekend at the Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec.
Racing began on Saturday, August 5th, with Round 6 of the Downhill, and BC Junior rider Finnley Iles (Specialized) continued his dominance by taking his fifth win in six events. Iles, the reigning world champion, has been battling illness all week and came back from a flat tire in qualifying to set the fastest time in the Final with eight riders to go. No one challenged him until the last starter, Matt Walker (Madison Saracen), who was faster at the first split before suffering mechanical problems. Iles had already won the overall title coming into the race.
In the Elite categories, national champion Miranda Miller (Specialized) was the top Canadian in seventh place, with Kirk McDowall, the men’s national champion, finishing 12th.
On Sunday, Canadians put in top-5 performances in the XC race, with Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) and Emily Batty (Trek Factory) finishing third and fourth in Elite Women, while Quinton Disera (Norco Factory) had the best ride of his career to finish fourth in Under-23 men. Rio Olympian Raphael Gagne (Cannondale-3Rox) was the top Elite man, in 34th.
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