Canada won its second medal of the 2018 Mountain Bike World Championships on Sunday in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, when Elliot Jamieson (White Rock, BC) took the bronze medal in the Junior men’s Downhill. In the Elite events, Finn Iles (Whistler, BC) finished 14th, Mark Wallace (Duncan, BC) 18th and Magnus Manson (Sechelt, BC) 19th for the men, while Miranda Miller (Garibaldi, BC) was 18th in the women.
“I can’t really believe it,” admitted Jamieson. “This is my third Downhill race of the year, so I didn’t have any expectations; I just wanted to have fun and ride well. I was shaking when the top ten were dropping in and I was still on the Hot Seat. I’m so stoked, I can’t believe I am on the podium.”
Over 20,000 fans came out to watch Rachel Atherton of Great Britain win her fifth Elite title and Loic Bruni of France repeat as the Elite men’s champion, for his third title. Total attendance over the five days of the Championships reached 65,000 – a record for Mountain Bike.
Other Canadian results in the Elite men included Henry Fitzgerald (Vancouver, BC) in 45th, Forrest Riesco (Sunshine Coast, BC) in 49th and Luke Stevens (Revelstoke, BC) in 70th. In the Junior men’s category, other Canadian results were Lukas Cruz (Pemberton, BC) in 14th, Ben Wallace (North Vancouver, BC) in 15th, Kendall McLean (Victoria, BC) in 24th, Justin Clements in 27th, Ian Milley (Squamish, BC) in 40th and Keegan Fry (Rossland, BC) in 47th.
In the Junior categories, Valentia Holl of Austria completed a perfect season with her win in the women’s race, after winning every World Cup during the season. The men’s title went to Great Britain’s Kade Edwards.
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