courtesy of CCA
Ottawa, ON – Under heavy clouds and drizzle, Kiara Bisaro of Courtenay, BC,
and Geoff Kabush of Victoria earned their spots Canada’s mountain bike team
for the Commonwealth Games, by winning their respective races during the
third leg of the cross-country Canada Cup mountain bike race series on
Saturday, held in Mont Tremblant, QC.
Bisaro and Kabush will join Alison Sydor of North Vancouver, B.C.,
and current World Champion Roland Green of Victoria, who have
been pre-selected to the mountain bike team representing Canada at the
Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, July 25 to Aug. 4.
The Canadian Cycling Association’s High Performance committee will
name another man and another woman to the mountain bike team in the
upcoming weeks. This year marks the first time the sport of Mountain
Biking will be raced at the Commonwealth Games. Canada already has a very
strong team in this discipline, with great chances at winning medals.
Kabush was fastest across the slick and muddy 37.6-kilometre
course with a time of one hour 55 minutes 41 seconds. Seamus McGrath of
Millgrove, ON., was second in 1:56:13 and Ricky Federeau of BC, was third
at 1:59:43. Bisaro’s time was 1:44.48 over 28.2 kilometres. Chrissy Redden
of Campbellville, Ont., was one second behind Bisaro and Trish Sinclair of
Victoria, B.C. was third in 1:48:33. The selections for the track and road
cycling teams continue this week. On the track, Lori-Ann Muenzer of
Edmonton has been pre-selected. Clara Hughes, Lyne Bessette and Genevieve
Jeanson have been selected to the Women’s road team.