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Brazilian Teens Excel on Canadian Dirt

by Guido Visser

August 27, 2010 (Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC) – Mountain biking won’t change the World, but it sure can change lives. Here is an account of a group of Brazilian teens’ visit to Quebec and how they hit the mountain biking trails – and more – in Bromont and Quebec.

“Last night I dreamed I won the race!” she said to us during breakfast on the morning of the Canada Cup Mountain Bike Final in Bromont. A few hours later, she turned this dream into reality by winning the under 15 category. Little Jaqueline has adapted well to learning a new language, new friends and interviews. From an Orphanage in Brazil to the Top of the Podium in Canada, that takes determination!

Go visit her blog here to see pictures of her stay in Quebec since her arrival.

The second Brazilian to visit us, Nicolas Sessler arrived last week and has also performed well during the Canada Cup Final, taking 5th place in the under 17 category.

And three others have arrived yesterday, so the huge groceries have begun…

The next weekend, the well fed Brazilian Teenagers fueled to the podium on many occasions at the Quebec Mountain Bike Championships held in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.

Nicolas Sessler, who must train with at least four other cyclists to reduce the risk of getting his bike robbed in his hometown in Brazil, finished third behind Quebec and Canadian cross-country Champions in the under 17 Category…

Bruna Moura, who paid herself a low quality bike by working as a waitress since 2 years, won a silver medal for the sprint in the under 17 category…

Jaqueline Leal de Borba finished 3rd for the Sprint in the under 15 behind one of her training partners in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Marie Corriveau in first position…

Luiz Cocuzzi, 17 years old, son of the founder of an Orphanage with a bike program in Sao Paulo (where small Jaqueline commes from), collected the bronze medal in the sprint of the Open Men, behind none other than Raphael Gagne and Vice Canadian under 23 Champion Francis Morin…

The best reward: ice cream & chocolate chip cookies…

To keep us busy for our day off the bike, my good friend François-Guy Thivierge offered an eXtreme Aventure by rock walking secured to the Via Ferrata of Canyon-Sainte-Anne.

It was an afternoon full of fun and adrenaline.

In the evening under the bridges of Quebec, many realized a childhood dream: attend the “Cirque du Soleil”…

The next day they returned to training on the stones of the World Championships Circuit…

Followed by the climb of Mont Sainte-Anne to enjoy a picnic with a spectacular view…

Have a great mountain biking summer and I look forward to meeting you on the trails of Mont-Sainte-Anne with my Brazilian Teenagers smiling on two wheels!





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