January 16, 2017 (Bieles, Luxembourg) – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of 11 athletes that will represent Canada at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. The world championships will take place in Bieles, Luxembourg, on January 28th and 29th.
Gunnar Holmgren (l) and Brody Sanderson © Cycling Canada CX
Scott Leonard surprised Centurion Next Wave teammate Noah Simms at the line © Peter Kraiker
The team contains riders for all five championship categories, including three national champions. In the Junior men, national champion Gunnar Holmgren (Orillia, ON) is joined by Brody Sanderson (Orillia, ON) and Noah Simms (Barrie, ON). Ruby West (Dundas, ON) will represent Canada in the Under-23 women, while Trevor O’Donnell (Barrie, ON) competes in Under-23 men.
Ruby West © Pasquale Stalteri
Maghalie Rochette © Chris McIntosh
In the Elite category, both Canadian champions will compete – Maghalie (St-Jerome, QC) in the women and Jeremy Martin (Quebec City, QC) for the men. Rochette will be joined by Mical Dyck (Victoria, BC) and Cindy Montambault (Val-David, QC) in the women’s competition. Mark McConnell (Calgary, AB) and Michael Van den Ham (Edmonton, AB) will race with Martin in the Elite men’s race.
Mical Dyck © Pasquale Stalteri
Cindy Montambault © Peter Kraiker
“Though Cyclo-cross is not an Olympic event, we have seen an increasing number of athletes that are taking interest in this sport, as it nicely complements mountain biking,” explained Jacques Landry, High Performance Director at Cycling Canada. “Through this increased interest in CX we are slowly enhancing the quality and depth of the riders that take the start in World Cups and at the world championships.”
Mark McConnell © Cor Vos
Trevor ODonnell © Cyclocrosscanada
“The 2017 CX Worlds being held in Bieles promise to be a great venue for our Canadian riders who, for the most part, have been training and racing out of our European base in Tielt-Winge, Belgium, since mid-December. Under the watchful eye of Scott Kelly as team manager, I trust that our Canadian CX riders will come out of these Worlds with some great performances.”
Jeremy Martin © Pasquale Stalteri
The team will stage at the Cycling Canada European base in Tielte-Winge, Belgium, before attending the World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. The team will travel to Bieles, Luxembourg a few days before the start of the world championships.
Michael Van den Ham © Chris McIntosh
Cycling Canada does not receive government funding for Cyclo-Cross programs, which means all projects are funded through sponsorships, private donations or by the athletes themselves. Any amount donated has a direct impact on the development of this sport in Canada. As a not-for-profit organization Cycling Canada can issue tax receipts for any donation greater than $25. Donations can be made at Hop On Canada here.
Team Canada Roster
– Gunnar Holmgren (Orillia, ON) Junior Men
– Brody Sanderson (Orillia, ON) Junior Men
– Noah Simms (Barrie, ON) Junior Men
– Ruby West (Dundas, ON) U23 Women
– Trevor O’Donnell (Barrie, ON) U23 Men
– Mical Dyck (Victoria, BC) Elite Women
– Cindy Montambault (Val-David, QC) Elite Women
– Maghalie Rochette (St-Jerome, QC) Elite Women
– Jeremy Martin (Quebec City, QC) Elite Men
– Mark McConnell (Calgary, AB) Elite Men
– Michael Van den Ham (Edmonton, AB) Elite Men