August 02, 2017 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – After a one day break, mountain bike competition resumed on Tuesday at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with the Team Relay events for women and men. Quebec added their second victory in the women’s event, while British Columbia took their first cycling win in the men’s race. Teams consisted of two or three riders, with each rider handing off to the next after doing a lap of the cross-country course.
“I just wanted to go consistently, without a lot of stress,” explained Tremblay. “I rode like I did in the XCO. It was a big gap [to Meeuwisse at the start of the lap] but when I came to the climb I saw her and I knew the gold medal was possible.”
“I didn’t have a strategy,” admitted Fincham, ” but I saw that we were about 15 seconds back. My plan was to try in each section to get a second here, a second there, and slowly work my way up. I think I did exactly that, I didn’t go too fast and burn out. I caught him, sat behind for a little bit, and then attacked. I got a gap and then just knew I had to hold it to the line.”
Josh Peacock, Competitions Coordinator at Cycling Canada, said, “today went very well. We knew it would be a battle between B.C., Ontario and Quebec, and it certainly was. The teams fought the whole way and we had exciting finishes in each race, and that’s all you can ask for.”