June 30, 2015 (Drummondville, QC) – The 2015 Canadian BMX Championships and fifth leg of the BMX Canada Cup will take place this weekend at the UCI-sanctioned track in Drummondville. The event starts on Friday with the Time Trial, followed by the Canadian BMX Championships on Saturday. Sunday, the group will race the Canada Cup BMX race to close the weekend. Racing will feature elite and junior categories along with a wide array of classes for all ages.
Canada’s Tory Nyhaug will back to race after coming back from an injury, and he will come to the event to defend his title from 2014, and earn his fifth consecutive Elite BMX title and fifth consecutive Elite Time Trial title. Since turning junior, Nyhaug has yet to lose a Canadian title. Nyhaug is currently leading the Canada Cup BMX standings after winning the two races this past weekend in Abbotsford.
Nyhaug will race at the Canadian Championships wearing plate #2, designating his as the silver medallist from the 2014 UCI BMX Supercross World Championships.
Amelia Walsh will be looking to earn her third straight title. Walsh earned her first elite title in St-Albert in 2013, and successfully defended in 2014 in Drummondville.
All members of the National Team except Drew Mechielsen (injured), including all four members who will compete on July 11 at the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games, will be on hand to race the event. Those Pan-Am Games members are Nyhaug, Jimmy Brown, Amelia Walsh and Daina Tuchscherer.
Tuchscherer is leading the Canada Cup BMX junior women category, undefeated this year. At her first UCI World Championships participation, last season, she finished sixth in the time trial and eighth in the supercross race.
Alex Tougas will race his first race in the junior category. The young BMXer won back-to-back Challenge Boys World Championships titles and is competing in the junior category for the first Canadian Championships. Tougas is undefeated in the Canada Cup BMX series this season.
The event takes place at the BMX Drummond track, which was recently built and launched just a year ago prior to the 2014 edition of these Canadian Championships.
“For the second consecutive year, Drummondville is proud to host the most prestigious BMX racing in Canada. Moreover, last year, Cycling Canada recognized the value of the Drummondville organization by awarding it the BMX Event of the Year. With exceptional infrastructure and a dedicated organizing committee, Drummondville has become a must in the sport across Canada. I invite everyone to attend this competition offers a unique spectacle and encourage a large number of athletes here and abroad,” notes Alexandre Cusson, Mayor of Drummondville.
“The atmosphere will be electrifying as exceptional athletes will compete against each other in thrilling races. It will be a true sporting spectacle and the population of Drummondville will see how these riders are skilled, intelligent and courageous. I would also like to thank Cycling Canada still trusting us again this year, pointing to our organization for holding the Canadian Championships, but above all a huge thank you to all of our outstanding volunteers,” said François Lévesque, President of BMX Drummond.
Schedule, registration and technical guide information for the Canadian BMX Championships can be found here.
Current Canada Cup rankings can be found here.
Schedule, registration and technical guide information for the Canada Cup event can be found here.