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Tremblay & Verner Win 1st Titles Awarded at 2016 MTB XCO/XCE Nationals + PHOTOS, Preview Vid

by pedalmag.com
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July 15, 2016 (Baie-Saint-Paul, QC) – The 2016 Canadian MTB XCO/XCE Championships opened on Thursday evening in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, with the Eliminator (XCE) competition.  Anne-Julie Tremblay (Cyclone d’Alma) won the women’s title and Rhys Verner (Kona Factory Team/Cycling BC) the men’s.

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The Eliminator is raced in heats of four riders, with the top two in each heat advancing to the next round, until the final four race for the title.  The circuit uses a combination of obstacles, short climbs and descents, with each race usually under three minutes.  Eight women and 32 men qualified for racing after a timed lap of the course.

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Samuel Tremblay takes Aroussen Laflamme  ©  pedalmag.com
Anne-Julie Tremblay was the fastest qualifier for the women, and held top spot through to the final, winning ahead of Julia Long of British Columbia and Marie Corriveau of nearby Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec.

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Full results here.

The 2016 MTB XCO Canadian Championships are being held in Baie-Saint-Paul, QC from July 14-17 presented by Cycling Canada and Club Cycliste Charlevoix.

Watch preview video here.

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