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  • Norco Factory Team Heading to World Championships

    June 7, 2016

    All five Norco Factory Team members have been selected to represent Team Canada at the Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Championships in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic at the end of the month.

    World Cup results in Europe, and Canada Cup results right in our backyard at Bear Mountain contributed to these selections. 

    From the Cycling Canada press release:

    “We have a very strong National Team program – one of the best in the World. For the vast majority of the riders, Worlds is another opportunity to climb the ladder toward international success. The data we have collected through Own the Podium clearly shows that riders climb each and every rung of the ladder. It’s about adapting to the international level of the sport and learning faster than the competition. You simply cannot learn this at home. You have to be here if you hope to compete in the future.  As always, Canada brings a strong team full of potential.” – Dan Proulx, National Mountain Bike Coach

    Full World Championships Team:

    JUNIOR WOMEN

    Emily Handford (West Vancouver, BC)
    Erica Leonard (Barrie, ON)
    Sidney McGill (Edmonton, AB)
    Sophieanne Samson (Quebec City, QC)

    JUNIOR MEN

    Quinton Disera (Barrie, ON)
    Sean Fincham (Squamish, BC)
    Gunnar Holmgren (Orillia, ON)
    Victor Verreault (St-Félicien, QC)

    U23 WOMEN

    Catherine Fleury (Alma, QC)
    Soren Meeuwisse (Orillia, ON)
    Frédérique Trudel (Breakeyville, QC)

    U23 MEN

    Peter Disera, Norco Factory Team (Barrie, ON)
    Marc-André Fortier (Victoriaville, QC)
    Marc-Antoine Nadon (Timmins, ON)
    Alexandre Vialle (Prévost, QC)

    Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) at Canada Cup #1: Bear Mountain

    Peter Disera at Canada Cup #1: Bear Mountain

    ELITE WOMEN

    Emily Batty (Brooklin, ON)
    Rebecca Beaumont (Alma, QC)
    Cindy Montambault (Val-David, QC)
    Catharine Pendrel (Kamloops, BC)
    Haley Smith, Norco Factory Team (Uxbridge, ON)
    Sandra Walter (Coquitlam, BC)

    Haley Smith, Norco Factory Team

    Haley Smith at Sea Otter

    ELITE MEN

    Léandre Bouchard (Alma, QC)
    Raphaël Gagné (Québec, QC)
    Evan Guthrie, Norco Factory Team (Peachland, BC)
    Geoff Kabush (Courtenay, BC)
    Andrew L’Esperance, Norco Factory Team (Halifax, NS)
    Evan McNeely, Norco Factory Team (Kingston, ON)
    Derek Zandstra (Trenton, ON)

    Evan Guthrie, Norco Factory Team

    Evan Guthrie at Sea Otter

    Andrew L'Esperance, Norco Factory Team

    Andrew L’Esperance at Sea Otter

    Evan McNeely, Norco Factory Team

    Evan McNeely at Sea Otter

    Both the XC and Downhill World Championships are usually held at the end of August, but the cross-country World Championships take place earlier this year, June 29-July 3rd, since they are an Olympic discipline. Team Canada will be sending a team of two men and two women to compete in Rio. Women will compete on August 20th and the men on August 21st.

    Rio Olympic Mountain Bike Race Schedule The Downhill world championships will take place in late August as usual, in Italy.