Peter Disera: 2017 Elite Men’s National XC Champion
July 25, 2017
The Norco Factory Team was on point this weekend for the Canadian National Championships in Canmore, Alberta. Held at the Canmore Nordic Centre, the dry and dusty conditions made for an exciting race. The Canadian Nationals were last held in Canmore in 2011, and were the scene of Peter Disera’s first National-level race. Peter returned to Canmore this year to claim first place in the Elite men’s category.
The Norco Factory team’s hard work and training really paid off, with an impressive list of podium finishes.
The weekend started off with a bang! Haley Smith had a really strong race against the best elite women in Canada; she established a large gap over 4th place and continued to hold the gap steady for the entirety of the race. The race course was steep and loose, and so Haley decided to run her Revolver HT with a mini dropper post. Her setup, training and ability to overcome the injuries sustained in practice paid off as she claimed 3rd in the Elite Women’s field, against a pair of Olympians.
“I was really excited to get 3rd and look forward to fighting closer to the front in the future. Thankful to have both my blood and bike families out to share such a special weekend with.”
– Haley Smith
Next up were the Elite Men and U23 Men. This was a doozy. In the U23 race Quinton established an early lead before a slight mishap cost him some time. After dusting himself off, Quinton battled hard back to 3rd place, and holding the gap steady. Just as his brother did 3 years ago, Quinton got 3rd in his first year U23 at Nationals. It is important to mention that Sean Fincham of Forward Racing – Norco had a stellar race taking the win in this U23 category.
“It was a great weekend with the team. I can’t help but be a little disappointed but that is good. I have room to develop and grow and with the great support of the Norco Factory Team I am excited for what the future holds.”
– Quinton Disera
The Norco Factory Team doesn’t have any elite men, however, Peter Disera (in his final year as a U23) had been approved to upgrade to Elite.
Peter took the bull by the horns early, forcing an early selection, and didn’t let up. Forward Racing – Norco’s Evan McNeely made the selection and hung on for the first half of the race until slipping and settling for 4th. This left Peter to battle it out against a pair of Rio 2016 Olympians! Peter again forced a selection with consistent attacks and a blistering pace. Now leading into the last lap the pressure was on but Peter had a firestorm in his eyes. Launching attack after attack, he tried to break free. Even when the counter attack came he leveraged his experience, training and equipment to hold on to the lead. On the final descent Peter’s bike handling skills allowed him to pull away, and he rode into the finish with a solid gap. National Champion – Peter Disera was on top of it all!
“Surreal! I am at a loss for words because it was just such a good race and the extent of what I have accomplished has not fully sunk in yet. Everything went together as it should. We have great support here with Norco and I can’t ask for anything more. Elite National Champion! Wow!”
– Peter Disera
Peter’s victory wasn’t the end of the team’s successes this weekend, however! Norco Factory Team entered the Relay Championships with guest rider Gunner Holmgren. Off to an early lead, each rider continued to contribute to the growing gap until finally bringing it home. Another National title for the team in the Championship category with Forward Racing – Norco taking the win in the Challenge category. All in all, a phenomenal weekend for our Norco athletes, on the top step of 5 of 8 recognized National Championships Podiums.