Posted by Editoress on 08/2/11
Panorama’s last downhill mountain bike race of 2011 was well attended, .
This weekend Panorama Mountain Village hosted the final race of the 2011 Canada Cup downhill series, with nearly 200 riders competing. There was also a BC Cup mountain bike race, both under beautiful blue skies and in front of cheering supporters.
There were one hundred and ninety two entries for the Canada Cup Final, ranging from first time Citizen category racers to last weekend’s Canadian DH Mountain Bike Champion Andrew Mitchell, in the Elite category.
Rob Fraser (Primary SRAM/TREK) won the Canada Cup Men’s category. Fraser had the fastest time of the day at 3:24.60 on a course he described as rough and physical.
“It was a good length and wicked track,” said Fraser. “I feel like I made it up in the middle rock garden.”
The Canada Cup Women’s category went to Lauren Rosser (Commencal Young Guns) with a time of 3:51.67. She also won the Canadian DH Mountain Bike Championship at Panorama last weekend.
“The World Cup Final (in Val di Sole, Italy) will be my last race this season,” she said. “These two wins will give me the points I need to get there and give me the confidence to know I can do really well at Worlds.”
The Canada Cup National Cycling Series represents the highest calibre of coordinated domestic racing in Canada. The series is a stepping stone for any riders with the goals of achieve international success. There are two goals of the series: to provide athletes from across the country with the best possible competitive preparation to aspire to national and international level events, and to develop and promote the sport of cycling in Canada through the encouraged participation of all age and ability categories.
The Series is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Since its inception in 1991, the Canada Cup Series has produced elite athletes, notably Olympians Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), Marie-Hélène Prémont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) and Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), World Championships silver medallist Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) as well U23 National Champion Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek), just to name a few.
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