Posted by Editoress on 07/15/16
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.
Rhys Verner and Anne-Julie Tremblay
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.
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.
In the men's competition, the top three qualifiers finished in exactly that order, with British Columbia's Verner beating out Ontario riders Quinton Disera (Team Ontario/Angry Johnny's p/b Norco & Garneau) and Tyler Orschel (Team Ontario/Trek Canada MTB Team).
Competition continues on Saturday at the 2016 Canadian MTB XCO/XCE Championships, when the Cross-country (XCO) titles will be awarded.
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