Posted by Editoress on 09/2/19
Canada had a strong finish to the Mountain Bike World Championships on Sunday at Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, with top-10 finishes in the Downhill for Junior Men, Elite Women and Elite Men. In the Junior Men, Lucas Cruz was fourth, Elliot Jamieson sixth, Patrick Laffey eighth and Seth Sherlock ninth. Vaea Verbeeck was eight in Elite Women, while in Elite Men, Finn Iles was seventh and Mark Wallace ninth. Canada finished the world championships tenth in the medal standings with a silver medal.
"Last year was my first [Elite] Worlds and I was 14th and this I am seventh, so it is a good step up," said Iles. "I'm quite happy with that. It was definitely special to race here at Mont-Ste-Anne; when I came down and was first, the feeling of that whole crowd is something I will never forget. I wish I could have stayed on the Hot Seat longer, but I'm happy overall with my performance."
Lucas Cruz, a second year Junior, missed the bronze medal by a mere hundredth of a second. "I felt super solid all week in training and most of my run was good; I had a few little mistakes and lost a little time at the bottom because it turned out my tire was low, but overall it was good."
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