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June 26/17 21:39 pm - Meeuwisse & Guthrie Win Canada Cup XCO Titles

Posted by Editoress on 06/26/17

The Canada Cup XCO Mountain Bike Series concluded on Sunday in Whistler, BC, with the sixth round of competition.  Canadian pros Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro) and Geoff Kabush (Scott-Maxxis) won the final rounds for Elite women and men, however, it was Soren Meeuwisse (Trek Canada) and Evan Guthrie (Pivot/RaceFace/Kal Tire) who won the overall titles.

Whistler played host to the Canada Cup final for the fifth consecutive year.  This year, race took place on Blackcomb mountain, adjacent to the Whistler resort. The four kilometre circuit featured two main climbs that were broken up with some single track descents. The elevation change of 240 metres for such a short course, plus temperatures rising into the 30s Celcius, made for a hard day of racing.

Olympic bronze medalist Pendrel rode away from the rest of the field to win by nearly ten minutes.  B.C. riders Jayne Rossworn and Emily Unterberger took second and third.  Meeuwisse, only a second year Under-23 rider, was absent, but had already wrapped up the women's title after the previous round.  Meeuwisse finished with 740 points, while Rossworn jumped from sixth in the standings to second, pushing Quebec's Marine Lewis was pushed down to third.

In the Elite men's race, Canadian legend Geoff Kabush won by over a minute ahead of American Stephen Ettinger (Focus/Shimano), with Guthrie taking third, two minutes back.  Guthrie, the winner of Round 2 moved back into the lead in the overall standings with 805 points.  Quinton Disera (Norco Factory), the previous leader and Round 3 winner who missed Whistler, dropped to second in the standings at 670 points, with national champion Derek Zandstra (Cannondale-3Rox) at 505 points.



Evan with mom and granthmother


"Taking the Canada Cup overall this year was a way I hoped to thank all my supporters," said Guthrie, who is racing on his own without a team this season.  "So many came together to help form my program for 2017 and I just can't put the appreciation into words. One day races are always special, like Nationals and Worlds, but consistency over a six race series, because of the many battles along the way, is rewarding. My races were far from perfect this year but with the help of many, I was able to clinch the Series. This one is for everyone who has continued to support me and the ones who jumped on board for this year.  It was also an extra special weekend for me to have family out. My 88 year old Gramma made the trek and toughed it out all day in the sun, walking to and from the venue. Sharing that with them was what it's all about."

In the Junior categories, Julia Long (Cycling BC / TaG Cycling) won the women's race and Holden Jones (Cycling BC / Team Squamish) the men's.  Despite missing the final round, both the men's and women's leaders each retained their leads to take the overall titles, with Gunnar Holmgren (Centurion Next Wave) winning the men's and Leya Masson (CC Mont-Ste-Anne) the women's.

Canada Cup  results

Final Standings

Elite Women
1 Soren Meeuwisse* (ON) Trek Canada 740 pts
2 Jayne Rossworn (BC) 600
3 Marine Lewis* (QC) 515
4 Cindy Montambault (QC) Trek GPL 495
5 Haley Smith (ON) Norco Factory Team 495
6 Rebecca Beaumont (ON) Marin x Peppermint 435
7 Sophianne Samson* (QC) Cvm Sigma Assurances 430
8 Catharine Pendrel (BC) Clif Pro Team 400
9 Emily Unterberger* (BC) 399
10 Erica Leonard* (ON) Centurion Next Wave 380
Junior Expert Women
1 Leya Masson (QC) CC Mont-Sainte-Anne 345 pts
2 Roxane Vermette (QC) CC Mont Sainte-Anne 275
3 Dana Gilligan (ON) Team Ontario/Progressive Sport p/b 3Rox/Maverix Racing 275
4 Sidney McGill (AB) Focus CX Canada 255
5 Julia Long (BC) Cycling BC/ TaG Cycling 199
6 Mireille Larose-Gingras (QC) Equipe du Québec/CVM Sigma Assurance 199
7 Savilia Blunk (USA) USA National Team 190
8 Gwendalyn Gibson (USA) USA National Team 187
9 Sarah Fabbro (ON) Team Ontario/Trek Canada 127
10 Tereza Saskova (Cze) Ceska Sporitelna Specialized Junior MTB Team 125
Best 4 of 6 Races Count for final Ranking
Elite Men
1 Evan Guthrie (BC) RaceFace/Pivot-OTE/Kal Tire 805 pts
2 Quinton Disera* (ON) Norco Factory Team 670
3 Derek Zandstra (ON) Cannondale 3Rox Racing 505
4 Alexandre Vialle (QC) Toyota St?Eustache 482
5 Andrew L'Esperance (NS) Forward Racing/Norco 460
6 Felix Longpre* (QC) Mont Sainte-Anne 440
7 Rhys Verner* (BC) Kona Factory Team 435
8 Peter Disera (ON) Norco Factory Team 410
9 Raphael Auclair* (QC) Team Pivot Cycles-OTE 380
10 Geoff Kabush (BC) Scott-Maxxis 375
Junior Expert Men
1 Gunnar Holmgren (ON) Centurion Next Wave Cycling Team 345 pts
2 Holden Jones (BC) Cycling BC 330
3 Brody Sanderson (ON) Centurion Next Wave Cycling Team 325
4 Tyler Clark (USA) Kms Cycling - Killington Mountain School 285
5 William Côté (QC) Dalbix Sherbrooke 180
6 Philippe Truchon (QC) Mathieu Performance 177
7 Philippe St-Laurent (QC) Team Pivot Cycles-OTE 158
8 Nick Kleban (BC) Cycling BC 136
9 Scott Funston (USA) USA National Team 122
10 Logan Sadesky (AB) Rundle Mountain Cycling Club 118
Best 4 of 6 Races Count for final Ranking

Full standings


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