Courtenay’s Geoff Kabush is expected to be part of a large Canadian delegation to the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stop in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que. this weekend.
The cross-country and downhill races are the only North American events on the 2013 World Cup calendar.
A total of 95 Canadian athletes – 67 in cross-country and 28 in downhill (50 under the National Team outfit) – will be racing over the weekend at this favourite World Cup stops on the calendar for many riders from across the world.
The cross-country races will all be held on Saturday, while the downhill seeding runs will take place Friday, with the finals showcased on Sunday. Every race will happen at the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort near Quebec City.
It is expected that both Canadian champions, Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ont. (Trek Factory Team) and Derek Zandstra of Trenton, Ont. (SCOTT-3 Rox Racing) will participate in the event with their professional trade teams, along with other big names in mountain biking such as three-time Olympian Kabush (SCOTT-3 Rox Racing).
2011 World champion Catharine Pendrel (Team LUNA Pro) of Kamloops is registered for the race, and will make her return to the World Cup competition after nursing a broken collarbone.
Two-time Canadian Champion Max Plaxton of Victoria (Sho-Air-Cannondale) will be racing at the event, along with Raphael Gagné of Québec, who will race in front of his home fans, friends and family.
For more information on the 2013 Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, visit www.velirium.com/en.
– Cycling Canada