After last weekend's Canada and Quebec Cup races a determined group of Sea to Sky athletes stayed in Quebec for the Canadian mountain bike championship cross-country races, which are themselves a prelude to World Cup events taking place this weekend. The national downhill competition takes place this coming weekend, with a World Cup the following week.
In the elite women's category Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops upset reigning World Cup champion Marie-Helene Premont on her home turf, coming in with a gap of almost three minutes. Pendrel opted to take part in the seven-day, 400 km B.C. Bike Race the previous week, where she won the women's open category with teammate Katerina Nash. Whether she recovers quickly or the B.C. Bike Race was a good warmup for the nationals, only Pendrel knows.
Amanda Sin of Ontario placed third, over five minutes behind Pendrel's pace.
Geoff Kabush took the men's title after a long duel with Max Plaxton, with Plaxton finishing just nine seconds back. Derek Zandstra of Ontario was third, 33 seconds back of Plaxton.
In the junior expert category, Team B.C. rider Evan Guthrie defended his national title with Whistler's Tyler Allison placing second by under a minute. Mitch Bailey of Ontario was third.
In Cadet (Under 17) Women, Lauren Rosser of Squamish placed first overall to take the national title. She was the only B.C. rider in her category to make the trip east.
Mo Lawrence of Squamish won the Cadet Men's category, while Whistler's Nick Geddes placed fifth and Max Horner crossed the line in 13 th place.
Routley third in Tour de Delta
Whistler road rider Will Routley placed third overall in the annual Tour de Delta, behind two former teammates with Symmetrics Cycling.
Routley placed first in the prologue, and third in the criterium by less than a bike length. He then placed fourth in the road race as a result of time bonuses earned by other riders.
Without the time bonuses, Routley would have placed second in the general classification, with a total time of four hours, 41 minutes and 25.4 seconds. Andrew Pinfold was second in a time of 4:41:12 and Ryan Anderson first in 4:41:08, with both riders earning 16 seconds in time bonuses over the three stages.
Routley won't be sticking around to race the Tour de White Rock this weekend, instead joining his teammates on Team Jelly Belly for a trip to China and the 10-day Tour of Qinghai Lake - a high level UCI event taking place over 10,000 fee of elevation.
You can follow that race online at www.tdql.cn/English/index_en.asp.