MOUNTAIN BIKERS READY FOR SUCCESS IN 2012 AFTER SERIES
OF TRAINING CAMPS
World Champion Catharine Pendrel pleased with
support and training camps
(Ottawa, ON – March 05, 2012) Canada’s
mountain bikers are ready for another exciting season,
headlined by the 2012 UCI World Cup Tour, 2012 UCI Mountain
Bike and Trials World Championships and the 2012 Olympic
Games in London, UK.
After a series of three training camps held in January
and February in Palm Springs, California, and Victoria,
British Columbia, the Canadian Mountain Bike Team is
ready to shine once more on the UCI Mountain Bike World
Cup Tour and at the 2012 Olympic Games.
In terms of the Olympic qualification process, Canada
is currently sitting in first place of the Women’s
UCI Olympic Ranking, while the Men are ranked in ninth
For the men, nations ranked first through fifth (1-5)
will receive three spots, while nations ranked sixth
to 13th (6-13) will bring two riders in London. For
the women, the Top 8 nation will bring two riders to
the Olympic start line.
Dan Proulx, Head coach of the Canadian Mountain Bike
Team, has high expectations for the team this season,
and feels confident of the team potential heading into
“The team is definitely getting a lot stronger.
They have been really working hard and training well
together. We've been deliberately flying under the radar
in terms of talking about our winter preparation program.
It’s about getting the work done. There has been
a lot of riding on terrain that is specific to the London
course. We've also done a lot of mental preparation
and rehearsal for the Games. We've been stressing all
along that the Olympics are about grit, determination
and hard work. We're not expecting this to be easy.”
The current World Champion in women’s cross country,
Catharine Pendrel (Kamloops, BC/Team Luna Pro) is excited
for the season and acknowledged the support from partners
of the Canadian Cycling Association: "Thanks to
the support of Own The Podium, the Canadian Mountain
Bike Team has been able to log some great training this
winter. With both our road and Mountain bikes in tow,
our goal has been to strengthen our already strong team
on and off the bike. Everyone is looking great and excited
for all the competitive challenges of this Olympic season!"
Geoff Kabush (Courtenay, BC/Scott-3Rox Racing Team),
Olympian and seven-time Canadian Champion, was pleased
with the atmosphere at the camps: "The camaraderie
and atmosphere amongst the Canadian Mountain Bike Team
has been building for several years now. Coming into
the 2012 Olympic year, the confidence, support, and
momentum behind the team seems to be at an all-time
high. Every time we get together I feel like we are
building the foundation needed and moving one step closer
towards our Olympic goals."
The 2012 Mountain Bike Season kicks off with a World
Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa from March 17-19.
A month later, April 13-15, the UCI World Cup Tour moves
to Houffalize in Belgium. Then, the world’s top
mountain bikers will battle it out for the remaining
two World Cups part of the Olympic qualifying period
in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic and La Bresse,
France in May.
June will feature the North American leg of the tour,
featuring Olympic-nominated athletes embarking on their
final preparations as they participate in the World
Cup races in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec and Windham, New-York.
In late July, the World’s top riders will go head-to-head
for the final time before the Olympic Games, racing
in Val d’Isère, France.
The Olympic Mountain Bike races are scheduled for August
11th for the women and August 12th for the men.