Jackson Earns Second Maple Leaf Jersey at Canadian Highway Championships

The Canadian Highway Championships concluded on Sunday after three days of racing with the street occasions for para-cycling, Junior males and Elite girls’s classes. Alison Jackson (Liv Racing) repeated because the Elite girls’s champion after profitable the time trial on Friday, confirming she is one in all Canada’s prime street athletes and a pressure to be reckoned with on the world stage.

The Elite girls confronted the identical hilly course as the boys yesterday, with the added issue of harsh winds which took its toll on the riders. The 114.6-kilometer race began off robust, with 14 athletes breaking away from the primary pack within the first 10 kilometers. The pack thinned out because the race progressed and ultimately solely Jackson and two-time Pan American cyclo-cross champion Maghalie Rochette (Specialised Racing) had been left to battle it out on the entrance. Jackson attacked with 35 kilometers to go to take the win in entrance of Rochette and Sara Poidevin (Rally Biking). The primary discipline completed seven minutes later, Ruby West sprinting to take the win within the U23 class, adopted by Laury Milette (Macogep Tornatech Girondins de Bordeaux) and Florence Normand (Macogep Tornatech Girondins de Bordeaux).

Alison Jackson and Maghalie Rochette on the entrance of the race

“My expertise racing in Europe and the Belgium classics, I actually knew tips on how to race within the wind and that actually performed to my benefit,” stated Jackson. “I took to the entrance fairly early on to assist make it extra of a range and I picked my second and went all in all the way in which to the top. I believe I used to be extra nervous this weekend than I’ve been for some other race so I’m actually completely satisfied to come back out with the double win.”

The 54 Junior riders accomplished the identical distance as the ladies and confronted comparable circumstances, with robust crosswinds affecting the race tempo. Canadian time trial champion Léonard Peloquin (Équipe du Québec) attacked on the 45-kilometer mark and rode solo for over 20 kilometers earlier than being joined by teammate Jérôme Gauthier and Clovis Roy (ZVP Opto-Réseau). Peloquin ultimately dropped each riders and managed to create a strong hole with the primary peloton within the final 30 kilometers, ending 1:30 forward of Charles Duquette (Équipe du Québec) and Luke Hubner (Biking BC).

Teammates Jérôme Gauthier and Léonard Peloquin

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“It was actually arduous,” stated Gauthier. “I had a teammate within the breakaway very early on within the race so I bridged the hole to assist him; he didn’t have the legs to go along with me so I simply went as arduous as I may. Our technique was to manage the race, keep within the entrance and win on the finish and that’s what we did.”

Within the para-cycling classes, Marie-Claude Molnar, Louis-Albert Corriveau Jolin & the duo of Lowell Taylor & Ed Veal repeated as Canadian champions after ending first within the time trial races on Friday. The occasion additionally noticed new athletes on the rostrum, together with newcomers Alexandre Hayward and Thuy Do, who had been competing at their first Nationals.

The boys’s tandem podium finishers

“At present was a battle of wills going up and down a hill repeat,” stated Taylor. “Workforce Quebec had three tandems chasing us down however each time they attacked, we shut it down. We knew we had the legs and I’m so proud to race alongside Ed Veal. I got here into the game older, a little bit bit later and I’ve been aiming to get to the highest of the rostrum at Nationals. It feels so wonderful to come back residence with the jerseys, the medals and the maple syrup.”

Full outcomes for all competitions will be discovered right here. The Canadian championship collection now head to Baie-Saint-Paul for the Canadian Mountain Bike XCO Championships from September 24-26.

C4-5 Ladies: 1- Marie-Claude Molnar
C1-5 Males: 1- Alexandre Hayward 2- Lachlan Hotchkiss
T1-2 Males & Ladies: 1- Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin 2- Thuy Do
H1-5 Ladies & H1-2 Males: 1- Kara Douville 2- Matthew Kinnie
H3-5 Males: 1- Mark Ledo 2- Charles Moreau 3- Joey Desjardins
Tandem Ladies: 1-Carla Shibley & Meghan Leminski
Tandem Males: 1- Lowell Taylor & Ed Veal 2- Daniel Chalifour & Jean-Michel Lachance 3- Mathieu Croteau-Daigle & Michel Jean
Junior Males: 1- Jérôme Gauthier 2- Charles Duquette 3- Luke Hubner
U23 Ladies: 1- Ruby West 2- Laury Milette 3- Florence Normand
Elite Ladies: 1- Alison Jackson 2- Maghalie Rochette 3- Sara Poidevin

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