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Canadian BMX team ready to kick off 2014 Supercross season

Four Canadian elite BMXers are travelling to Manchester this week for the opening Supercross of the season. The two-day competition starts on Friday April 18 with the Trials and ends on Saturday April 19 with the featured BMX motos and main s.

Canada will have four riders wearing the National uniform at the , including five- Canadian Champion and Olympian  of Coquitlam, BC. He will be joined by ‎Jimmy Brown of Airdrie AB, who is coming back from a 10-month rest period as a result of an injury, Corey Walsh of Ayr, ON and James Palmer of North Vancouver, who took the second place in the elite category of the Canadian BMX Championships in 2013.

All four riders have participated in UCI BMX Supercross s in previous years.

“I’m excited to open the season next weekend in Manchester. I’ve been racing a lot this year and I’m ready to go. I’ve raced 2 races on SX tracks so far this year and they have gone well,” said Nyhaug, who is ranked sixth in the World rankings of SuperCross and represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “I know that I’m in great race shape right now and I’m confident in myself. As always the goal is to race consistent and be in the final and once there, go for the win.”

For the season, Nyhaug is looking for consistency. “I’m looking to have fun racing the whole SX circuit again. Racing consistent every weekend is going to be key in the chase for the title, and that’s my goal.”

Jimmy Brown shares Nyhaug’s feelings on getting back on the Supercross track: “I am feeling confident getting back on the SX tracks after recovering from last year’s shoulder injury. I have put in a lot of hard work in the off season and I am feeling better than ever and ready to do my country ud on a world stage. I am feeling more prepared than I ever have for a and I have some big goals, so hopefully all goes well and I can come home with a big result.”

Ken Cools, Head Coach of the Canadian BMX , is excited about the start of the new Supercross season: “Olympic qualification will begin this year and racing in Manchester will give an opportunity to dial in racing on SX tracks and better prepare athletes for the upcoming races that offer points.”

Jim BROWN (Airdrie, AB/Surrey, BC) [Elite ] (@JimBrown94)
(Coquitlam, BC) [Elite ] (@tnyhaug49)
James PALMER (North Vancouver, BC) [Elite ] (@JSP_66)
Corey WALSH (Ayr, ON) [Elite ] (@WalshCorey)

Ken COOLS, Head Coach (@CoachKenCools)
Alex ICHÉ, Osteopath

18-19.04.2014 – – Manchester, GBR
10-11.05.2014 – – Papendal, NED
13-14.06.2014 – – Berlin, GER
23-27.07.2014 – – Rotterdam, NED
06-07.09.2014 – – Santiago Del Estero, ARG
26-27.09.2014 – , USA

Four medals for Canada at Mountain Bike Pan-American Championships

Canada competed on the weekend at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Pan-American Championships, and fared well winning four medals, one in each of the categories with Canadian representation.

Raphael Gagné of Québec, QC rode to the bronze medal in the Elite race, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:45:12, just ahead of country and reigning Canadian Champion Derek Zandstra of Trenton, ON, who took fourth place.

“I came here to defend my second place from last year, but my goal was for a Top 5. I gave all I had today, so I am pleased with third. I had logisitical problems in my travels, but thanks to the support from the national team program and the will do to well, I am very happy to have persevered and make it here to these Championships,” said Gagné, after his medal performance.

In the ’s espoirs (U23) race, Antoine Caron of Stoneham, QC stepped up to the challenge and finished third, grabbing the bronze medal after racing for 1:31:15. Caron was involved in a tight race for the silver medal, finishing just six seconds behind the silver medallist.

“The race went better than planed given my left scaphoid injury (wrist). The heat made the race very tough, but I was able to stay hydrated and my pacing strategy paid off at the end… On last lap, I was really close to the Brazilian rider to finish second, but he still had some legs in him,” said Caron.

In the Elite category, Mikaela Kofman of Toronto, ON was also riding with the hopes to medal at these championships after stepping on the podium last season. In hot conditions, she managed to ride to the silver medal, posting a time of 1:45:09.

“It was definitely a hard, hot and long race. I went off the start knowing that I had to race smart, hoping that some riders would fade. Mary [McConneloug, ] went off and I thought she could hold the lead, but she faded. With two laps to go, I was feeling good and was able to distance Mary. Danielle [Campuzano, MEX] was strong today!”

Frédérique Trudel of Breakeyville, QC, the 2013 U23 Canadian Champion, was also a contender for a medal at this , and did not disappoint. The young rider started with a fast pace, but couldn’t hang on and took the third place, winning the bronze medal. “This was a tough first race of the season for me. I started out strong and faded in the last two laps,” comted Trudel. “It was getting hot out there and I should have drank a little bit more. Overall, I’m happy with my result!”

The 2014 UCI tour starts on April 10th with cross-country and races in , South Africa. The worldwide tour will make nine stops before the 2014 UCI World Championships in Hafjell, Norway, the final of the year. Canada will host one on the 2014 Tour, hosted in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC, from July 31st to August 3rd.

1. Stephen ETTINGER () 1:44:08
2. Fabio Hernando CASTANEDA MONSALVE (COL) 1:45:08
3. Raphael GAGNE (CAN) 1:45:12
4. Derek ZANDSTRA (CAN) 1:45:32
5. Spencer PAXSON () 1:47:04

1. Daniela CAMPUZANO (MEX) 1:44:31
2. Mikaela KOFMAN (CAN) 1:45:09
3. () 1:45:49
4. Erin HUCK () 1:46:18
5. Agustina Maria APAZA (ARG) 1:47:43

1. Jhonnatan BOTERO VILLEGAS (COL) 1:30:21
2. Luiz COCUZZI (BRA) 1:31:09
3. Antoine CARON (CAN) 1:31:15
4. Andrey FONSECA (CRC) 1:32:11
5. Miguel LONDONO NARANJO (COL) 1:33:05

1. Ines Carolina GUTIERREZ (ARG) 1:33:14
2. Xiomara GUERRERO (COL) 1:34:09
3. Frederique TRUDEL (CAN) 1:34:27
4. Florencia ESPINEIRA (CHI) 1:34:32
5. Laura BIETOLA (CAN) 1:36:03

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Bonk Breaker® announces expansive partnership as Official Nutrition Bar of USA Cycling

Bonk Breaker®, creator of freshly baked real food , announces a newly expanded partnership with . The relationship that launched in 2013 has been extended for a multi-year term and includes substantial on-site activation at key s, exclusive member benefits and full nutritional support of .

Frank lauded ’s expanded anti-doping efforts and new “Race Clean™” initiative as a compelling factor in solidifying the long-term partnership. “Our belief is that with per nutrition, athletes can perform at extremely high levels,” he said. “ shares this belief and is committed to supporting clean competition. Our role as a nutrition partner is to vide great-tasting, real food fuel to help naturally optimize athletes’ s.”

In addition to launching the newly formed Bonk Breaker , Bonk Breaker’s investt in includes sponsorship of individual Olympic athletes Sarah Hammer and Dotsie Bausch–both silver medalists in –the , the Hincapie Developt and numerous local clubs a the United States. The partnership extends to all members in offering exclusive member benefits and sports nutrition education, as well as opportunities for the public to experience Bonk Breaker® first-hand at all 18 championship s and the Tour of America’s Dairyland.

Orica – AIS’ Emma Johansson repeats in Cholet Pays de Loire

Riding with the Swedish , won  on Sunday, securing back-to-back victories in the French one day race. The win is Johansson’s third in Cholet, making her the first wo to attain the hat trick.

“It’s never easy to come back as a favourite,” said Johansson. “Everyone is looking to you, so it’s harder to win. It’s really nice to come back and repeat. I’m pleased with the way the race unfolded. It played the way we wanted. It was a good day for the .”

“It was really good to race with the Swedish ,” Johansson added. “We don’t have many chances to race together during the year. It’s become somewhat of a tradition to race together here, and I like that.”

Johansson was part of an 11 rider breakaway that solidified on the last of four hilly circuit laps. In the move with her Swedish mate Sara Mustonen, Johansson was confident in her ’s chances.

“We had two in the group, and both of us quite good,” said Johansson. “I was stronger in the hills, and I knew I had to cover everything to make a good attempt to win again.”

Inside the final ten kilometres, Johansson and Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec ducts) slipped away from the front group. The duo built up a small advantage while their former break companions gave chase. The nine caught Johansson and Longo Borghini on the line.

“Elisa and I got away together on the last hill,” Johansson explained. “We just managed to stay away. I won and Elisa ended up third. Jolien d’Hoore (Lotto Belisol) was second from the – that’s how close they were to us in the end.”


Geoff Kabush and Katerina Nash lead US Cup Pro Series/Pro XCT standings after wins at Bonelli Park

The USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group and the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Country Tour (Pro XCT) continued on March 15 with a Category HC race at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, Calif.


Kabush rode a tactically smart race at Bonelli, biding his and attacking for the victory to win by 50 seconds over Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (ESP/Trek Factory Racing). Max Plaxton (CAN/) held on to claim third place.

With the win, Kabush moves ahead of Plaxton in the Pro XCT men’s standings with 450 points and now holds a 25-point advantage on his countryman. The rest of the men’s Pro XCT standings remain unchanged with (Durango, Colo./Spezialized Racing) sitting in third place with 325 points, followed by Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./ Sho-Air-Cannondale) and Derek Zandstra (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) with 250 and 220 points, respectively.

The top four of the US Cup Pro Series men’s standings at the halfway point are Kabush (77 points), Plaxton (64), Wells (56) and Bishop (45). Gutierrez is in a three-way tie for fifth place with Zandstra and Alexander Grant (Salt Lake City, Utah/ Sho-Air-Cannondale). All three riders have 37 points.


Nash dominated the ’s -country race from start to finish as she claimed her second consecutive victory in the Pro XCT and US Cup Pro Series races. Nash and Luna mate Catherine Pendrel (CAN) rode away from the field on the first lap of the five-lap race, with Nash pulling away on lap three to solo to the win. Pendrel was followed a the line by Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) in third place.

After winning her second straight race, Nash leads the Pro XCT women’s standings with 500 points. Pendrel sits in second in the standings with 400 points while Batty moves past Gould (, Colo./Luna Pro ) into third place with 325 points. Gould drops to fourth place in the standings with 275, while Daniela Campuzano (MEX/Mexico National ) enters the top five with 250 points after placing fourth at Bonelli Park.

In the US Cup Pro Series standings, Nash remains the leader at the halfway mark with 80 points, trailed by Pendrel (64), Batty (57), Campuzano (49) and Gould (47).

After the second of the seven races on the Pro XCT calendar, Luna Pro remains atop the Pro XCT standings with 900 points. Trek Factory Racing jumps up from fourth place to second place in the standings with 525 points, while Sho-Air-Cannondale (430) and Specialized Racing (365) both slip one spot to third and fourth, respectively. enters the top five this week with 259 points.

Watch a full video replay of the race at Bonelli Park here.

Full results from Bonelli Park.

USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group Standings:


1. (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) — 77

2. Max Plaxton (CAN/Cannondale Factory ) — 64

3. (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) — 56

4. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Sho-Air – Cannondale) — 45

5. Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (ESP/Trek Factory Racing) — 37

5. Derek Zandstra (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) — 37

5. Alexander Grant (Salt Lake City, Utah/ Sho-Air-Cannondale) — 37


1. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro ) — 80

2. Catherine Pendrel (CAN/Luna Pro ) — 64

3. Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) — 57

4. Daniela Campuzano Chavez Peon (MEX/Mexico National ) — 49

5. Gould (, Colo./Luna Pro ) — 47

USA Cycling Pro XCT Standings:


1. (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) — 450

2. Max Plaxton (CAN/Cannondale Factory ) — 425

3. (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) — 325

4. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Sho-Air – Cannondale) — 250

5. Derek Zandstra (CAN/Scott-3Rox Racing) — 220


1. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro ) — 500

2. Catherine Pendrel (CAN/Luna Pro ) — 400

3. Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) — 325

3. Gould (, Colo./Luna Pro ) — 275

5. Daniela Campuzano (MEX/Mexico National ) — 250

1. Luna Pro — 900

2. Trek Factory Racing — 525

3. Sho-Air – Cannondale — 430

4. Specialized Racing — 365

5. — 259