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Unsurprisingly, Kabush and Pendrel crushed at Nationals, but Ontario riders put in an awesome performance!

Ontario riders did well in all categories:
Junior women: 4,5,6,9,10
Junior men: 1,2,4 (and more)
Elite women: Amanda Sin in second and Catherine Vipond in fourth (I thought she was from BC?)
U23 women: Emily Batty first, Mikaela Kofman second and Ashley Barson fourth
Elite men: Zandstra third, then other sprinkled throughout (our own swabag in sixth)
And Jared Stafford winning U23! That kid is amazing...
 

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Awesome...

I guess someone who recently said Ontario racing scene sucks is eating his... umm... socks right now...

Canmore has phenomenal trails in the area...
 

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Nerdgirl said:
Catherine Vipond in fourth (I thought she was from BC?)
Catherine is living in B.C., but is from Ontario being a former "product" of Gears Racing during previous years in which they cast a very large shadow over the Ontario XC with a significant team presence, both in numbers and results.

Junior superstar Mitch Bailey seemed to come up short on the big day unfortunately, but still has plenty of other top results to show his class.
 

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And BC cleaned house in the DH.

Not surprising that Ont has a very strong XC racing scene and did well.

Would be great to see more support for both our XC and DH racers at the World Cup level. Kinda sad reading the DH results and only see one guy and gal doing the whole circuit.
 

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Would be great to see more support for both our XC and DH racers at the World Cup level. Kinda sad reading the DH results and only see one guy and gal doing the whole circuit.
That would be nice. I assume you're speaking of Smith for the men and Buchar for the ladies? (even though she missed nationals this year). Don't you think this has everything to do with the proliferation of many of the best riders into commercially-funded freeriding, rather than the formally recognized discipline of DH? Look at T. Vanderham for example. Doesn't really race DH any more, but obviously he's quite capable in the discipline even without "training" purposefully for DH.

The winds are changing on the XC scene from what I can see. BC has managed to populate the race scene with a disproportionate number of Canada's top XC riders for many years now, with the cream of the crop always seeming to rise toward the top from constant exposure to the available terrain and longer riding season in many parts of BC. However, the well looks like it is drying up somewhat, and the sheer numbers of juniors competing in ON and QC are reversing that trend very quickly. The riding options in BC are too varied to attract and retain many teens on the XC side anymore. Lots of participation in a couple of the high school XC leagues in some areas, but not many movign toward a more serious path of competition.

In summary, in the future it looks as if most of our top XC riders will come from ON and QC, our top freeriders from BC more often than not (duh) and our top DHers? Well, as you've pointed out we're on the knife edge 1 rider away on each of the men's and women's sides from not having any full-timers on the DH circuit, period.
 

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Excuse my lack of knowledge as this was before I ever raced a bike, but whatever happened to the Gears XC team?
Gears put a huge amount into the Ontario MTB community for a lot of years. Title sponsor for Summer Solstice, Mansfield 8hr, and the Hardwood Canada Cup all at various times from what I recall, and probably more events too that aren't coming to mind immediately.

They sponsored a very large race team that was always all over the podium right from the elite men & women on down to all the rest of the categories for normal humans. :)

I have no knowledge of why they scaled back from those lofty heights. It would probably be unfair and unrealistic to expect them to continue that level of support indefinitely, but it was very nice of them to do so for the period they were able. Maybe there's someone here who was involved with the team who has better insight who can comment.

On the other hand it could have been something to do with zip ties.
 

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Gears team came on the circuit big about 96/97. Within a couple years they were pretty much the team. I scaled back to just 24hr events after that so not sure how many more years they were big supporters.
 

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They seem to be down to just two serious XC riders now which is a shame since the new orange/white kit is quite sharp. :thumbsup:
 
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