The 2019 Canadian XCO championships delivered the goods on a hot day of racing at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Oro-Mendonte. Peter Disera and Emily Batty were repeat champions in the elite races while Laurie Arsenault and Quinton Disera took U23 titles.
The undulating course had climbs, rock garden descents and flowing single track so strong riders had plenty of places to put the real pressure on their rivals. Spectators lined the course on a day where the temperatures hovered around 33 C with the humidex in the 40s.
Elite and under-23 races
Haley Smith, Catherine Pendrel and defending champion Emily Batty were the elite women's favourties.
The Norco Factory rider stayed at the front for the first lap.
Smith suffered a mechanical and then Pendrel crashed giving Batty an opportunity.
Jenn Jackson had a great ride and was in contention for the podium all race.
While it has rear suspension, which must add some weight, Batty had no trouble climbing at Hardwood.
Sandra Walter quietly had a great race getting across the line in third.
Laurie Arsenault had a good ride to the U23 title.
Pendrel would earn the silve medal.
Batty took her fourth consecutive title.
Pendrel high fives the fans.
Sandra Walter was all smiles crossing the line in third.
Post race debrief for the podium finishers.
Batty took time at the finish with her fans.
Peter Disera took the holeshot and never looked back.
Léandre Bouchard tried to keep Disera within touching distance.
Peter Disera on his way to the elite title.
Meanwhile Quinton Disera ripped through the elite field and won the U23 race.
Tyler Orschel finished third in the U23 race.
Quinton Disera takes the U23 win.
Minutes later his brother Peter crossed for the elite victory.
Hugs for mom at the finish line.
RELATED: Results: Junior and Under-17 XCO national championships
Canadian championship podium ceremony
Nicole Bradbury receives the Catharine Pendrel Youth Scholarship.
Rosamond Simpson, Rebecca Christensen and Lindsay-Anne Townsend
Eric Jeannotte, Marc-André Daigle and Louis Dumas
Lisa Holmgren, Heather Gray and Jennifer Perry.
Robert Holmgren, Aroussen Laflamme and Jon Barnes.
Eric Jobin, Kevin Simms and Paul Cooney
Marin Mowe, U17 champion Nicole Bradbury and Ella Myers.
Hugo Brisebois, U17 champion Owen Clark and Médéric Carrier.
Magdeleine Vallières-Mill, U19 champion Emilly Johnston and Samuel Baillargeon.
Vincent Thiboutot, Canadian champion Carter Woods and Hmish Graham.
Mackenzie Myatt, Canadian U23 champion Laurie Arsenault and Marianne Théberge
Canadian U23 champion Quinton Disera.
Raphaël Auclair, Quinton Disera and Tyler Orschel.
Canadian elite women's champion Emily Batty.
Catherine Pendrel, Emily Batty and Sandra Walter.
Canadian champion Peter Disera.
Léandre Bouchard, Peter Disera and Marc-Andre Fortier