In 2018, Panorama Mountain Resort and Norco Canadian Enduro Series teamed up to host the first ever Canadian enduro national championship event.
In 2019, the event returned to the B.C. resort. This time, Cycling Canada was along or the ride.
The result? The first officially sanctioned Canadian enduro national championships.
That Saturday’s Enduro nationals were part of Gravity Fest at Panorama, which also included Canadian downhill national championshps on the Sunday. The big event brought Canada’s gravity racing scene together for a mega-weekend of racing, which saw many of the countries best internationally ranked talents show up to fight for the maple leaf sleeve of national champion.
Remi Gauvin (Rocky Mountain / Race Face), the winner in 2018, was back and looking to defend his title. While his teammates were absent due to injury, a host of other Enduro World Series pros did attend the event.
Elite Women’s national championships
Miranda Miller (Kona Gravity Racing) raced to silver on the women’s side. After dropping time to eventual winner Jennifer McHugh (GT Racing) of Fernie on Stage 1, Miller worked hard to regain time over the remaining five stages of racing.
In the end, it came down to just 2.6 seconds after 41 minutes of racing. McHugh was able to hold off the 2017 downhill world champion, claiming the elite women’s Canadian title. Miller was second, just behind McHugh, with Marilyne Proulx (Bromont, Que) rounding out the podium in third.
Gauvin defends – Elite men
In the elite men’s race, Remi Gauvin (Rocky Mountain / Race Face) was on a mission. The Squamish, B.C. racer opened up a lead on the epic, 13 minute Stage 1 and kept building all day. Gauvin won every one of the six racing stages at Panorama to defend his Canadian enduro national championship for a second year.
Behind Gauvin, Rhys Verner (Kona Gravity Racing) matched his teammate, Miller’s podium placing, finishing second. McKay Vezina (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) rounded out the podium in third, just 19 second behind Verner.
Under-21 and under-15 racing
In the Under-15 men’s race, Elijah Baron (Cowichan Cycles) is the new national champion, follwed by Oliver Cebuliak (Canmore) and Nicolas Mikkelsen (Whistler).
Highlights from 2019 Norco Canadian enduro national championships at Panorama Mountain Resort
Bonus: 60 seconds of alpine descending at 2019 Norco Canadian enduro championships