Getting to race a national championships on the trails you grew up riding is a unique opportunity not many riders get.
Winning those ‘home’ national championships within minutes of your brother also winning, well that’s just something special.
It’s what Peter and Quinton Disera pulled off at Canadian XCO national championships on Saturday. The event returned to Hardwood Ski & Bike in Simcoe County, Ont. where the brothers grew up and learned to ride.
Both riders, who race together on Norco Facotry Team, fended off strong challenges in the early stages of the race to win their respective national championship titles for a very supportive home crowd. First Quinton then, one lap later, Peter crossed the finish line solo to win at home at Hardwood Ski & Bike.
Neither race was without drama, however. Peter Disera had an early scare when he crashed on the first lap.
“I was down and up pretty fast, and just lost a single spot to my teammate Andrew [L’Esperance],” recounted elder Disera, who is still just 24 years old. “But it was enough that I was like ‘Oh, I need to watch what’s happening.”
“Ironically enough, I crashed on Disera Drop,” Peter added, before Quinton corrected “Smith drop, now.”
From then on, though, it was clean sailing. Of the initial group of four on the front, only Léandre Bouchard (Pivot Cycles-OTE) was able to hold Disera’s wheel. Marc-Andre Fortier, also on Pivot Cycles-OTE slowly fell off the pace to ride alone in third. Andrew L’Esperance, teammate to the Disera brothers on Norco Factory Team, suffered a double flat tire, sending him backwards from the leading group.
“Once I got away,” Peter said after the race, “I just tried to ride clean and clip as few trees as possible.”
It was working. Disera set the fastest lap time on every one of the five laps in the elite race. Peter extended his winning margin to 1:34 over Bouchard by the end of the race. This win marks Peter Disera’s third consecutive Canadian elite XCO national championship.
Behind, Quinton Disera was also making quick work of the under-23 field. He and Raphael Auclair (Pivot Cycles-OTE) were rapidly working their way through the elite men’s field, which had started two minutes before the under-23 race.
“There was a point in the race where someone said Quinton was 45 seconds behind me,” Peter said after the race. “Which, doing some quick math, meant he’d made up 1:45 on me, so … that was concerning.”
Inaccurate spectator time-gaps aside, the race was going well for Quinton despite also crashing on the first lap.
“Right off the gun, I wanted to make it really hard. I crashed on the first lap, so I was a bit further back, but I was still in the lead three, then two.”
Auclair was holding strong though, and it wasn’t until the third of four laps that the younger Disera was able to create some space between himself and second place.
“It took a little while to shake Raph Aucliar, but I’m stoked the race,” Quinton said afterwards. “I went into this with a bit of confidence, and wanted to to lead it and be the decisive rider in our race.”
“He threw down last year at the Canada Cup here,” Peter interjected, “So he knew he could do it.”
After falling 20 seconds back on the second lap, Tyler Orschel (Durham Shredders) had recovered and picked up the pace. Orschel would end up third, but just two seconds behind Auclair in second.
Quinton Disera earns his first under-23 XCO national championship.
“It was super nice to have it at Hardwood Ski & Bike in front of all our family and friends that were able to make it out today,” Quinton said of the home town win.
Disera will take over the maple leaf jersey from Norco Factory Team’s Sean Fincham. The two-time under-23 national champion suffered an early mechanical, reportedly snapping a chain on lap one. The Squamish defending champion set the fastest time on the last three laps of the race to chase from last place back to seventh, but ran out of ground.
Results: 2019 Canadian XCO national championships, Oro-Medonte, Ontario.
|1||DISERA, Peter||NORCO FACTORY TEAM||ON||1:23:26|
|2||BOUCHARD, Léandre||PIVOT CYCLES – OTE||QC||1:25:00|
|3||FORTIER, Marc-andre||PIVOT CYCLES OTE||QC||1:28:04|
|5||BELHUMEUR, Felix||PIVOT CYCLES – OTE||QC||1:30:25|
|7||VIALLE, Alexandre||TOYOTA ST-EUSTACHE||QC||1:31:02|
|8||GLASSFORD, Peter||TREK STORE CC||ON||1:31:45|
|10||AUDET, Anthony||CC ACQ||QC||1:33:24|
|11||WATSON, Andrew||AWI RACING P/B THE CRANK AND SPROCKET||ON||1:34:34|
|12||SLAUGHTER, Jon||ANGRY JOHNNY’S RACING P/B NORCO||ON||1:35:46|
|13||HLAVENKA, Luke||AWI RACING P/B THE CRANK AND SPROCKET||ON||1:37:11|
|14||BAYLEY, Michael||TONY’S POWER TOOL RACING||ON||1:39:34|
|16||CHAPMAN, Stephen||NINE2FIVEPRO CYCLING TEAM||ON||1:40:20|
|17||LEFEBVRE, Alex||THE PETERBOROUGH CYCLING CLUB||ON||-1 Lap|
|18||BRIOSCHI, Corey||NORTH HUB BIKE SHOP||ON||-1 Lap|
|19||PADEGA, Jack||INDEPENDENT||ON||-1 Lap|
|20||SLOTEGRAAF, Sidney||NEW HOPE BIKE CLUB (NHBC)||ON||-1 Lap|
|21||TRELA, Adam||WOODSTOCK RACING||ON||-2 Laps|
|22||RIVE, Bennett||DURHAM SHREDDERS||ON||-2 Laps|
|DNF||MURRAY, Cody||CRIMPS CYCLING CLUB||ON||DNF|
|DNF||L’ESPERANCE, Andrew||NORCO FACTORY TEAM XC||NS||DNF|
|1||DISERA, Quinton||NORCO FACTORY TEAM||ON||1:07:15|
|2||AUCLAIR, Raphael||PIVOT CYCLES – OTE||QC||1:07:33|
|3||ORSCHEL, Tyler||DURHAM SHREDDERS||ON||1:07:35|
|4||JONES, Holden||PENDREL RACING||BC||1:08:52|
|5||HOLMGREN, Gunnar||HARDWOOD NEXT WAVE||ON||1:10:04|
|6||SANDERSON, Brody||AWI RACING P/B THE CRANK AND SPROCKET||ON||1:11:15|
|7||FINCHAM, Sean||NORCO FACTORY TEAM||BC||1:11:56|
|8||BARTON, Malcolm||DURHAM SHREDDERS||ON||1:12:41|
|10||FARRELL-DESSUREAULT, Émile||RIDE WITH RENDALL P/B BIEMME||QC||1:13:31|
|11||SADESKY, Logan||RUNDLE MOUNTAIN CYCLING CLUB||AB||1:14:42|
|12||TRUCHON, Philippe||MATHIEU PERFORMANCE||QC||1:15:04|
|14||NIEUWESTEEG, Carter||BROAD STREET CYCLES||BC||1:16:25|
|15||JONKER, Andrew||CASUAL FRIDAY CYCLING CLUB||ON||1:16:29|
|16||MCDOWELL, Nathan||TONY’S POWER TOOL RACING||ON||1:16:31|
|18||KOCEMBA, Jan||DURHAM SHREDDERS||ON||1:16:39|
|19||HAMM, Emile||BLACKSHEEP MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB||ON||1:16:58|
|20||LONEY, Calvin||NORTH HUB BIKE SHOP||ON||1:17:23|
|21||MULCAHY, Liam||DURHAM SHREDDERS||ON||1:17:45|
|23||MALTAIS-PILOTE, William||CVM CYCLONE D’ALMA||QC||1:19:38|
|24||COTE, William||EQUIPE DU QUEBEC||QC||1:20:07|
|25||HORSFIELD, Robin||HARDWOOD NEXT WAVE||ON||1:21:36|
|28||EMSLEY, Nicholas||INDEPENDENT||ON||-1 Lap|
|DNF||MILLER, Noah||WOODSTOCK RACING||ON||DNF|