One of the biggest weekend events in Canadian cycling happened on May 17 and 18, 2015, threading through a new, redesigned course at Mont Tremblant. For the 25th year, the Mont Tremblant Canada Cup of 2015 was a proving ground for the best, toughest downhill riders and XC specialists in the country, and the results are in.
The first day was for the cross country riders to grind dirt, with men’s and women’s competitors in both elite and junior categories. Emily Batty, riding for Trek Factory Racing, led the elite women’s race with a time of 01:28:48:2. The 26-year-old from Brooklin, Ont.—already a veteran of the Canada Cup series—won the USA Cycling’s US Cup Pro Series event at Bonelli Park on April 11 and now leads that series. In the junior women’s category at Mont Tremblant, meanwhile, Soren Meeuwisse recorded the best time at 01:18:50.7.
Out of the ranks of elite men, Raphael Gagné of Rocky Mountain led the way, beating Leandre Bouchard’s time by nearly two minutes—clocking in at 01:27:16.8. Like Batty, Gagné currently leads the men’s individual standing in the US Cup. Raphael Auclair led the junior men’s pack with a time of 01:19:19.8.
Day 2—May 18—was all downhill, all the time. Of the senior elite women’s field, Kristen Courtney of Adrenaline Racer/Liv/Giant took the top ranking at 4:09.970, making her the day’s fastest female. Her performance comes on the heels of a big, big year in 2014, when Courtney not only took first place at that year’s Mont Tremblant Canada Cup, but also at the US Pro GRT, as well as winning second overall in the Canada Cup Series. With a time of 3:06.720 ,the men’s pack was dominated by Quebec’s Samuel Thibault, riding for Banshee/Major Cycles.
Next up in the Canada Cup Series is the Horseshoe Valley Canada Cup in Oro, Ont., the second cross country event, happening on June 7,