Maghalie Rochette (Specialized-Feedback Sports) will not be among the Canadian women heading to the Pan American Cyclo-cross Championships in Garland, Texas this weekend. The two-time elite champion would have been one of the favorites if she had participated, especially after finishing second in the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Besançon, but with calendar clashes in Europe, the rider made the difficult decision to miss a chance to keep the jersey.
Rochette is due to compete in the Superprestige Boom on Saturday and is due to take part in the now-canceled UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup round in Antwerp on Sunday.
“It has been a huge honor to be the Pan American Champion for the past 3 years,” said Rochette, while expressing his disappointment at not being able to compete at Garland.
“Unfortunately, the race date conflicts with the World Cup schedule, making it a huge disadvantage for any North American trying to be competitive on the World Cup circuit,” he said. she declared.
“I hope that in the future we will have continental championships on the same date as the European championships to try to level the playing field.”
In Rochette’s absence, his compatriots who race for various commercial teams will be in action throughout the weekend’s races, with seven developing riders competing for Cycling Canada.
Current Pan American Under-23 champion Ruby West will be among the contenders as she makes her elite debut.
“I’m really excited for the Pan Am Championships this year,” West said. “I think it will be a dry and fast course based on what I have heard on this site and the past races that have been held there.
“I’m not sure what to expect but I know I’m in good shape right now and I’m really excited and motivated for this race. This will be my first race in the Elite category and my first Pan Am appearance since winning the U23 title so I can’t wait to see what I can do this time around.
Among the seven junior runners in contention are twins Ava and Isabella Holmgren, who competed in the Senior World Cup events in Waterloo, Fayetteville and Iowa City earlier this season. National Under-17 mountain bike champion Ian Ackert and track talent Kiara Lylyk are also in the race.
The Pan American Championships will see the elite and U23 titles decided on Saturday November 4, and the junior races will be contested on Sunday December 5.
Cyclingnews has contacted Cycling Canada to confirm the final list of Canadians who will compete at the 2021 Pan American Cyclo-cross Championships.
- Jenaya Francis (Juventus CC) – Junior Women
- Alexander Woodfoord (Ride With Rendall) – Junior Men
- Ben Sweet (Hardwood Next Wave) – Junior Men
- Christiane Bilodeau (Juventus CC) – U23 Women
- Katelyn Walcroft (Hardwood Next Wave) – U23 Women
- Hugo Brisebois (Ride With Rendall) – U23 Men
- Tyler Clark (Homestead Racing) – U23 Men
- Owen Clark (Homestead Racing) – U23 Men
- Noah Ramsay (Bateman’s Bicycle Co) – U23 Men
- Siobhan Kelly (Black Dog Racing) – Elite Women
- Ruby West (Independent) – Women Elite
- Malcolm Barton (Durham Shredders) – Elite Men
- Michael van den Ham (Easton Giant) – Elite Men
- Tyler Orschel (Durham Shredders) – Elite Men
- Brody Sanderson (AWI P / B The Crank & Sprocket Bicycle co.) – Elite Men
- Alexandre Vialle (Independent) – Men Elite
- Ava Holmgren – Junior Women
- Isabella Holmgren – Junior Women
- Kiara Lylyk – Junior Women
- Ian Ackert – Junior Men
- Théo de Groote – Junior Men
- Luke Valenti – Junior Men
- Matt Leliveld – U23 Men