Whistler Crowns Four New Canadian Enduro Champions
Ottawa, ON (July 31, 2023) – Crankworx and the Canadian Enduro League played host to the first sanctioned Canadian Enduro Championships since 2019 on July 30, 2023, crowning new national champions in the discipline in Whistler, BC.
Three-time Olympic alpine and freestyle skier Brittany Phelan took the lead in the Women Elite’s race, racing four of the five fastest stages in her category, to finish 36.8 seconds in front of Miranda Miller.
“It feels awesome. I’ve always been second but today I knew how to get the lead after the Blackcomb descent and I just wanted to keep it together and settle for a good race,” said Phelan. “I felt like I rode fast and smooth all day, I pedalled as fast as I possibly could on every single stage and I feel like I didn’t really leave anything out there. Whatever the result was in the end, I was going to be stoked with it because I was stoked with my ride and the effort I put in today.”
Going into the race, there were high expectations for Emmy Lan (U21 Women), Jesse Melamed (Elite Men) and Rhys Verner (Elite Men) after stellar finishes in the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Series. Lan took the win in the U21 Women’s field, while Melamed and Verner battled it out on the trails, with Melamed ultimately finishing 21.20 seconds in front of Verner.
In the U21 Men’s category, Wei Tien Ho was the fastest rider of the day, scoring the best time in all five stages with a total time of 39:27.02 – a time that would have been competitive amongst the Elite Men.
The full list of results can be found here. Next up on the Canadian Championships calendar are the Canadian XCM Championships, which will be held on Sept. 1-3 in Whitehorse, YK. The full calendar of national events can be found on the Cycling Canada website.
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Source: Cycling Canada
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