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Premont, Federau win Canadian MTB titles

Athens-bound Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) took her second consecutive title at the Canadian National Mountain Bike Championships on Saturday in Mont Sainte-Anne, while Ricky Federau (GearsRacing.com) won his first title in the elite men's category. A total of 64 men and 34 women rode through wet and muddy conditions for the chance to win the maple-leaf jersey of the nationalchampion. Premont took charge immediately in the women's 25km, five-lap race, attacking on the first climb and establishing a 10 second gap on Karen Dewolfe (Cannondale), Chrissy Redden

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By Rob Jones, Special to VeloNews

Athens-bound Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) took her second consecutive title at the Canadian National Mountain Bike Championships on Saturday in Mont Sainte-Anne, while Ricky Federau (GearsRacing.com) won his first title in the elite men’s category.

A total of 64 men and 34 women rode through wet and muddy conditions for the chance to win the maple-leaf jersey of the nationalchampion.

Premont took charge immediately in the women’s 25km, five-lap race, attacking on the first climb and establishing a 10 second gap on Karen Dewolfe (Cannondale), Chrissy Redden (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and fellow Olympian Kiara Bisaro (GearsRacing.com).

Her gap grew to nearly three minutes by the fourth lap, despite heavy rain, which turned the descents into muddy and slippery chutes. The mud clogged Premont’s gears in the fourth lap, forcing her to stop and make repairs, and allowing Redden and Dewolfe to pass. However, Premont was able to catch the other two by the start of the final lap, and coast in one minute and 53 seconds ahead of Redden, with Dewolfe a further 3:44 seconds down.

“I had a good start, and I wanted to push hard to open up a gap,” Premont said. “But in the rain I started falling, and losing time on the slippery descents, so I slowed down a bit, to be more careful – the Olympics were on my mind.

“It was at the end of the fourth lap when my chain got jammed and I had to stop, but I wasn’t worried about the other two catching me, because I knew that I could have a bit of a rest while I was fixing my bike, and that I would be able to catch them again on the long climb.”

Federau did not start as fast as Premont, preferring to let the front of the men’s 30km race sort itself out before making his move. Chris Sheppard (Haro-Adidas) was first to attack, on the main climb in the opening lap. He established a 20-second gap on a chase group containing Federau, Guido Visser (Bromont-Pepsi-Momo), Peter Wedge (Kona) and Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects).

Sheppard’s efforts were thwarted by flat tires on the second and third laps, and late in the fourth lap Federau moved into the lead, followed by Wedge. A surge in the last lap assured Federau the victory, and a spot on the world-championship squad for Les Gets, France, in September. Federau has now won national championships in the junior expert, espoir and elite men’s categories.

“Coming into the race I knew that I had good form,” he said. “I have been doing some really good training at home for the last couple of weeks. I just started super mellow, and as the race progressed, others guys started dropping back or having mechanical problems. The last lap I stepped it up as hard as I could, to make sure that Peter (Wedge) didn’t have a chance to get up to me.”

Martin Lazarski (Ontario) won the espoir men’s title after favorite Max Plaxton (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) suffered a broken rear derailleur in the second lap.

Results

Elite/espoir women

1. Marie-Helene Premont (QC) Rocky Mountain Business Objects, 25km in 2:09:21.42

2. Chrissy Redden (QC) Subaru Gary Fisher, at 1:53.20

3. Karen Dewolfe (NB) Cannondale, 5:37.96

4. Kiasa Bisaro (BC) Gears Racing, 8:31.67

5. Catharine Pendrel (BC) Oak Bay Bicycles, 14:04.55

6. Amanda Sin (ON) Team Ontario, 16:38.49

7. Tanis Banks (BC), 18:06.03

8. Melanie McQuaid (BC) Team Ford, 19:11.26

9. Stephanie Martinek (ON), 19:45.40

10. Julie Sanders* (QC) Oryx-Procycle, 22:22.04

11. Danielle Kabush (BC) Gears Racing, 24:28.58

12. Marisol Bernier (QC) Equipe Du Qc, 26:17.03

13. Marie-Helene Cote (QC) Rocky Mountain/Rst V, 28:28.58

14. Kasandra Cote* (QC) Equipe Qc-X-Clusiv, 28:52.58

15. Mical Dyck* (AB) Team Alberta, 30:48.58

16. Elsie Torresan* (QC) Cyclone D’alma, 32:20.58

17. Sue Trimble (ON) Gears Racing, 34:08.58

18. Sandra Walter (BC) Kappa, 34:22.58

19. Mathilde Hupin-Debeurme* (QC) Sportif Bromont, 35:06.58

20. Caroline Villeneuve* (QC) Le Relais, 41:22.58

21. Celine Foreht (ON) Sporting Life, 41:31.58

22. Allison Lampi (ON) KHS Bicycles Canada, 41:59.58

23. Brigitte Lacaille (QC) Normandin-Cbsf, 43:06.58

24. Kate Scallion* (NS), 50:59.58

25. Jean Ann McKirdy* (BC), 51:58.58

*Espoir

Elite/espoir men

1. Rickey Federau (BC), 30km in 2:11:38.65

2. Peter Wedge (NB), at 3:17.87

3. Andrew Kyle (BC), 4:08.41

4. Guido Visser (QC) Bromont-Pepsi-Momo, 6:11.22

5. Martin Lazarski* (ON), 6:48.20

6. Greg Reain (ON), 6:50.60

7. Kris Sneddon* (BC), 7:01.26

8. Chris Sheppard (BC) Adidas/Haro, 7:21.01

9. Jamie Lamb* (NS) Cyclesmith/Kona, 8:39.40

10. Geoff Kabush (BC) Maxxis, 9:10.39

11. Jean-Philippe Provost (QC) Oryx, 10:02.41

12. Matthew Hadley* (NB) Radical Edge, 10:38.01

13. Jesse Jakomait (ON), 12:02.06

14. Martin Lafontaine* (QC) Team Xcluziv, 12:27.79

15. Alex Frappier (QC) Biogen Idec, 13:54.89

16. Mark Webster (AB) Team Alberta, 14:43.91

17. Ian Carbonneau (QC) Sportif Bromont, 15:03.02

18. Roddi Lega (AB) Team Alberta, 17:32.07

19. Jean-Francois Vennes* (QC) Team-Xclusiv, 17:56.06

20. Jeremy Trudel* (QC) Le Y!=Ti, 18:22.16

21. Carter Hovey (BC) Brodie Bikes, 18:49.28

22. Matthew Green* (BC) Steed Cycles, 19:07.59

23. Brendan Macintosh (BC) Riders Cycles, 19:29.85

24. Lafontaine Bruno (QC) Equipe Du Qu!=Bec, 19:58.95

25. Adam Coates* (SK), 22:59.35

26. Zacharie L’abbe (QC), 23:07.35

27. Louis-Francois Guimont (QC) C.C. Beauport, 23:28.35

28. Jean-Sebastien Perron* (QC) Equipe Du Quebec, 24:18.35

29. Bruno Blais (QC) Team Xcluziv, 24:25.35

30. Luc Dorion (QC), 26:04.35

31. Louis Perusse (QC) Normandin/ Cbsf, 26:40.35

32. David Gagnon (QC) Sportif Bromont, 27:44.35

33. Tristan Galbraith* (ON) Thunder Bay Cycling, 28:22.35

34. Frederic Bussieres* (QC), 29:56.35

35. Pierre-Alexand Couture* (QC), 30:47.35

36. Drew Mackenzie (BC), 32:57.35

37. Louis-R!=my Marier* (QC) Sos V!=Lo-Ski Vm, 33:01.35

38. Daniel Sessford* (YT) Devo/Powerbar, 33:22.35

39. Leith Mcloed* (MB), 36:11.35

40. Shawn Bunnin* (SK) Cycledelia, 38:35.35

41. Tim Carleton (ON) Sport Swap Racing, 40:16.35

42. Andrew Erb* (ON) Jaw Racing, 41:13.35

43. Jason Rody (ON) Jaw Racing Team, 42:29.35

44. Brad Kerr* (SK) Team Sask, 42:32.35

*Espoir