25 years of World Cup racing celebrated in style at Vélirium

25 years of World Cup racing celebrated in style at Vélirium

Main pic: Catharine Pendrel during the Cross-country UCI World Cup 2015. Photo credit : Mathieu Bélanger. 

Beaupré, Sunday, August 2, 2015 –This weekend was marked by nostalgia as Vélirium presented by Videotron Mobile recollected 25 years of UCI World Cup racing in Mont-Saint-Anne. Mountain bike legends, professional athletes, amateurs, racing teams, partners, volunteers, spectators and organizing committee alike gathered to celebrate this outstanding moment in sport history.

It was all action this weekend at Mont-Sainte-Anne with the UCI Downhill World Cup presented by Vidéotron Mobile, Vélo Mag Raid presented by Power Run Energy, UCI Cross-Country World Cup presented by Jeep, legends race, the ever-popular Véli-Kidz race, the family zone presented by Promenades Beauport, great parties at Lounge Tremblay, Pumptrack Epic and the second edition of Duel de la Côte.

Athletes in great shape
Canadian athletes were in top shape in Quebec this weekend, much to the crowd’s delight who got to see them perform on home turf. After a fall in the final, Canadian Steve Smith ranked 41st. Mark Wallace (BC) offered the best Canadian performance with a 6th place while Britain’s Josh Bryceland took gold followed by Frenchman Loic Bruni (2nd) and Australian Troy Brosnan (3rd).

As for the women, all eyes were on Rachel Atherton who took gold effortlessly clocking a time just below 5 minutes.

Spectators were looking forward to the Cross-Country World Cup, eager to cheer for Canadian athletes, many of whom performed very well at this summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto. Current Canadian Champion Raphaël Gagné from Lac-Beauport (Québec) was in great shape, finishing 14th, one of his best results in the World Cup series and his best ever in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Catharine Pendrel (BC) and Emily Batty (ON) maintained their momentum with a 2nd and 4th position respectively.

Increasingly popular amateur races
And because Vélirium isn’t only about World Cups, amateur races presented all weekend were hugely popular. The Véli-Kidz children’s race was full with 250 kids from age 2 to 9 participating while 572 racers registered to cover one of the 3 distances, 31, 63 or 81 km of Raid Vélo Mag presented by Power Run Energy. The organizing committee can proudly say: Mission accomplished!

Let’s not forget to mention the great parties thrown at Lounge Tremblay where free shows from Steve Hill and Planet Smashers got the crowd dancing! 80s cover band Karma Kaméleons closed the festival Sunday night as everybody was invited to dress 80s style for yet another memorable costume party, another way to celebrate and remember 25 years of parties at Mont-Sainte-Anne!

Volunteers made it happen
Once again this year, volunteers were there to help make this event a success. ”They are the pillars of the organization and have contributed widely to our success over the past 25 years, says Chantal Lachance, vice-president of Gestev. We couldn’t do it without them. They are very precious to us!”

Sustainable development
For a 4th year in a row, Vélirium has obtained a Level 2 Responsible Event Management certification in compliance with the criteria set out by Bureau de Normalisation du Québec as far as the 9700-253 standard is concerned. Back for a second year, Ecocup reusable drinking cups, branded especially for this event, were once again very popular at Lounge Tremblay. Also, an info booth presented by Parcs éoliens de la Seigneurie de Beaupré et Desjardins was set up on site, providing information on wind energy and a free water station to refill bottles, which was hugely popular.

Visitors also got a chance to vote for the most eco-friendly exhibitor.

Results at a glance

DHI World Cup – Final – Men Junior
1. GREENLAND Laurie (Great Britain)
2. MARIN TRILLO Alex (Spain)
3. CRIMMINS Andrew (Australia)

DHI World Cup – Final – Elite Women
1. ATHERTON Rachel (Great Britain)
2. CARPENTER Manon (Great Britain)
3. NICOLE Myriam (France)

Top Canadian : MILLER Miranda (BC, 5th)

DHI World Cup – Final – Elite Men
1. BRYCELAND Josh (Great Britain)
2. BRUNI Loic (France)
3. BROSNAN Troy (Australia)

Top Canadian : WALLACE Mark (BC, 6th)
Top Quebecer: LANGEVIN Hugo (Bromont, 59th)

XC World Cup – Final – Elite Men
1. SCHURTER Nino (Switzerland)
2. ABSALON Julien (France)
3. VOGEL Florian (Great Britain)

Top Canadian : GAGNÉ Raphael (QC, 14th)

XC World Cup – Final – Elite Women
1. NEFF Jolanda (Great Britain)
2. PENDREL Catharine (Canada)
3. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline (France)

Top Canadian : MONTAMBAULT Cindy (QC, 41st)

XC World Cup – Final – U23 Men
1. CAROD Titouan (France)
2. GROTTS Howard (USA)
3. KORETZKY Victor (France)

Top Canadian : VIALLE Alexandre (QC, 13th)
XC World Cup – Final – U23 Women
1. RISSVEDS Jenny (Sweden)
2. KELLER Alessandra (Switzerland)
3. BARNES Alice (Great Britain)

Top Canadian : FLEURY Catherine (QC, 9th)

UCI Downhill World Cup 2015. Photo credit : Andre Lyra.

UCI Downhill World Cup 2015. Photo credit : Andre Lyra.

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