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Canadian National Championships - CN

Mt. Washington, British Columbia, Canada, July 21-22, 2007

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Race 2 - July 22: Cross country

Prémont and Kabush win cross country titles

Marie-Hélène Prémont and Geoff Kabush overcame poor weather conditions to successfully defend their elite cross country titles on Saturday at the Canadian Mountain Bike Nationals at Mt. Washington, British Columbia.

"It was a difficult race with the mud, wind, rain and the fact it was only 5 degrees," said Prémont, now with five straight national titles. "There was a lot of running on the course, still I'm pleased with my race. I didn't have any mechanical problems and it went well for me on the difficult parts of the course. I managed my race well and I felt in control."

Last week's Pan American Games champion Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops finished second 4.45 behind Prémont. Kiara Bisaro, also from B.C., was third.

In the men's race, Geoff Kabush finished ahead of Max Plaxton by just under 30 seconds. Derek Zandstra of Ontario won the bronze.

"The weather caused a lot of trouble because it rained here all week," said Kabush. "It's hard on the body and the bike. It was an exciting race and I focused on staying in control.

"I can tell you I'll be sore tonight," he laughed. "This is my hometown and I adored racing here. It was really important for me."

In the under 23 races, Emily Batty of Ontario and Neal Kindree, were the winners.


Elite men
1 Geoff Kabush (BC) Maxxis                              1.58.52
2 Max Plaxton (BC) Rocky Mountain / Haywood                0.22
3 Derek Zandstra (ON) 3 Rox Racing / Scott                 1.33
4 Seamus McGrath (BC) Rocky Mountain / Haywood             3.32
5 Kris Sneddon (BC) Kona Les Gets                          7.41
Elite women
1 Marie-Helene Premont (QC) Rocky Mountain / Haywood    1.50.44
2 Catharine Pendrel (BC) Norco Factory Team                4.47
3 Kiara Bisaro (BC) Opus Bikes                             6.41
4 Amanda Sin (ON) 3 Rox Racing                             8.01
5 Wendy Simms (BC) Kona Les Gets                           9.14
U23 men
1 Neal Kindree (BC) Kona/Les Gets Factory Team          2.07.54
2 Raphaël Gagné (QC) Équipe Quebec/Rocky Mtn Haywood       2.48
3 Daniel Sessford (YT) Team Yukon - Everti/Schwalbe        6.44
U23 women
1 Emily Batty (ON) Team R.A.C.E                         2.12.59
2 Meghan Kindree (BC) Team Squamish                        4.04
3 Catherine Vipond (ON) Team Trek Store                    6.52