While the snow is still abundant here, the season is well and truly begun for a few jewels of mountain bike club Cyclone Alma. Saturday, two colors door of the club, Rebecca Beaumont and Anne-Julie Tremblay, distinguished themselves during a California stop on the American circuit Kenda Cup West at Fontana City National.
Rebecca Beaumont, who plays in Elite class (cross-country), concluded the race in 7th place, scoring the second fastest time of this Canadian. The only one that has accelerated, it’s Catharine Pendrel who virtually his ticket for Rio Games in the pocket.
“I am really happy! I did not expect this, Beaumont commented in a telephone interview. The 26 year old from Alma chose to move to California in early January to improve its preparation. Initial results seem to prove him right.
“It seems that the drive of the winter has paid off,” she notes.
Must say that the caliber of all events on the American circuit is very high since the fight is intense on the south side of the border between six athletes who are struggling for a place to Rio.
Recently, Rebecca took part in a stage run in San Dimas, still in California, where she finished 9th in cross-country, but the fourth “short track”.
This test looks like a criterion in the sense that participants must perform a loop for 15 minutes to 1 or 2 minutes to which adds a few laps.
“Throughout the race, they tell us how many laps we still have,” says from Alma that is, what was said, the first Canadian in a long to sit on the podium (five) .
This year, Canada will delegate six girls at the World Championships and Rebecca Beaumont’s goal is to be selected. “Right now, it bodes well. I have good results and I hope it will continue to go well, “one that wants to take part in a stage of the US Cup next week in San Dimas.
It has also included in its agenda the World Cups in France and Germany.
As for Anne-Julie Tremblay, his 15th position is also auspicious, since the race was all categories. At its 2nd year U23, the Saguenéenne has just arrived in California.
She kept the shape by training in fatbike and snowshoeing. She was super happy with the race because it was still able to compete with the girls in her class, and her condition can only improve.
Anne-Julie Tremblay also well short track Sunday with a 11th position.
For its part, Leandre Bouchard attacked the course of Fontana on Sunday, participating in a short criterium track a maximum of fifteen minutes (3 laps). He then obtained an excellent 5th position, while being the first Canadian in the Pro category.
Leandre Bouchard currently training in California in preparation for the next stage two of the US Cup to be held in Bonelli and Sea Otter. He will take advantage to prepare the first phase of the World Cup to be held in Australia at the end of April. (With Serge Emond)