Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team announces its roster for 2014

After another very successful mountain bike race season in 2013, Trek Canada is proud to introduce its roster for 2014. Trek Canada is committed to supporting some of Canada’s best upcoming and proven mountain bike racers, with the goals of not only performance but also to build the fun and passion for the sport

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Members of the Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team will be competing in Canada Cup’s, World Cups, and US races.

The Trek Canada Team for 2014 will include:

Jon Barnes – Our oldest athlete, competing in the Masters category, Jon is not only an amazing racer but also mentor for younger riders. After last year’s Silver at Canadian Championships, Jon is sure to be hungry to get his Canadian Championship jersey back again.

Peter Glassford – A bench mark for all great athletes. Not only does Peter train and coach some of our riders, but he still is capable of pulling off a top 5 at the 2013 Canadian Championships.

Karlee Gendron – Coming from a road racing background, Karlee is back again for her second year focusing on the mountain bike exclusively. 2013 was a breakthrough season for Karlee, with some impressive results in the US and Canada.

Mitchell Bailey – Canadian Champion in U23 at Hardwood in 2013. For this year we expect to see Mitchell competing in more World Cups abroad, and of course fighting to retain his Canadian Championship jersey in his final season of U23.

Soren Meeuwisse – Our newest member to the Trek Canada Mountain Bike team. Last year Soren won the Canadian Champion title for Cadet, and this year she’s aiming to repeat it that success as she heads into the Junior category.

The Trek Canada Team is primarily supported by the Trek Bicycle Corp. and Trek Bicycle Stores of Toronto, Aurora and Barrie. Trek Store owner Barry Near is excited for the 2014 season. “I really like the dynamics of this year’s team. We span a lot of different age categories and don’t have athletes within our own team competing against each other. It’s also a great mix of personalities willing to help each other out, and give back to the mountain bike community.”

2014 Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team Riders:

  • Jon Barnes, Brooklin Ontario – 2013 Silver Canadian Championships Master 40-49
  • Peter Glassford, Mansfield, Ontario – 2013 5th Canadian Championships Elite
  • Mitch Bailey, BarrieOntario – 2013 Gold Canadian Championships U23
  • Karlee Gendron, Winnipeg, Manitoba – 2013 6th SudburyCanada Cup Elite
  • Soren Meeuwisse, Orillia, Ontario – 2013 Gold Canadian Championships Cadet

Canada Summer Games and MSA World Cup

Canada Summer Games

Mitch, Karlee and Cayley all took place in the mountain bike disciplines at Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke Quebec.

 

Up first was the cross country event.

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Mitch Bailey on the Podium in third position

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Karlee Gendron In 3rd Place

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Cayley Brooks and Team Ontario in First Place with Karlee Gendron and Team Manitoba in Second

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Mitch Bailey and Team Ontario in second position in the team relay.

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Mount Saint Anne World Cup

 

 

 

Karlee Gendron in the early stages of the race.

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Cayley Brooks Had a solid race to finish in 15th position.

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Mitch Bailey had an Awesome race finishing in 12th position.

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Sudbury Canada Cup and Hardwood Hills Nationals

Sudbury:

The Team headed north for the third Canada Cup of the season taking place in Sudbury Ontario. This race was put on by Pulse Racing and the local Walden Cycling Club. Working together in great harmony, the event was a success.

 

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Hardwood Hills National Championships:

 

The week started off with the Team attending a local kids ride in Barrie. It was a great chance for the Team to meet fans, sign posters and have fun riding with the kids.

 

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On Wednesday the Team was at Hardwood Ski and Bike to ride and race at the weekly race series. with well over 200 riders in attendance it was fun evening of riding and meeting fans!

 

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Thursday Night was the first running of the XCE Eliminator event at Nationals. The whole Team was in attendance for this race. lots of great racing took place on an exciting and challenging course. Everyone had great TT’s and races with the most notable result Mitch Bailey finishing second for Elite Men.

 

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Saturday was the big day for the elite racers. Racing started for the team at 10:30 with the U23 women racing. Four laps of the challenging course laid ahead of them as they left the start line. Karlee Gendron was running strong in second place when she had a bad crash that left her unable to finish the race. It was a sad way to end the race after such a strong performance the week before at Sudbury finishing in second for Under 23 women. Cayley Brooks had an awesome race, battling hard with the the fastest women in her category race in as high as third position she finished just off the podium in fourth spot.

 

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The Men were next to race at 12:30. Mitch Bailey and Peter Glassford both had incredible races! Peter had an awesome second half of the race, giving it his all he was able to catch and pass his fading rivals to finish in 5th place.

 

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Mitch Bailey took control of his race right from the start. Gaping the field of chasing U23 racers Mitch’s incredibly smooth and fast riding style meant no one could get close to him. Mitch has been riding at Hardwood his whole life and knows the trails better then the back of his hand. That knowledge combined with his incredible fitness and bike skills lead him to his first ever U23 National Title!

 

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Sunday was the day of the Master. Jon Barnes and Eric Batty were on course racing for National titles in their age categories. Eric had an incredible strong and fast start but hen had a slow lap dealing with an medical complication. he came back strong and took back over 2 minutes from the leader of the race. Jon Barnes also had a great race, battling hard against a new rival for this season he finished in a strong second place.

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Congrats to Trek Store Rider Tyler Orschel on his Second Place Finish!

 

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Congratulations to Trek Store Rider Soren Meeuwisse on her National Title!

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A big Congrats to former Trek Canada Racer Emily Batty for getting her first elite national title!

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The Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team would like to thank everyone for their help making this weekend a success! The Riders, The Families, The Fans, The Trek Store, Pulse Racing, Everyone at Trek Bikes, Everyone at ESI Grips, Everyone at Clif Bar, Everyone at the Trek Factory Team,

 

 

Team Training Camp: Ellicottville NY

For the last week the Trek Canada MTB Team has been enjoying the beautiful Mountain town of Ellicottville in western New York. Known primarly for its skiing Ellicottville is an secret cycling paradise. Miles of beautiful rolling hills for road riding and a huge network of incredible mountain bike single track!  It is defiantly a great place to go riding.

Thanks to Jon Barnes for taking lots of photos of this weeks festivities

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All in all a great week of riding, training, bonding, bowling, and having fun!

with just under a month to nationals the team will be busy getting ready for the biggest race for the season!

Team Update: Canada Cup #1 and World Cup #1

Mitch and Cayley in Europe:

World Cup #1

Mitch and Cayley had awesome races last weekend in Germany. With the fear of rain and a muddy course the weather held out for their race day.

Mitch finished in 34th and Cayley finished in 20th.

They are currently preparing for World Cup #2 that will be taking place this weekend.

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Mont Tremblant Canada Cup :

The other half of the team was out in full force racing in Canada. Taking part in the first Canada Cup MTB Race in Mount Tremblant Quebec.

Check out this video of Peter Preriding the course!

Jon Barnes had a great race finishing in 1st place in the Masters category

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Peter and Karlee took to the course in the afternoon for their race. Karlee finished in 8th place at her first ever Canada Cup race! Peter was able to finish in an incredible 10th place in his first race back after a terrible crash.

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Thanks to Jeff Faulds for the awesome photos!

Up Next:

Mitch and Cayley will race in World Cup #2 this weekend.

Peter and Karlee will be racing Canada Cup #2 this weekend in Quebec.

Jon Barnes will be holding down the home front racing in Ontario Cup #2 at Mansfield.

Follow the team on their Facebook Page for more Updates.