Canadian National MTB Championships – This Weekend.

The 2009 MTB National Championships go this weekend in Felicien, Quebec.  The Alberta provinical team along with a few other high level Albertans will be in attendance.  Here’s the official release from the CCA:

Prémont and Pendrel showdown expected at Canadian mountain bike cross country championships July 11-12 at St-Félicien, Que.

OTTAWA -Marie-Hélène Prémont of Chateau-Richer, Que., and Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops, B.C., 1-2 in last year’s World Cup standings and Geoff Kabush of Victoria headline the Canadian mountain bike cross country championships scheduled for this weekend (July 11-12) at St-Felicien, Que.

The men’s and women’s elite, under-23 and junior races will all be held on Saturday July 11 beginning at 9 a.m., while the Masters and other age group division races go on Sunday.

The competition will also help determine the Canadian team for the world mountain bike championships set for September 1-6 in Canberra, Australia. With Pendrel and Prémont leading the charge, Canada is currently ranked number-one in the world in the women’s mountain bike country standings.

Last season Prémont reached the podium in eight of the nine World Cup stops to take the season crown. This season she’s improved in each her three World Cup appearances winning the silver medal at the most recent stop in Madrid at the end of May.

Pendrel is also currently at number-one individually in the world rankings. This season in three World Cup appearances she posted a second, fifth and sixth place finishes. She was Canada’s top mountain bike rider at the Olympics last year placing fourth and earned three World Cup medals in 2008.

Other Canadians to watch in the women’s elite race include Emily Batty of Toronto and Amanda Sin of Wolfville, N.S., who won the Canada Cup event in Bromont last weekend.

On the men’s side, Kabush took fourth spot in the World Cup standings last season with three medal performances. He has one top-finish this season and is currently ranked sixth in the world. Other men to watch include Derek Zandstra of Trenton, Ont., Raphael Gagné of Quebec City and Adam Morka of Toronto.

The Canadian downhill championships will be held the following weekend July 17-18 at Massif du Sud, Que.

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