Specialized rider Max Plaxton opted out of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, missing the event for the first time in 10 years. It's a disappointing end to what has been Plaxton's best season to date, but he is optimistic that the time off will serve him well.
"Missing the world championships for the first time since I was a first-year junior is a tough pill to swallow, but I need some time off mentally and most of all for a knee injury that's been causing problems since early July," said Plaxton.
"With some quality time off to let the mind and body rest and recover, I am looking forward to next season and to carry on where I left off." Plaxton thanked both his team and the Canadian Cycling Federation for their support.
In the 2012 season, Plaxton claimed his second consecutive Canadian Cross Country National Championship, his first World Cup podium, and the opportunity to represent Canada in the Olympic Games.