Skip to main content

Prémont and Kabush garner more titles

Geoff Kabush at recent St. Felicien World Cup

Geoff Kabush at recent St. Felicien World Cup (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

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 five degrees," said Prémont (Rocky Mountain / Haywood), who earned her fifth straight national title. "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 (Norco Factory Team) of Kamloops finished second 4'45" behind Prémont. Kiara Bisaro (Opus), also from British Columbia, was third.

In the men's race, Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) finished ahead of Max Plaxton (Rocky Mountain / Haywood) by just under 30 seconds. Kabush logged his third national title. Derek Zandstra (Rox Racing/Scott) won 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. "This is my hometown and I adored racing here. It was really important for me."

For more coverage of Canadian nationals, click here.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

after your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1