The UCI World Championships are just around the corner. This year, they’ll be taking place in Mont Saint Anne, in the Canadian providence of Quebec. Former Downhill World Champion and current Kona gravity racer Miranda Miller has been selected to the Canadian women’s downhill team, while 3x 24-hour Solo World Champion and Kona Adventure man Cory Wallace has been selected for the Canadian cross-country team.
“It was a goal of mine at the beginning of the year to make the Canadian team for World Championships even though I’ve taken a step back from DH. Every time I’ve been able to race downhill this season it’s been with a different attitude and approach than previous years and it’s exciting and new again.
Monte Saint Anne has always been a special place for me with 2 World Cup podiums in the past. I cannot wait to race World Champs in my home country. Before I was maybe more results-focused, but this event will be more for progressing technically through-out the weekend and having an aggressive run. This event will be an experience of a lifetime!”
“I’m thrilled to be selected by Team Canada for the World XCO Championships in Mont Sainte Anne next weekend. It’s always an honour to pull on the maple leaf and I’m excited to prove this 24-Hr engine can hold its own in a 1.5 hr race. As most my training was bike packing (6-10 hours a day) on the bike to get ready for 24-Hour Worlds a couple of weeks back, my challenge now is to get the speed back in the legs. Thus I’m focusing on 1.5 hour rides with lots of short intervals. All this is being done on technical trails as I know the course at Mont Sainte Anne is challenging, and very similar to the riding we have here in Victoria BC. It’s going to be tough and I’m fired up for it!”
“The World Championships is always the coolest race of the year. I’m lucky enough to always have custom bikes and kits so everything looks and feels really special. For me, the lead up to this race has been less than ideal with almost a month off the bike and limited training due to injury. I’m just looking forward to being back on the bike, doing the best I can and finishing healthy.”
Also selected to the Junior Women’s downhill team for the United States is Autumn Parham from B-Line Racing.
“First of all, it feels so crazy to be selected for Worlds, when I first started racing my bike three years ago I never expected that I would be racing against some of the best women in the world. I feel like being selected for Worlds is really going to make me excel as a rider and really start my career in the sport. I’m most looking forwards to meeting the girls I’ll be racing against and riding a classic course that has been in the circuit for years. The thing that I am most nervous about is the tougher competition but it will be exciting to face this challenge and see where I land come race day. Thank you for your support through this season, I’ve wanted a Kona ever since I started mountain biking and its unreal that I’m racing on one now, I look forward to working with you and this bike company in the future.”