Men’s U-23 and Elite


World Cup Event #5 – Canada

June 23, 2012

Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec, Canada, has been the only venue to host a World Cup race every year since the series began in 1991.
U-23 rider Russell Finsterwald started in the top 40, but passed rider after rider to finish 10th, his best World Cup result of the season.
Emily Batty had a solid sixth-place finish, continuing her streak of top-10 World Cup finishes for the season.
Sam Schultz started in the top 30 group, but began moving up and finished 20th, a tie with his best result of the season.
Heather Irmiger managed to overcome the technical course and slick conditions, finishing 21st.
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski was derailed early when a competitor crashed into him on lap one, bending his derailleur and forcing a stop for service. Eventually he was too far behind and was pulled before the final lap.

A warm and sunny day set the stage for some hot battles. First up was Russell Finsterwald in the men’s U-23 race. Starting 14th in the field of 52 with his #27 bike plate (indicated world ranking position), Finsterwald was very strong his first lap, staying inside the top 10. His form stayed strong through the remaining laps, and he came across the line in 11th.


In the elite race, Sam Schultz, U.S. Olympic team member and then-highest starting U.S. rider, began 24th out of 80 wearing #27. He came through the first lap chasing the leaders. He fought hard to stay on pace the rest of the race and secured a 10th-place finish, a personal best for him on the World Cup circuit.


Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski started 46th in the field (#63 plate) and began picking off riders ahead of him. This course suited his riding style. At the end he was 29th, producing his best World Cup finish.


Women’s Elite


Emily Batty, recently named to the Canadian Olympic team, has had consistent top-10 finishes in the World Cup events this year. She started fourth on the line out of 47 entries with the #6. She fought hard to keep the race pace, eventually falling back to an 11th-place finish.


Heather Irmiger started 16th with a 23rd ranking. With her training ground in Colorado, this style of course was similiar and felt comfoprtable to her; she rode to a 19th-place finish.


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The next World Cup event will be July 28-29 in Val d’Isère. France.


U.S. National Championships
July 7, 2012,  saw the crowning of two Subaru Trek riders as national champions: Sam Schultz (men’s elite) and Russell Finsterwald (men’s U-23). In addition, husband and wife teammates Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger brought in a pair of bronze medals from the event in Sun Valley, Idaho.


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