Both of Trek World Racing's Under 23 XC stars won their respective National Titles at the weekend. Emily Batty is the Under 23 National Champion for Canada, for the 4th consecutive time, and Mathias Flueckiger won his U23 National Title, adding to a Junior National Title from 2006.
Emily has dominated this category in her home nation since turning 18, and it was no different this time. The race was held at Canmore, Alberta, which has been the site of the 1988 Olympic Games Nordic events, as well as UCI XC World Cups back in the 90's. The race was held in perfect conditions, over 4 laps of the 7km circuit.
Meanwhile, in Graenichen, Switzerland, Mathias backed up his European Championship result with a strong ride in the National Title race to win by 39 seconds. Older brother Lukas also picked up a medal, finishing 3rd in the Elite Men.
Lukas said: "The course was very short with short steep climbs and technical downhill, and it was very fast and dry. After the Eurochamps last weekend I trained a lot for the next two World Cups and was not super fresh for this race. I knew that the race would be super fast because Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel wer not at the Eurochamps and the Swiss Champs are a big Goal for these guys.
After the fast start I was in lead with Schurter and Vogel, but I felt pretty tired trying to stay with them. They got away from me and I raced the whole race alone with little power in my legs. I finished 3rd but I wasn't disappointed. My true goals are the 2 World Cups in the next 2 weeks and I look forward to these events.