Maghalie Ro­chette’s cy­clocross re­sults re­vealed

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In early Fe­bru­ary, Maghalie Ro­chette was driv­ing home to Mon­treal from the Louis Garneau of­fice near Que­bec City. She had worked on a video about the new part­ner­ship be­tween her team, Clif Pro Team, and the Cana­dian cy­cling brand. It was a lit­tle more than a week since she’d fin­ished fifth at the world cy­clocross cham­pi­onships. She re­flected on her time in Bieles, Lux­em­bourg.

“A lot of peo­ple have asked me, ‘Were you sur­prised?’” she said. “To be hon­est, I didn’t re­ally think about any re­sults be­fore. But it wasn’t a shock. I just had a good race. Noth­ing mag­i­cal hap­pened. I had a good race, and sud­denly I was in the top five, and I stayed there. It was awe­some, but it wasn’t a shock. Still, I was su­per happy and proud of the work. Mostly, I was happy to share that mo­ment with peo­ple who had been sup­port­ing me for so long.” Those peo­ple in­cluded her boyfriend and coach David Gagnon and team­mates Ka­te­rina Nash and Eva Lech­ner. Nash and Ro­chette trained and roomed to­gether in the leadup to CX worlds. Ro­chette was happy for Nash, who fin­ished third, and Lech­ner, who fin­ished sixth.

Not only was Ro­chette not re­ally think­ing about re­sults prior to worlds, she hadn’t thought too much about what her fifth-place fin­ish meant. It’s the high­est place­ment of an elite Cana­dian at a ’cross worlds. Wendy Simms was sev­enth in 2008 in Tre­viso, Italy. Lyne Bes­sette took the win in the mas­ters cy­clocross cham­pi­onships for women 35–39 in 2012 in Louisville, Ky. Ro­chette only found out on that drive that her re­sult put in the com­pany of Simms and Bes­sette. The cur­rent na­tional CX champ said it was an hon­our.— MP

Maghalie Ro­chette at the na­tional cy­clocross cham­pi­onships

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