Jeremy Martin Re­tires

CX Na­tional Cham­pion Hangs Up the Bike

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front - BY JOHN SY­MON

Reign­ing Elite men’s cy­clocross [CX] cham­pion Jeremy Martin (Fo­cus CX Team Canada) from Bois­cha­tel, Que. has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from Pro­fes­sional cy­cling. The news comes as some­what of a sur­prise, as Martin re­cently earned his first Na­tional ti­tle at the 2016 Cana­dian Cy­clocross Cham­pi­onships in Sher­brooke, Que. this past Novem­ber.

“A new chap­ter is start­ing for me, and it’s both a bit scary and ex­cit­ing,” wrote Martin in his an­nounce­ment on In­sta­gram. “This is not an easy de­ci­sion, but af­ter a few months of re­flec­tion, I have de­cided to stop rac­ing at the Pro­fes­sional level. I’ve cre­ated so many good friend­ships and mem­o­ries over the last decade – it’s been the best learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence I could think of.

“I want to say thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported me along the way – you all made a dif­fer­ence and helped shape the per­son I am to­day. You won’t see me tow­ing the line of the big­gest races any­more. But don’t worry, I’ll keep rid­ing as much as I can be­cause to me cy­cling is the most beau­ti­ful sport of them all! I am very grate­ful for your sup­port over the years. Cheers!”

Martin, who turned 25 in May 2017, has no­tably rep­re­sented Canada in both moun­tain bik­ing and cy­clocross and has also com­peted at a high level in road cy­cling. At the re­cent 2017 UCI Cy­clocross World Cham­pi­onships in Bieles, Lux­em­bourg, he fin­ished 47th, the sec­ond-best Cana­dian among the Elite men, be­hind Michael van den Ham in 38th, with fel­low Canuck Mark McCon­nell in 55th, as Bel­gium’s Wout van Aert de­fended his world ti­tle.

Martin joined the new Fo­cus CX Team Canada in 2016, founded by Aaron Schooler, who was also on the Elite men’s Cy­clocross Na­tional podium, fin­ish­ing sec­ond, with Ge­off Kabush (Scott) in third.

“It was a great plea­sure work­ing with Jeremy Martin the last cou­ple years. He is a very big tal­ent, and one of the ath­letes who fully un­der­stands the com­plex­i­ties of what it takes to be the best in his sport, both on and off the bike. We will miss him at Fo­cus CX Canada, as his shoes will be big ones to fill. We wish him well in his fu­ture en­deav­ours and know he will be a valu­able as­set in his new ca­reer,” said Schooler.

Martin had strong re­sults lead­ing up to the

2016 Cy­clocross Na­tion­als, mak­ing him one of the favourites. In Septem­ber last year at the Rochester Cy­clocross in New York, he was the top Canuck, plac­ing fifth in the Elite men’s race. Then in Oc­to­ber, he was the top Cana­dian in his cat­e­gory again at the Cincy3 Kings CX in Ohio, fin­ish­ing 11th.

The tal­ented Que­bec rider kept his streak go­ing af­ter his Cy­clocross Na­tion­als ti­tle, rac­ing at the Su­per­cross Cup in Suf­ferin, N.Y. in late Novem­ber, where he claimed fifth on Day One and made the podium in sec­ond place on Day Two.

Martin’s top MTB re­sults in­clude fifth in the Elite Men’s XCO race at na­tion­als in 2015, third in the Marathon XCM race in 2016, along with two bronze medals as a U23 rider at na­tion­als in 2011 and

2012. Last year he placed sec­ond at both the Canada MTB Cup at Mont-Trem­blant and the US Cup in New Mex­ico. He claimed the 2017 Rasputitsa race in April and in May–– was just off the podium at the Whiskey 50 Off-Road moun­tain-bike race in Prescott, Ariz., fin­ish­ing fourth in the Pro men’s race.

Ear­lier On Face­book, he wrote, “Over the last few years, I’ve had a lot of ex­cit­ing mo­ments and reached sev­eral per­sonal goals. How­ever, I haven’t been able to make it sus­tain­able for the long-term run. Also, with my univer­sity grad­u­a­tion at the end of the month, it seems like my life pri­or­i­ties are chang­ing, and I feel ready for new chal­lenges off the bike. So I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who helped and sup­ported me along the way; it’s been a real plea­sure to share this jour­ney with you! I’m sure I’ll see all of you on the trails again be­cause cy­cling is the most beau­ti­ful sport and I’m plan­ning on en­joy­ing this sport for many more years!”

Pedal joins the cy­cling com­mu­nity in wish­ing Martin the very best on the road ahead.

Martin cel­e­brated a 7-year ca­reer as a top MTB and CX rider.

Jeremy Martin cap­tured his first na­tional ti­tle, win­ning the 2016 Elite men’s CX Cham­pi­onship.

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