Jeremy Martin Retires
CX National Champion Hangs Up the Bike
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.