Nieuwold & Vialle Win 2017 Marathon XCM Titles
Elyse Nieuwold (Angry Johnny’s Evolution p/b Norco & Horseshoe) of Newmarket, Ont., defended her title as she raced to victory in the women’s division at the 2017 Marathon (XCM) Canadian Championships on July 16 in East Hereford, Que.
In the men’s category, Alexandre Vialle
(Toyota St-Eustache) of Prevost, Que., took his first Marathon title, cracking the four-hour barrier while doing so.
The 82km race, the longest event in the cross-country (mountain bike) discipline, opened with a long climb, punctuated by sections of singletrack. After a descent at the 30km mark, riders began a series of climbs to the highest point of the course at 864m of elevation 60km into the race, before descending steadily to the finish.
Nieuwold was clearly the strongest rider in the women’s field, stopping the clock at 4:44:55.4, a time that would have put her 13th among the men. Heather Gray (Angry Johnny’s Evolution), the 2015 Marathon champion, finished at 4:48:44 and Caroline Villeneuve (Le Pedalier) of Quebec City, landed third on the podium with a time of 4:49:42. Eight women completed the event.
Vialle completed the men’s race with a time of 3:57:11 ahead of veteran marathon racer Cory Wallace (Kona), the 24 Hour Solo world champion, at 4:16:04. In third place was Marc-André Daigle of Montreal, just behind Wallace, finishing in 4:16:45. Some 49 men completed the event.
Women’s podium (l-r) Gray 2nd, Nieuwold 1st, Villeneuve 3rd.
Men’s podium (l-r) Wallace 2nd, Vialle 1st, Daigle 3rd.