Nieu­wold & Vialle Win 2017 Marathon XCM Ti­tles

Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

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.

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