Revelstoke’s Casey Brown is Canada’s newest champion

Mountain Biker Casey Brown outstrips an other biker on one of the trails on Boulder Mountain this spring. Brown is Revelstoke’s newest Canadian champion/ Bruno Long photo

By Pedal Magazine

Casey Brown is Canada’s newest champion after finishing in first place at the 2012 Canadian Mountain Bike Downhill Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, near Québec city, Pedal magazine reported on Sunday.

The cycling magazine reported online Sunday that Brown stopped the clock at 5:12.016, the fastest time in the Elite women category. Lauren Rosser, the 2010 Junior World Champion, came in second, while former Canadian Champion Micayla Gatto posted the third fastest time to round up the podium.

“It went really good,” Brown said as she received her first Canadian Champion jersey. “Pulled it off with the win today. The track conditions were great, and dried up quite a bit so I was able to run with a higher tire pressure. I am gonna go to Crankworx to do a couple of races and then to World Champs.”

In the men’s race, Matt Beer of Newfoundland was the fastest of the day, completing the course in 4:30.267. Beer also takes his first Canadian title.

“It feels pretty good [to be Canadian Downhill Champion],” the magazine quoted him as saying. “My run was pretty hectic, so I tried to keep it calm, and pedal lots. The course was super long. Mont-Sainte-Anne is a tough course, and a great venue to host a Canadian Championships.”

In winning the title, Beer became the first Newfoundland rider to ever win a Canadian championship title: “No one will get me mixed up with New Brunswick now!”

Kyle Sangers, last year’s Junior Canadian Champions came in second place of the men’s elite race in his first elite race at Canadian Championships, 2.117 seconds behind the winning time. Rob Fraser took the bronze medal.

Results (brief)

Junior Expert Women
1. Holly Feniak (BC) 5:13.807

Junior Expert Men
1. Mark Wallace (BC) 4:34.779
2. Hugo Langevin (QC) Cycles Performance/Niquet 13.945
3. Mckay Vezina (QC) 14.781

Senior Elite Women
1. Casey Brown (BC) PerformX Young Guns 5:12.016
2. Rosser Rosser (BC)  4.481
3. Micayla Gatto (BC) PerformX Young Guns 5.705
4. Vaea Verbeeck (QC) 9.999
5. Miranda Miller (BC) 11.050

Senior Elite Men
1. Matthew Beer (NL) Intense Cycles/Fox Shox 4:30.267
2. Kyle Sangers (ON) 2.117
3. Rob Fraser (ON) 3.295
4. Remi Gauvin (BC) 3.680
5. Tyler Allison (BC) 5.984

Please click here to view the full results.

Casey Brown vanishes into the fresh green foliage on Boulder Mountain during training this spring. She became the Mountain Bike Downhill Canadian Champion at Mont-Sainte-Anne this past weekend. Bruno Long photo