Round of Applause & LIKES! Holly Feniak 1st at World Junior Mountain Bike Championships in Austria!!!! Hurray for the Sunshine Coast!
“Finally got to some internet connection! It’s official, won the gold medal in Leogang, Austria, yesterday. I’m the 2012 female Junior World Champion!!!! Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have had such incredible support all year from my friends, family, and the CCA. Huge thanks to my sponsors. So stoked!!!!!” Holly Feniak
Sept 3, 2012 Leogang, Austria, Holly Feniak wins the Jr Downhill Championship for Canada in a decisive fashion!
STEVE SMITH SECOND, HOLLY FENIAK FASTEST IN JUNIOR WOMEN IN DOWNHILL TIMED SESSION AT MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLDS
Canada places three in Top 10 in Women Elite; McKay Vezina
(Leogang, AUT – September 1, 2012) The Canadian Downhill Mountain Bike Team is ready to make a statement tomorrow in the Downhill Finals at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, with the downhill portion held in Leogang, Austria.
In the opening day of the downhill competition, Canada excelled in all categories of the timed session, Junior and Elite for both Men and Women. Finals will be held tomorrow.
Holly Feniak, a young rider from Sunshine Coast in BC and racing at the first UCI World Championships in her first Women Junior season, showed she is a World Championships contender by posting the fastest time in her category. Feniak rode the course with a time of 4:07.362, a lead of 11s over the second fastest rider.
Canada’s team had four riders in the Top 10 combined in the elite categories, with 2010 silver medallist Steve Smith (Cassidy, BC) posting a time of 3:27.156, the second fastest time of the large Men Elite group by less than half a second.
In the Women elite session, Canada had three riders crack the Top 10 of the timed session, with Micayla Gatto speeding to the sixth place, 2010 World Junior Champion Lauren Rosser riding to the ninth place, and 2011 Worlds Bronze Medallist Claire Buchar in tenth place.
Finally, McKay Vezina posted the seventh fastest time on the Men Junior group.
Feniak wins junior women’s race, Smith third in men’s elite at mountain bike worlds.
LEOGANG, Austria — Holly Feniak of Sunshine Coast, B.C., won the junior women’s event and Steve Smith of Cassidy, B.C., took third in the elite men’s race Sunday in downhill action at the mountain bike world championships.
Feniak was fastest at both intermediate time splits of her final run and beat silver medallist Tahnee Seagrave of Great Britain by 8.095 seconds.
Danielle Beecroft of Australia finished third.
“I was actually worried that I hadn’t finished on the podium because I made a few mistakes on my run,” Feniak said. “So when the time came up on the board that I had won by eight seconds, my first feeling was relief. I haven’t been racing the World Cup races like some of the other girls, so I didn’t know how I would do. It still wasn’t quite sunk in yet.”
Smith came into the elite race as one of the favourites after multiple podium appearances on the World Cup stage this season. He finished 1.214 seconds behind winner Greg Minnaar of South Africa.
British rider Gee Atherton was second.
“I was really worried that I would end up fourth,” Smith said. “You always come to the championships to win, but I’m pleased to make the podium.
“After the rain of the last couple of days the course was drying up today, but there were still slippery sections and I made a mistake at the top of the course that cost me some time. But, overall, it was a good run, and I had a good championships.”
Micayla Gatto of Garibaldi Heights, B.C., finished sixth in the elite women’s race.
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Sunshine Coast, BC’s Holly Feniak became a World Champion this morning by winning the Junior Women’s downhill in Leogang, Austria.
Way to Go Holly! We are all so PROUD of you!