The Canadian Mountain Biking team, that trains for part of the year at Bear Mountain, will be bringing back a medal from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
In her first Commonwealth Games, Haley Smith, took home bronze in the women’s division. She had a time of 1:20:26 for the 27.6 kilometre race. The course was six laps of a 4.6 km track.
On Smith’s profile for the 2018 Games she stated her most memorable moments in mountain biking to date have been a top 10 finish at the World Cup in the Czech Republic in 2015 and winning the U23 National Championship in the same year. Now, she will be able to add a bronze medal at the Games to her list of notable performances.
Smith’s teammate and national team veteran, Emily Batty, placed fourth with a time of 1:21:02 for the course. Batty won the silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In the women’s division England’s Annie Last and Evie Richards took first and second place respectively.
In his first Commonwealth Games, Canada’s Leandre Bouchard placed sixth in a field of 20. The men’s division is a 32.2 km race with seven laps of the 4.6 km track. Bouchard finished with a time of 1:19:15.
New Zealand took the top two spots for the men’s division and South Africa took bronze.