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Two Silver, One Bronze at World MTB Championships

September 07, 2003

Victoria's Alison Sydor and Ryder Hesjedal won two silver medals at the 2003 World Mountain Bike Championships in Lugano Switzerland today.

In both their events, the PacificSport National Cycling Centre athletes were battling with the eventual winners until the last lap. In the men's event, Filip Meirhaeghe of Belgium took the win and Sabine Spitz of Germany the women's title.

Sydor has now won nine individual World Championship Mountain Bike medals (Gold in 1994, 1995, 1996; Silver in 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003; Bronze in 1998) and one Team Relay Gold in 2002. This was Hesjedal's first year in the elite category.

Two-time defending champion Roland Green placed 19th. He steadily lost ground throughout the eight-lap championship after coming back from battling chicken
pox and shingles prior to the championship.

The silver medals were in addition to the Team Relay bronze won early in the championships by PacificSport Victoria's Green (Elite Men), Max Plaxton (Junior),
Chrissy Redden (Elite Women) and PacificSport Vancouver's Ricky Federau (Under 23).

Plaxton placed fifth in the Junior men's event on Friday. Other Canadian elite finishes included: (men) Chris Sheppard, 16; Geoff Kabush 28; Peter Wedge, 31; Andreas Hestler, 57; Mathieu Toulouse, 68; Seamus McGrath, DNF; (women) Marie-Helene Premont, 5;
Kiara Bisaro, 19; Karen de Wolfe, 33; Trish Sinclair, 38; Chrissy Redden, 45; Sandra Walter, 63. Redden was later taken to hospital to be treated for a broken wrist.


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