“Shortly after I resumed to training I became exposed to Houshang's coaching style. It was evident that he cared for each of his athletes.”- Svein Tuft
May 22, 2012
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Max Plaxton from the Pacific Cycling Centre, finished ninth in the last Olympic qualifying World Cup mountain bike race in La Bresse, France, that took place last weekend. As the only Canadian male to finish the race, this result bodes well for him when the selection pool is announced on June 8.
Plaxton completed the 30.30 km course in 1:40:24. "Everything just came together for me today. I knew I was capable of a top-ten, and this was a great course to do it on, a real mountain bike course." He told Canadian Cyclist. The result means he jumped from 33rd in the World Cup rankings to 23rd.
It is good to see Max performing and getting closer to his potential,” said PCC head Coach Houshang Amiri. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we see Max on the podium at the Olympics – he is capable of a top three. He was a bronze medalist at the 2006 U23 UCI MTB World Championship, and prior to that he was 3-time World Champion in the team relay representing Canada.”
Canada has already secured two spots for both men and women’s mountain biking for the 2012 Olympic Games.