Trudel has been unbeatable at Canadian Cross-Country Championships since turning junior
ISN -(Barrie, ON – July 19, 2014) Frederique Trudel (Breakyville, QC/Specialized Racing Canada) is coming to the 2014 Canadian Cross-Country Championships with the hopes of extending to four her winning streak at this prime event.
Trudel, who races in the women’s U23 category, won both titles when competing in the junior category (2011, 2012), and last year showed how dominant she can be by taking the espoir (U23) title in the first year racing in the category.
“I am trying not to put pressure on myself to win for a fourth time. I know that anything can happen and nothing is settled yet. It would be a great personal achievement but I prefer not to impose too much pressure. My transition to the U23 category went very well last year. I had a great season. This year I was a little tired early in the season, so I have not reached my objectives but I now feel ready to race on Saturday,” said Trudel.
A fourth consecutive Canadian title would place her among an exclusive group of Canadian mountain bikers who have accomplished the feat –four consecutive titles– such as, Marie-Hélène Prémont (6, Elite, 2003-2009), Geoff Kabush (6, Elite, 2005-2010), Alyson Sydor (5, Elite,1994-1998), Catharine Pendrel (4, Elite, 2009-2012) and Emily Batty (4, Espoir, 2007-2011).
The young rider has also been a force to reckon with at the Canada Cup levels, taking the overall junior series championships in 2011 and 2012. In her first season racing against the elites on the 2013 Canada Cup Series, and despite taking part in only three of the four races, she finished a respectable fourth place in the overall standings.
At the World Cup level, Trudel finished in first place at the Mont-Sainte-Anne junior women race in 2012, and second place in Windham the following week. She also won the Canada Games women cross-country race in 2013, and the bronze in the team relay at the same event.
The cross-country races will be presented on Saturday.