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Canadian XCM Championships coming to northwestern Ontario

By CJ Goater May 14, 2024 | 10:38 AM

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The 2024 Cycling Canada Canadian XCM (marathon mountain bike) Championships are being held in Thunder Bay for the first time.

“The Cross Country Marathon discipline represents one of the most challenging disciplines of mountain biking, pushing athletes to their limits as they tackle a multi-hour race against the clock on some of the most technical singletrack in the region,” said the Director of Marketing and Events of Cycling Canada, Josh Peacock. “Bringing this event to Thunder Bay for the first time represents an exciting new milestone for both the region as well as Cycling Canada as we expand our presence and ability to showcase some of the country’s best trail networks under the Canadian Championship banner.”

The event has been in the works for a while with the event’s host the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club planning, building trails, and preparing for this event, with the support of sponsor Tbaytel.

One of the keys for the event being able to be hosted was the trail improvements in Trowbridge Forest, made possible by the $1.5 million in funding received from the Thunder Bay CEDC, Fednor, NOHFC.

“The 2024 XCM Canadian Championships represent the pinnacle of cross-country marathon mountain biking excellence in our country,” said David Valente, President of the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club. “We are thrilled to showcase the results of our hard work and the support of our volunteers, and sponsors, especially Tbaytel, who share our passion for promoting outdoor recreation and building stronger communities.”

Registration for the event is now open to riders of all ages and skill levels and can be found here.

The races will be taking place from September 5-7, 2024.