MB’s Mtn Bike Racers stoked for Canada Games

The Country Cycle Team L to R – Jayne Enns, Russell Thiessen, Peter Loewen, Carson Thompson, Kailen Shakleton

Peter Loewen’s dream of owning a successful bicycle shop and race team is coming of age.

One of his employee’s, and a star of the Manitoba Mountain Bike Race circuit, Jason Wiebe, has returned from the heavily competitive British Columbia Bike Race (BCBR) with an 11th place finish overall.

“The BCBR is a race that Jason has had his eyes on for some time, and thanks to Rocky Mountain Bicycles and the Prairie Fire Race Team, this has become a reality,” says Loewen, who supported his team during the event.

“Jason’s dedication to training including technical skills development and his ability to handle painful recovery from hard training has resulted in faster times every year. He has a bright future and we will see more of him sitting in top 10 positions at big events like the BCBR.”

Jason Wiebe letting everyone know why he has continuously held the Number One Plate in the Provincial Mountain Bike category for so long.

In fact, Loewen’s Prairie Fire race team (a sponsored trade team made up of some of Manitoba’s fastest riders) has two other members representing Manitoba at the upcoming Canada Summer Games.

Kailen Sheckleton letting it all out at the Sandilands Mountain Bike race held earlier in the year.

“Kailen Shackleton and Carson Thompson are two young promising mountain bike riders in Manitoba,” says Loewen.

Carson Thompson is a serious young provincial rider and he showed everyone that at Sandilands Mountain Bike race earlier this year.

“It’s going to be great watching the two compete at such a high level in their own back yard. To have a hometown crowd cheering them on should make things pretty exciting for them.”

Loewen adds, “The opportunity to have the games right here in Manitoba is pretty cool. I think events like the Canada Summer Games help showcase and bring a lot of excitement to a sport like mountain biking.”

If you want to get a successful professional racer to look at your bike, drop by Country Cycle in Morden and you can see Jason and the rest of the gang!

Prairie Fire’s Website

The Canada Games Cycling events are all free. This past Sunday, Kailen, Carson and the rest of the provincial cross-country mountain bike team competed at Bison Butte (behind IKEA and adjacent to the Fort Whyte Park). For more information on the Canada Summer Games cycling events, go to mbcycling.ca

And click here to check out Prairie Fire’s Website.

Gregory C. McNeill

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Greg has been writing stories and taking pictures of local cyclists, runners, and triathletes for over 4 years. He is a member of fatbikemanitoba.com, volunteers with trail building at www.2wheelrevolution.ca, and is a participant in long distance cycling with www.manitobarandonneurs.ca

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