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B.C.’s Weitien Ho wins Leogang U21 enduro World Cup

B.C.'s Weitien Ho wins Leogang U21 enduro World Cup

The Leogang Enduro World Cup round is all wrapped up and, just like in 2023, there’s a Canadian at the top of a podium. Last year, Rys Verner earned his career first elite enduro win while Emmy Lan added to her pile of u21 women’s wins. This year, its the Sea-to-Sky’s Weitien Ho standing on the top of a podium. The Commencal 7Mesh racer won the under-21 men’s race by a massive 17-second margin on Friday in Austria.

In the elite men’s race, it was Kasper Woolley leading the Canucks with a career-best fourth place. Emmy Lan finished second in the under-21 women’s race while Lily Boucher matched Woolley with a fourth in the u21 women’s race.

Weitien Ho takes u21 series lead

Weitien Ho (Commencal 7Mesh) was fastest on two of six timed stages in Leogang and never finished a stage in worse than third. That incredible consistency earned him the win ahead of JT Fisher (Yeti/Fox Factory Team) and Australia’s Sascha Kim (Giant Factory Off-Road Team).

With this win in Leogang, Ho moved into the overall lead for the under-21 men. The reigning u21 national champ has a win and two fourths to put him ahead of Fisher and Theory Racing’s Bailey Christie, the winner of the first two rounds in Italy and Poland.

Noah Rubuliak, the only other Canadian in the under-21 men’s race, joined Ho in the top 10. Rubuliak finished 10th in Leogang.

Lan picks up the pace

In the under-21 women’s World Cup, Emmy Lan made her first podium appearance of the year. Lan earned seventh in the opening round and a fifth a week laster in Poland, where she doubled up to race the downhill World Cup. The Forbidden Synthesis racer was second on Friday in Austria. The busy Vancouver Islander is scheduled to race this weekend’s downhill World Cup in Leogang, too.

Rocky Mountain Gravity Racing’s Lily Boucher finished fourth, just off the podium behind race winner Winni Goldsbury of New Zealand, Lan, and Simona Kuchynkova. Elly Hoskin, on the podium at the first two rounds, was seventh in Austria. Geza Rodgers rounded out the Canadian effort in 12th.

Woolley on the verge of first elite podium

In the elite men’s race it was Squamish’s Kasper Woolley (YT Mob) putting in the best Canadian result. The YT racer finished fourth, also his career-best elite World Cup result. It’s a result a long time coming for Woolley, who has battled through a wild series of injuries and freak accidents to get to up among the world’s best. But for one slower result on Stage 3,…

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