CANMORE – Canmore mountain biker Logan Sadesky grinded side-by-side with some of the country's best in his own backyard in the grand finale of this season's Canada Cup.
Contending for podiums all season, Rundle Mountain Cycling Club's (RMCC) Sadesky finished fourth in elite men's short track and sixth in the cross-country race (XCO) at the national-level event that went down at the Canmore Nordic Centre from Friday to Sunday (Oct. 1-3).
"I've noticed over the past year [short track's] become one of my strong suits and ... I thought I could have pushed for third, but definitely happy with that," said Sadesky, a highly ranked 21-year-old on the national scene. "In the XCO, there were three guys up in front that I think were not really touchable who got all the top three spots, and I think I was sort of in the mix for that fourth spot and ended up sixth. But given the situation, I was happy with that."
Sadesky has been splitting time between Canmore and Victoria, B.C., where he attends university. The mild island winters made way for a new environment for year-round training for the podium-challenger.
"I've had a lot of progress in my fitness over the past two years," said Sadesky. "Come next year, it will be my last year in the U23 category, so I would like to travel a bit more and maybe even go to Europe and do a couple world cups, as well as racing in a lot of the Canada Cups."
RMCC's Aida Boonstra finished second in short track and third in the cadet U17 expert women.
"I think it's probably my best race of the season for both of the results, respective, and from a personal perspective," said Boonstra. "The season itself, I think it was a challenging season for me who hadn't raced in a couple of years because of COVID. ... So I think this race was probably the highlight of my season and also just being back home where you can race on a great course that you already pretty well know, so it was a positive end to the season."
Other local and RMCC results at the Canmore Canada Cup include Jacob Baggot finishing fifth in XCO and short track in the junior U19 expert men category. Also racing in the category was RMCC's Aidan Outtrim, who was sixth in XCO and seventh in short track.
RMCC's Luke Pulford was top of his class in U17 men in XCO; and in the cadet U17 expert women, Kaisa Lemyre finished seventh in XCO and fourth in short track, and Tasmin Munro was 10th.