Isabella Holmgren earned gold medal at Cycling World Championships in Scotland last week; ‘It was pretty special,’ says her father Isabella Holmgren (left) celebrates after winning the Cycling Super Worlds in Scotland with her teammate, Marin Lowe, who brought home the silver medal.
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Orillia cyclist Isabella Holmgren, who recently graduated from Nouvelle-Alliance high school in Barrie, is bringing back her second rainbow jersey of the year to Canada after being crowned champion at the world championships in Scotland.
Holmgren, 18, became the first Canadian to win the Junior Cyclocross World Championships back in February. She followed that up on Thursday by finishing the Cycling Super Worlds race with a time of one hour seven minutes, 37 seconds to earn the gold.
Her Stimulus Orbea teammate, Marin Lowe from Squamish, B.C., took home silver and Severn Township’s Ian Ackert raced to the bronze medal in the junior men’s event.
Isabella’s coach and father, Rob Holmgren, says her recent success has been “years in the making,” including the Wednesday night race series at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Oro-Medonte over the past 14 years.
“This year we definitely had a focus on building a big engine and making her skills as good as they possibly could be,” he explained. “Some of that was done by some extra road racing and training and sacrificing Canadian Nationals to do a road project in Europe.”Going into both the Junior Cyclocross World Championships and the Cycling World Championships, the longtime coach said […]