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Nouvelle-Alliance students shine on international cycling stage

Nouvelle-Alliance students shine on international cycling stage

Ava Holmgren lifts her arms in victory after successfully defending her junior women’s title at the Pan American Cyclocross Championship in Falmouth, MA. Photo courtesy…

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Ava Holmgren lifts her arms in victory after successfully defending her junior women’s title at the Pan American Cyclocross Championship in Falmouth, MA. Photo courtesy @cxhairs A trio of local world-class athletes, who have been friends since kindergarten, each earned hard-fought medals at the Pan American Cyclocross Championship earlier this month in Falmouth, Mass.

Ava Holmgren, 17, of Orillia, repeated as the junior women’s champion at the international event which attracted some of the world’s top athletes.

She rode a strong race from start to finish, demonstrating efficiency, skill and superior race tactics, her coach said. Holmgren was able to overcome a mid-race mechanical issue that cost her precious time in a fast-paced junior women’s race.

In fact, Ava passed every U23 woman racing, making up a 30-second disadvantage at the start.

Her twin sister, Isabella, a Stimulus Orbea teammate, raced to a bronze medal in the same race.

Their teammate, Ian Ackert, of Severn Township, also raced to a bronze, finishing third in the highly competitive junior men’s race.

The three longtime friends all go to school at Ecole Secondaire Nouvelle-Alliance in Barrie.The championships were held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Massachusetts on Nov. 4. The trio had just returned two days earlier from a race trip in Europe to take on the championships which were originally to be held in Costa Rica.With a late change of venues and some "great support" from their coach, Rob Holmgren, and team, director Marc Ackert, the three were able to arrive well prepared and perform with […]

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