Wilson, Gonda mountain bike royalty once again

Yukon mountain biking's royal court contained some familiar faces on Sunday as past champs took back crowns.

Yukon mountain biking’s royal court contained some familiar faces on Sunday as past champs took back crowns.

Whitehorse’s David Gonda and Meagan Wilson regained king and queen status with wins at the King of the Canyon – Yukon’s mountain bike championships – hosted by the Contagious Mountain Bike Club at Mount McIntyre.

“It felt like a lot of climbing,” said Wilson. “I was pretty tired, but it was fun. It’s nice to be out biking – especially since the rain held off. It was supposed to pour, but it held off.”

Wilson, who won in 2012 and placed second last year, completed the two 25-kilometre laps in three hours, 24 minutes and 52 seconds for first. The 31-year-old also won the solo women’s division at the 24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Festival the last two years.

Moving up from a third place finish last year was Sammy Salter in second at 3:32:00.

Kirsten Hogan, who placed second on the short course last year, came in at four hours even for third.

“It’s nice to have the title back,” said Wilson, who is originally from Vancouver. “I started mountain biking when I moved up here, so I’ve been biking for five years. I decided trail running was too hard on my knees, so I took up mountain biking.”

Gonda was probably a little more careful with his navigation this year. Last year he was leading the race when he accidently missed a section of the course and was disqualified.

On Sunday he finished the 50-kilometres in 2:37:18 for his fourth title, having last won it in 2013.

Rob McConnell placed second at 2:44:54 and Ian Parker third at 2:49:08.

Whitehorse’s Craig Machtans kept royal status but didn’t come away with the big crown this time around.

Machtans, who was king last year, was the prince on Sunday, taking first on the shorter 25-kilometre course. He came in with a time of 1:25:55.

Two-time prince Evan Wise (1:32:50) came second and Phil Hoffman (1:40:00) third.

Trish Steele, who is new to Whitehorse, grabbed the princess title, coming in at 1:54:38. Thaidra Sloane completed the 25K course in

2:06:36 for second and Jill Buxton at 2:43:10 for third.

“It was really well organized; they did a great job flagging. And we had a barbeque afterwards, so it’s nice to hang out with lots of other bikers,” said Wilson.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Willow Brewster, a paramedic helping in the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre, holds a swab used for the COVID-19 test moments before conducting a test with it on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
An inside look at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing centre

As the active COVID-19 case count grew last week, so too did… Continue reading

Conservation officers search for a black bear in the Riverdale area in Whitehorse on Sept. 17. The Department of Environment intends to purchase 20 semi-automatic AR-10 rifles, despite the inclusion of the weapons in a recently released ban introduced by the federal government, for peace officers, such as conservation officers. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Environment Minister defends purchase of AR-10 rifles for conservation officers

The federal list of banned firearms includes an exception for peace officers

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The K-shaped economic recovery and what Yukoners can do about it

It looks like COVID-19 will play the role of Grinch this holiday… Continue reading

Jodie Gibson has been named the 2020 Prospector of the Year by the Yukon Prospectors Association. (Submitted)
Jodie Gibson named 2020 Prospector of the Year

Annual award handed out by the Yukon Prospector’s Association

A number 55 is lit in honour of Travis Adams, who died earlier this year, at the Winter Wonderland Walk at Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Whitehorse on Nov. 24. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
A new take on holiday traditions

Winter Wonderland Walk, virtual Stories with Santa all part of 2020 festive events in Whitehorse

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Karen Wenkebach has been appointed as a judge for the Yukon Supreme Court. (Yukon News file)
New justice appointed

Karen Wenckebach has been appointed as a judge for the Supreme Court… Continue reading

Catherine Constable, the city’s manager of legislative services, speaks at a council and senior management (CASM) meeting about CASM policy in Whitehorse on June 13, 2019. Constable highlighted research showing many municipalities require a lengthy notice period before a delegate can be added to the agenda of a council meeting. Under the current Whitehorse procedures bylaw, residents wanting to register as delegates are asked to do so by 11 a.m. on the Friday ahead of the council meeting. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Changes continue to be contemplated for procedures bylaw

Registration deadline may be altered for delegates

Cody Pederson of the CA Storm walks around LJ’s Sabres player Clay Plume during the ‘A’ division final of the 2019 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28 in Whitehorse next year, was officially cancelled on Nov. 24 in a press release from organizers. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)
2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament cancelled

The 2021 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, scheduled for March 25 to 28… Continue reading

Lev Dolgachov/123rf
The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner stressed the need to safeguard personal information while shopping this holiday season in a press release on Nov. 24.
Information and Privacy Commissioner issues reminder about shopping

The Yukon’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Diane McLeod-McKay stressed the need to… Continue reading

Most Read