Quebec Maghalie Rochette (Maghalie Rochette) has always dreamed of hosting the Olympics, but her enthusiasm for biking has always prevailed.
The 27-year-old athlete concluded: “cross-country motorcycles are more dynamic and more suitable for me.” For a while, I just wanted to participate in the Olympics and kept riding mountain bikes, but I didn’t have so much fun in the races. I refuse to give up my Olympic dream. Then, I started to accept my own business and could engage in the sport that I really like. “
In order to popularize cross-country cycling, which has not yet become the subject of Olympic sports, Rochette talked about “bike obstacle course”. On the track, you will find sand, grass, stairs and many other things that usually annoy cyclists. Many times during the competition, athletes even have to get off the bike to better ride while running.
Recently, Rochette was selected as the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Quebec Sports Cyclists League in Quebec 2020. This is a personal victory, but also a victory for the bike cross-country race.
“This is the first time that the cross-country category has appeared in a federal award. She emphasized that this is a great representative of the sport and she is a proud ambassador.
Rochette is little known in Quebec, but she ranks third in the world due to the discipline she classified the International Cycling Union (UCI) at the end of last season. There are only two representatives from the Netherlands, including young star Serin del Carmen Alvarado of Dominican descent.
The Quebecer explained: “This ranking is a bit like tennis, ATP and WTA.” It takes into account all the matches last year. “
By considering only the World Cup events, Rochette also took the sixth step of the regular season, winning him 12,000 euros (about 18,000 US dollars) in prize money. This is not a fortune, but this income allows him to live a glorious life by considering increasing his valuable sponsors.
She said: “I am proud that he is the first Canadian to win the Motocross World Cup.” That was the first stop of the season. [en septembre 2019], Located in Iowa, USA. I was full of tears of joy and proved to me that I made the right choice and that my dream was possible. “
More than a year later, Rochette continued her career, participating in many competitions in continental Europe by the end of this year.
She said: “Motocross bikes are indeed very popular in Europe, especially in Belgium, where it is actually a national sport.” She ranked first in the Superprestige competition held at Merksplas last weekend. 11 digits.
This Sunday, the athletes went to the Czech Republic to participate in the World Cup. If the COVID-19 pandemic forces North America to cancel several games, Rochette will not complain too much. She and her friend David Gagnon (David Gagnon) are also her coaches, and she rented a “motorized” motorcycle for a few months, which made them more flexible in Europe.