NEW DOWNHILL CHAMPION: MICAYLA GATTO WINS CANADIAN TITLE

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SOURCE: ASILVERTOUCH/ROCKY MOUNTAIN BICYCLES

Montreal, July 20, 2007
Micayla Gatto of B.C., won the Canadian downhill title at the Tim Hortons Mountain Bike Nationals at Mt. Washington, B.C.

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On her Custom Golden Rocky RMX, Gatto brought home the title in the Downhill National Championships in her first year as a senior.

Two time Junior Worlds Medalist, Micayla Gatto, faced the challenge of her first year as a pro, and won the title of National Champion. She also won the Canada Cup National Series Champion title as a reward for 3 straight victories in the series DH races.

When Micayla chose Gold as her special bike colour….she wasn’t kidding. This ensures that Micayla will attend the World Championships in Scotland this September for her first time as a senior pro, she has two World Championships medals as an under 19 year old.

Gatto was the fastest in the field by two seconds over Claire Buchar (SRAM). Both Gatto and Buchar were the only two women to go under five minutes for their runs, with Katrina Strand (SRAM) over 35 seconds behind Buchar for third.

Gatto has won Junior titles before, but “this is the first time ever that I have been awarded a national champion’s jersey. I’ve been wanting this for a long time; I wasn’t expecting it but I was really hoping. It is a dream that I wanted to come true.”

“Champery and Mont Ste Anne World Cups were definitely on my mind (she missed her start in the first and flatted at the second), and I was thinking ‘I don’t want to mess this up’. All I wanted was a clean run and, except for a few minor bobbles, that is what I got. I was so relieved.”

Anne Laplante of Gatineau, Que., won the junior event. ‘’I’m surprised because it was quite a battle between Miranda Miller (B.C.,) and I,’’ said the 16-year-old Laplante.

Competition continues Saturday with the cross country races.

About Tim Hortons
Tim Hortons is Canada’s largest quick service restaurant chain. Founded in 1964 as a coffee and donut shop, Tim Hortons has evolved to meet consumer tastes, with a menu that now includes premium coffee, flavored cappuccinos, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches and fresh baked goods. As of December 31, 2006, Tim Hortons system-wide restaurants numbered 2,711 in Canada and 336 in the United States. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com

About CCA
The CCA is the national governing body for Canadian cycling. Representing its members (individuals, clubs and trade teams) through provincial and territorial cycling associations, its mission is to lead and support the development and growth of cycling in Canada, through high performance programs, cycling development centres, national and international events, and the national introduction to cycling program for youth, known as Sprockids. Founded in 1882, it is Canada’s oldest sport governing body.

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