Born in Canada but made for the mud and ruts of Belgian cyclocross racing, World Cup winner Maghalie competes with her heart on her sleeve and a smile on her face.
Created in collaboration with Maghalie Rochette for the mud and ruts of cross racing.
Cyclocross is intrinsically linked with the Low Countries of the Netherlands and, in particular, Belgium. While the sport is religion here, elsewhere in the world it holds on to small but fervent footholds. Flying the flag for Canada is Maghalie Rochette.
After trying out just about every sport possible as a kid, Maghalie discovered she had a talent for triathlon. But when a persistent foot injury prevented progress there, she was introduced to the muddy world of cyclocross.
“One of my biggest goals in life is to constantly grow and improve as a person, and cyclocross is the vehicle through which I learn and grow the most in the moment, and that’s why it means so much to me”
From the get go, Maghalie was well suited to the combination of handling, running and riding skills needed in cross. Soon, she was national champion, then Pan American champion and in 2019, she notched the biggest win of her career so far when she took out her first World Cup win against the best riders in the world at Iowa City.
But to make it as a cross rider, you have to make it in Europe. And for Maghalie, this means packing her bags, flying to Europe and travelling from race to race with all her worldly belongings packed into a campervan. Life on the road can be tough at times especially as a non-European ‘outsider’. But over time Maghalie has made the European cross scene a home from home.
Always racing with a smile on her face, she has become part of the furniture on the tour. Well liked and respected by those who race with her, Maghalie’s results have also seen an upward trend. After no fewer than 55 attempts, she finally scored her first World Cup podium in Europe with second place at Round 9 of the 2021/22 series in Besançon.
And when it rains, it pours. Since that breakthrough podium in November 2021, she has scored two more and heads into the 2022 World Championship with high hopes of her best result ever. With the event taking place in Fayetteville, Arkansas rather than Europe, who would bet against her.
Win or lose, we’re sure Maghalie will enjoy the ride and race results are only part of the picture anyway. Away from the races, Maghalie produces a successful podcast, runs her CX Fever Fund to support young Canadian cross racers and enjoys a sideline as a beekeeper, too. We’re extremely proud to support her and look forward to riding with her this season.
CX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
With two World Cup podiums in her pocket and the rainbow bands being contested in North America for the first time in years, Maghalie has high hopes for the World Championships in Fayetteville.
29th January 2022
OZ TRAILS PRO XCO, ARKANSAS
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20-24th April 2022
UCI MTB WORLD CUP ALBSTADT, GERMANY
A stern early season test for the cream of the cross country crop, Albstadt is a stalwart on the World Cup circuit with a testing course that features plenty of elevation.
7-8th May 2022
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