Gunnar Holmgren gives a fist pump and pops his front wheel as he crosses the finish line in first placeThomas Skrlj/COC
Thomas Skrlj/COC

Gunnar Holmgren


  • Won Canada’s first medal of the Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games, earning cross-country gold
  • Won cross-country silver at the 2023 American Continental Championships
  • Finished fifth at the official Olympic test event for Paris 2024
  • 2021 Canadian Champion in the U23 cross-country race
  • Has represented Canada in various levels and disciplines at nine world championships

A Little More About Gunnar

Getting into the Sport: Started riding at age 5… Decided to pursue cycling seriously in 2013 and joined a local racing team in 2015… Has competed in mountain bike, road cycling, and cyclocross… Outside Interests: Works as a barista at a local cafe in the off season… Likes to cook… He and his father design, build, and maintain his local cyclocross course… Odds and Ends: Two of his sisters, Isabella and Ava, are also cyclists; they won gold and silver in the junior division at the 2023 UCI Cyclocross World Championships…

Palmarès international

Pan American Games: 2023 - GOLD 

UCI World Championships: 2023 – 42nd; 2022 – 49th

UCI U23 World Championships: 2021 – 17th; 2020 – 20th; 2019 – 48th; 2018 – 35th

UCI Junior World Championships: 2017 – 29th; 2016 – 16th