Update from Shelley

After doing well in Europe this spring, the Paralympics  are next. I am going there to do my best. I am currently doing a lot of things well. I am busy adjusting things to get everything right. I have to keep my focus and ride, training hard. I am staying focused mentally. Thinking about my game and who to beat. The mental game….. Thinking about what I need to do, diet, weight training, gym, speed, cadence. I want to do well.

Smiles, Shelley

Shelley has been nominated for Team Canada!

It is official. I have been nominated to go to Rio and compete for Canada. Yes, it has been a lot off hard work!
Thanks to everyone who has helped me

12 para-cyclists chosen to represent Canada

(Aylmer, QC – June 29, 2016) Cycling Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced today the 12 athletes – six men and six women – who have been nominated for selection to Team Canada for this September’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“I am delighted with our para-cycling team selections for the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer,” said Jacques Landry, high performance director and head coach for Cycling Canada. “Our athletes were selected based on performances at international competitions and on their potential to perform in the Paralympic arena based on showings at selected races. Our team is comprised of athletes with Paralympic experience and also athletes we have recently identified who could surprise many.”

Daniel Chalifour of Ste-Thérèse, Que., notches a third career Games nomination while Marie-Ève Croteau of Quebec City, Shelley Gautier of Toronto, Ont., Marie-Claude Molnar of Lemoyne, Que., and Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ont., all competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Weldon won gold in the road race (with then pilot Lyne Besette) while Molnar won bronze in the time trial.

National team rookie and world champion Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C. has taken the para-cycling world by storm this year with double gold at the world track championships in March and two victories at the World Cup road event in Belgium in May.

The four world champions on the team are Chernove, Weldon, Gautier and Croteau.

Para-cycling is one of 22 summer sports on the Paralympic Games schedule and features events for athletes with disabilities including visual impairments, arm and leg amputations or cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Games are set for September 7-18, 2016 with the para-cycling track events September 8 to 11 and the road events September 14 to 17.

“Canada is fielding a large and accomplished team in para-cycling and we have a solid core of veterans to lead the way, along with talented newcomers,” said Canada’s Chef de Mission Chantal Petitclerc. ”The team’s training and experience should prove beneficial at the Paralympic Games.”

“On behalf of all Canadians, congratulations to our cycling athletes named today to wear the Maple Leaf this summer at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,’’ said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. ‘’Cycling Canada has done a phenomenal job of preparing our athletes to compete and now it’s their time to shine in Rio. All of Canada is behind you.”

Athlete and coach biographies are available at http://www.Paralympic.ca/athletes. Bios and high resolution photos can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/hbm3mjl.

The athletes nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team are as follows:

*Daniel Chalifour (Ste-Thérèse, Que.)
Tristen Chernove (Cranbrook, B.C.)
Jean-Michel Lachance (Quebec City): pilot for Daniel Chalifour
Charles Moreau (Victoriaville, Que.)
Michael Sametz (Calgary)
Ross Wilson (Edmonton)

Nicole Clermont (Laval, Que.)
*Marie-Ève Croteau (Quebec City)
*Shelley Gautier (Toronto)
Audrey Lemieux (Alma, Que.): pilot for Robbi Weldon
*Marie-Claude Molnar (Lemoyne, Que.)
*Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, Ont.)

*denotes past Paralympic Games experience

The nominated athletes will be supported by Head Coach Sébastien Travers (Bromont, Que.) and coaches Eric Van den Eynde (Longueuil, Que.) and Cam Jennings (Edmonton, Alta.).

About Cycling Canada: http://www.CyclingCanada.ca
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: http://www.Paralympic.ca

Shelley Gautier, Charles Moreau among Canadian time trial winners

Canada’s elite para-cyclists were back in competition mode on Tuesday — a day before the naming of the 2016 Paralympic team — to battle for Canadian time trial titles at the 2016 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships in Gatineau Park, Que.

tor15_CYC_ShelleyGautier_DG_0254  Shelley Gautier will be a tricycling medal contender at the 2016 Paralympic  Games in Rio.

Shelley Gautier (Toronto,Ont.) a 12-time tricycling world champion, prevailed in the 12km combined tricycling time trial with a time of 32:32.61. The Toronto, Ont. native, who competes in the female T1 class, will likely receive her second invitation to complete at the Paralympic Games on Wednesday afternoon. She finished 11th in the time trial and 14th in the road race in London.

World number one C2 cyclist Tristen Chernove (Cranbrook, B.C.) won the combined (men’s C 1-5 and women’s C 4-5) cycling time trial, by finishing the 16km course in 23:50.48. Chernove  — expected to be named to the Canadian…

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Summer of 2016

Shelley has been busy working hard. A successful paracycling visit to Germany and Belgium where she had the opportunity to race with many of the athletes who will be in Rio. Since then all has been quiet.

Shelley has been busy training for the Canadian Championships. She is also hoping that she is training hard enough to be selected to the Canadian Paralympic Team. This week, at the Canadian Championships the Time Trial will be a factored T1T2 Male/Female event and the Road Race will be a T1T2 Male/Female event. She will likely do well in the Time Trial and have a good training ride in the Road Race.

After the Canadian Championships, the Canadian Para-Olympic Paracycling Team will be announced. Shelley is waiting to find out if she is on the team.

Go Shelley Go! Allez Shelley Allez! We shall keep you posted!


Road Race in Belgium

Road Race in Belgium – T1 Men and Women
I was the third athlete to finish the race, first T1 female to finish the race.
Smiles, Shelley

Update on Cologne Classic

Cologne Classic started today with the test of against-the-show
Tandem Women 2 Podiums:
1st Robbi Weldon / Audrey Lemieux) & 2nd Shawna Ryan / Joanie Caron
Tandem Men Daniel Chalifour & Jean-Michel LACHANCE WINS BRONZE
C1- 2 Men, Mike Sametz C3 wins the money & Tristen Chernove C4 FINISHES 4th after having been poorly directed on the course
Women C1- 5 Nicole Clermont C5 wins the Bronze C5, Marie-Claude Molnar C4 FINISHES 5th
Tricycle Mixed, Shelley Gautier T1 wins the money, Marie-Eve Croteau T2 FINISHES 5th & Louis-Albert Jolin T2 FINISHES 7th
Men H1- 5 Rico Morneau h3 finishes 17th after having been poorly directed on the course
Great Job Team Canada, tomorrow and Monday the tests on the road.

Cologne Classic

Cologne Classic road race today for almost the entire team. Another successful day.

In the tricycle men road race Louis-Albert Jolin challenged the world champion in the sprint finish to take silver.

Shelley Gautier took bronze on the women tricycle T1-2 road race. Marie-Eve Croteau DNF cause of the cold conditions.

In the women C4-5 Nicole Clermont takes the 4th rank ahead of her teammate Marie-Claude Molnar.

Tristen Chernove  won in a solo breakaway the C1-2 road race.

Shawna Ryan & Joanie Caron won in a solo breakaway, Robbi Weldon & Audrey Lemieux won the pack sprint for silver.
Finally Daniel Chalifour & Jean-Michel Lachance took silver in a sprint finish in the men tandem race. Alexandre Carrier sick could not take the start but should be 100% shortly.  (pilot: Aroussen Laflamme)

Solid racing day on a short course and changing weather conditions for the entire team.IMG_0235