Shelley Gautier earns Canada’s second world championship title at 2021 UCI Para-road words

Shelly Gautier extended Canada’s gold medal streak at 2021 UCI Para-road world championships on Friday. The two-time Paralympian won her 9th T1 individual time trial gold medal.

“This race was my first international race in two years,” Gautier said after the race. “The planning of where to cycle in the wind was tricky, as was staying small. My coaches Guillaume Plourde, Eric Van Den Eynde, Sébastien Travers and Cycling Canada helped me put in the hard work to make winning this World Championship possible. I am very proud of the result. I now have nine ITT rainbow jerseys and I am very proud of that.”

RELATED: Canadian Marie-Claude Molnar wins gold at UCI Para-cycling road world championships

Friday’s win marks an incredibly 17 world titles for Gautier.

Marie-Claude Molnar started Canada’s medal streak on the opening day of Para-road worlds. Molnar won her first world championship title in the women’s C4 time trial.

Para-road world championships continue through Sunday in Cascais, Portugal.

Gautier wasn’t the only Canadian in action Friday in Portugal. Other ITT results include Marie-Ève Croteau (T2) finishing 4th, Charles Moreau (H3) 4th, Matthew Kinnie (H2) 4th, Louis-Albert Corriveau Jolin (C3) 7th and Kara Douville (H4) 7th.

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Time Trial Race at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Check out Shelley’s profile on Canadian Paralympic Committee

https://paralympic.ca/team-canada/shelley-gautier

Shelley Gautier reclaimed her world titles in the T1 time trial and road events in June 2021 at the Para cycling road world championships in Portugal. At the previous worlds in 2019, her long reign as world champion ended in Emmen, Netherlands where she took the silver in the road race and bronze in the time trial.

In the final 2018 World Cup standings, Gautier finished off an incredible road season that saw her sweep all six World Cup events – three time trials and three road races – for a perfect 360 points, in addition to her two world championship titles.

Gautier has raced at two Paralympic Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016) with the highlight a bronze medal in the women’s T1 (tricycle) time trial in 2016.

In 2015 Gautier was a silver medallist at the mixed time trial event at the Parapan American Games. She also founded the Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation to bring Para sport to more people with a disability. 

In 2015 Gautier was honoured with The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association Above & Beyond Award by the University of Toronto. Gautier was also inducted into the Inaugural Toronto Sports Hall of Honour and awarded the Sports Niagara Para-Athlete of the Year in Para Cycling.

In 2001, Gautier was in a mountain biking accident and suffered a severe head injury leaving her in a coma for six weeks. She now leads an independent life as a hemiplegic (with paralysis on one side of the body).

Within a year she was back on a bike again and by 2007 she was racing 50 kilometres.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
In 2019 the inaugural winner of the Best Female category at the Canadian Cyclist Awards… Also named one of the ‘Top 10 Canadian cyclists of the decade’… 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games… Nominated for 2015 Laureus Award as Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability… 2015 Parapan American Games… 2014 and 2015, named Female Cyclist of the Year by the Ontario Cycling Association

PERSONAL
Launched Shelley Gautier Para Sport Foundation in 2014…Donates her time to several different programs at the University of Toronto including the anatomy and occupational therapy departments… Degrees in physical education from the University of Western Ontario and in physical therapy from the University of Toronto.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2021 World Championships, road race, 1st
2021 World Championships, time trial 1st 
2019 World Championships, road race, 2nd 
2019 World Championships, time trial, 3rd 
2018 World Cup (Baie-Comeau, CAN), time trial, 1st
2018 World Cup (Baie-Comeau, CAN), road race, 1st
2018 World Championships, time trial, 1st
2018 World Championships, road race, 1st
2018 World Cup (Emmen, NED), time trial, 1st
2018 World Cup (Emmen, NED), road race, 1st
2018 World Cup (Ostend, BEL), time trial, 1st
2018 World Cup (Ostend, BEL), road race, 1st
2017 World Championships, time trial, 1st
2017 World Championships, road race, 1st
2016 Paralympic Games, individual time trial, 3rd
2016 Paralympic Games, road race, 6th 
2015 Parapan Am Games, time trial, 2nd
2015 World Championship, road race, 1st
2015 World Championship, time trial, 1st 
2014 World Championships, road race, 1st 
2014 World Championships, time trial, 1st 
2013 World Championships, road race, 1st
2013 World Championships, time trial, 1st
2012 Paralympic Games, road race 14th 
2012 Paralympic Games, time trial 11th 
2011 Parapan Am Games time trial 2nd
2011 World Championships, road race, 1st 
2011 World Championships, time trial, 1st 
2010 World Championships, road race, 1st 
2010 World Championships, time trial, 1st 
2009 World Championships, road race, 1st 
2009 World Championships, time trial, 1st 

Exciting update from Shelley!

Hello Team Shelley,

Some good news. I have been selected to ride for Canada to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics! Yes, I am very happy 😃. My recent successes at the World Championships has helped me achieve my goal.

Being selected, in the biapartied way boosts my confidence.

Happy to be selected in my own name.

Journaling, setting intentions and imagery are tools for focusing my energy before a competition. I have started to do this.

Currently I am benefiting from a Bromont training camp! I continue to reinforce my knowledge and work towards my riding goals.

I want to say thank you to everyone who have helped me get this far and an early thank you to anyone else who will help in the Tokyo Games.

Cheers Shelley

Shelley featured in Cycling Canada July Newsletter

A note from our High Performance Director, Kris Westwood: 

After a seemingly interminable wait, the Tokyo Olympic Games are almost here.
 
I’ll be the first member of our delegation to land in Japan to begin an Olympic and Paralympic experience unlike any other—with social distancing, prescribed movements, daily COVID testing and masks, masks, and more masks. We can’t even begin to imagine the work that went into postponing the Games by a year and the huge efforts that organizers have made to ensure the Games happen.
 
I’m very comfortable with the measures our team has taken: most of our members will be fully vaccinated before we leave, and almost all the rest will have had one shot. Additionally, COVID measures the organizers have put into place are very stringent, including multiple tests before travel and daily tests once we’re in Japan.
 
Of course, we can only control what we can control. In the last few months, we’ve been dealing with constant flight cancellations, changing COVID directives, and a lack of basic information on things like room bookings. Despite all this, I believe once the Games begin, the focus will shift to sport, and we can all enjoy the spectacle of the world’s greatest athletes gathering for the most important sporting spectacle there is.
 
The Tokyo Games are spread out over multiple locations, and for cycling that means our team will be staying in four different locations; with two locations during the Paralympics. The Olympic road cycling events start in the western outskirts of Tokyo but finish at the Fuji International Speedway 100 km farther to the west. The track and mountain bike events take place an hour south of there, at the Japan Cycle Sport Centre in Izu. And the BMX events will be held in the Ariake Urban Sports Park in downtown Tokyo. The Paralympics are split between four days of track racing in Izu and four days of road at the Fuji Speedway.
 
All this means our support team will be stretched to the limit to support our 23 Olympic and eight Paralympic athletes with limited accreditation numbers and stringent COVID restrictions. It’s a daunting task, but we relish the challenge – this is what we love to do.
 
As has become tradition in recent Games, cycling kicks off with the men’s road race on July 24. It’s one of the first medal events in the Tokyo Olympics, and at 234 km the longest event of the entire Games. I will be there, standing in a roadside feed zone in sweltering heat handing up bottles to Mike Woods. I’ll also be there for the next 13 days of Olympic road, mountain bike, BMX and track competition up to August 8, and for the eight days of Paralympic track and road competition between August 25 to September 3.
 
If you catch a glimpse of me or any of my fellow staff on TV, we’re the ones that have been quietly working in the background to help give our athletes the best possible shot at a medal. Regardless of the outcome, we will be there for them. Please wish the whole Canadian team well!


Shelley Gautier at the 2021 Para Road World Championships in Portugal
Photo Credit: Jean-Baptiste Bénavent

UCI Paracycling Road World Championships

The best in the World were in Portugal competing at the famous motor circuit of Circuitous Estoril in Cascais, Portugal from June 11th – 13th. 

Shelley Gautier has extended Canada’s gold medal streak at the 2021 UCI Para Road World Championships on Friday and Sunday. 

Shelley Gautier wins ninth World Championship T1 Time Trial and ninth World Championship T1 Road Race.

“This race was the first international race in two years,” Gautier said. I planned to remain small cycling in the wind. My coach Eric van den Eynde and Cycling Canada , helped me work hard to enable me to win this world championship. I am very proud of the result. I now have 9 Time Trial World Championships and 9 Road Race World Championships. 

“I am pleased to regain my world Championship position.”

SHELLEY GAUTIER WINS NINTH ITT WORLD TITLE AT PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cascais, Portugal (June 11, 2021) — Canadian Para athletes struck gold for a second day in a row with two-time Paralympian Shelley Gautier earning her seventeenth world title and ninth T1 Individual Time Trial gold medal in Portugal.

“This race was my first international race in two years,” said Gautier. “The planning of where to cycle in the wind was tricky, as was staying small. My coaches Guillaume Plourde, Eric Van Den Eynde, Sébastien Travers and Cycling Canada helped me put in the hard work to make winning this World Championship possible. I am very proud of the result. I now have nine ITT rainbow jerseys and I am very proud of that.”

In other results, Marie-Ève Croteau (T2) placed 4th, Charles Moreau (H3) 4th, Matthew Kinnie (H2) 4th, Louis-Albert Corriveau Jolin (C3) 7th and Kara Douville (H4) 7th.

Photo credit: Jean-Baptiste Bénavent

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CANADIAN PARA SQUAD SET TO RACE IN PORTUGAL FOR PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

CANADIAN PARA SQUAD SET TO RACE IN PORTUGAL FOR PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cascais, Portugal (May 27, 2021) – After nearly two years without any international road competitions, the Canadian para-cycling team is heading to Cascais, Portugal to compete at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships on June 9-13.

A total of 16 Canadian athletes were selected, with nine set to race overseas. The Championships do not count towards Paralympic Games qualification, but will serve as a way for athletes to gauge training and competition as they head into the rest of the season. Those who were selected but have chosen not to attend will focus on their training domestically as they gear up for future racing.

“We are excited to be able to race on the road for the first time since September 2019,” said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach for Cycling Canada. “This Road World Championships will serve as great validation for those who will be attending the Games, but also allows a first World’s participation for a group of development athletes. We look forward to racing our bikes again and are aiming to do so as safely as we possibly can.”

Team Canada
Kara Douville – H4 [Calgary, AB]
Carla Shibley (pilot: Meghan Brown) – Tandem [Calgary, AB]
Charles Moreau – H3 [Victoriaville, QC]
Lowell Taylor (pilot: Ed Veal) – Tandem [Lethbridge, AB]
Matthew Kinnie – H2 [Riverview, NB]
Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin – T2 [Sainte-Claire, QC]
Shelley Gautier – T1 [Toronto, ON]
Marie-Ève Croteau – T2 [Quebec City, QC]
Marie-Claude Molnar – C4 [Longueuil, QC]

Canada’s Paralympic cycling team is set to be announced on July 7.

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is one of the oldest national sport organizations in Canada and has one simple purpose: to inspire Canadians to cycle. Cycling Canada administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country, hosts national and international events and manages the National Team in all levels of international competition.

Source: Cycling Canada
Information: Karine Bedard | Cycling Canada | karine.bedard@cyclingcanada.ca

Champion cyclist competing in 2021 Tokyo Paralympics trains on Pine Island

By PAULETTE LeBLANC – | Apr 7, 2021

Eight-time World Champion snowbird Shelley Gautier is a Canadian Paralympic medalist in para-cycling who has been racing competitively for 11 years. In the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympics, she won the bronze for Canada. Since the 2020 Olympics have been postponed until 2021, she’s now getting ready to head to Tokyo to compete again.

“I’ve been working really hard the past five years. In the winter I come to Pine Island where I can be outside every day, which is really great,” said Gautier, who has a home in St. James City. “The people on Pine Island are all really wonderful and they support me. The family at the new bike shop are great. They all help me by doing any tweaking or little things that I need with my bike.”In addition to Island Bikeworks in Bokeelia, other sponsors for Gautier include, Shimano Bikes in Japan and Terry Bicycles in New Hampshire. “She has six different bikes,” said trainer Alan Greer. “All the bikes have to be kept in excellent shape. It is a constant process to keep her racing bikes and training bikes all functional for her training five days a week.”
According to Greer, Gautier trains often on Burnt Store Road where he says there is very little vehicular traffic, as her speed became too great to continue utilizing the bike path. Once a week, however, Greer says she does do a recovery ride on the island’s bike path — an easy ride after four days of rigorous training. Because in Tokyo there are significant hills, he explains, this winter they prepared by going to the Sanibel Causeway eight times per week to climb the hill.

“By using the Sanibel Causeway,” said Greer, “Shelley was able to do hill training. It worked very well for her. She is a Canadian team member who is able to train outdoors all year round because she has a residence in St. James City.

After her head injury, Gautier spent a year in recovery and got started in disabled sailing.

“That got me out into the world,” said Gautier. “I thought maybe I could get into tricycle riding so I rode a recumbent trike for a few years and fund raised and raised $3K a year for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and then I thought I want to try and see if can race.”

Shortly after she realized she could, in fact, race competitively, Gautier got into the Paralympics and now she’s competed twice with Tokyo next on her to-do list.

“It’s really nice to be able to come down to St. James City and socialize with people,” said Gautier. “Just being there is wonderful. I hope I can inspire people to get out and go riding.”

Cyclist Shelley Gautier

Update from Shelley!

Niagara Falls is where I am from.
My drive to experience victory plays a big role in how I train! Opening my mind is key to changing doubt and fear into victory, joy and appreciation.  
Thanks to Everyone who has helped me!