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!


Shelley’s OCA member profile


Congrats Shelley on being named “2019 Road Female Athlete of the Year” by the Ontario Cycling Association

The Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) is proud to announce its 2019 annual award winners!

Each year the OCA recognizes some of the most accomplished athletes in Ontario. This includes up-and-coming development athletes as well as dedicated volunteers and event of the year. Every OCA award winner is member nominated and was chosen by the OCA Awards Committee.

The OCA Board of Directors Special Recognition Award is also awarded to someone who the Board of Directors feels has given tirelessly to the sport of cycling and deserves acknowledgement.

We would like to thank all the award winners for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations!

CATEGORY                                                                 AWARD RECIPIENT

2019 Road Male Athlete of the Year Benjamin Perry
2019 Road Female Athlete of the Year Shelley Gautier
2019 Mountain Bike Male Athlete of the Year Peter Disera
2019 Mountain Bike Female Athlete of the Year Haley Smith
2019 Tim DaSilva BMX Athlete of the Year Curtis Krey
2019 Track Female Athlete of the Year Annie Foreman-Mackey
2019 Track Male Athlete of the Year Derek Gee
2019 Cyclocross Male Athlete of the Year Gunnar Holmgren
2019 Cyclocross Female Athlete of the Year Ruby West
2019 Event of the Year Canadian CX Championships & PTBO CX
2019 Development Male Athlete of the Year James Hedgcock
2019 Development Female Athlete of the Year Nicole Bradbury
2019 Master Male Athlete of the Year Rob Holmgren
2019 Master Female Athlete of the Year Anna Tykoliz
2019 Development Para-cycling Athlete of the Year Anthony Lue
2019 Contributor of the Year Forest City Velodrome
2019 OCA Volunteer of the Year Janis Nixon
2019 OCA Board of Directors Special Recognition Andrew Watson

Shelley named as one of ‘Top 10 Canadian cyclists of the decade’

With the decade coming to a close, the editors at Canadian Cycling have decided on this definitive list of the top 10 Canadian cyclists of the 2010s.

10. Miranda Miller, Self-made champion
Squamish’s hometown world champion, Miranda Miller had an unconventional road to success. The B.C. rider trained and raced as a privateer, working between races and in the off-season to get to World Cups, before finally landing a factory team spot on Specialized Gravity. In 2017, it looked as if Miller’s struggle with injury might follow her. Instead, at Cairns, Australia, she became the first Canadian woman to win the world championships since 1990. That rainbow jersey adds to her two Canadian championships, in 2016 and 2017. Miller now races on the Enduro World Series with Kona Factory Racing.

Leah Kirchmann

9. Leah Kirchmann, representing Canadian women on the road
Leah Kirchmann’s career took off at the beginning of the decade, with her 2010 Canadian under-23 road and crit wins. Since then she’s consistently been on the national podium. Internationally, she sprinted to third at the inaugural edition of La Course, where she was second in 2019, won stages at the Tour of California and Giro Rosa and worn the Pink leaders jersey, and was a member of the winning Team Time Trial squad in 2017. At the 2014 Canadian road championships, she won the road race, time trial and the criterium, making her the first woman to win all three titles in the same year. Since 2016 Kirchmann has been racing for UCI World Tour team Sunweb.
(Image: Tristen Chernove/Facebook)
8. Tristen Chernove, Paralympic sensation
Tristen Chernove has been a staple of Canadian paracycling since the latter half of the 2010s. He podiumed three times at the 2016 Paralympic Games, bringing home one of each colour of medal. In 2017, Chernove won gold in all his races at both the world track championships and world road championships. He followed his impressive 2017 performance by climbing the podium multiple times in the same races in 2018. He was named Canadian paracyclist of the year in 2016 and again in 2018.

Alison Beveridge
Photo: Ruby Photo Studio
7. Canadian women’s team pursuit squad, a staple on the track podium
Canada has been on the women’s team pursuit podium since the event’s Olympic debut in 2012. At the London 2012 games, Gillian Carleton, Jasmin Duehring (née Glaesser) and Tara Whitten captured the bronze medal. Four years later at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Laura Brown, Kirsti Lay, Allison Beveridge, Georgia Simmerling and Duehring once again took third place for Canada in the women’s team pursuit.
The Canadian women’s team pursuit squads also made a name for themselves this decade at the UCI track world championships, winning silver medals in 2014 and 2016 and bronze in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Photo credit: Red Bull
6. Steve Smith, a Canadian icon lost too soon
In 2013, Steve “Chainsaw” Smith became the first Canadian to win the UCI downhill World Cup overall title, overtaking Gee Atherton at the season’s final race in Leogang, Austria. Before that, he’d already started inspiring Canadian mountain bikers, on and off the bike. His easy going, friendly personality was matched by a fierce competitive drive to race that propelled him to a second place at the Mont-Sainte-Anne world championships in 2010. That was followed by more World Cup wins, another world championship podium in 2012 and then the World Cup overall in 2013. After two years of results marred by injury, Smith was looking to be back on form when he finished second at the Lourdes World Cup in 2016. Tragically, Smith he died in an enduro motorcycle accident at home in Nanaimo, at the age of 26. His legacy lives on in the Steve Smith Memorial Bikepark in Nanaimo, and in the roar of chainsaws at every race. #longlivechainsaw.
Image: Canadian Paralympic Committee/Facebook
5. Shelley Gautier, the perfect year
Paracyclist Shelley Gautier spent 2010 to 2015 winning numerous gold medals in both the time trial and road events at the UCI paracycling road world championships and World Cups. In 2016, she won bronze at the Rio Paralympics. After more worlds first-place wins in 2017, Gautier came first in all six paracycling World Cup events in 2018. Having also won both road and TT world titles she ended the year unquestionably at the top.

4. Mike Woods, a star that’s still on the rise
Mike Woods only started his cycling career halfway through the decade, but he has already left his mark on Canadian cycling history. In 2018, Woods rode away on the steep final climb to Balcón de Bizkaia winning the 17th stage of the Vuelta a España. Later that year, he finished third in the road world championships, Canada’s first elite men’s podium performance since Steve Bauer finished third in Barcelona in 1984. Woods ended the decade on a strong note by winning the 100th edition of Milano–Torino this past October.

3. Catharine Pendrel, Olympic redemption
The 2010s were a good decade for Catharine Pendrel and the women of Canadian mountain biking. The Clif Pro Team racer started by winning the World Cup overall title in 2010, and earned her first world championship title in 2011. Going into the 2012 London Olympics, Pendrel was feeling the combined pressure of wearing the rainbow jersey, winning her second World Cup overall title, and missing the 2008 Olympic podium by nine seconds in Beijing. Her 2012 Olympics ended in disappointment, with the Canadian sliding to ninth place. Pendrel bounced back to win her second world championship title in 2014, as well as Commonwealth Games gold, and a silver medal at the Toronto Pan Am Games. Olympic redemption finally came at the 2016 Rio games, where Pendrel fought back from an early crash to earn bronze, her first Olympic medal.

2. Svein Tuft, the hardman
Svein Tuft, the two-time national road race champion, and an eleven-time national time trial champion, has spent the past decade competing at the highest level of road racing. In 2013, his team GreenEdge (now Mitchelton-Scott) won the team time trial stage of the Tour de France. The following year he once again helped GreenEdge nab the team time trial stage win at the Giro d’Italia, which put him in the pink jersey on his birthday. The 42 year old Rally UHC rider has made a career in pro cycling and continues to race today.

1. Ryder Hesjedal, a Canadian first
Having finished fifth place at the 2010 Tour de France, Ryder Hesjedal was at the peak of his cycling career at the beginning of the decade. In 2012, Hesjedal was the first Canadian athlete to win a Grand Tour, taking first in the general classification at the Giro d’Italia. In 2014, he won a stage at the Vuelta a España, 10years after his first stage win at the Spanish Grand Tour. These were the first Vuelta stage wins by a Canadian athlete. After riding for Trek–Segafredo for a year Hesjedal, retired in 2016. Controversy surrounds the Victoria rider. In 2013, he admitted to doping early in his career. He maintains that he was clean throughout the 2010s.



Emmen, Netherlands (September 17, 2019) – Team Canada concluded the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands, with a total of five medals. Over the four days of competition, Canadian athletes won four bronze medals in the time trial, and went on to win one silver medal in the road race.

Ross Wilson and Tristen Chernove kicked off the first day by finishing third in the time trial for C1 and C2 categories, while Shelley Gautier and Marie-Eve Croteau podiumed on Friday in the T1 and T2 categories. Shelley Gautier, who is no stranger to the podium, finished off the weekend with a second place in the road race, only a few seconds behind Eltje Malzbender of New Zeland.

“This World championship has demonstrated the internal strength of our team,” said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach for Cycling Canada. “Our athletes have never been so supportive of each other. All of our staff are dedicated and see the athletes’ performances as their priority, helping foster the high performance culture we have built over the past few years.”

Source: Cycling Canada


Emmen, Netherlands (September 14, 2019) – Canada opened the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands, by winning four bronze medals on the first two days of competition. Ross Wilson and Tristen Chernove kicked off the first day by finishing third in the time trial for C1 and C2 categories, while Shelley Gautier and Marie-Eve Croteau also podiumed on Friday in the T1 and T2 categories.

Wilson’s time for the 20.8 kilometre race against the clock was 30:24.39, 54 seconds behind winner Aaron Keith of the United States. Michael Tueber of Germany took silver. In the T2 category, Tristen Chernove also finished in third with a time of 29.11.85, behind Darren Hicks of Australia and Ewoud Vromant of Belgium.

“Making it to the podium was very tough today,” said Chernove. “I’m really impressed with the rides that Darren Hicks and Ewoud Vromant produced. I raced the TT to my plan but found several things that need some work in order to find my best performance. I’m ready to attack the road race on Saturday and do all I can to get back on the top step of the podium.”

On Friday, defending champion Shelley Gautier was not able to defend her title in the T1 category, but still managed to take home bronze with a time of 46:49.10. Marie-Eve Croteau, who just recently returned to competition, also finished third in the T2 category with a time of 40:01.40.

“It was the longest time trial that I’ve ever done and I’m honoured to be among the top-3 on the podium. It was a really hard fought race and I’m pleased with my performance,” said Gautier.

Photo Jean-Baptiste Bénavent (All Rights Reserved) – Shelley Gautier

In other results, Charles Moreau finished 5th in the Men’s H3 category, while Kara Douville got the same result in the Women’s H4. Competition continues Saturday and Sunday with the road race events.

Source: Cycling Canada
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Baie-Comeau, QC (August 13, 2019) – Team Canada concluded the third and final round of the Para-cycling Road World Cup with seven medals, including three gold, three silver and one bronze medal. On Sunday, the final day of competition, Canadian riders added gold, silver and bronze medals to their total. Shelley Gautier took her second gold medal of the weekend in the Women’s T1 category, while Marie-Claude Molnar finished second in the Women’s C4 road race, adding a silver medal to the gold she won in the time trial. In the Men’s C2 road race, Tristen Chernove won a bronze medal to go with the silver he won in the time trial, also winning the overall World Cup title for C2 men.

“Today’s race was the epitome of why we do this,” said Chernove. “Seeing what challenges are ahead and making the best of every situation. Unfortunately, I discovered early in the race that I had a bike issue and couldn’t get into my big ring [gear]. I had to spin really fast, and I knew the sprint would be a challenge, but I knew I had to do everything to get on that podium, regardless of the adversity, and secure the overall win of the World Cup, which is what this weekend was all about.”

Photo Jean-Baptiste Bénavent (Tous droits réservés) – Shelley Gautier

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Source: Cycling Canada
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Baie Comeau World Cup


Baie Comeau a great place for a World Cup. I stayed in the hunt on the Canadian Trail. I made podium by winning First Place! Yes I have a lot of people to thank.
Thank You Team Shelley!

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