Video: Paralympians bring 29 medals back to Canada

Video: Paralympians bring 29 medals back to Canada

Video of Shelley’s Rio Time Trial

Bronze Medal Race – Shelley Gautier in the Paralympics in Rio from Gerry Dimnik on Vimeo.


(Rio, BRA – September 16, 2016) Four Canadian para-cyclists competed on Friday at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with Marie-Eve Croteau of Quebec City, Quebec, the top finisher, in fourth place in the Women’s combined T1-T2 road race.

Croteau and Shelley Gautier of Toronto raced in the combined category 30 kilometre T1-T2 road race. Carol Cooke of Australia took the gold medal, finishing 51 seconds in front of Croteau, with Gautier finishing sixth, three minutes and 46 seconds back. Gautier was the only competitor in the more severely disabled T1 category.

“I am very proud of my race,” said Croteau, “I didn’t miss it [podium] by very much, and honestly it had been a while since I last rode in a pack. So the idea was to place myself at the back and look at how they were taking the corners, so that was about learning that. Afterward I took the wheel of the World Champion Carol Cook, the Australian, she is the strongest rider so the fact that I was on her wheel was good, I was protecting myself well.

“In one of the last corners, the German took a wide turn and hit my back wheel and made my wheel pop up a little and that got my prosthetic unclipped at the same time, so I found myself after the turn with my strong arm on the bar and using my weak arm and there was another turn that was coming up, so unfortunately I couldn’t take that turn correctly [and] I went more cautiously. So for sure I lost a few second there but I fought until the end, so that’s a good thing, I really rode well. I’m really happy, didn’t miss by much but I came here wanting to fight like a lion and that’s what I did. The fact that I started and finished my race well [means] for me I have my podium.”

“I won’t hide it,” Croteau admitted, “for sure I was aiming for a podium, I understand that it was very close, that’s really unfortunate but with everything that happened in the last four years … I fought a lot, a lot, and the fact is that I had health issues [so] just the fact of being here, I can’t be disappointed.”

“I think it went pretty good,” said Gautier, who won a bronze medal in the time trial a day earlier. “I was the only T1 out there. I was able to stay with them [T2 riders] for a short while and then I was coming back, but the race ended before I could get to them. It was windy and a tough course, but I just went with it. I was time trialling it alone, which was hard, but I’m happy with my Games.”

In the 71.1-kilometre road race for the combined Men’s C1, C2 and C3 categories, Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, finished 15th overall, the third C2 finisher, despite a first lap crash that damaged his bike and separated his shoulder. Steffen Warias of Germany, a C3 rider, took the gold medal. Ross Wilson of Edmonton, a C1 athlete, and Michael Sametz of Calgary, a C3 rider, did not finish.

“It was pretty tight in the group, and wheels touched, and I crashed,” explained Chernove, who has already won gold, silver and bronze medals. “It’s just the nature of racing; it was early in the race in the first lap, when a lot of attacks were starting, and from the right side a bike came across and clipped my front wheel. I felt really good and I was moving with the top contenders and feeling really strong. Absolutely I was expecting to be in a medal contender.”

“But I’m extremely happy of my efforts; both my [brake] levers were bent and I banged them back out. My front derailleur cable was broken and I had no front shifting, so I only had my small chainring for the whole race and had to spin at a really high rate the whole time. But I fought my way back to 15th, so I’m really proud of my effort and had to dig deep. It’s been a wonderful Games, but right now I’m disappointed that I was taken out of contention for this race. I really wanted to win here today and I felt that I had a good shot at being on the podium.”

Wilson admitted afterwards, “It was insanely tough out there today. If you look at the wind and the nature of the course with the hills, it was tough right from the start. We knew it was going to be a hard race with lots of attacks, so I made a team sacrifice by going away [on a breakaway] right from the start, but that was all the matches in my matchbook, and I burned them pretty good. I was just happy to play my role in the team effort.”

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get a result today, but we saw a lot of grit from Tristen, and I think if you look to the future, our team is going to be a force to be reckoned with over the next few years. We are taking home a record breaking performance, this is the most medals that Cycling Canada has earned in a Paralympic Games; it’s a new benchmark. I think we are taking home possibility and opportunity for the future, and I think we have a bright future.”

For full article please go to: Cycling Canada

Shelley Gautier Wins Bronze Medal at Rio 2016 Paralympics Time Trial!!

At the September 14 Time Trial for Paracycling at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Shelley Gautier achieved a Bronze Medal!!
We are so proud of Shelley and are excited to share the wonderful news.
Tomorrow (September 16), Shelley participates in the Road Race.
The photos below are from Shelley’s friend Rupen Seoni, who, along with others, is cheering her on in Rio!!


(Rio, BRA – September 14, 2016) Canadian para-cyclists had a medal bonanza on Wednesday, the first day of road competition at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning five medals in the time trial events, with one gold, one silver and three bronze.  This brings the medal total for para-cycling to eight in total, with two more silvers and a bronze won earlier in the week on the track.

Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, won the first Canadian cycling gold medal of the Paralympics in the 20 kilometre Men’s C2 race, finishing with a time of 27 minutes and 43.16 seconds.  Colin Lynch of Ireland took the silver medal, 19.09 seconds back, with Liang Guihua of China winning bronze, 34.61 seconds behind.  It is Chernove’s third medal, after winning silver and bronze in track competition.

“I felt pretty good and I enjoyed the whole race,” said Chernove. “You only get these moments so often in life, and I wanted to have a positive outlook and be in the moment, and not let the anxieties or pressures get to me.  That really happened today, and that made all the difference.  I just wanted to have a great bike ride in a beautiful place.”

In the Men’s C1 20 kilometre race, Ross Wilson of Edmonton won the silver medal with a time of 28 minutes and 47.34 seconds, 53.36 seconds behind Michael Teuber of Germany.  Giancarlo Masini of Italy took the bronze medal.  It is Wilson’s second medal, after winning silver in the Individual Pursuit on the track.

“I thought I did very well today and left everything out there,” said Wilson. “I don’t think I came back with anything left in me.  That was probably the best outcome I could have hoped for, in terms of a time and a result.  It would have been nice to go a little bit faster, but we just need to keep working at it, and we have another four years to work towards that gold medal.”

Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Quebec, won the bronze medal in the Men’s H3 competition, with a time of 29 minutes and 26.91 seconds for the 20-kilometre race.  Moreau finished 0.9 seconds out of the silver medal, won by Walter Ablinger of Austria, with the gold medal going to Vittorio Podesta of Italy, in a time of 28 minutes and 19.45 seconds.

“I’m very happy about third,” said Moreau. “It’s my first Paralympic Games, and my first race of the Paralympics.  I was aiming for a gold medal today and I got bronze.  We are going to make some adjustments in the upcoming years [before Tokyo].  My arms have felt a little bit heavier in the last three days, so I was not able to put out the numbers that I usually put, but I got third, so I can’t complain about that!  I’ll just try to do better for the road race and get another one for Canada.”

In the Men’s C3 30-kilometre race, Michael Sametz of Calgary won the bronze medal with a time of 39 minutes and 41.28 seconds, 19.49 seconds behind gold medal winner Eoghan Clifford of Ireland.  Masaki Fujita of Japan won the silver medal.

“I did I wanted to do today, which was race my absolute best,” said Sametz. “And it was a podium, so that’s good.  It was tough, my heart rate was at the roof pretty much the whole time.  This is my best event, so I expected of myself to be top five, but to be on the podium is great.  I was watching the [event] tracker this morning and to see all the [Canadian] results coming in was great, and got me motivated.”

Canada’s final medal of the day went to Shelley Gautier of Toronto, with a bronze medal in the combined Women’s T1-T2 category for the 15 kilometre time trial.  Gautier was the only T1 in the competition, racing against T2 rivals, and recorded a time of 26 minutes and 50.87 seconds.  Gautier was 39.47 seconds behind gold medal winner Carol Cooke of Australia, with Jill Walsh of the United States taking the silver medal, 1.2 seconds faster than Gautier.

“It’s hard [being the only T1], but I came in third, so I think I did okay,” said Gautier. “My goal was a medal and that’s what I did, so I’m happy.  I was hoping for a medal, but as a T1 rider I am more disabled than the T2’s, so I could just do the best I could.”

In other Canadian results, Marie-Claude Molnar of Lemoyne, Quebec, was fifth in Women’s C4 and Nicole Clermont (St-Denis-de-Brompton) eighth in Women’s C5.  Marie-Eve Croteau (Quebec City, Quebec) was sixth in the combined Women’s T1-T2.  The Women’s Tandem team of Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and pilot Audrey Lemieux (Alma, Quebec) finished seventh and the team of Shawna Ryan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and pilot Joanie Caron (Rimouski, Quebec) were 13th.  The Men’s tandem team of Daniel Chalifour (St-Therese, Quebec) and pilot Jean-Michel Lachance (Quebec City, Quebec) finished 15th.

Jacques Landry, High Performance Director at Cycling Canada, commented, “Today was a great day for our program. We had targeted those medals acquired on the track and knew that we had some great medal chances in the time trial in all categories where we medalled today. We had decided a while ago to focus on more predictable events [Track and Time Trial] instead of the road races, and this direction has paid off. We’ve surpassed at this point our medal predictions, and have even surpassed our all time Paralympic medal count that was previously set at seven in 1996, in Atlanta.  For the road races we will obviously continue targeting performances and results, as we have some medal chances in these events as well, but at this point any podiums will be gravy for us.”

Full article from: Cycling Canada

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 Bios and high resolution photos can be downloaded at

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.).

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