Saint-Georges, QC (June 28, 2019) – The 2019 Canadian Road Championships opened on Friday with the Individual Time Trial for Para, Junior, U23 and Elite athletes. While many familiar faces made it to the top step of the podium, athletes in the Tandem, Junior, U23 Women and Elite Men’s categories were awarded the maple leaf jersey for the first time in their career.
The time trial was held in St-Prosper, on the outskirts of St-Georges, with an out-and-back course that took the athletes up multiple climbs. Distances ranged from 11 to 34 kilometres depending on the category.
Two-time Canadian champion Leah Kirchmann was one of the favourites, taking the win with a time of 38:51, 29 seconds ahead of former champion Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels Dolmans), with Marie-Soleil Blais (Astana Women’s Team) taking third. Olivia Baril (Magocep Tornatech Specialized p/b Mazda) took the title in the women’s U23 field, while Magdeleine Vallières-Mill dominated the Junior race.
In the men’s race, Rob Britton (Rally UHC Cycling) won his first Canadian title with a time of 42:54, 14 seconds ahead of teammate and former champion Svein Tuft. Adam Roberge (Elevate KHS Pro Cycling) took the third spot in the Elite race, and the title in the U23 men’s category, with Jacob Rubuliak (Tag Cycling Race Team) finishing first in the Junior field.
The para-cycling competitions saw titles awarded in six different categories, with both male and female tandem teams taking their first win in a road competition. The Championships continue on Saturday and Sunday with the Road Race competition, and conclude on Monday with the Criterium.
Lowell Taylor, Men’s Tandem: “I’ve worked really hard for four years to get first today and it finally happened. It takes a lot of low days on the road to make the win that much sweeter. My coach has been working me really hard but the training has really paid off, and today was a good day to peak.”
Leah Kirchmann, Elite Women: “I knew I was a favourite coming in but I also knew that I have really strong Canadian competition so I was just focused on putting together my best ride. I expect tomorrow to be a really tough race, and there are a lot of strong teams so I will have to be tactically smart.”
Rob Britton, Elite Men: “I haven’t ridden my time trial bike that much, so to come here and have this ride today and to beat Svein who’s obviously a legend in his own right is amazing. It was brutal out there today, so my plan was just to go all out in the first and last 8 kilometres and just try not to break my rhythm too much.”
T1-2 Women: 1- Shelley Gautier, 2- Marie-Ève Croteau
H1-2 Men: 1- Matthew Kinnie, 2- Eric Page
T1-2 Men: 1- Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin, 2- Michael Shetler
H3-5: 1- Charles Moreau, 2- Joey Desjardins, 3- Alex Hyndman
C1-5: 1- Marie-Claude Molnar, 2- Keely Shaw, 3- Lachlan Hotchkiss
Tandem: 1- Lowell Taylor & Andrew Davidson, 2- Daniel Chalifour & Jean-Michel Lachance, 3- Matthieu Croteau-Daigle & Benoit Lussier
Junior Women: 1- Magdeleine Vallières-Mill, 2- Camille Primeau, 3- Emilly Johnston
Junior Men: 1- Jacob Rubuliak, 2- Tristan Jussaume, 3- Dylan Bibic
U23 Women: 1- Olivia Baril, 2- Laurie Jussaume, 3- Gillian Ellsay
U23 Men: 1- Adam Roberge, 2- Derek Gee, 3- Nickolas Zukowsky
Elite Women: 1- Leah Kirchmann, 2- Karol-Ann Canuel, 3- Marie-Soleil Blais
Elite Men: 1- Rob Britton, 2- Svein Tuft, 3- Adam Roberge
Source: Cycling Canada
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