Maniago, Italy (July 30, 2018) – Cycling Canada has announced the team of 12 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Maniago, Italy, on August 2-5. The team includes multiple Rio Paralympic and world championship medalists. All athletes are scheduled to compete in both Time Trial and Road Race events.
“Although we are sending a smaller team to Road Worlds this year, the expectations do remain high,” said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach for Cycling Canada. “The performances that the athletes will deliver are crucial at this time in the Olympic quadrennial; with all top athletes attending this event, we will have a clear understanding of what needs to be done in the next 24 months to shine in Tokyo. We look forward to racing in Maniago and on its challenging courses, as it will showcase what our athletes are capable of.”
The team is led by three defending world champions – Shelley Gautier of Toronto, who is undefeated since 2010 in the Women’s T1 category; Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, in the Men’s C2; and Michael Sametz of Calgary in the Men’s C3. The team also includes three-time Paralympic tandem competitor Daniel Chalifour, who is returning to competition after breaking his femur last year in a crash during a World Cup in Maniago.
Nicole Clermont – C5 [St Denis de Brompton, QC]
Shelley Gautier – T1 [Toronto, ON]
Marie-Claude Molnar – C4 [St-Hubert, QC]
Keely Shaw – C4 [Saskatoon, SK]
Daniel Chalifour – Tandem [Mont-Laurier, QC]
Jean Michel Lachance – Tandem Pilot [Quebec City, QC]
Tristen Chernove – C2 [Cranbrook, BC]
Joey Desjardins – H3 [Hawksbury, ON]
Alex Hyndman – H3 [Morpeth, ON]
Charles Moreau – H3 [Victoriaville, QC]
Michael Sametz – C3 [Calgary, AB]
Ross Wilson – C1 [Sherwood Park, AB]
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic, Paralympic, and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of being a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success, increased national participation and world class event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country. Cycling Canada programs are made possible through the support of its valued corporate partners – Global Relay, Lexus Canada, Mattamy Homes, Louis Garneau, lululemon, 4iiii, Argon18 and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Source: Cycling Canada