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CANADA FINISHES FIRST PARA ROAD WORLD CUP WITH SEVEN MEDALS

Ostend, Belgium, May 7, 2018 – After winning five medals in the time trial events at the first round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium, Canada added a third gold medal and a bronze medal in the road races on Saturday and Sunday.

Shelley Gautier of Toronto, Ontario, the world champion in the women’s T1 category, added the road race gold to the time trial gold she had already won. Tristen Chernove, the men’s C2 world champion, took the bronze medal in his road race, to add to the silver he had already won in the time trial.

“It was a beautiful day; you couldn’t ask for a nicer day to ride,” said Chernove. “I’m thrilled to be on the podium and it was a bit of a surprise, because I let myself get frustrated with a saddle that slipped down and resulted in an awkward pedaling position. I also chose a poor line in the sprint finish and got boxed in a bit, so I’m happy to be on the podium.”

In other results, Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Quebec, finished just off the podium in the men’s H3 road race after winning silver in the time trial. Three riders finished sixth in their respective road races – Marie-Claude Molnar [C4 women], Nicole Clermont [C5 women] and Joey Desjardins [H3 men].

Canada finished the World Cup with three gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

Source: Cycling Canada
Information: 
Karine Bedard l Cycling Canada l 438-884-8771 l karine.bedard@cyclingcanada.ca

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Two Gold Medals earned in the Time Trial and Road Races

Two Gold Medals earned in the Time Trial and Road Races. Shelley is the Women’s T1 leader. Thanks to Team Shelley SG

Shelley won the Gold Medal in the Time Trial at World Cup 1 – Belgium

Shelley won the Gold Medal in the Time Trial at World Cup 1 - Belgium

Shelley won the Gold Medal in the Time Trial at World Cup 1 – Belgium 05/2018

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CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES TEAM FOR PARA ROAD WORLD CUP #1

Ostend, Belgium, May 2, 2018 – Canada has selected a strong team of 12 world-class athletes for the first round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, which will take place in Ostend, Belgium, on May 3-6. This will be the first event during the qualifying period for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, when riders and nations begin to collect ranking points that will determine country quotas for the Games.

The team is led by world champions Shelley Gautier [T1 women] of Toronto, Ontario, and Tristen Chernove [C2 men] of Cranbrook, BC, Michael Sametz (C3 Men) of Calgary, Alberta, as well as former world champion Robbi Weldon [Tandem women] of Ottawa, Ontario, with her pilot Audrey Lemieux of Montreal, Quebec.

“The Para-cycling program is looking forward to its first 2018 Road World Cup,” said Sebastien Travers, Para-cycling Head Coach at Cycling Canada. “As this is the first road event in the Tokyo Paralympic qualification process, we have gathered a team that is able to perform at the podium level, as well as score a high level of UCI points. This World Cup also marks the debut for some of our new IST staff, who will be able to better service our athletes once they have seen them race.”

Racing will begin on Thursday and Friday with the individual time trials for all categories, followed by the road races on Saturday and Sunday.

Women
Nicole Clermont (C5) St-Denis-de-Brompton, QC
Shelley Gautier (T1) Toronto, ON
Marie-Claude Molnar (C4) St Hubert, QC
Robbi Weldon (Tandem) Ottawa, ON
Audrey Lemieux (Tandem Pilot) Montreal, QC

Men
Tristen Chernove (C2) Cranbrook, BC
Matthieu Croteau Daigle (Tandem) Sherbrooke, QC
Benoit Lussier (Tandem Pilot) Montreal, QC
Joey Desjardins (H3) Hawkesbury, ON
Alexander Hyndman (H3) Morpeth, ON
Charles Moreau (H3) Victoriaville, ON
Michael Sametz (C3) Calgary, 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 and Bear Mountain Resort – along with the Government of Canada, Own The Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

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Source: Cycling Canada
Information:
Karine Bedard l Cycling Canada l 438-884-8771 l karine.bedard@cyclingcanada.ca

Update!

Team,

Just wanted to give u an update. Riding in the cold today was fun. I was wearing layers and had no breathable skin. That didn’t matter I was able to use the TT bars on a cambered Road. I was focused and forgot I was using a new brace and new TT handle bars. My new equipment works well. It is wonderful to have it for 2018.

SAG

Update from Shelley

Hi Team,

Today I will be riding outside with my new brace and new TT bars. I will be wearing my Specialized and Shimano warm clothes and shoes. I will keep you posted on this seasons progress as I go to Belgium next weekend. The TT Race is 18 km and RR is 36 km. I am excited to go and I will do my best after a great winter training season.

Thank you for your continual help on my wonderful journey,

Shelley

2018 Racing Season

Being among the best in the world, sometimes you need to keep working when life pushes back. I work hard to achieve my goals. This winter I have been working hard learning new things. I have been practicing a new racing position and style of trike riding/racing.

I am continuing to focus on what is coming up for this season. World Cups, Canadians, and the World Championships have my immediate attention. Doing well this season will help me prepare for the next Para Pan Am, and Para-Olympic Games.

I would like to thank my Sponsors and Everyone who supports me. You all share with me incredible determination and strength. We will put it all together. Everything will work on race day! I will strive to continue to achieve good results.

Shelley