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December 18/18 13:37 pm – Vote for the Canadian Cyclists of the Year!

Welcome to the 22nd annual Canadian Cyclist of the Year Awards! Once again, it is time for our readers to cast their votes in our four categories:

Canadian Cyclist of the Year – Female
Canadian Cyclist of the Year – Male
Canadian Cyclist of the Year – Para
Best Individual Performance

The rider voting procedure reflects the fact that it can be difficult to select just one athlete to vote for. Instead, you will be able to rank your preferences, with the top rank receiving 5 points, the second receiving 4 points, etc. The athlete (and performance) receiving the highest average “grade” wins. For Best Individual Performance we will pick three.

From your votes we will select the top Canadian Cyclists of 2018.

Vote Now!

Shelley featured in Top 11 Canadian cycling performances in 2018

Shelley Gautier’s perfect World Cup sweep and double world championship Gold

Shelly Gautier had a home crowd in as she completed her sweep of all six World Cup events of 2018. The Canadian athlete won both her Women’s T1 road race and time trial at the final World Cup, held in Baie-Comeau, Que. to complete the perfect season. The World Cup sweet added to Gautier’s two gold medals at UCI Para Road World Championships in Maniago, Italy earlier in August. The Canadian now has an incredible 13 world titles to her name. Gautier’s perfect season led a strong year for the Canadian Para Cycling team, which included more world championship medals and a record 12 World Cup medals at Baie-Comeau alone.

Shelley Gautier Caps 2018 Perfect Season With UCI Paracycling Award – Celebration Nov. 18

November 15, 2018 (Toronto, Ont) – Canadian para-cyclist Shelley Gautier has had a year for the record books. Not only did she win every UCI cycling race she entered in 2018, ending up with a perfect season, she capped it off with a Para-cycling Award at the 2018 UCI Cycling Gala in Guilin, China. But, far from resting on her laurels, she already has her sights set on her next goal – the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Shelley Gautier - Para Cycling World Champion  ©  Shelley Gautier Foundation

On Nov. 18, Gautier will celebrate her achievement at a special event in Toronto, where she will be presented with her UCI award as well as Cycling Canada’s inaugural Perfect Season of the Year Award. In addition, there will be a screening of an episode of the new TV show Highway to Health, featuring Gautier – celebration details here.

2018 UCI Cycling and Paracycling Gala in Guilin China  ©  Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation

“I mean, it’s just amazing that I did it,” she says. “I had a lot of help and worked really hard. I am always nervous for the World Cups and at the World Championships last year in Italy I fell, so I was nervous.”

Shelley Gautier wins the 14th world championship title of her career  ©  Jean-Baptiste Benavent

In August, the Toronto native won her 14th world championship title at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Maniago, Italy. Gautier is undefeated at the world championships since 2010, and once again the talented athlete was successful in defending her title. Yet despite her perfect season being on the line, Gautier tried not to think too far ahead.

“I just take one race at a time and just go out and try to do my best and that’s what I did,” she says. “It wasn’t until afterwards when I sat down and realized I had a perfect season.”


Shelley Gautier  ©  Cycling Canada

Back in 2001, Gautier suffered a severe head injury while mountain biking in Vermont and fell into a coma subsequently developing hemiparesis on the right side of her body. As a lifelong athlete, she continue to put sport at the centre of her life and her recovery competing in disabled sailing and taking up rock climbing before moving on to para-cycling.

Shelly Gautier  ©  Pierre Bouchard

She first returned to cycling via a recumbent bike that she would ride around Toronto before watching a para-cyclist race at an event in Quebec alongside Louis Barbeau, the Director General of the Quebec Cycling Federation, who later became the president of UCI’s Para-Cycling Commission.

“He thought that because a guy racing ended up wiping out in the rain that I’d never come back,” recalls Gautier. “But it ended up that he loaned me a trike, and I got into para-cycling that way.”

Shelley Gautier @ Rio 2016  ©  Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee

In 2009 she became the the first female T-1 rider on the Canadian Para-Cycling Team and hasn’t looked back. In addition to her many UCI world championships, Gautier has also won a silver at the 2011 Parapan American Games and 2015 Parapan American Games in the mixed time trial events.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

She competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, England but failed to win a medal, but she returned and won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Shelley Gautier and medals  ©

We met up with Gautier at Duke’s Cycle on Queen St. West in Toronto, one of her long-standing sponsors, for a photo opp with her medals, UCI World Cup season overall trophy, and rainbow jersey as well.

(l-r) Stef Kraiker, Shelley Gautier, Gary Duke  ©

Shelley Gautier (l) and Ben Pye from Shimano  ©

“I’m so grateful to all of my sponsors as I couldn’t have done it without them. They really make the world of difference at every competition. Special thanks to Lorne Anderson, head technician and bike fitter at Dukes Cycle, who tunes my bike,” she commented.

(l-r) Alan Greer, Shelley Gautier, Lorne Anderson  ©

Along the way, she started the Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation that aims to purchase recreational equipment for persons living with disabilities. The foundation, run by Alan Greer, operates through contracts with community organizations in existing recreational facilities, so people with disabilities can be more integrated into their communities. To date it has loaned over $150,000.00 of para-cycling equipment.

 ©  Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation

And she’s not done yet. “Starting Dec. 1, I’m going to be back to work on getting a different colour metal in Tokyo,” she quipped. “I won a bronze medal in Rio, and I want a different colour.”

For more on the Launch Party Premier & Fundraiser click here.
Read more on Shelley Gautier click here and on the Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation click here

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Niagara Falls Review: Top Falls athletes honoured at city hall

Gautier, McLeans and Najberts recognized by council

Some of Niagara Falls’ most accomplished athletes were singled out for recognition at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Honoured were:

Shelley Gautier, who earned her 14th world championship title in Italy in August by winning 27.2 km women’s T1 competition at the Union Cycling Internationale Para-Cycling Road World Championships.

This year, Gautier has also placed first in time trials and competitions at the Para-Cycling World Cup event in Ostend, Belgium in May; the Para-Cycling World Cup event in Emmens, in the Netherlands; and at the UCI Para-Cycling World Cup event in Baie Comeau, Que. in August.

She competed at the 2012 Paralympics in London and again at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she won a bronze medal.

Gautier has been the reigning world champ since 2010. The T1 category is for cyclists with significant balance issues;

Liz and George Najbert, who won the gold medal and national title in mixed doubles tennis in the 65+ division at the Canada 55+ Games held in August in Saint John, N.B.

The pair qualified for the national championship by winning the provincials last year, and have been regional champions for the past three years;

Tatum and Carlyn McLean, sisters who competed with World Performers Canada at the Dance World Cup in Spain earlier this year. Each had five dances, with Tatum winning two world gold medals and one world silver while Carlyn earned three world bronze medals.

Both train at Laurie Ewart’s Danceworks in Niagara Falls, and were among the team selected from 1,500 who auditioned to compete in Spain.

Each year, World Performers Canada partners with Dance World Cup Europe to provide elite dancers the chance to travel to different European countries and compete on the world stage in a variety of dance disciplines.

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Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation Fundraiser

A fundraising event for the Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation will be held on Sunday, November 18th, in Toronto. The Canadian para-cyclist just completed a perfect season, winning every round of the Road World Cup, the world championships and national championships.




Shelley was recently honoured at the UCI Gala in Guilin, China, for her accomplishments, and will receive a ‘Perfect Season’ award from Cycling Canada at the Toronto event from former world champion and Cycling Hall of Fame member Gordon Singleton.

The event will also feature the premiere of Highway to Health, a travel show that explores how individuals and communities have been able to use different approaches to health to better their lives, overcome barriers and allow them to promote health in their own local and global communities. It will appear on the Bell network. A segment of the program, featuring Shelley, can be viewed Here.

“It is part of a series on good health, and we’re showing everybody that you can be healthy and disabled by riding a bike. It’s a great way to get people out of their homes, get them active and exercising, and involved in their community. We’ll be doing a red carpet premiere.”

The event will be held at the Northern Maverick Brewery (115 Bathurst Street, Toronto), between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation works to break down barriers for people with disabilities, enabling them to participate in sports activities, create awareness of adaptive sports, remove stereotypes, and develop resources that encourage adaptive sports for people with disabilities. This fundraiser is aiming to raise $5000 at the event to purchase six tandem bicycles for the visually impaired, so that they empower themselves to take their health into their own hands.

Tickets are $10 in advance, and can be purchased Here. They can also be purchased at the door for $15.

Can’t make it to the premiere? There are still many ways that you can help out! For more information on the Foundation, visit the website. You can donate to the Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation Here.

“I started the Foundation because I saw there was a need. I wanted to organize something to get more disabled people out cycling. What we did was fundraise for bicycles, tricycles, handbikes and tandems, and showed people in the community that it could be done. It operates by loaning para-cycling equipment, so people with disabilities can be more integrated into their communities. Now, we are getting communities to run programs themselves. [The foundation currently has contracts with the Niagara Region, Brantford, Whitby and Bromont, Quebec].”

You Are Invited – Special Event November 18, 2018, 11am-3pm


Highway to Health
Launch Party
Premier Screening & Fundraiser 

Sunday November 18, 2018
11am – 3pm
Northern Maverick Brewing Co.
115 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5V 2P9 

In addition to the other good news we shared last week, Shelley has just  returned from Guilin China where she received a prestigious award at the 2018 UCI Cycling and Paracycling Gala in recognition of her 8 world championships this year. (See photo above) Something else to celebrate on November 18 – hope you will join us to honour Shelley.

Click here to see a short video from the Gala – see Shelley beginning at 1:06. She is beaming.

Shelley had a perfect season in 2018 (winning gold at every competition) and has been featured in a brand-new TV show, Highway to Health, premiering on Bell Fibe this fall!

To celebrate Shelley’s amazing season, we’ve teamed up with the creators of Highway to HealthCycling Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee to create a special event for the Foundation and you are invited!

Join the celebration as Shelley is presented with Cycling Canada’s inaugural Perfect Season of the Year Award by Gord Singleton, the first Canadian to ever hold a world record in cycling. Also we will view the premiere of Highway to HealthClick here to see a clip.

Funds raised will go to the Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation to purchase recreational equipment for persons living with disabilities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

COST:  $10 advance online;  $15 at the door.

The venue is fully accessible.  We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you for supporting the Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation. To make a donation go to You can make a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities.

Congratulations Shelley!! Featured on Top 10 Summer Highlights for Canadian Paralympic Sports

If performances in 2018 are any indication, Canada is on track for another successful Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020. There were six world titles earned in summer sports in a year that didn’t have world championships for Para swimming and Para athletics. In all, Tokyo targeted athletes won 61 medals this past summer in various international events, 30 of which were gold.

Here are 10 of the top highlights from an exciting summer:

Brent Lakatos wins Berlin Marathon
Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., made a commitment to marathon racing in 2018 and it paid off with his first career victory in the event at the Berlin Marathon. He upset Marcel Hug of Switzerland, the defending event champion and Paralympic Games champion.

Nathan Riech emerges on Canadian Para running scene 
One of the breakthrough stories of the year was in Para athletics as Nathan Riech of Victoria broke world records in the T38 800m and 1500m on Canada Day weekend at the Berlin Grand Prix. His mother is former Canadian pole vault champion Arden Tucker and his father Todd competed at the 1996 Olympics in the javelin. His grandfather is former NHLer Jim Harrison.

Kyle Fredrickson and Andrew Todd pair for gold
Kyle Fredrickson and Andrew Todd became the first-ever world champions in the new PR3 boat class last month in Bulgaria. While it is not yet a Paralympic Games class, the result definitely augurs well for Canada’s fours team in Tokyo.

Stefan Daniel repeats as world champion in Para triathlon
He’s only 21 years old but Calgary’s Stefan Daniel is already a three-time world champion in Para triathlon. This amazing athlete collected a third global crown last month in Gold Coast, Australia, successfully defending his title.

Aurélie Rivard sets world record at Pan Pacific Para swimming championships
It didn’t take long for Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., to find her stride at the Pan Pacific Para swimming championships this past August in Australia. On day one she broke her own world record in the S10 400m freestyle en route to a triple gold performance.

Canada collects 40 medals at Pan Pacific Para swimming championships
Over five days of competition, the Canadian delegation tallied an impressive 14 gold, 10 silver, and 16 bronze while setting 24 personal-best times including one world, three Americas and 10 national records.

Alison Levine reaches new heights at world boccia championships
Her 7-1 loss in the semifinals isn’t indicative that the entire match may have been decided on one shot, but Alison Levine can still put a smile on her 2018 season with a career-best fourth in the BC4 category at the world boccia championships held in Liverpool, England. She entered the tournament ranked seventh in the world.

Four gold medals for Canada at Para cycling road world championships
Para cycling was Canada’s best sport at the 2016 Paralympics and it could be again at Tokyo 2020. At the road world championships this past August in Italy, Canada won four gold medals. Shelley Gautier of Toronto was a double champion while Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B.C. and Michael Sametz of Calgary added one win apiece.

Ross Wilson and Alex Hyndman also reach podium at road world championships NextGen athlete Alex Hyndman sparked the fire for a brilliant performance for Canada at the Para cycling world road championships with a bronze medal in the Handcycle 3 time trial. It was the first of seven Canadian medals which also included a silver for Ross Wilson of Edmonton.

Canada edged for early bird spot in goalball for Paralympic Games
Canada’s national women’s goalball team fell just short in its bid for an early ticket to the 2020 Paralympic Games finishing fourth overall at the world championships in Sweden this past June. The top three in both men’s and women’s play qualified for Tokyo. The Canadian men and women will get another opportunity to qualify at the 2019 Parapan American Games.