It’s Official!! CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES PARA ROAD WORLDS TEAM

Ottawa, August 23, 2017 – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of 13 athletes who will represent our nation at the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The athletes will travel to South Africa on August 24-25, with competition taking place on August 31st to September 3rd. The team includes multiple Rio Paralympic and world championship medalists. All athletes are scheduled to compete in both Time Trial and Road Race events.

The women’s squad is led by Rio bronze medalist and multi-time world champion Shelley Gautier of Toronto, who will compete in the T1 category. Other women on the team include Marie-Claude Molnar (C4), Nicole Clermont (C5) and the tandem team of Shawna Ryan and Joanie Caron. Missing from the squad are former world and Paralympic champion Robbi Weldon and her tandem pilot Audrey Lemieux, who had to decline their selection as they recover from a crash at a World Cup earlier in the season.

The men’s squad includes Tristen Chernove in the C2 category, who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Rio Games. He is joined by fellow Rio medalists Ross Wilson (C1), who won two silver medals, Charles Moreau (H3), with two bronze medals and Michael Sametz (C3), who won a bronze medal. The team also includes Alexander Hyndman and Joey Desjardins, both H3, and the tandem team of Matthieu Croteau Daigle and his pilot Benoit Lussier.

Para head coach Sebastien Travers said, “We are impatient to compete against the top international Elite athletes; this will be the first major event since the Rio Paralympic Games in September last year. The Canadian team is composed of very strong athletes and we are really looking forward to seeing them perform and step onto the podium in Pietermaritzburg.”

Shelley Gautier – T1 [Toronto, ON]
Marie-Claude Molnar – C4 [St Hubert, QC]
Nicole Clermont – C5 [St Denis de Brompton, QC]
Shawna Ryan – Tandem [Saskatoon, SK]
Joanie Caron – Tandem Pilot [Rimouski, QC]
Matthieu Croteau Daigle – Tandem [Sherbrooke, QC]
Benoit Lussier – Tandem Pilot [Montreal, QC]
Ross Wilson – C1 [Sherwood Park, AB]
Tristen Chernove – C2 [Cranbrook, BC]
Michael Sametz – C3 [Calgary, AB]
Charles Moreau – H3 [Victoriaville, QC]
Alexander Hyndman – H3 [Morpeth, ON]
Joey Desjardins – H3 [Hawksbury, ON]

Retrieved from Cycling Canada on August 23, 2017: CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES PARA ROAD WORLDS TEAM

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CANADA SENDS STRONG TEAM TO PARA WORLD CUP #3

Emmen, NED, June 29, 2017 – The Canadian Para-cycling team returns to Europe this weekend for Round 3 of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands, on June 30th to July 2nd.  Canada will take 17 athletes to this event, the final international competition before the world championships.

“As we are heading to the last World Cup before World Championships, we are looking forward to see where we stand against the international field to allow us to put the finishing touches on our preparation towards South Africa in September,” explains Sebastien Travers, Head Coach.  “This event will also involve a group of Next Gen athletes, who will be there to try to achieve Top 10 performances as well as meet the National Team A standard.”

Included on the team are multi-time world champion and Paralympian Shelley Gautier of Toronto in the T1 category, plus Rio Paralympians Marie-Claude Molnar (C4 category), Nicole Clermont (C5), Robbi Weldon and Audrey Lemieux (Tandem), Shawna Ryan and Joanie Caron (Tandem), Charles Moreau (H3), Ross Wilson (C1) and Michael Sametz (C3).  Most riders will compete in both the road race and individual time trial competitions.

Women
Shelley Gautier (T1) Toronto, ON
Marie-Claude Molnar (C4) St Hubert, QC
Nicole Clermont (C5) St Denis de Brompton, QC
Robbi Weldon (Tandem) Ottawa, ON
Audrey Lemieux (Tandem Pilot) Montreal, QC
Shawna Ryan (Tandem) Saskatoon, SK
Joanie Caron (Tandem Pilot) Rimouski, QC
Cindy Morin (Tandem) Levis, QC
Anais Courteille (Tandem Pilot) Gatineau, QC

Men
Matthieu Croteau Daigle (Tandem) Sherbrooke, QC
Benoit Lussier (Tandem Pilot) Montreal, QC
Ross Wilson (C1) Sherwood Park, AB
Michael Sametz (C3) Calgary, AB
Charles Moreau (H3) Victoriaville, ON
Alexander Hyndman (H3) Morpeth, ON
Joey Desjardins (H3) Hawksbury, ON
Mike Shetler (T2) Montreal, QC

Reposted from Cycling Canada: http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/para-cycling/news/canada-sends-strong-team-to-para-world-cup-3/

Training for World Cup 3

Riding at Bromont getting ready for next Week’s trip to World Cup 3 in Netherlands. I have been busy riding up and down small hills and practicing corners. I am getting ready to do my best rain or shine. I will enjoy the experience of representing Canada.

Thank You to all of my team members. Everyone contributes in their own way which is wonderful. I could never be a World Class Athlete All by Myself. Thank You Thank You!

Shelley