CANADA SENDS TEAM OF 29 RIDERS TO BAIE-COMEAU PARA WORLD CUP

Baie-Comeau, QC (August 16, 2018) – After a strong showing at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, where Canada won seven medals, including four gold, Cycling Canada will conclude the para-cycling road season on home soil in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, for the third and final round of the Road World Cup. Canada will send a team of 29 riders across all categories, including the three newly titled world champions.

“We are very excited to race on home soil in Baie-Comeau,” said Sebastien Travers, national para-cycling coach at Cycling Canada. “Coming back from a strong Road World Championships, we look forward to performing at home. This World Cup is also an amazing opportunity for NextGen and Devo athletes to be exposed to their first international events. The people of Baie-Comeau have been invested in this event since 2010 and we can’t wait to go back!”

The team will be led world champions Shelley Gautier of Toronto, double gold medalist at the world championships in Women’s T1; Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, gold and silver medalist in Men’s C2; and Michael Sametz of Calgary, gold medalist in Men’s C3.

Athletes will compete in time trial events on Thursday and Friday, followed by the road races on Saturday and Sunday.

Women
Myriam Adam – H3 [Saguenay, QC]
Annie Bouchard – Tandem [Baie-St-Paul, QC]
Evelyne Gagnon – Tandem Pilot [Montreal, QC]
Nicole Clermont – C5 [St-Denis-de-Brompton, QC]
Marie-Eve Croteau – T2 [Quebec City, QC]
Holly Dapp – H2 [Fort Erie, ON]
Kara Douville – H4 [Calgary, AB]
Shelley Gautier – T1 [Toronto, ON]
Marie-Claude Molnar – C4 [St Hubert, QC]
Carla Shibley – Tandem [Calgary, AB]
Erin Ruttan – Tandem Pilot [Calgary, AB]
Robbi Weldon – Tandem [Ottawa, ON]
Anais Courteille – Tandem Pilot [Gatineau, QC]

Men
Daniel Chalifour – Tandem [Mont-Laurier, QC]
Jean Michel Lachance – Tandem Pilot [Quebec City, QC]
Tristen Chernove – C2 [Cranbrook, BC]
Matthieu Croteau Daigle – Tandem [Sherbrooke, QC]
Benoit Lussier – Tandem Pilot [Montreal, QC]
Joey Desjardins – H3 [Hawkesbury, ON]
Patrick Desnoyers – H5 [Blainville, QC]
Alex Hyndman – H3 [Morpeth, ON]
Matthew Kinnie – H2 [Riverview, NB]
Charles Moreau – H3 [Victoriaville, QC]
Eric Page – H2 [Gatineau, QC]
Michael Sametz – C3 [Calgary, AB]
Mike Shetler – T2 [Kirkland, QC]
Lowell Taylor – Tandem [Lethbridge, AB]
Andrew Davidson – Tandem Pilot [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.

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

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CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

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.

Women

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]

Men

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.

 

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Source: Cycling Canada

Information: 

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

CANADA WINS 4 GOLD MEDALS AT PARA ROAD WORLD CUP

Emmen, Netherlands (July 9, 2018) – Canada had an extremely successful weekend at Round 2 of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands, winning a total of six medals, including four gold, and finishing the event ranked fifth among nations.

Three riders won races in their classifications, with world champion Shelley Gautier of Toronto winning both the time trial and road race in the women’s T1 category, and finishing the weekend with the World Cup leader’s jersey. Other gold medal winners were Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Quebec, in the men’s H3 time trial, and world champion Michael Sametz of Calgary, Alberta, in the men’s C3 time trial. Moreau also leads the World Cup standings in his division after Emmen. At the event, Sametz rode the same distance as the higher class C4 and C5 athletes, and his time would have won the C4 class as well as finishing fourth in the C5 class.

“Friday was a great race,” said Moreau, “I wasn’t expecting to win, with the contenders that were here, but I was definitely aiming for the podium. The course wasn’t too technical and I managed my effort well. This was a good chance to see where the other racers are at before the world championships, so I have good expectations as we get ready for Worlds in Italy.”

Canada also won silver and bronze medals in the time trial competition, with Keely Shaw of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, winning silver in women’s C4, and Nicole Clermont of St Denis de Brompton, Quebec, winning bronze in the women’s C5.

“We are very pleased with the results we had here,” said Sebastien Travers, National Para-cycling Coach. “The first goal was adding to our points from the first World Cup in Belgium and we are now in second place in the Americas, behind the United States. In terms of Paralympic qualifications [for Tokyo 2020], this is a very good situation for us. I’m also very proud of our high performance athletes, who delivered excellent performances, led by Shelley Gautier, who leaves this World Cup with the leader’s jersey, as does Charles Moreau, who won his time trial and is also the World Cup leader. We are looking forward to the next event, which will be the world championships at the beginning of August in Italy.”

 Source: http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/para-cycling/news/canada-wins-4-gold-medals-at-para-road-world-cup/

CANADA WINS 4 GOLD MEDALS AT PARA ROAD WORLD CUP

Emmen, Netherlands (July 9, 2018) – Canada had an extremely successful weekend at Round 2 of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands, winning a total of six medals, including four gold, and finishing the event ranked fifth among nations.

Three riders won races in their classifications, with world champion Shelley Gautier of Toronto winning both the time trial and road race in the women’s T1 category, and finishing the weekend with the World Cup leader’s jersey. Other gold medal winners were Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Quebec, in the men’s H3 time trial, and world champion Michael Sametz of Calgary, Alberta, in the men’s C3 time trial. Moreau also leads the World Cup standings in his division after Emmen. At the event, Sametz rode the same distance as the higher class C4 and C5 athletes, and his time would have won the C4 class as well as finishing fourth in the C5 class.


Photo Cycling Canada (All Rights Reserved) – Shelley Gautier

“Friday was a great race,” said Moreau, “I wasn’t expecting to win, with the contenders that were here, but I was definitely aiming for the podium. The course wasn’t too technical and I managed my effort well. This was a good chance to see where the other racers are at before the world championships, so I have good expectations as we get ready for Worlds in Italy.”

Canada also won silver and bronze medals in the time trial competition, with Keely Shaw of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, winning silver in women’s C4, and Nicole Clermont of St Denis de Brompton, Quebec, winning bronze in the women’s C5.

“We are very pleased with the results we had here,” said Sebastien Travers, National Para-cycling Coach. “The first goal was adding to our points from the first World Cup in Belgium and we are now in second place in the Americas, behind the United States. In terms of Paralympic qualifications [for Tokyo 2020], this is a very good situation for us. I’m also very proud of our high performance athletes, who delivered excellent performances, led by Shelley Gautier, who leaves this World Cup with the leader’s jersey, as does Charles Moreau, who won his time trial and is also the World Cup leader. We are looking forward to the next event, which will be the world championships at the beginning of August in Italy.”

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.

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

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CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES TEAM FOR PARA ROAD WORLD CUP #2

Emmen, Netherlands (July 4, 2018) – Canada has selected a team of 13 athletes for the second round of the UCI Para-cycling World Cup, which will take place on July 6-8 in Emmen, Netherlands. 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] and Michael Sametz [C3 men], and includes a mix of both experienced athletes and newcomers to World Cup competition.

National Para Head Coach Sebastien Travers explains, “From a high performance standpoint, we are bringing a very small team to Emmen, mostly to improve World Cup rankings in hopes of getting some leader jerseys for the next round of the World Cup in Baie-Comeau. Some of our targeted athletes have decided to opt out of the Emmen event, to further prepare for Road World Championships happening in about five weeks. From a program perspective, attending Emmen is key in our long term preparation, as they will be the host site of the 2019 Para-cycling Road World Championships.”

Guillaume Plourde, Para NextGen coach, added, “For the NextGen group, the Emmen World Cup will have two-fold purposes: for some athletes, it’ll be a first international exposure that will allow them to gain experience and assess where they stand compared to the international field. For others who are already active on the World Cup circuit, it’ll be the last chance to qualify for the 2018 Para-cycling Road World Championships.”

Women
Annie Bouchard (Tandem) Baie-St-Paul, QC
Evelyne Gagnon (Tandem Pilot) Quebec City, QC
Nicole Clermont (C5) St Denis de Brompton, QC
Shelley Gautier (T1) Toronto, ON
Keely Shaw (C4) Saskatoon, SK

Men
Matthieu Croteau Daigle (Tandem) Sherbrooke, QC
Benoit Lussier (Tandem Pilot) Montreal, QC
Joey Desjardins (H3) Hawksbury, ON
Charles Moreau (H3) Victoriaville, QC
Michael Sametz (C3) Calgary, AB
Mike Shetler (T2) Montreal, QC
Lowell Taylor (Tandem) Lethbridge, AB
Andrew Davidson (Tandem Pilot) 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, 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.

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