InstaFund La Prima confirms intent to move to the UCI Women’s Continental Level for the 2020 season.

Led by Ellsay, Langdon, and Traxler; InstaFund La Prima confirms intent to move to the UCI Women’s Continental Level for the 2020 season.


Capitalizing on their inaugural season success, InstaFund La Prima is aiming to bring Canada back into the UCI Women’s Continental Tour. With a diverse mix of veteran, up-and-coming, and junior riders, the team will continue to emphasize a learning environment that supports riders in their career, and educational pursuits.

Gillian Ellsay joins InstaFund after a strong 2019 season in which she finished 5th at the UCI 1.1 Chrono Gatineau, and represented Canada at the World Championships in both the Time Trial, and Road Race.

Veteran rider Rachel Langdon will bring her explosive racing, and pick-up from her performance at the recent Colorado Classic where she won the VF Corporation “most badass” jersey on stage 3. She also took the win on stage 4 at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Langdon stated that “I was drawn to the team’s ethos – They are fully committed, motivated, and driven to provide a stable, positive environment for a rider to strive. I am excited for the opportunity to compete, and grow with a program as they take the step to UCI.”

After racing this past season in Europe with the UCI Team Charente-Maritime Women Cycling, Gabby Traxler looks to build on her 3rd 2019 U23 Canadian Road Nationals, and 13th UCI 1.1 Gran Prix Gatineau finishes.

Leading the team are returning sports directors Shawn Clarke, and Laura Brown. Both were integral in the success of the first season, and have extensive experience in Canadian cycling. Laura is an Olympic, and world medalist on track, and Shawn brings over a decade of experience both as a rider, and a director.

“With a great roster, an expanded race schedule, and a UCI team application I am really excited to be a part of this team for a second season” Shawn shared. “We have kept a good portion of our core team from last year which, for me, is important. We are adding some incredible new riders, and keeping the same team atmosphere as last year.”

Core riders returning from last season include Beth-Ann Orton who secured 8th at this year’s UCI 1.2 Chrono Kristin Armstrong, and 10th at the UCI 1.1 Chrono Gatineau.

Dual sport athlete Isabella Bertold is returning after securing 7th at Canada’s Criterium Nationals, 14th at the UCI GP Gatineau, and 1st at British Columbia’s Time Trial Championship. She is also a World Cup Medalist in Olympic Sailing.

Other returning members are Anna Talman (1st 2019 Cascade Classic Stage 4), Kristen Kit (World Cup, and World Champion Medalist Member of Canada’s National Rowing Team), and Esta Bovill.

Shawn added that “Applying to be a UCI team is an important step for the team. Last season, in all of the UCI/PRT races we raced, InstaFund showed that we belong at the front of this level of racing. We have plans for careful, but steady growth over the next seasons, and this is the first big step. We now have a strong foundation on which to build something really great for cycling in Canada.”

Other new signings include four Canadian athletes. Claire Cameron (past winner of the UCI Delta Road Race), Ngaire Barraclough, (multi-discipline junior national champion on the track), Sonia Taylor, (9th 2019 Delta UCI Road Race) and Elizabeth Gin (3rd 2018 Canadian Junior Road Nationals).

InstaFund, a Vancouver-based private mortgage investment firm will be continuing their title sponsorship. Adam Korbin, President of InstaFund, emphasized that “riders were selected not only because of their pursuit of excellence on the bike, but also their ability to be community role models off the bike. We have riders finishing high school, some riders are finishing their undergraduate degrees, and many of the riders have full-time careers. These riders are incredible role models and InstaFund is proud to support them.”



Elizabeth Garvie, Team Representative

October 7-13 is Parents in Sport Week

Parents in Sport Week is an opportunity to celebrate the tremendously valuable role that parents play in sport.

From driving kids to practices and games, preparing team snacks, organizing events, and providing a listening and supportive ear, parents play an essential role in supporting children in sport.

For coaches and clubs, Parents in Sport Week is a reminder to inform and involve parents and to build a positive environment where kids, coaches, and parents can thrive.

Photo by Scott Robarts Photography



Read tips on being a great sport parent, and reflect on ways you can support your child’s coach or instructor:

Five Ways to Support Your Child in Sport

How to be a mindful parent when it comes to kids and sports

Thank you for supporting the 7th Annual Evening of Champions Gala

Cycling BC would like to sincerely thank all the sponsors, donors, and attendees of the 7th Annual Evening of Champions Gala fundraiser held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver.

Thanks to your support, Cycling BC was able to raise over $60,000 for high performance athlete development and youth cycling programs benefiting athletes in British Columbia. This would not have been possible without your generous donations, sponsorships, or ticket purchases to the event.

We hope that you continue to support cycling in BC and see the results of your contributions through the success of BC’s athletes at national and international competitions and seeing even more BC kids on bikes than ever before.

Long-time Cycling BC supporter, Reid Carter, talks to an athlete at the Cycling BC Evening of Champions gala. Photo by: TLBVelo Photography


Jones Brown’s Bill Semrau and friends at the Cycling BC Evening of Champions Gala. Photo by TLBVelo Photography


Friends of Cycling BC at the 2019 Evening of Champions Gala. Photo by TLBVelo Photography

“I had the opportunity to compete at the World Championships in Rotterdam. I came away with gold on that trip. I tasted victory. Although I was young, this sparked something and I just knew I wanted to push my limits further and join the national team.” – Alex Tougas, Cycling BC BMX Athlete


Cycling BC’s Evening of Champions gala MC, Perry Solkowski, interviews Cycling BC high performance athletes Holly Simonson, Cody Scott, Ethan Ogrodniczuk, and Annabella Stoll-Danserau.  Photo by: TLBVelo Photography


“I will continue training hard with the goals of winning a Canadian Championship title on the road and track. I love track and road cycling so much that I hope I will continue riding both at the highest level possible. Hopefully, I’ll represent Canada at another world championship.” – Annabella Stoll-Danserau, Cycling BC Road & Track Athlete


Photo by TLBVelo Photography


“Being surrounded by my amazing support group – friends, family, coaches, mentors, teammates, and sponsors – all have played a significant role in my cycling career. Having people that understand my goals and want me to achieve in cycling has really driven me to pursue this sport at the highest level.” – Ethan Ogrodniczuk, Cycling BC Road & Track Athlete



Cycling BC’s Annual Sponsors and Partners

Evening of Champions Gala – Group Partners

2019 Gala Silent Auction Donors

8 West
Alex Stieda Cycling
BN3TH Underwear
Burrowing Owl
BC Bike Race
Dave Diebolt
ChronoPlus Earls Yaletown
Easton Race Face
Epsom Gel
Everything Wine
GranFondo Canada
Harbour Air Herschel Supply
Jakroo Canada
JoyVIVA Health &Wellness
Manning Elliott
Mummu Cycling and Empowered Med
Neil McKinnon
La Paz Tourism
LGFG Fashion
House Method Cycling
Peak & Valley Coaching
Pest Detective
Prospera Valley GranFondo
RBC GranFondo Whistler
Richard Wooles
River Rock Casino
Samsara Spin Co
Steve Engh
Stretch Vancouver
TaG Cycling
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Yana Motion Lab
Zayne Heyes


View more photos from the 2019 Cycling BC Evening of Champions Gala by TLBVelo Photography

To continue supporting cycling in BC, please consider making a donation to Cycling BC.


BC Wins at 2019 Elite/Masters Canadian Track Cycling Championships

Congratulations to all the BC riders that took part in the 2019 Elite/Masters Canadian Track Cycling Championships at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario from September 26-28, 2019.

Over 140 athletes from across the country took part in the national championships to compete for the coveted maple leaf jersey and the title of Canadian National Champion.

Ethan Ogrodniczuk and John Willcox celebrate after the Men’s Madison Final. Photo credit: Ivan Rupes


BC riders showed some impressive results including individual gold-medal winning performances from Steph Roorda who won the Elite Women’s Omnium and Georgia Simmerling who won the Women’s Pursuit. Vancouver’s Amiel Flett-Brown took the bronze medal in the Elite Men’s Omnium, Aidan Caves won bronze in the Elite Men’s Time Trial, and Jay Lamoureux came 2nd in the Men’s Pursuit.

In Masters Racing, Keith Bruneau of North Vancouver, finished 2nd in the Master B Men’s Time Trial, Alex Hui from Victoria finished 3rd in the Master A Men’s Scratch Race, and Hans Loeffelhelz of North Vancouver came 3rd in the Master B Men’s Keirin Final.

The team events saw BC athletes win medals on composite teams including Erin Attwell of Victoria who won gold in the Elite Women Team Pursuit, while Steph Roorda, Maggie Coles-Lyster, and Georgia Simmerling won silver on their composite team in the same event. The Men’s Team Pursuit Composite2 team which included Jay Lamoureux and Aidan Caves won gold. Composite3 team consisting of Vancouver’s Meghan Grant and teammate Kate O’brien won the bronze in the women’s Team Sprint while Men’s Team Sprint Composite3 team of Joel Achambaut, Robert Gooch, and Guy McClintock took the silver medal. In Master Men’s Team Sprint, the BC team of Alex Hui, Keith Bruneau, and Hans Loeffelholz finished in 3rd place. In the Madison events, Steph Roorda teamed up with Miriam Brouwer to win gold in the Elite Women’s race while Ethan Ogrodniczuk and John Willcox won silver for BC in the Elite Men’s race.

View Full Results from the 2019 Elite/Masters Canadian Track Cycling Championships.

No Rainbow for Canadians at Road World Championships

The 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships took place in Yorkshire, Great Britain from September 26th to 29th where a squad of 25 riders represented Canada to vie for the coveted rainbow jersey.

Canadian Junior Women’s Champion Magdeleine Vallieres-Mill of Quebec finished in the top ten in the Junior Women’s Road Race which would prove to be the best result for any Canadian at the world championships this year.

Canadian National Time Trial Champion, Jacob Rubuliak of Kelowna, in his first-ever world championships, finished 25th in the Junior Men’s Time Trial but would not fare so well in the Road Race. Rubuliak and fellow junior BC rider, Riley Pickrell, would be in the group of 48 that did not finish the very wet and slippery 148km course. Quinn Simmons of the USA would go on to win the rainbow jersey in the Junior Men’s Road Race for 2019. Gillian Ellsay of Courtenay, BC would also come up with a DNF result in the Elite Women’s Road Race but did finish in 42nd place in the Time Trial several days earlier.

Jacob Rubuliak, Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


There was not one Canadian that would finish the course in the Elite Men’s Road Race as heavy rains, wind, frigid temperatures, and slippery roads would end the race early for many riders. Only 46 riders of the 197 that started the race would see it through to the very end including twenty-three year old, Mads Pedersen, of Denmark who would go on to win the very first world championships for his country.

Hats off to the Canadian squad for braving a tough world championship that was heavily impacted by the weather in Yorkshire this year.

View full results from the 2019 UCI Road World Championships