Strong Showing for Team Canada at Tour de Beauce

Photo by: Rob Jones/Canadian Cyclist

 

Team Canada had one of its strongest showings ever at the Tour de Beauce, Canada’s premier UCI-sanctioned men’s stage race, with James Piccoli of Montreal winning the overall title and a stage, Ben Perry of St Catherines taking the Climber’s Jersey, plus winning the Team General Classification as the top team.

Piccoli had a dramatic come-from-behind victory, winning the penultimate fourth stage to move up from 14th to eighth in the overall standings, and then driving the breakaway on the final day with team mate Jordan Cheyne of Kelowna, BC, to take the Yellow Jersey by 11 seconds. Piccoli is the first Canadian winner of Beauce since Svein Tuft in 2008, and the first winner from the host province of Quebec since Jacques Landry in 1994.

“It hasn’t totally sunk in, to be honest,” said Piccoli. “The team’s plan in the final two stages was to make it hard, attack and blow the race to pieces. And everyone did an amazing job of doing that. Jordan [Cheyne] rode out of his mind for me, and all the guys were laying it on the line for me. It was up to us to ride in the break, and we did it.”

Two other members of Team Canada finished in the top-10 overall – Cheyne in ninth and team captain Svein Tuft of Langley, BC, in tenth. Tuft was the last Canadian to win the Tour de Beauce, in 2008, and is in his final season of racing.

Overall, Canadian riders had their best results at Beauce in recent years, with wins in four of the six stages, plus five of the top-10 finishers in the overall standings coming from Canada.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Kevin Field, Manager of Team Canada. “I don’t think we could have hoped for anything better today. We knew that this last stage is one where you can really turn things over. So, we had a really simple game plan; we said ‘our game is chaos’ … just create as much chaos as we can and stack any move with our riders.  Today it just worked out; being tactical on this circuit doesn’t work, you just have to go from the start and be committed.”

 


Source: Cycling Canada
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.

 

55+ BC Games Coming to Kimberley/Cranbrook – September 11-15, 2018

The 31st Annual 55+ BC Games is taking place in Kimberley/Cranbrook this year from September 11th to 15th.

Over 2,500 participants aged 55+ from 12 zones across British Columbia are expected to compete in 23 sports and activities.

The registration deadline is fast approaching. For more information, please visit https://www.55plusbcgames.org/.

Lamoureux and Cheyne join fellow BC rider, Svein Tuft, on Team Canada at Tour de Beauce

Cycling Canada has selected a team of both experienced professionals and future stars to represent Canada at the Tour de Beauce on June 13-17, headed by WorldTour Mitchelton-Scott rider Svein Tuft. The Tour de Beauce, now in its 33rd year, is Canada’s oldest and most prestigious UCI sanctioned men’s stage race.

Tuft, who has just finished the Giro d’Italia, is one of Canada’s most decorated professionals, and the last Canadian rider to win the Tour de Beauce, in 2008. He has announced that this will be his final year of racing, and it is fitting that it includes the Tour de Beauce.

He will be joined by Ben Perry, who rides for the Israel Cycling Academy pro continental team, and recently finished sixth in the Tour of Korea. Other professionals on the team include Jordan Cheyne, who was third overall at Beauce last year, and James Piccoli, who was tenth at the Tour of Utah last year. Both Cheyne and Piccoli ride for the UCI Continental level Team Elevate-KHS.

Rounding out the team are three members of Canada’s track program, who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in April. Jay Lamoureux, Michael Foley and Derek Gee, who usually ride for Team RaceClean, will have the opportunity to learn from Tuft and the rest of the pros as they compete in the six stage, 634 kilometre race through the rolling countryside south of Quebec City.

“I like – whenever possible – to create blended projects where we include our emerging Under-23/25 athletes with our more experienced pros,” explains Kevin Field, Road Program Manager at Cycling Canada. “I’m excited we have the chance to work with Ben and Svein on this project. Ben is still an emerging young fella himself, now in his second season Pro Conti; and brings lots of European pro bike experience to bring to our game. And, of course Svein, our most seasoned WorldTour rider.”

“Jay, Michael and Derek join us from our men’s Track Endurance program and it’s in great part thanks to our Men’s Track Endurance coach Jono Hailstone that this project is happening. We have a strong team and I’m excited to work with everyone.”

Svein Tuft – Langley, BC
Ben Perry – St Catherines, Ontario
Jordan Cheyne – Kelowna, BC
James Piccoli – Montreal, Quebec
Jay Lamoureux – Victoria, BC
Michael Foley – Milton, Ontario
Derek Gee – Ottawa, Ontario


Source: Cycling Canada
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.

 

 

Langley, BC’s Drew Mechielsen Finishes 10th at BMX World Cup #3

Canada’s top BMX riders competed at Rounds 3 and 4 of the UCI BMX World Cup in Papendal, Netherlands, on May 5-6.  A total of eight Canadian riders – six men and two women – raced.

Drew Mechielsen of Langley, BC, was Canada’s top rider for the weekend, making the women’s semi-final in Round 3 on Saturday, and finishing tenth overall. On Sunday, she made it through to the quarter-final round.


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Two other riders made the semi-final rounds over the weekend, with Daina Tuchscherer of Chestermere, Alberta, finishing 13th overall in the women on Sunday, and Tory Nyhaug of Coquitlam, BC, finishing 15th in the men’s event on Sunday. Alex Tougas of Pitt Meadows, BC, made it to the quarter-finals of Saturday’s competition.

“It’s awesome being back on the World Cup stage,” said Tuchscherer, “and it definitely was a roller coaster of weekend, but I’m stoked to end with a semi-final.”

National BMX coach Adam Muys, said, “We have a really solid group of athletes, and our speed and technical ability is there; we just needed to ride a little more aggressively in the corners.  We made some tactical changes for Sunday and had some better results.  Onward to World Cups 5 and 6 in Zolder [Belgium] next weekend.”


Source: Cycling Canada
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.

United Velo Masters Race Series 2018

The United Velo Cycling Club was formed by a group of cycling enthusiasts from BC’s Fraser Valley whose aim is to grow and promote cycling in the lower mainland. With a variety of ages and riding levels, United Velo can accommodate most riders on their flagship Saturday morning Fraser Valley rides and welcome all to come out to try.

The United Velo Masters Race Series is run in tandem with the BC Masters Cycling Association and will be running races in the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia. The race format is Australian Pursuit which staggers riders based on self-seeding their abilities through four categories (A, B, C, D). Staggered start times allow for all to compete for the entire (apprx.) 70km race.

Whether you are an expert or just wanting to try out your first road race, you are welcome! Riders from Cadets and Juniors upward are also encouraged to participate.

Please visit unitedvelo.ca for race info, course maps, and licensing requirements.