Cycling Canada Announces Road World Championships Team

Ottawa, ON (September 11, 2019) – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the squad of 25 riders who will represent Canada at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, United Kingdom from September 22 – 29. Women and men will compete in the road race and time trial events across five categories: Junior and Elite women, as well as Junior, Under-23 and Elite men.

This year, Canada managed to qualify six spots in the Elite men’s road race, giving the team access to more support riders. Leading the squad will be professional riders from the highest level of the sport, including last year’s bronze medallist and top ranked Canadian on the WorldTour circuit, Michael Woods, as well as Hugo Houle, known to be of the world’s best support riders.

“It’s always a great opportunity to represent Canada at the World Championships, especially with a great leader like Mike Woods,” said Hugo Houle. “I have been in excellent physical condition since the Tour de France – it was really important for me to be in the best possible shape for this competition in order to support Mike until the end of the race. He showed us he could be world champion in Innsbruck, and he needs teammates who live up to his performances.”

On the women’s side, the team will be led by former world time trial champion and current national road champion Karol-Ann Canuel. She will be joined by all-rounder Alison Jackson and climbing specialist Sara Poidevin. Top ranked Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann was set to compete, but will be unable to take part in the project due to injury.

“Our women were our stand-out performers last year in Austria” said Team Manager, Kevin Field. “We faced some injuries and setbacks this year – that’s all part of sport. Challenge is something these girls don’t shy away from and we’re ready to bring a good game to Yorkshire.”

The Under-23 men’s selection includes national road champion and breakout athlete Nickolas Zukowsky, as well as national time trial champion Adam Roberge. In the Junior ranks, national women’s road, time trial and criterium champion Magdeleine Vallières-Mill will be leading the team, while the men’s selection includes national road champion Raphael Parisella, and national time trial champion Jacob Rubuliak, who are both first in their first year as Juniors.

“I’m less concerned about results in our developing categories. We have very high potential athletes in these age groups; however, the goal of this event is to learn and experience, with a focus on process that we can leverage to springboard them forward. I have no doubts we can do that.”

The world championships begin on Monday, September 23th with the Junior women’s and men’s time trials, and conclude on Sunday, September 29th, with the Elite men’s road race.

Team Canada [TT – Time Trial, RR – Road Race]

Elite Men
Guillaume Boivin – Montreal, QC [RR]
Antoine Duchesne – Saguenay, QC [RR]
Hugo Houle – Sainte-Perpétue, QC [TT, RR]
Benjamin Perry – St.Catharines, ON [RR]
James Piccoli – Montreal, QC [RR]
Mike Woods – Ottawa, ON [RR]

Elite Women
Marie-Soleil Blais – Saint-Rosaire, QC [RR]
Karol-Ann Canuel – Gatineau, QC [TT, RR]
Gillian Ellsay – Courtenay, BC [RR]
Alison Jackson – Vermilion, AB [RR]
Sara Poidevin – Canmore, AB [RR]
Other rider – TBD

Under-23 Men
Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, AB [RR]
Pier-André Côté – Levis, QC [RR]
Adam Roberge – Montreal, QC [TT]
Nickolas Zukowsky – Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC [TT, RR]

Junior Women
Adèle Desgagnés – Montreal, QC [RR]
Laury Milette – Gatineau, QC [RR]
Camille Primeau – Rosemère, QC [TT, RR]
Magdeleine Vallières-Mill – Sherbrooke, QC [TT, RR]

Junior Men
Lukas Carreau – La Prairie, QC [RR]
Tristan Jussaume – Contrecoeur, QC [TT]
Raphael Parisella – Boucherville, QC [RR]
Riley Pickrell – Victoria, BC [RR]
Jacob Rubuliak – Kelowna, BC [TT, RR]

 


Source: Cycling Canada

Team Canada Wraps Up Pan Am Track Championships with 15 Medals

Cochabamba, Bolivia (September 10, 2019) – Team Canada concluded day five of the Pan American Track Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia, by winning three more medals in the Keirin and Kilo events, bringing the total tally up to fifteen medals.

 

Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell went head-to-head in the Keirin final, with Genest ultimately taking the lead and sprinting to gold, while her teammate took home her first bronze medal of the Championships. Vincent de Haitre also finished third in the Kilo, and recorded a personal best time of 58.951.

Over the last five days of competition, Team Canada won 8 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals, and amassed critical qualification points for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The squad also kicked off the season by setting six Canadian, five Pan Am and one world record, and the Men’s Team Pursuit squad became the second nation in history to ride faster than 3:50, while the women’s squad became the third nation to ride under 4:14.

“This was an amazing way to kick off the second year of Olympic qualifying,” said Cycling Canada high performance director Kris Westwood. “Our track team was well prepared for the Pan Am championships, but we really weren’t sure how the athletes would do at altitude – especially after the long trip to central Bolivia. Kelsey’s world record and winning so many medals was quite a bit above expectations, and certainly mission accomplished from the point of view of Olympic qualification. On a more sobering note, Hugo’s injury is a really big blow, and we hope he can recover in time for the world cups in December to lock in his Olympic qualification.”

For full results, click here.

Results

Gold – Women’s Team Pursuit (Allison Beveridge, Georgia Simmerling, Ariane Bonhomme, Annie Foreman-Mackey), Men’s Team Pursuit (Derek Gee, Jay Lamoureux, Vincent de Haitre, Michael Foley, Aidan Caves), Women’s Team Sprint (Kelsey Mitchell & Lauriane Genest), Points Race (Michael Foley), Sprint (Kelsey Mitchell), Individual Pursuit (Georgia Simmerling), Omnium (Derek Gee), Keirin (Lauriane Genest)

Silver – Omnium (Allison Beveridge), Individual Pursuit (Annie Foreman-Mackey)

Bronze – Scratch Race (Kinley Gibson & Aidan Caves), Individual Pursuit (Jay Lamoureux), Keirin (Kelsey Mitchell), Kilo (Vincent de Haitre)

 


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Canadian Road Stars to Feature at GPCQM

Ottawa, ON (September 9, 2019) – The Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal will kick off its 10th edition this Friday with more North American riders taking the start than ever before. The one-day WorldTour races will feature the best Canadians on the WorldTour and Pro Contintental circuit, as well as some of the country’s most promising U23 athletes.

Leading the charge will be Mike Woods, Canada’s number one ranked WorldTour rider and last year’s World Championship bronze medallist, racing in the colours of EF Education First. Antoine Duchesne will be competing with Groupama-FDJ in one of his first races since undergoing surgery earlier this summer, while Hugo Houle will line up for Astana Pro Team not long after signing a three-year contract extension.

For the second year running, Pro Continental teams Rally UHC Cycling and Israel Cycling Academy have been invited to attend both races, with both teams counting a number of world-class Canadians. Alex Cataford and Guillaume Boivin will represent Israel Cycling Academy, while Rally’s entire roster will be made up of Canadian riders. The team will be led by veterans Ryan Anderson, Rob Britton and Svein Tuft, who will be retiring at the end of this year. Current Canadian road champion Adam de Vos will also be looking to prove himself, alongside former champion Matteo Dal-Cin, Nigel Ellsay and Pier-André Côté.


Photo: Vincent Drouin | VéloGazette (All Rights Reserved)

 

The Canadian National Team will focus on development, having selected a team of up-and-coming U23 riders who will be able to gain valuable experience.  Montreal native James Piccoli, who has had an exceptional season so far, will be leading the team, joined by teammates Jordan Cheyne and Adam Roberge. The team will be completed by some of Canada’s most promising U23s, including Nickolas Zukowsky, Charles-Étienne Chrétien, Laurent Gervais, who all recently competed at the Tour de l’Avenir, as well as Evan Burtnik.

“It’s very exciting to see so many Canadians on the line in Québec and Montréal,” said Cycling Canada high performance director Kris Westwood. “It’s a testament to our athletes’ talent and hard work to see them taking prominent roles in some of the biggest teams in the world, while our next generation of road stars can look forward to an amazing development experience under the leadership of national team sport director Kevin Field. The future looks very bright for Canadian road cycling.”

WorldTour & Pro Continental
Michael Woods – Ottawa, ON [EF Education First]
Hugo Houle – Ste-Perpétue, QC [Astana Pro Team]
Antoine Duchesne – Chicoutimi, QC [Groupama-FDJ]
Guillaume Boivin – Montreal, QC [Israel Cycling Academy]
Alex Cataford – Ottawa, ON [Israel Cycling Academy]

Rally UHC Cycling
Ryan Anderson – Vancouver, BC
Rob Britton – Calgary, AB
Pier-André Côté – Lévis, QC
Matteo Dal-Cin – Ottawa, ON
Adam de Vos – Victoria, BC
Nigel Ellsay – Courtenay, BC
Svein Tuft – Langley, BC

Team Canada
Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, AB [X-Speed United]
Jordan Cheyne – Big White, BC [Elevate KHS]
Charles-Etienne Chrétien – Amos, QC [Interpro Cycling Academy]
Laurent Gervais – Montreal, QC [Aevolo]
James Piccoli –  Montreal, QC [Elevate KHS]
Adam Roberge –  Montreal, QC [Elevate KHS]
Nickolas Zukowsky – Ste-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC [Floyd’s Pro Cycling]

Media Meet and Greet
Members of the media are invited to meet the complete roster of Canadian athletes at the Crémazie Garneau room at the Delta Quebec on Thursday, September 12, from 3:00-4:00 pm. Please RSVP here.

About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. With the vision of becoming a leading competitive cycling nation, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country.


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BC’s Chernove Selected to Canadian Para Road World Championships

CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Ottawa ON (September 6, 2019) – After a successful summer campaign, Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the team of 11 athletes who will represent Canada at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands, from September 11-15. All athletes are scheduled to compete in both Time Trial and Road Race events.

“The Canadian Para team is excited to race in Emmen for the main event of the 2019 season,” said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach for Cycling Canada. “This year’s team is comprised mostly of veterans, with the addition of Kara Douville, World Cup medallist in the H4 class. It also marks the return of former World Champion Marie-Êve Croteau, who will race her first Worlds since 2014. We are looking forward to key performances from our athletes, with a great focus on medal contention as well as Paralympic qualification points.”

The team will be led by two defending world champions – Shelley Gautier, who is undefeated since 2010 in the Women’s T1 category and Tristen Chernove, in the Men’s C2. Last year’s ITT champion, Michael Sametz (C3) will be unable to defend his title due to injury.

Women
Shelley Gautier – T1 [Toronto, ON]
Keely Shaw – C4 [Saskatoon, SK]
Kara Douville – H4 [Calgary, AB]
Marie-Eve Croteau – T2 [Quebec City, QC]

Men
Daniel Chalifour – Tandem [Mont-Laurier, QC]
Jean Michel Lachance – Tandem Pilot [Quebec City, QC]
Tristen Chernove – C2 [Cranbrook, BC]
Joey Desjardins – H3 [Hawkesbury, ON]
Alex Hyndman – H3 [Morpeth, ON]
Charles Moreau – H3 [Victoriaville, QC]
Ross Wilson – C1 [Sherwood Park, AB]

 


Source: Cycling Canada

Record-setting Day for Canada at Pan Am Track Championships

Cochabamba, Bolivia (September 6, 2019) – Team Canada had an exceptional start to the Pan American Track Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with riders setting Canadian and Pan American records in four separate events. Kelsey Mitchell kicked off the second day of competition by setting a new World and Pan Am record in the 200m Sprint with a time of 10.154, and went on to win all of her heats to qualify for the semi-finals today.

“It felt pretty great to establish a new record,” said Mitchell. “The track is fast here and the air is thin, so I knew the record would be beaten but I didn’t know if I would be the one to do it. I’m pumped about my time but I’m focused on the next race and hoping to make it all the way to the final.”

On the endurance side, both women’s and men’s Team Pursuit squads set records, with the women setting a time of 4:13.488 and the men 3:49.974, which earned them both gold medals and automatic qualifications to the World Championships. In individual events, both Kinley Gibson and Aidan Caves won bronze in the Scratch Race on Wednesday.

In the women’s Team Sprint, Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell set a record time of 32.232 seconds, and went on to win the gold medal in the Final against Mexico. Defending Keirin champion Hugo Barrette made it to the semi-finals, but had an unfortunate crash during the race and will be unable to return to competition this week. Joel Archambault finished 4th in the event.


Source: Cycling Canada
About Cycling Canada
Cycling Canada is the governing body for competitive cycling in Canada. With the vision of becoming a leading competitive cycling nation, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts national and international events and administers programs to promote and grow cycling across the country.