Nominations Open for the 2019 Cycling BC Community Awards

Do you know someone in the cycling community that deserves recognition? Cycling BC’s Community Awards recognizes the effort and commitment of individuals and groups that have demonstrated exceptional achievement, performance, contribution, and dedication to the sport of cycling in British Columbia. Check out the categories below and nominate a deserving individual or group for an award.

Nominations for the 2019 Cycling BC Community Awards are open now until midnight, Monday, November 11, 2019. 

Nominations are accepted for the following categories.

  • Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year
  • Elite Female Sportsperson of the Year
  • Elite Male Sportsperson of the Year
  • Master Female Sportsperson of the Year
  • Master Male Sportsperson of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Event of the Year
  • Bike Shop of the Year


The awards will be presented at the 2019 Cycling BC Season Wrap-up Party & Awards on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Get your tickets now!

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.

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

BC Riders Show Their Quality at MTB World Championships

Canadian riders had some quality performances at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships this past weekend in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, including top-ten finishes in the Downhill finals from BC’s Junior Men –  Lucas Cruz (Pemberton, BC) – 4th, Elliot Jamieson (White Rock, BC) – 6th, Patrick Laffey (Nanaimo, BC) – 8th, and Seth Sherlock (Squamish, BC) – 9th. Amy Ertel (Whistler, BC) finished in 11th place in the Junior Women’s DH finals and a couple of other junior riders from BC, Milton McConville (New Westminster) finished 45th and Emmett Hancock (Kelowna, BC) 28th in the Junior Men’s race.

Vaea Verbeek at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


In the Elite Women’s Downhill races, BC’s Vaea Verbeek (North Vancouver, BC) cracked the top 10 with a 9th place finish in the finals, while Miranda Miller (Squamish, BC) came in 11th and Georgia Astle (Whistler, BC) finished in 20th place. The Elite Men’s Downhill riders from Canada saw BC riders in the top-10 with Finn Iles (Whistler, BC) in 7th and Mark Wallace (Duncan, BC) in 9th. Kirk McDowall (Vancouver, BC) came in 15th and Magnus Manson (Sechelt, BC) in 35th.

In XCO racing earlier in the week, BC juniors Carter Woods (Cumberland, BC) and Emilly Johnston (Comox, BC) also had top-10 finishes with Carter coming in 4th place in the Junior Men’s race and Emilly finishing 9th in Junior Women at her first world championships.

Carter Woods at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


In the Elite ranks, Catharine Pendrel (Kamloops, BC) finished 14th in the women’s race and Sandra Walter (Coquitlam, BC) completed in 18th. Canadian champion, Emily Batty, was the top Canadian woman finishing in 9th place. The only rider from BC in the U23 race was Sean Fincham (Squamish, BC) who finished his race in 11th place.

Andreas Hestler at the first-ever E-MTB World Championships at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


Canada earned a medal in the first-ever E-MTB World Championships competition as Maghalie Rochette (Ste.Adele, QC) won silver in the women’s race. Former Canadian Olympian, Andreas Hestler (North Vancouver, BC), came in 23rd in the men’s E-MTB.

Catharine Pendrell on her leg of the team relay at the 2019 Mountain Bike World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Photo Credit: Rob Jones/


In the XCO Team Relay event, the Canadian team consisting of Raphael Auclair, Carter Woods, Laurie Arsenault, Catharine Pendrel and Peter Disera, came in 5th place behind Italy (4th), France (3rd), United States (2nd), and Switzerland who came in first.

Congratulations to all the riders who represented Canada at the world championships and the riders from British Columbia who continue to show and represent the quality of riders that come from our province.

Cycling BC’s AAP Eases Financial Stress on Athletes


The Cycling BC Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) provides athletes participating in Cycling BC high performance development programs with financial assistance to help support training and competition needs such as coaching, travel, equipment, competition fees, and day-to-day living costs.

Athletes must be a member in good standing with Cycling BC, demonstrate the potential to be nationally carded and selected to national team projects, and meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth by Cycling BC.

The application deadline for the Athlete Assistance Program is coming up on September 1, 2019, so athletes interested in this opportunity must have everything submitted before the deadline.

For more information, please read the Cycling BC Athlete Assistance Program section on the High Performance Resources page.