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CYCLING CANADA LAUNCHES PARA-CYCLING DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Ottawa, ON (July 15, 2020) – Cycling Canada is launching a new initiative to support the recruitment and development of Para-cycling athletes. The Para-cycling Development Funding program will provide between $5,000 and $15,000 each to cycling clubs and provincial sports organizations.

Funding and technical assistance from Cycling Canada will be provided to programs that are looking to develop and recruit para athletes through two types of agreements. The first will focus on introducing athletes to competition and helping to meet athlete quotas for the Canada Summer Games in 2025, while the second type of agreement will focus on recruitment activities.

“The overarching goal is to build a strong network of reliable resources that will help maintain a healthy talent pool for Para-cycling, strategically covering the vast territory of our wide country,” said Guillaume Plourde, Cycling Canada Para-cycling NextGen (East) Coach. “Funded organizations will be expected to work closely with Cycling Canada to ensure the continuity of their respective projects in the future, always aiming at consistently delivering new Para-cycling talent.”

Eligible programs include provincial sports organizations, cycling clubs and Para sport organizations. Successful applicants will be provided with funding and assistance for one or for multiple years, subject to annual evaluations. Funding will be available to existing and emerging programs. All organizations are asked to submit their application via the Para-cycling Development Funding Application online form and carefully read the Para-cycling Development Funding Guidelines. The deadline to apply online is Oct. 1, 2020.

FOUR MEDALS AND MULTIPLE RECORDS FOR CANADA AT THE MILTON PARA TRACK WORLDS

Milton, ON (February 3, 2020) – The 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships concluded on Sunday after four days of intense competition at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario. Canada had a strong outing, with riders winning four medals – one gold and three silver – as well as setting two world records and multiple Canadian records.

“It’s been a really good Worlds for Team Canada this week,” said Sebastien Travers, Head Coach of the Para-cycling program. “Racing on home soil is exceptional for us and we are so thankful to have this experience. All of our athletes were able to achieve personal bests, which means that our preparation was successful and our athletes were able to showcase what they are capable of.”

A total of 151 athletes, representing 31 nations participated in the Championships, the final international track event before the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. A record number of 36 world records were set at the Championships, testifying to the depth of competition as nations build towards the Games.

CANADA CONTINUES TO IMPRESS AT MILTON PARA TRACK WORLDS

Milton, ON (February 2, 2020) – Canada’s Tristen Chernove won two more silver medals in front of a home crowd at the 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships on Saturday after winning his first medal in the Kilo on Friday. Canada has now earned four medals at these championships- one gold and three silver.

Chernove came into the men’s C2 final Omnium race second in the standings behind Alexandre Leaute of France, as the riders started the Scratch Race, where Chernove was the defending champion. Chernove rode a smart, tactical race, however, unheralded Spanish rider Maurice Eckhard snuck away in the final six laps and opened a gap when the favourites hesitated. Chernove attacked in the final lap and a half, but was half a bike length short at the finish line, having to settle for silver in both the race and the overall Omnium championship after four events.

“I feel good about the race and the way I raced; I stepped up my confidence again after a pretty rough start to the weekend. Maurice got the win, which is terrific for him. With a couple of laps to go I realized it was up to me, and I had to risk burning matches. I reeled him in, but was just a second or two too late,” said Chernove.

In other Canadian results, the new Canadian men’s tandem team of Lowell Taylor and his pilot Ed Veal set a new Canadian record in their first ever attempt at the 1000 metre time trial, with a time of 1:04.722, while Keely Shaw came within 75-thousandths of a second of winning the bronze medal in the C4 women’s Individual Pursuit.

CHERNOVE WINS SILVER ON DAY 2 OF PARA TRACK WORLDS

Milton, ON (February 1, 2020) – World records continued to fall on the second day of the 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, ON, with Canadian Kate O’Brien breaking her second world record in as many days, while teammate Tristen Chernove also broke an existing world record on his way to a silver medal.

O’Brien, who won gold on the opening day of the Championships in the 500 metre time trial in the women’s C4 category, followed that up with another win in the Flying 200 metre competition. O’Brien obliterated the existing record with a time of 11.519 seconds, 1.438 seconds faster than the previous mark.

In the men’s C4 1000 metre time trial, Chernove broke the previous record with a time of 1:12.231. However, Alexandre Leaute of France was even faster, dropping Chernove to second. Later in the day, Chernove broke the record for the Flying 200 metre race with a time of 12.141 seconds, only to once again finish second to Leaute. After three races in the four event Omnium, Chernove is second in the standings to his French rival, with 108 points, 10 points out of the lead.

“I broke the world record in both events but it wasn’t enough because Alexandre is going really fast,” said Chernove. “I have to settle for being second going into Day 3 of the Omnium, but it was a much better day than [Day 1], so I’m going to take the positives out of it. It feels good and it’s humbling to see how far the level of the C2 category has just rocketed up.” In the men’s C1 category, Ross Wilson set a personal best time for the Flying 200 metre, at 13.114 seconds, to finish third.

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KATE O’BRIEN MARKS HER RETURN TO CYCLING WITH A GOLD MEDAL AT PARA TRACK WORLDS

Milton, ON (January 31, 2020) – Canada opened the 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships on Thursday with a gold medal on their home track in Milton, ON. Kate O’Brien of Calgary, AB, became world champion in the women’s C4 category 500 metre time trial, setting a world record of 35.223 seconds at her first international para-cycling competition.

A former National Team sprinter who represented Canada at the Rio Olympics in 2016, O’Brien has returned to competition after a two year battle with injury. After months of rehabilitation, she has joined the Para program, scoring a stunning victory in her first competition.

“I am pleasantly surprised,” admitted O’Brien, “and looking forward to wearing the rainbow stripes [as world champion]. The world record was certainly a surprise. It was really, really fun and amazing to be back competing. I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”

CANADA READY TO WELCOME THE WORLD AT THE 2020 UCI PARA-CYCLING TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MILTON

Milton, Ontario (January 28, 2020) – After a highly successful weekend hosting the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Cycling Canada is ready to host the 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships from January 30 to February 2 at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

Over the weekend, seven athletes will be representing Canada, including the newly classified 2016 Rio Olympian Kate O’Brien who is returning to the boards of Milton, where she won a Team Sprint gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2015. The former bobsledder turned track cyclist will race in the sprint events in the C4 category.

“We are very lucky to be welcoming Kate to our team for this event, as she has already contributed to the positive vibe of our squad in our preparation camp in Los Angeles,” said head Para-cycling coach Sebastien Travers. “Being a sprinter, Kate will definitely add to our existing performances, especially in events where we didn’t put as much focus. We look forward to having her on the team and are excited to see her perform at the Milton velodrome again.”

The field gathering in Milton will be deep, with 168 athletes from 32 nations represented. Big names include a 23-rider strong British squad led by Paralympic champions Sarah Storey, Steve Bate and Lora Fachie. Australia will also bring a deep unit with six riders defending their world championship titles, including C2 athlete Darren Hicks. 2016 Paralympic champions Rio Vincent Ter Schure and pilot Timo Fransen will lead the Dutch team, while Ricardo Ten Argilés headlines the Spanish selection.

Viewers will be able to follow the action via the free CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, and CPC Facebook page, as well as the Radio-Canada Sports app and radio-canada.ca/sports. The live streaming will cover all finals, and coverage begins on Thursday January 30 at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT).

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THE BEST GATHER IN MILTON FOR THE 2020 UCI PARA-CYCLING TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Milton, ON (January 16, 2020) – For the first time in history, the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships are coming to Canadian soil from January 30 to February 2, with the top para-cyclists from Canada and across the globe competing for the rainbow jersey on the boards of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario. In total, over 160 athletes from 32 nations will race for the rainbow stripes.

Team Canada will be sending a loaded squad led by Scratch Race world champion Tristen Chernove and Individual Pursuit world record holder Ross Wilson. Rounding out Team Canada will be Paralympian Marie-Claude Molnar, as well as Keely Shaw, Lowell Taylor and his pilot Ed Veal.

“Track worlds is the last track qualifying event for the Tokyo Paralympics and we are on track for great performances by our Canadian athletes!” said Sébastien Travers, Cycling Canada’s para-cycling head coach. “Racing on our home track in Milton is a privilege and will be a great way to showcase what our amazing athletes can achieve. This event should trigger the much needed awareness around para sports and more specifically para-cycling and we hope that it will be a driver for persons with disabilities to engage in sports and experience the uniqueness of competition.”

This marks Canada’s second consecutive year hosting a UCI cycling world championships after an extremely successful mountain bike competition in Mont-Sainte-Anne in late August, and will be the first world championships to be hosted at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre since its inauguration in 2015.

Spectators will be able to take in the unique atmosphere of world championship track cycling event while enjoying concessions and beverages from Steam Whistle and Fat Tire, as well as expos from several high profile brands.

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Team Canada

Tristen Chernove – Cranbrook, BC
Ross Wilson – Sherwood Park, AB
Lowell Taylor & Ed Veal (Pilot) – Lethbridge, AB & Queensville, ON
Marie-Claude Molnar – Longueuil, QC
Keely Shaw – Saskatoon, SK

ROSS WILSON SETS A NEW WORLD RECORD IN C1 INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT

Glasgow, UK (November 8, 2019) – Canada’s Ross Wilson has set a new world record for the C1 Men’s Individual Pursuit at the integrated Tissot UCI World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland. Wilson, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, covered 3,000 metres in 3:49.450, six-tenths of a second faster than the previous record of 3:50.051, set by Ricardo Ten Argiles of Spain at the world championships earlier this year.

“I was really excited to come to Glasgow to participate in the integrated Tissot World Cup,” said Wilson. “I didn’t really know what to expect, coming back to the track after a long block of road training, but the work I’ve been doing with Richard Wooles and Dean Somerset has paid dividends. I’ll enjoy a couple days of rest and then hopefully build on this new benchmark for the world championships in Milton and the Games in Tokyo.”

CANADA CONCLUDES PARA ROAD WORLDS WITH FIVE MEDALS

Emmen, Netherlands (September 17, 2019) – Team Canada concluded the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands, with a total of five medals. Over the four days of competition, Canadian athletes won four bronze medals in the time trial, and went on to win one silver medal in the road race.

Ross Wilson and Tristen Chernove kicked off the first day by finishing third in the time trial for C1 and C2 categories, while Shelley Gautier and Marie-Eve Croteau podiumed on Friday in the T1 and T2 categories. Shelley Gautier, who is no stranger to the podium, finished off the weekend with a second place in the road race, only a few seconds behind Eltje Malzbender of New Zeland.

“This World championship has demonstrated the internal strength of our team,” said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach for Cycling Canada. “Our athletes have never been so supportive of each other. All of our staff are dedicated and see the athletes’ performances as their priority, helping foster the high performance culture we have built over the past few years.”

CANADA WINS FOUR BRONZE MEDALS ON OPENING DAYS OF PARA ROAD WORLDS

Emmen, Netherlands (September 14, 2019) – Canada opened the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Emmen, Netherlands, by winning four bronze medals on the first two days of competition. Ross Wilson and Tristen Chernove kicked off the first day by finishing third in the time trial for C1 and C2 categories, while Shelley Gautier and Marie-Eve Croteau also podiumed on Friday in the T1 and T2 categories.

Wilson’s time for the 20.8 kilometre race against the clock was 30:24.39, 54 seconds behind winner Aaron Keith of the United States. Michael Tueber of Germany took silver. In the T2 category, Tristen Chernove also finished in third with a time of 29.11.85, behind Darren Hicks of Australia and Ewoud Vromant of Belgium.

“Making it to the podium was very tough today,” said Chernove. “I’m really impressed with the rides that Darren Hicks and Ewoud Vromant produced. I raced the TT to my plan but found several things that need some work in order to find my best performance. I’m ready to attack the road race on Saturday and do all I can to get back on the top step of the podium.”

On Friday, defending champion Shelley Gautier was not able to defend her title in the T1 category, but still managed to take home bronze with a time of 46:49.10. Marie-Eve Croteau, who just recently returned to competition, also finished third in the T2 category with a time of 40:01.40.

“It was the longest time trial that I’ve ever done and I’m honoured to be among the top-3 on the podium. It was a really hard fought race and I’m pleased with my performance,” said Gautier.

In other results, Charles Moreau finished 5th in the Men’s H3 category, while Kara Douville got the same result in the Women’s H4. Competition continues Saturday and Sunday with the road race events.