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THE CANADIAN BMX SQUAD BACK IN ACTION FOR WORLD CUPS 1 & 2

Ottawa, ON (April 30, 2021) – Over a year after the 2020 BMX world cup season was cancelled due to COVID-19, the Canadian BMX squad is looking forward to being back in action in Verona, Italy, on May 8-9 and Bogota, Colombia, on May 29-30 for the opening rounds of the UCI BMX World Cup.

Elite National champions and Olympic hopefuls James Palmer and Drew Mechielsen will be leading the team and will be looking to secure a quota of one woman and one man for the Tokyo Summer Games. They will be joined by first-year Elite Molly Simpson, as well as Teigen Pascual, who earned the title of Best Junior Rider of the Year in 2020.

“After more than a year of waiting in anticipation, it’s extremely exciting to have world cup racing on the horizon again,” said James Palmer. “I’ve been back racing in the US since January, but world cup events are the pinnacle of our sport. It’s created quite the boost of energy at our training sessions knowing we finally have the opportunity to put all our hard work to the test against the world’s best.”

Team Canada

Drew Mechielsen – Langley, BC [Elite Women]

James Palmer – North Vancouver, BC [Elite Men]

Teigen Pascual – Squamish, BC [Junior Women]

Molly Simpson – Red Deer, AB [Elite Women]

CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES 2021 NEXTGEN ATHLETES

Ottawa, ON (November 18, 2020) Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the names of the 47 athletes who were selected to join the BMX, Mountain Bike, Para-cycling and Track NextGen programs for the 2021 season. Selected athletes will be working with Cycling Canada’s NextGen coaches, as well as coaches from across the country including former Olympians Tory Nyhaug, Joe Veloce and Tanya Dubnicoff.

“I am excited by the depth of talent we have across all cycling disciplines looking to the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond,” said Jenny Trew, Cycling Canada’s NextGen Lead Coach. “As we start this quad with enhanced NextGen programs, we are already setting considerable goals with the aim of achieving medal success in Paris. Our athletes, coaches and staff are excited and motivated for the opportunities that lie ahead.”

In addition to its NextGen programs, Cycling Canada will be launching a new coaching program for road athletes, providing them with the opportunity to be trained by National Team coaches. Four athletes will be entering the pilot version of the program, with the goal of expanding the program in the coming years.

BMX

James Hedgcock – Ancaster, ON [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Milton BMX]
Curtis Krey – Etobicoke, ON [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Milton BMX]
Carson Kowaski – Red Deer, AB [Coach – Tory Nyhaug, Team – Red Deer BMX]
Riley Lavorato – Lethbridge, AB [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Lethbridge BMX]
Teigen Pascual – Squamish, BC [Coach – Arielle Martin, Team – Squamish BMX]
Molly Simpson – Red Deer, AB [Coach – Adam Muys, Team – Red Deer BMX]
Ryan Tougas – Pitt Meadows, BC [Coach – Adam Muys, Team – Ridge Meadows BMX]

Mountain Bike

Raphaël Auclair – Lac-Beauport, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Pivot Cycles – OTE]
Quinton Disera – Barrie, ON [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Norco Factory Team]
Emilly Johnston – Comox, BC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Pendrel Racing]
Dylan Kerr – Barrie, ON [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Angry Johnny’s]
Jérémie La Grenade – Gatineau, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Ride with Rendall]
Juliette Tétreault – Val-des-Monts, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Ride with Rendall]
Roxane Vermette – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, QC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Vélo Club MSA]
Carter Woods – Cumberland, BC [Coach – Jeff Ain, Team – Norco Factory Team]

Para-cycling

Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin – Quebec City, QC [Coach – Eric Van Den Eynde]
Joey Desjardins – Hawkesbury, ON [Coach – Sébastien Travers]
Kara Douville – Calgary, AB [Coach – Phil Abbott]
Matthew Kinnie – Moncton, NB [Coach – Guillaume Plourde]
Michael Shetler – Kirkland, QC [Coach – James Jacek-Côté]
Carla Shibley & Meghan Brown (pilot) – Calgary, AB [Coach – Phil Abbott]
Lowell Taylor & Ed Veal (pilot) – Lethbridge, AB [Coach – Phil Abbott]

Track – Sprint

Jackie Boyle – Toronto, ON [Coach – Dave Jack]
Madison Dempster – Milton, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Midweek Cycling]
Ryan Dodyk – Edmonton, ON [Coach – Alex Ongaro, Team – Juventus Cycling Club]
James Hedgcock – Ancaster, ON [Coach – Brendan Arnold, Team – Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club]
Andrew Scott – Oakville, ON [Coach – Joe Veloce]
Gavin Thomas – Calgary, AB [Coach – Tanya Dubnicoff, Team – Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle]

Men’s Track Endurance

Evan Burtnik – Edmonton, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – XSpeed United]
Chris Ernst – Kitchener, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – XSpeed United]
Amiel Flett-Brown – Vancouver, BC [Coach – Houshang Amiri, Team – Red Truck Racing]
Mathias Guillemette – Trois-Rivières, QC [Coach – Pascal Morin, Team – XSpeed United]
Jackson Kinniburgh – Calgary, ON [Coach – Tanya Dubnicoff, Team – Digital Commerce Bank]
Ethan Ogrodniczuk – Vancouver, BC [Coach – Richard Wooles, Team – Glotman Simpson]
Sean Richardson – Vancouver, BC [Coach – Tim Sherstobitoff, Team – TAG Cycling]

Women’s Track Endurance

Erin Attwell – Victoria, BC [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Ngaire Barraclough – Edmonton, AB [Coach – Alex Ongaro, Team – InstaFund La Prima]
Hayley Basterash – Edmonton, AB [Coach – Kevin Clark]
Miriam Brouwer – Cambridge, ON [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Devaney Collier – Edmonton, AB [Coach – Jenny Trew, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Adèle Desgagnés – Montreal, QC [Coach – Yannick Bédard, Team – Équipe Cycliste Québecor Stingray]
Lily Plante – Sutton, QC [Coach – Yannick Bédard, Team – Équipe Cycliste Desjardins-Ford]
Kaitlyn Rauwerda – Hamilton, ON [Coach – Chris Rozdilsky, Team – Cyclery Racing]
Callie Swan – Prince George, BC [Coach – Richard Wooles, Team – Macogep-Tornatech-Girondins de Bordeaux]
Sarah Van Dam – Victoria, BC [Coach – Richard Wooles, Team – Red Truck Racing]
Ruby West – Dundas, ON [Coach – Jeremy Powers, Team – Proximus-Alphamotorhomes-Dolticini CT]

TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN TORY NYHAUG RETIRES FROM BMX RACING

Ottawa, ON (November 18, 2019) – Two-time Olympian and Canadian BMX racer Tory Nyhaug has announced that he is officially retiring from professional sport after an illustrious career. The 27-year-old from Port Coquitlam, B.C. has been forced to hang up the bike after struggling with post-concussion symptoms for the last year and half that ultimately led to his decision to retire.

Nyhaug’s career was highlighted by a gold medal on home soil at the 2015 Pan Am Games, a silver medal at the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships and representing Canada at the 2012 and 2016 summer Olympics. At the Rio Games in 2016, Nyhaug qualified for the final and finished in fifth place, the best-ever Canadian result.

Early this year, Nyhaug described the concussion he has been suffering from as the most frustrating injury of his career. Having resumed training on multiple occasions, symptoms continuously flared up as he aimed to participate in a third Olympics for Canada. The severity of the injury, the persistent symptoms and the possibility of long term risk of another hit to the head forced Nyhaug to make the decision to retire in the interest of his own health.

“The past year and a half has been really difficult mentally and physically trying to overcome this concussion,” Nyhaug said. “I did everything I possibly could to return to racing and I’m disappointed I couldn’t finish my career on a high note. With that being said, I’m happy that I can now retire healthy and proud of everything I’ve accomplished. I have no regrets, I poured my heart and soul into my sport and I was rewarded with more than I ever thought possible. I competed in two Olympic Games including one Olympic final, won a Pan Am Games gold medal, earned a World Championships silver medal and stood on multiple World Cup podiums. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.”

While he will take a step away from racing, Nyhaug plans to continue to be heavily involved in BMX riding for fun and sharing his story to help others dealing with the effects of concussions. He will also be a member of the TV crew at the UCI BMX SX World Cups, plans to hold BMX camps and coach riders. He also has plans to continue growing his “Coffee Chatter” BMX podcast.

QUARTERFINAL FINISH FOR TUCHSCHERER AT BMX WORLDS

Heusden-Zolder, Belgium (July 28, 2019) – Daina Tuchscherer was the top Canadian rider on Saturday at the BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, making it to the quarterfinal round of the Elite women’s competition. In the Junior women’s category, Holly Simpson also advanced as far as the quarterfinals, as did James Hedgcock in Junior men. James Palmer was knocked out of competition in the one-eighth final for Elite men. In the Challenge categories, silver medals were won by Canadians Teigen Pascual in Girls 16 Years and Jack Cerney in Boys 10 Years.

“It has been a rough year with injuries and a loss of one of our BMX family (Aidan Webber), but the team has started to turn the season around with some strong performances,” said team manager Brendan Arnold. “We are building towards Houston in May next year and with Worlds in North America we are excited to see what the riders will be able to do.”

CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES 2019 BMX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM

Ottawa, ON (July 19, 2019) – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce the athletes who have been selected to represent Canada at the BMX World Championships in Zolder, Belgium, on July 23-27, with a total of nine riders representing Canada in the Elite and Junior classes.

Drew Mechielsen and Daina Tuchscherer, who are currently ranked among the top-25 in the world, will be looking for strong finishes in the Elite women’s category after taking gold and silver last weekend at the Canadian BMX Championships. They will be joined by Canadian champion James Palmer and Gaby Malenfant in the Elite men’s field. Tory Nyhaug, Alex Tougas and Ryan Tougas were all selected to the team, but had to decline due to injuries.

Adam Muys, National BMX Coach, said “I’m looking forward to good performances from our athletes; we have been working on several skills and tactics over the last few months to help us achieve our performance goals. The team trained on this track earlier this spring and are familiar with the facilities, which will be an asset.”

The team will be joined by a number of additional Challenge class athletes.

2019 BMX World Championship Team – Elite and Junior

Elite Men
Gaby Malenfant – Drummondville, QC
James Palmer – North Vancouver, BC

Elite Women
Daina Tuchscherer – Calgary, AB
Drew Mechielsen – Langley, BC

Junior Men
Curtis Krey – Etobicoke, ON
James Hedgcock – Ancaster, ON

Junior Women
Lauren Webber – Ottawa, ON
Molly Simpson – Red Deer, AB
Violet Cejavlo – Langley, BC

NextGen Athletes competing in Challenge World Championships:
Cole Zufelt – Trenton, ON
Edouard Proulx – Saint-Valérien, QC
Teigan Pascual – Squamish, BC

FOUR BMX NATIONAL TITLES AWARDED

Etobicoke, ON (July 7, 2019) – Over 400 athletes came out for the premier event on the domestic BMX calendar, the Canadian BMX Championships, which were held at Centennial Park, in Etobicoke, the location of the 2015 Pan American Games. Titles and maple leaf jerseys were awarded in the women’s and men’s categories for Junior (17-18) and Elite (19+) categories, with medals awarded in the Challenge classes for age group racing from as young as 5 years old.

British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta dominated the titles, with each province taking national champions jerseys, including two for BC. The Elite women’s title was a battle between three World Cup riders, defending champion Daina Tuchscherer of Chestermere, AB, Drew Mechielsen of Langley, BC, and Avriana Hebert of Edmonton, AB, with Mechielsen ultimately taking her third title.

In the absence of Tory Nyhaug and Alex Tougas, who are both recovering from an injury, the Elite men’s title was a three-way battle between defending champion Gaby Malenfant of Drummondville, QC, James Palmer of North Vancouver, BC, and Josh Samells of Milton, ON. World Cup rider James Palmer won all of his heats and went on to win his first title.

Drew Mechielsen, Elite Women: “It was a really good race day; it was long and hot and there were some really good battles but I’m happy to come out with the win. It was tough competition with Daina and Avriana, and it’s always a struggle racing them but it’s also always good because we train together.”

James Palmer, Elite Men: “Today was a great day, I’m happy to come away with the win. I’ve been injured for the past month or so with a wrist injury so I’m happy to be back racing in front of my Canadian fans and it’s great to win my first Elite title.”

Results
Junior Women: 1- Molly Simpson 2- Violet Cejalvo 3- Lauren Webber
Junior Men: 1- Curtis Krey 2- James Hedgcock 3- Mitchel Landry
Elite Women: 1- Drew Mechielsen 2-Daina Tuchscherer 3-Avriana Hebert
Elite Men: 1- James Palmer 2- Josh Samells 3- Gaby Malenfant

For full results and schedules, please click here.

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CANADIAN BMX CHAMPION LOSES LIFE IN WORK ACCIDENT

Ottawa, ON (March 12, 2019) – It is with great sadness that the Canadian cycling community learned of the loss of one of its own late Sunday night. Aidan Webber, 18, was killed in a workplace accident at a fish farm in northern Vancouver Island.

Webber, of Nanaimo, BC, was the reigning Canadian junior BMX champion after winning the title in Drummondville, QC, last summer. He also represented Canada at the 2018 BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.

On behalf of all our members, Cycling Canada would like to extend its condolences to Webber’s family and loved ones.

FIRST CANADIAN BMX FREESTYLE TITLES AWARDED

Markham, ON (March 1, 2019) – The first ever Canadian BMX Freestyle Championships took place on Wednesday, February 27th, at the Joyride 150 venue in Markham, Ontario. BMX Freestyle is the latest cycling discipline to be added to the Olympic program, and will take place in Tokyo for the first time in 2020.

“We are very excited to crown our first ever Canadian Champions in the BMX Freestyle discipline,” said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada. “The crew at Joyride 150 organized a top quality event, attracting some of the World’s top riders amongst Canada’s best. We are looking forward to continuing our work within the discipline of freestyle BMX, and are already looking forward to our next UCI event this weekend at the Toronto XJam.”

Jaden Chipman of New Lowell, Ontario won the men’s title, while Stephanie Nychka of Calgary took the women’s. Chipman represented Canada at the inaugural world championships in Chengdu, China, in 2017, while Nychka is a newcomer to the sport, coming from mountain biking.

“It feels unreal,” said Chipman, “I’ve never been on the podium before with all these guys. I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the winter, and I guess it shows. It’s very special, such a huge honour to be the first Canadian Freestyle champion. I’ve been looking up to the riders I was on deck with ever since I started riding. I’m planning on going to all the FISE World Cup events and proudly wearing the jersey.”
“I started riding BMX about a year and a half ago, and looking back at my progression, I’m so happy with this result. We need to get more women riding, and Joyride itself is a great place for everyone to come,” said Nychka.

CYCLING CANADA ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER BMX FREESTYLE NATIONAL CALENDAR

Ottawa, ON (January 24, 2019) – Cycling Canada is pleased to announce that a total of three BMX Freestyle events will be held in Canada in 2019. These events represent an important landmark in the development of BMX Freestyle in Canada, as well as the development of professional Canadian athletes.

The season will officially kick off at the Joyride 150 indoor facility in Markham, Ontario, which will play host to the Joyride BMX Park International (UCI C1) on February 26, followed by the first-ever Canadian BMX Freestyle Championships the next day. The Canadian Championships represent the highest level of competition on the domestic calendar, and champions will be receiving the red and white maple leaf jersey in the Elite Men’s and Women’s categories.

“Hosting Canada’s first ever UCI C1 Freestyle BMX Event and Inaugural Canadian BMX Freestyle Championships is an exciting opportunity”, said event organizer and Joyride 150 Owner, Mark Summers. “These events will bring world class competition to Ontario. Joyride 150 has proven to be a hub for athletes and a perfect training ground for Canada’s best and hosting these very important events shows our commitment to supporting and growing the sport of BMX Freestyle.”

That same week, athletes will have the chance to compete in the Toronto XJam, organized as part of the well-established Toronto International Bicycle Show. The Toronto XJam will be sanctioned UCI C1, giving athletes the opportunity to compete in three events within one week, all located in the same region. Large international presence is anticipated, with several foreign national teams having already confirmed their attendance.

“We are thrilled to welcome the discipline of Freestyle BMX to our National events calendar with all eyes looking towards the sport’s introduction to the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020”, said Josh Peacock, Events Manager at Cycling Canada. “Our 2019 organizers come to us with a wealth of knowledge in the Freestyle BMX world, and we look forward to working together to help maximize UCI points-grabbing opportunities leading up to the Games, as well as increasing the overall exposure of the sport to participants of all ages and abilities.”

Joyride BMX Park International
Organizer: Joyride 150
Markham, ON
February 26, 2019

Canadian BMX Freestyle Championships
Organizer: Joyride 150
Markham, ON
February 27, 2019

Toronto XJam
Organizer: Canadian Shows and Special Events Inc.
Toronto, ON
March 1-3, 2019