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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.

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]

CANADIAN PARACYCLISTS CLOSE PARAPAN AM GAMES WITH THIRTEEN MEDALS

Lima, Peru (September 3, 2019) – Canada concluded the Parapan American Games, which took place from August 23 to September 1 in Lima, Peru, with a total of thirteen medals in four days of competition. Early last week, Team Canada won six medals on the track in Individual Pursuit and Time Trial events, and finished it off with seven medals in the road race and Individual Time Trial.

On the final day of competition, flag bearers Shibley and Lemiski captured their second gold and fourth overall medal of the Games, winning the women’s tandem road race in a time of 2:33:16. Annie Bouchard and pilot Evelyne Gagnon raced to second place, while Michael Shetler captured his second bronze medal in the tricycle T1-2 classification event.

“It was our first multi-sport Games and it was awesome to compete with our group of cyclists but also to see other sports and athletes from other disciplines and learn their stories, said Evelyne Gagnon. “We had a good vibe from other Canadians, and everybody is happy when someone wins a medal. It’s amazing, when we win, we’re so happy for Canada and not just for us.”

Results

Gold: Carla Shibley & Meghan Lemiski (Individual Pursuit, Road Race), Matthew Kinnie (Mixed TT – H1-5), Annie Bouchard & Evelyne Gagnon (1000m TT)

Silver: Annie Bouchard & Evelyne Gagnon (Individual Pursuit, Road Race), Lowell Taylor & Andrew Davidson (Individual Pursuit, Mixed TT), Carla Shibley & Meghan Lemiski (1000m TT), Marie-Claude Molnar (Individual Pursuit – C4)

Bronze: Michael Shetler (Mixed TT – T1-2, Mixed Road Race T1-2), Carla Shibley & Meghan Lemiski (Mixed TT)

CANADA WINS FOUR MEDALS IN THE TIME TRIAL AT PARAPAN AM GAMES

Lima, Peru (August 31, 2019) – After winning six medals on the track earlier this week, Team Canada continued to race to the podium, capturing four medals in the Individual Time Trial. In his first multi-sport Games, hand cyclist Matthew Kinnie sat atop the mixed H1-5 time trial standings, winning a gold medal in 31:17.880. Michael Shetler also won his first medal, a bronze in the mixed T1-2 time trial.

“Winning the gold medal was a little bit surprising and satisfying after a long season training and working really hard to get a result like that,” said Matthew Kinnie. “To be able to lay down a good race on a nice course down by the coast in Peru was a pretty awesome experience and pretty exciting.”

In the tandem races, Lowell Taylor and pilot Andrew Davidson claimed silver in the mixed tandem time trial, while Carla Shibley and pilot Meghan Lemiski took the bronze.

CANADA WINS THREE MEDALS FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE DAY AT PARAPAN AM GAMES

Lima, Peru (August 28, 2019) – The Canadian para-cycling team continued to excel in the track events at the Parapan Am Games, winning three medals for the second consecutive day. In the women’s tandem time trial, Canada stood atop the first two steps of the podium once again, with Annie Bouchard and pilot Evelyne Gagnon pulling off a gold medal time of 1:15.310, and fellow Canadians Carla Shibley and pilot Meghan Lemiski finishing in 1:16.132 for the silver.

“It is just amazing, it’s a great feeling,” said Annie Bouchard. “To represent Canada, we have fought so much, and made so many sacrifices and there are no words today, just wow.”

Marie-Claude Molnar, a Games veteran with two Paralympic Games and two Parapan Am Games to her name, also added a silver medal for Canada. The C4 racer qualified in second for the women’s C4-5 individual pursuit final, where she ultimately finished behind American Samantha Bosco.

In the men’s tandem time trial, Lowell Taylor and pilot Andrew Davidson missed out on a podium spot by just a tenth of a second, finishing in fourth.