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CANADA WINS THREE MEDALS IN THE INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT AT PARAPAN AM GAMES

Lima, Peru (August 27, 2019) – Canada kicked off the first day of the para-cycling events at the Parapan American Games with three medals in the Individual Pursuit. The women’s tandem teams both qualified for the gold medal final, with Carla Shibley and pilot Meghan Lemiski taking the top spot with a time of 3:50.575, just ahead of their teammates Annie Bouchard and pilot Evelyne Gagnon who earned the silver medal. In the men’s category, Lowell Taylor and pilot Andrew Davidson also reached the podium with a silver, finishing behind Colombians Nelson Serna and pilot Marlon Perez.

“I’m super excited and surprised with our result,” said Shibley. “I didn’t expect us to win a gold medal, I wasn’t feeling the greatest after the semi-final and I was having some breathing issues, but I was able to tough it out. I told myself that I just needed to suffer a little more in the last four laps just to win by that last second. I couldn’t be prouder with this result.”

“I felt so much pride not in myself but pride in the country,” said Taylor. “I actually had a lot of gratitude for all the support, from Canada, from my family, for Andrew, everybody who has been alongside me to get here. Para sport is not about the individual, it’s about the team so I was just feeling so much gratitude for everybody today.”

CANADA FINISHES PARA ROAD WORLD CUP WITH SEVEN MEDALS

Baie-Comeau, QC (August 13, 2019) – Team Canada concluded the third and final round of the Para-cycling Road World Cup with seven medals, including three gold, three silver and one bronze medal. On Sunday, the final day of competition, Canadian riders added gold, silver and bronze medals to their total. Shelley Gautier took her second gold medal of the weekend in the Women’s T1 category, while Marie-Claude Molnar finished second in the Women’s C4 road race, adding a silver medal to the gold she won in the time trial. In the Men’s C2 road race, Tristen Chernove won a bronze medal to go with the silver he won in the time trial, also winning the overall World Cup title for C2 men.

“Today’s race was the epitome of why we do this,” said Chernove. “Seeing what challenges are ahead and making the best of every situation. Unfortunately, I discovered early in the race that I had a bike issue and couldn’t get into my big ring [gear]. I had to spin really fast, and I knew the sprint would be a challenge, but I knew I had to do everything to get on that podium, regardless of the adversity, and secure the overall win of the World Cup, which is what this weekend was all about.”

For full results, click here.

CANADA WINS FOUR MEDALS ON OPENING DAYS OF THE PARA ROAD WORLD CUP

Baie-Comeau, QC (August 10, 2019) – Team Canada won four medals in the Individual Time Trial on the first two days of the Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Baie-Comeau, Quebec. On Thursday, World champion Shelley Gautier won the Women’s T1 race with a time of 24:23.74 over 9.45 kilometres, while Charles Moreau finished second in the Men’s H3 time trial, covering 18.9 kilometres in a time of 33:13.32, 50 seconds behind winner Vico Merklein of (Germany).

On Friday, Marie-Claude Molnar won the Women’s C4 18.9 kilometre time trial, with a time of 31:07.05, finishing more than two minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Katell Alencon of France. In the Men’s C2 time trial, Tristen Chernove took the silver medal with a time of 27:33.95, a mere 11.6 seconds behind winner Darren Hicks of Australia.

“Winning at home is always special because people are carrying us,” said Molnar. “Today’s performance is the result of being home and executing a plan that has been well built and practiced so many times! I’m proud of what has been accomplished today, even more so because it’s at home.”

Competition continues Saturday and Sunday with the road race events for H, T, C and B categories. Click here for full results and schedules.

CANADA SENDS STRONG SQUAD TO BAIE-COMEAU WORLD CUP

Ottawa, ON (August 2, 2019) – Cycling Canada will conclude the para-cycling road world cup season on home soil in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, with the third and final round of the Road World Cup on August 8-11. Canada will send a team of 20 riders across all categories, including world and Paralympic champions.

“For the final para-cycling World Cup of the season, the Canadian Para-Cycling National Team will be composed of athletes from both the High Performance and Development groups,” said Sebastien Travers, national para coach at Cycling Canada.  “As this event is the only out-of-Europe World Cup of the season, we are expecting a high level of competitiveness, with other nations sending strong squads for the qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The Baie-Comeau World Cup will be a good indicator of the efficiency of the work done during the summer and will help establish the next priorities for the team.”

“The high performance group will be targeting medal performances and the event will be the final tune up before the Para-cycling Road World Championships, which will be held three weeks later. We expect solid results, as some athletes will be fighting to win the World Cup overall ranking.”

Athletes will compete in time trial events on Thursday and Friday, followed by the road races on Saturday and Sunday.

Women

Annie Bouchard – Tandem [Baie-St-Paul, QC]
Evelyne Gagnon – Tandem Pilot [Quebec City, QC]
Marie-Eve Croteau – T2 [Quebec City, QC]
Kara Douville – H4 [Calgary, AB]
Shelley Gautier – T1 [Toronto, ON]
Marie-Claude Molnar – C4 [St Hubert, QC]
Carla Shibley – Tandem [Calgary, AB]
Meghan Lemiski – Tandem Pilot [Calgary, AB]

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]
Patrick Desnoyers – H5 [Blainville, QC]
Alex Hyndman – H3 [Morpeth, ON]
Matthew Kinnie – H2 [Riverview, NB]
Charles Moreau – H3 [Victoriaville, QC]
Mike Shetler – T2 [Kirkland, QC]
Lowell Taylor – Tandem [Lethbridge, AB]
Andrew Davidson – Tandem Pilot [Calgary, AB]
Ross Wilson – C1 [Sherwood Park, AB]

EIGHT PARA CYCLISTS AND THREE PILOTS TO RACE FOR CANADA AT LIMA 2019 PARAPAN AM GAMES

Ottawa, ON (July 25, 2019) – The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Cycling Canada are thrilled to announce the eight Para cyclists and three pilots who will be competing for Canada at the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games from August 23 to September 1.

Marie-Claude Molnar will be leading the team, having competed at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as the Toronto 2015 and Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games. Molnar captured a bronze medal in the Time Trial at the London 2012 Games and a bronze in the Individual Pursuit at Guadalajara 2011 in her women’s C4 category, as well as numerous Canadian titles along the way.

“I am thrilled and feel honoured to have been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 Parapan American Games,” said Molnar. “I cannot wait to perform at my best and contribute to the team.”

Joining her on the track on August 26-27 will be Canadian ITT champions Lowell Taylor and pilot Andrew Davidson, who will be competing in the men’s Tandem category. The women’s Tandem races will see two NextGen teams competing, including Canadian road champions Carla Shibley and pilot Meghan Lemiski, as well as Annie Bouchard and her pilot Evelyne Gagnon.

Racing will resume on August 30 and September 1 with the road events, with all the athletes taking part in both the ITT and Road Race. Paralympian Rico Morneau (H3) will be competing under Canadian colours, having previously won a bronze medal at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games, and will be joined by the track athletes, as well as Michael Shetler (T2), Matthew Kinnie (H2) and Patrick Desnoyers (H5).

“The Parapan Am Games will be a fantastic opportunity for both the athletes and staff to gain some major Games experience,” said Phil Abbott, Cycling Canada’s Para cycling NextGen Coach. “The majority of the athletes have never attended an event of this scale, so this will certainly help them prepare for Tokyo 2020.”

“A huge congratulations to our Canadian Para cyclists heading to Lima!” said Stephanie Dixon, chef de mission of the Lima 2019 Canadian Parapan Am Team. “I’m so excited to welcome each of them to the team, especially the group that will be donning the red-and-white at a Games for the first time. I hope you all have an amazing experience and the entirety of Team Canada is behind you!”

LIMA 2019 PARAPAN AM GAMES PARA CYCLING TEAM

NAME HOMETOWN AGE CLASS
Marie-Claude Molnar* Longueil, QC 35 C4
Annie Bouchard Baie-St-Paul, QC 44 WB
Evelyne Gagnon Quebec City, QC 28 Pilot
Carla Shibley Calgary, AB 28 WB
Meghan Lemiski Edmonton, AB 38 Pilot
Lowell Taylor Lethbridge, AB 37 MB
Andrew Davidson Calgary, AB 35 Pilot
Matthew Kinnie Riverview, NB 36 H2
Michael Shetler Kirkland, QC 58 T2
Rico Morneau* St-Liguori, QC 56 H3
Patrick Desnoyers Blainville, QC 46 H5

*Paralympian

The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games will take place August 23 to September 1 in Peru and will surpass Toronto 2015 as the largest Parapan Am Games ever with a record 1,850 athletes set to participate. Canada is expecting to send a team of approximately 152 athletes and competition partners in 13 sports. The Canadian Paralympic Committee will announce the official full team heading to the Games later this month.

CANADA WINS 7 MEDALS AT PARA ROAD WORLD CUP #2

Ostend, Belgium (May 20, 2019) – Canada added three road race medals on the weekend to the four it had already won in the time trial events at Round 2 of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium. Shelley Gautier took her second silver medal in the women’s T1 division, while Joey Desjardins (men’s H3) and Tristen Chernove (men’s C2) each took bronze. Over the course of four days, Canada won five silver medals and two bronze; one more than a week earlier at the first World Cup of the season.

Head Para coach Sebastien Travers said, “It was a very good competition for our squad here in Belgium.  All national team athletes were able to convert results into UCI points, which are critical for our Paralympic qualification. This is promising as these results came from both our Elite national team athletes and our development group in the Next Gen program. We are leaving Belgium with two World Cup leaders in Tristen and Shelley, who are looking forward to defend their titles in Baie-Comeau.”

Results
Silver – Shelley Gautier (ITT, Road Race), Charles Moreau (ITT), Tristen Chernove (ITT), Ross Wilson (ITT)
Bronze – Tristen Chernove (Road Race), Joey Desjardins (Road Race)

CANADA WINS FOUR SILVER MEDALS ON OPENING DAYS OF THE PARA ROAD WORLD CUP #2

After winning a total of six medals last weekend, Team Canada started off strong at the second Para Road World Cup, winning four silver medals in the Individual Time Trial. World champion Shelley Gautier of Toronto finished second in the women’s T1 category, while Charles Moreau of Victoriaville also took the silver in the men’s H3 race. On Friday, Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC placed second in the men’s C2 category, with Ross Wilson of Edmonton taking the same spot in the C1 category.  

Competition continues on Saturday and Sunday with the road races for all categories.

“In the past I’ve started too fast and then faded at the end,” said Ross Wilson. “I made a conscious effort to negative split the race. Eight tenths is so close, especially after a training injury less than four weeks ago.”

“We got off to a great start,” said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach at Cycling Canada. “The most encouraging result was having three riders in the top eight of the highly competitive H3 class, with Charles second, Alex fifth and Joey eighth.”

CANADA FINISHES PARA ROAD WORLD CUP WITH SIX MEDALS

Corridonia, Italy (May 13, 2019) – Team Canada added two gold medals to its total on Saturday and Sunday at the Para Road World Cup in Corridonia, Italy. World champion Shelley Gautier of Toronto added a road race win to her time trial victory in the women’s T1 category, while Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, won the men’s C2 road race. Canada finished the four day event with six medals – three gold, two silver and one bronze.

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“I am super happy with the performances of all the Canadians,” said Sebastien Travers, Head Para Coach at Cycling Canada. “From the high performance team, to the NextGen riders, to athletes riding as independents, everyone was able get points for Canada for the Paralympic qualification process. This meets our expectations and goals for this World Cup.”

Results
Gold – Shelley Gautier (Road Race, ITT) & Tristen Chernove (Road Race)
Silver – Tristen Chernove (ITT) & Charles Moreau (ITT)
Bronze – Kara Douville (ITT)

FOUR MEDALS FOR CANADA IN THE INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL

Corridonia, Italy (May 10, 2019) – Canada added gold and silver medals to its tally at the opening round of the UCI Para Road World Cup in Corridonia, Italy, on Friday. World champion Shelley Gautier of Toronto won the 8.9 kilometre women’s T1 category time trial with a time of 29 minutes and 32 seconds, while Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, took silver in the 18 kilometre men’s C2 race, only 3.84 seconds behind Arslan Gilmutdinov of Russia. Michael Sametz was Canada’s only other competitor on Friday in the men’s C3 race, and did not finish after crashing. After two days of competition, Canada has one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

“It was a fabulous day, Italy always knows how to put on a great para-cycling event,” said Chernove. “The mood of the whole team has been right on target for great results. I had a little mechanical episode on the cobbles, but was really happy to still manage a silver, just three seconds behind. I’m looking forward to the road race on Sunday.”

SILVER & BRONZE FOR CANADA ON DAY 1 OF PARA ROAD WORLD CUP #1

Corridonia, Italy (May 10, 2019) – Team Canada had a strong start to the opening round of the UCI Para-Cycling World Cup in Corridonia, Italy, on Thursday, with athletes winning silver and bronze medals. In the 18 kilometre H3 Men’s time trial, Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Quebec, finished second to Austria’s Walter Ablinger by 8.34 seconds. In the Women’s H4 time trial of the same distance, Kara Douville of Calgary, Alberta, won the bronze medal, five minutes and 54 seconds behind winner Jennette Jansen of the Netherlands.

“It was an exciting race and I’m really happy to finish second in the first World Cup of the season. It was an exciting course with technical sections that I particularly enjoy. I think it kicks off the season in the right way,” said Moreau.