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CANADIAN CYCLISTS WRAP UP PARALYMPIC GAMES WITH THREE MEDALS

TOKYO (September 2, 2021) – Following Canada’s medal haul on the track last week where Keely Shaw, Tristen Chernove and Kate O’Brien each finished on the podium, Canada wrapped up the para-cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on Thursday after three days of road racing. Eight athletes competed in the time trial and road races after Chernove made the decision to retire with immediate effect following the track races.

The road events kicked off on Tuesday with the time trial for athletes of all categories, where Keely Shaw finished 4th in the women’s C4 competition, while Rio 2016 silver medallist Ross Wilson (C1) was 7th.

The following day, Charles Moreau, Joey Desjardins and Alex Hyndman tackled the highly competitive men’s H3 road race, with Moreau aiming to repeat his 2016 podium finish. Unfortunately, he flatted early in the first lap and wasn’t able to make his way back to the front of the pack, finishing 10th behind teammate Desjardins who was 8th. Hyndman was 11th.

On Canada’s last day of racing, athletes faced brutal conditions at the Fuji International Speedway, with heavy rain and fog making the course slippery with limited visibility. Despite this Shelley Gautier finished 5th in the women’s T1-2 road race – the first T1 rider to cross the line. Marie-Ève Croteau (T2) was forced to abandon in the same event after crashing out of the lead group. Keely Shaw (C4) was 13th in the women’s C4-5 event, while Ross Wilson (C1) did not finish the men’s C1-3 road race.

“We really didn’t know what we’d get when we came into these Paralympic Games, but I’m proud to say our team put athletes’ health and wellbeing ahead of medals – that meant avoiding unnecessary travel and missing some competition opportunities, which had an impact on some of our performances,” said Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director, Kris Westwood. “In these circumstances, we can be happy to come out of the Games with three medals, particularly since two of them came from Paris-targeted athletes. We can now turn our focus to finding the next generation of cycling Paralympians. I would encourage anyone interested in para-cycling to reach out to us to learn more about the sport.”

Medal Tally

Kate O’Brien – Silver (C4 500m Time Trial)

Tristen Chernove – Silver (C1 Individual Pursuit)

Keely Shaw – Bronze (C4 Individual Pursuit)

For full results, click here.

WORLD CHAMPION KATE O’BRIEN TAKES HOME SILVER IN THE WOMEN’S C4 500M TIME TRIAL

TOKYO (August 27, 2021) – World record holder & current world champion Kate O’Brien made her Paralympic debut on Friday in the women’s C4 500m Time Trial, where she set a time of 35.439 to take home the silver medal behind Kadeena Cox of Great Britain.

“The race today was definitely harder than I anticipated,” said O’Brien. “I felt like the start was pretty good and the last half lap I just didn’t quite have it in me but that’s ok. It’s an amazing feeling being here with everyone and coming back after my injury four years ago. When I really think about the fact that I wasn’t necessarily supposed to walk or ski or ride, it sort of blows my mind that I’m back on the track and doing the sport that I love.”

Canadian athletes have now completed the track events, earning a total of three medals over the course of three days. Racing resumes on August 31 with the Individual Time Trials for all categories. All competitions can be streamed on CBC Paralympics.

Medal Tally
Kate O’Brien – Silver (C4 500m Time Trial)
Tristen Chernove – Silver (C1 Individual Pursuit)
Keely Shaw – Bronze (C4 Individual Pursuit)

TRISTEN CHERNOVE WINS SILVER IN THE MEN’S C1 INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT

TOKYO (August 26, 2021) – After a successful first day at the Paralympic Games which saw Keely Shaw earning a bronze medal in her Paralympic debut, Canada’s winning streak continued on day 2 with Tristen Chernove earning silver in the men’s C1 Individual Pursuit. He becomes Canada’s first silver medalist of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Chernove kicked off the day with a qualifying time of 3:40.591, which was fast enough to qualify for the gold medal final against Mikhail Astashov of the Russian Paralympic Committee. In the final, Astashov proved stronger, catching up to Chernove in the second half of the race to take the gold medal, with Chernove coming in second.

“The qualifying ride went fairly well and I was super thrilled to make it into the final,” said Chernove. “The final was not so great; I knew he [Astashov] would go out fast and I probably started too fast and was having some breathing issues which added to my blowing up that much sooner. It’s a pretty emotional Games for me because I am retiring from para-cycling after these Games and devoting much more of my time to my family so it’s going to be a Games of highs and lows but I’m really excited to move on to the next phase.”

Tomorrow, Kate O’Brien will be aiming for gold in the women’s C4 500m Time Trial, an event in which she is the current world record holder and world champion. All competitions can be streamed on CBC Paralympics.

KEELY SHAW BECOMES CANADA’S FIRST PARALYMPIC GAMES MEDALIST

TOKYO (August 25, 2021) – Keely Shaw kicked off the first day of competition at the Paralympic Games with a stellar performance, winning a bronze medal in the women’s C4 Individual Pursuit with a time of 3:48.342 to become Canada’s first Paralympic Games medalist.

Shaw started the day by setting the third fastest qualifying time of 3:49.032, earning her place in the bronze medal final against Meg Lemon of Australia. In the end, she managed to shave off almost one second from her qualifying time to take the win against her competitor.

“I was a little bit disappointed with my performance after the qualifiers, I knew I had more in my legs than what I put on the track,” said Shaw. “I definitely left it all out there for the bronze medal race and that’s when it really mattered. I’m so excited to be able to show off all the work the entire team has done in the last five years and have that come out with a bronze medal for Canada.”

Tomorrow, Tristen Chernove will be competing in the men’s C1 Individual Pursuit with the goal of bringing home another medal. All competitions can be streamed on CBC Paralympics.

TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

To the outside world, cycling may seem like an individual sport; athletes spend countless hours training solo on roads, trails and trainers and are alone when crossing the finish line. However, it takes a huge team of dedicated people to get them to the start line, whether it be coaches, team managers, mechanics, physios or doctors.

Meet the Tokyo 2020 para-cycling squad and the staff that will be with every step of the way:

Tristen Chernove (C1)

Track: 3000m Individual Pursuit & 1000m Time Trial

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

In 2015, Tristen Chernove burst onto the para-cycling scene and is showing no signs of slowing down. Competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games only one year after joining the National Team, Chernove won three medals in the men’s C2 Time Trial (gold), Individual Pursuit (silver) and Kilo (bronze). Five years and multiple world titles later, he’s ready to give everything he’s got at his second Paralympic Games in the C1 category.

Kate O’Brien (C4)

Track: 500m Time Trial

O’Brien joined the Canadian para-cycling team in 2020, where she competed at the 2020 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton. Although this was her first competition with the team, she did not go unnoticed, setting a new world record in the 500m Time Trial and earning the rainbow jersey. In her Paralympic Games debut this summer, Kate O’Brien will be looking to defend her world record and bring home a medal.

Keely Shaw (C4)

Track: 3000m Individual Pursuit

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

Shaw first started competing internationally at the 2018 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, where she finished 5th in the Individual Pursuit. One year later, she claimed a silver medal in the event, and has since earned several top-5s at various Track and Road World Championships.

Ross Wilson (C1)

Track: 3000m Individual Pursuit, 1000m Time Trial

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

Wilson is looking to bring home more hardware after winning countless medals at Road and Track Para-cycling World Championships over the last seven years, on top of winning two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, He will be racing for the first time on both the road and the track in nearly two years.

Marie-Ève Croteau (T2)

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

It’s been over a decade of international racing for Marie-Ève Croteau as she takes on her second Paralympic Games this summer. Her accomplishments over the years include being a time trial and road race world champion, several world championships and world cup podiums, as well as a bronze medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games. The Tokyo Games will mark her second competition this year after she finished 4th at the Para-cycling Road World Championships in June.

Joey Desjardins (H3)

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

Desjardins first got into para-cycling simply because he loved the sport. In 2016 he started to turn heads, meeting with coaches and trainers who honed on his talent. Eventually, Desjardins made his way to the National Team, competing in 10 world cups and three world championships, earning his first medal at the 2019 Ostend World Cup in the road race.

Alex Hyndman (H3)

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

In just three years, Hyndman went from being new to the sport to becoming a world championship bronze medallist in the Time Trial. As he heads to Tokyo, Hyndman is aiming for a podium in the very competitive men’s H3 road competitions.

Charles Moreau (H3)

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

Charles Moreau has an impressive international race resume which includes winning two bronze medals in the Time Trial and Road Race at the 2016 Paralympic Games, along with two medals at the Parapan American Games in 2015. Hungry for more success, Moreau will lead the team as he eyes another Paralympic podium finish in Japan.

Shelley Gautier (T1)

Road: Time Trial & Road Race

Shelley Gautier is a seasoned athlete when it comes to competing on the world stage. She is a 17-time world champion and a Paralympic bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Games. After earning another world title earlier this year, Gautier will be aiming for a second medal at her third Games.

Alternates:

Marie-Claude Molnar

Kara Douville

Carla Shibley/Meghan Grant

Michael Sametz

Matthew Kinnie

Coaching Staff:

Leading the charge for the coaching staff is Sébastien Travers who has been a National Team coach for over 10 years and had a standout coaching experience at the 2016 Rio Games when Canadian para-cyclists earned a total of nine medals, the most of any sport. He will be joined by NextGen coaches Guillaume Plourde and Phil Abbott who both work individually with athletes across Canada and have extensive international race experience with the team.

Medical Staff:

Our Canadian team will be in good hands with a solid team of medical professionals and therapists who have been working with the team for numerous years. From team doctor Philippe Gariepy, and therapists including Delphine Leray (therapist), Richard Audet (track physiotherapist) and Philippe Maheau (road physiotherapist), athletes will be in peak form to perform at their best.

Mechanics:

While athletes focus on their performance, Cycling Canada’s mechanics will be on the ground in Tokyo to make sure that everything is running smoothly on the bike. Jamie Bissell (road mechanic) and James Stanfill (track mechanic) will be working with the nine athletes to make sure their bikes are ready to go on race day.

Team Leaders:

Last but not least, let’s not forget the dedicated staff who have been working on the Games logistics for years to book flights, accommodations, transportation and much more for all athletes and staff. Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director Kris Westwood will be assisting the team on the ground while our Para-Cycling Manager Emily O’Connor will be acting as Team Leader.

Don’t miss any of the action on the track from August 25-27 and on the road from August 31 – September 2 on CBC Paralympics.

Schedule:

*All days/times are in Japan Standard Time

August 25 (10:00am – 3:25pm)

Events: Women’s C4 3000m Individual Pursuit

Team Canada Athletes: Keely Shaw

 

August 26 (10:00am – 4:40pm)

Events: Men’s C1 3000m Individual Pursuit

Team Canada Athletes: Tristen Chernove & Ross Wilson

 

August 27 (10:00am – 4:30pm)

Events: Women’s 500m Time Trial, Men’s C1 1000m Time Trial

Team Canada Athletes: Kate O’Brien, Tristen Chernove & Ross Wilson

 

August 31 (8:00am – 5:15pm)

Event: Road Time Trial (All categories)

Team Canada Athletes: Tristen Chernove, Joey Desjardins, Alex Hyndman, Charles Moreau, Ross Wilson, Shelley Gautier, Marie-Éve Croteau, Kate O’Brien and Keely Shaw

 

September 1 (9:30am – 5:05pm)

Event: Men’s H3 Road Race

Team Canada Athletes: Joey Desjardins, Alex Hyndman and Charles Moreau

 

September 2 (9:30am – 4:45pm)

Event: Men’s C1 Road Race, Women’s T1, T2 & C4 Road Race

Team Canada Athletes: Ross Wilson, Tristen Chernove, Shelley Gautier, Keely Shaw and Marie-Ève Croteau

NINE PARA CYCLISTS TO RACE FOR CANADA AT TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES

Ottawa, July 7, 2021 – The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Cycling Canada announced today the nine-member Para cycling team headed to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in August.

Multiple Paralympic Games medallists Tristen Chernove (Cranbrook, BC), Charles Moreau (Victoriaville, QC), and Ross Wilson (Sherwood Park, AB) will be leading the Canadian squad at their second Paralympic Games. Reigning Paralympic time trial champion Chernove won a medal of each colour at Rio 2016, while Moreau captured two bronze and Wilson took two silvers.

Former world champions, Chernove and Wilson – who compete in the men’s C2 and C1 classifications respectively – will race in both the track and road events.

“Being given the opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage is such an incredible honour,” said Chernove. “It is both exciting and daunting for my first race since early 2020 to be the Paralympic Games. Performance wise, I’m always racing against myself and this rings even more true after such a long period of solo training. My goal is to be the best I have ever been, to focus on all that’s within my control, and to have personal best performances in Japan.”

Shelley Gautier (Niagara Falls, ON) was also a Rio 2016 Paralympic Games medallist, capturing bronze in the T1 time trial. Gautier, a tricyclist who will be making her third Paralympic appearance (London 2012, Rio 2016), recently returned to competition at the 2021 Para Road World Championships, where she won both the time trial and road race events.

The men’s H3 handcycling category will see three Canadians compete – Games veteran Moreau will be joined by Joey Desjardins (Hawkesbury, ON) and Alex Hyndman (Morpeth, ON), who both will be making their first Paralympic appearances. The trio will see action in the road time trial and road race.

Also set for their debut Paralympic Games are Kate O’Brien (Calgary, AB) and Keely Shaw (Midale, SK), who will suit up for Canada in the women’s C4 classification. A track cyclist who competed for Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, O’Brien made a blazing entrance into Para cycling just last year when she captured a gold medal and set a new world record at the 2020 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships in the C4 500m time trial. Shaw, a member of the Canadian team for four years now, was also a medallist at her first Track Worlds, picking up a silver medal in 2019.

“I’m so excited to be representing Canada at the Tokyo Paralympic Games!” said O’Brien. “Without the doctors, nurses, medical team, as well as my family, friends, and community, I would not have had this opportunity to wear the maple leaf again; thank you to them for all they have done. This past year and a half has been extremely difficult for all Canadians. I would love to win gold and aim for another world record, but my main goal is to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me get back to this sport that I love.”

Rounding out the squad is Marie-Ève Croteau (Quebec City, QC), who has been named to her third Paralympic Games team, following London 2012 and Rio 2016. The tricyclist in the women’s T2 category ultimately did not compete in London due to injury but returned for a fourth-place finish in Rio.

Canada earned eight athlete slots for the Tokyo Games through qualification points gained at world cups and world championships between January 1, 2018 and March 3, 2020. An additional spot was received through bipartite commission invitation, which was allocated to Gautier.

“Our Paralympic nominees, comprised of both rookies and veterans, will support each other in order to perform at these Games,” said Sébastien Travers, Para cycling head coach. “Although some of our selected athletes have not raced internationally in the last 18 months, they have maintained a high level of training and we are confident in their progress. We will be going to Tokyo with the goal of achieving medal performances, both at the Izu Velodrome and the Fuji Speedway.”

The track events (time trial and individual pursuit) will run from August 25 to 28, with Chernove, O’Brien, Shaw, and Wilson set to race for Canada. Competition will then shift to the road (time trial and road race) from August 31 to September 3, with Chernove, Croteau, Desjardins, Gautier, Hyndman, Moreau, Shaw, and Wilson on the docket.

Cycling was Canada’s most successful sport at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning nine medals (one gold, three silvers, and five bronze). Eight of those podium performances were from team members returning for the Tokyo Games.

“Congratulations to the entire Para cycling squad heading to Tokyo!” said Stephanie Dixon, chef de mission, Tokyo 2020 Canadian Paralympic Team. “Canada’s Para cyclists have had so much incredible and hard-earned success over the last few years, and it will be so exciting to see them return to competition. The entire Canadian Paralympic Team will be behind them all the way.”

TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES PARA CYCLING TEAM:

Tristen Chernove* – C2 – Cranbrook, BC
Marie-Ève Croteau – T2 – Québec City, QC
Joey Desjardins – H3 – Hawkesbury, ON
Shelley Gautier – T1 – Niagara Falls, ON
Alex Hyndman – H3 – Morpeth, ON
Charles Moreau – H3 – Victoriaville, QC
Kate O’Brien* – C4 – Calgary, AB
Keely Shaw – C4 – Midale, SK
Ross Wilson – C1 – Sherwood Park, AB
*pending classification in Tokyo

The postponed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021 in Japan. Canada is expecting to send a team of approximately 130 athletes, and audiences across the country will be able to follow all the action live through coverage from the Canadian Paralympic Media Consortium, including broadcast partners CBC/Radio-Canada, AMI, and Sportsnet, and digital partners Twitter, Facebook, and MXZN.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list of athletes named to the Canadian Paralympic Team. The Canadian Paralympic Committee will announce the official full team heading to the Games later this summer.

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CANADIAN PARA AND MOUNTAIN BIKE ATHLETES ON THE WORLD STAGE

Cascais, Portugal (June 12, 2021) — Canada is on a winning streak at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Cascais, Portugal, with Marie-Claude Molnar securing her second world title of the week in the women’s C4 road race.

“Today’s road race was awesome, even though it was probably one of the most difficult races I’ve ever done,” said Molnar. “I’m proud of the fact that I was able to stick with the C5s for pretty much the entire race. I started racing in 2009, and I’ve been dreaming about being World Champion since I started. Now, the dream has become a reality and I’m super proud of my performance.”

In Leogang, Austria, first-year Junior Jackson Goldstone won silver in the Junior men’s Downhill event at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup after also qualifying second on Friday. This was the Squamish native’s world cup debut.

Mountain bike cross-country races for U23 and Elite athletes take place tomorrow, with results and livestream available here. The Para Road World Championships will conclude tomorrow with road races for T and H categories. Full results can be found here.

SHELLEY GAUTIER WINS NINTH TIME TRIAL WORLD CHAMPION TITLE AT PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PORTUGAL

Cascais, Portugal (June 11, 2021) — Canadian Para athletes struck gold for a second day in a row with two-time Paralympian Shelley Gautier earning her seventeenth world title and ninth T1 Individual Time Trial gold medal in Portugal.

“This race was my first international race in two years,” said Gautier. “The planning of where to cycle in the wind was tricky, as was staying small. My coaches Guillaume Plourde, Eric Van Den Eynde, Sébastien Travers and Cycling Canada helped me put in the hard work to make winning this World Championship possible. I am very proud of the result. I now have nine ITT rainbow jerseys and I am very proud of that.”

In other results, Marie-Ève Croteau (T2) placed 4th, Charles Moreau (H3) 4th, Matthew Kinnie (H2) 4th, Louis-Albert Corriveau Jolin (C3) 7th and Kara Douville (H4) 7th.

Racing will take place until June 13 in all categories. For full race information and results, click here.

MARIE-CLAUDE MOLNAR WORLD CHAMPION IN WOMEN’S C4 ITT AT PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PORTUGAL

Cascais, Portugal (June 10, 2021) — Two-time Paralympian Marie-Claude Molnar can now call herself a Road World Champion for the first time in her career. Despite heavy winds and a very technical course, she was able to clinch the rainbow jersey in the women’s C4 Individual Time Trial on the second day of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships with a time of 41:49.47.

“The race was great. It was tricky because of the wind but overall, I felt great the entire race,” said Molnar. “I really made sure to focus on the present and on my cadence. I really made sure to make every decision at the right moment. I’m really proud of the result for sure. I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time and the support from Cycling Canada has been making a big difference and I truly want to thank everybody.”-C

This marks the first international road race for Canadian Para athletes in nearly two years, with races taking place until Sunday, June 13 for all categories. For full race information and results, click here.

CANADIAN PARA SQUAD SET TO RACE IN PORTUGAL FOR PARA ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cascais, Portugal (May 27, 2021) – After nearly two years without any international road competitions, the Canadian para-cycling team is heading to Cascais, Portugal to compete at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships on June 9-13.

A total of 16 Canadian athletes were selected, with nine set to race overseas. The Championships do not count towards Paralympic Games qualification, but will serve as a way for athletes to gauge training and competition as they head into the rest of the season. Those who were selected but have chosen not to attend will focus on their training domestically as they gear up for future racing.

“We are excited to be able to race on the road for the first time since September 2019,” said Sebastien Travers, Para Head Coach for Cycling Canada. “This Road World Championships will serve as great validation for those who will be attending the Games, but also allows a first World’s participation for a group of development athletes. We look forward to racing our bikes again and are aiming to do so as safely as we possibly can.”

Team Canada

Kara Douville – H4 [Calgary, AB]

Carla Shibley (pilot: Meghan Brown) – Tandem [Calgary, AB]

Charles Moreau – H3 [Victoriaville, QC]

Lowell Taylor (pilot: Ed Veal) – Tandem [Lethbridge, AB]

Matthew Kinnie – H2 [Riverview, NB]

Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin – T2 [Sainte-Claire, QC]

Shelley Gautier – T1 [Toronto, ON]

Marie-Ève Croteau – T2 [Quebec City, QC]

Marie-Claude Molnar – C4 [Longueuil, QC]

 

Canada’s Paralympic cycling team is set to be announced on July 7.