Ottawa, ON (September 3, 2021) – The two biggest events on the 2021 national road calendar, the Canadian Road Championships for Masters, Elite, Junior and Para athletes, are returning to Quebec for two weekends of exciting racing.
The Canadian Road Championships for Masters athletes, combined with the Gran Fondo World Series (GFWS), are heading to Victoriaville, Quebec, from September 3-6. The event will kick off on Friday with the individual time trial, followed by the road races for all categories on Saturday, both of which are GFWS qualification events. Sunday will see riders compete in the Appalachian Classic and the GFWS road races, with criterium races rounding off the final day of competition on Monday.
The following weekend, the Canadian Road Championships for Elite, Junior and Para athletes return to Beauce, with races scheduled to take place from September 10-12. Over 350 athletes from all over the country will be looking to secure Canadian titles in the time trial and road race, the criterium being cancelled due to COVID-19 implications.
“Following a two-year hiatus of national road events, we are thrilled to see the Canadian Road Championships return to the calendar this year,” said Cycling Canada’s Events & Officials Manager, Jolène Dupuis. “We are expecting a great set of events and performances with our back-to-back competitions, starting with the Masters this weekend, and our Elite, Junior, and Para athletes the following week. We are confident that the organizers have offered courses that will be fun and challenging for all athletes.”
The Elite, Junior and Para Championships will begin on Friday, September 10, with the individual time trial for all categories, which will be held on the outskirts of Saint-Prosper, over distances ranging from 11 to 34 kilometres.
Saturday and Sunday will see the road race titles awarded, beginning with the Junior women on Saturday morning (86.7 km), followed by the U23 and Elite men, who will complete 198.9 kilometres, including 5 laps of the circuit in the city of Saint-Georges. The following day, Para athletes will compete in eight different categories, completing distances ranging from 30.5 to 73.5 kilometres on the 6.1-kilometre city circuit. In the afternoon, both Junior men and Elite women will tackle the 114.6-kilometre course, finishing with two laps of the circuit.
Despite several defending champions being absent, the field will be stacked with prominent athletes, including Olympians Hugo Houle (Astana-Premier Tech), Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ), Derek Gee and Alison Jackson (Liv Racing). Elevate – Webiplex Pro Cycling’s Jordan Cheyne will also be a contender on the men’s side, while his teammate Adam Roberge will be looking to bring home the Elite time trial title after winning the U23 title in 2019.
Several strong riders are expected to put the hammer down in the women’s field besides Jackson, including Rally Cycling’s Sara Poidevin, Marie-Soleil Blais, cyclo-cross star Maghalie Rochette and the 2019 U23 champion Olivia Baril. On the para-cycling side, Paralympians Marie-Ève Croteau, Charles Moreau, Joey Desjardins and Marie-Claude Molnar will be onsite and looking to add Canadian champion to their long list of accomplishments.
Please note that due to Quebec’s rules around the vaccine passport, all participants will be required to show proof of vaccination on site. More information can be found here.