Road Teams 2017

Sea­son Pre­view

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Gae­len Mer­ritt

The 2017 sea­son is shaping up to be a suc­cess­ful year for many Cana­dian road rid­ers and road teams. While a num­ber of our top ath­letes can be found on for­eign teams, there re­mains a great deal of do­mes­tic tal­ent rid­ing for Cana­dian squads.

Men

This year, there are three Union Cy­cliste In­ter­na­tionale (UCI) Con­ti­nen­tal men’s teams. Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling has emerged as one of the top Con­ti­nen­tal squads in North Amer­ica. In 2016, Sil­ber saw im­mense suc­cess from all team mem­bers, win­ning the Red­land’s Bi­cy­cle Clas­sic (Matteo Dal-Cin); a win at the Win­ston Salem Cy­cling Clas­sic (Ryan Roth); Ben Perry’s suc­cess­ful de­fense of the Na­tional Cri­terium cham­pion’s jersey; Kris Dahl’s his­toric stage win at Tour of Utah; Alex Cataford’s fifth over­all as the Best Canuck at the Tour of Al­berta, plus the Over­all Team Clas­si­fi­ca­tion vic­tory.

As a re­sult of these suc­cesses, most of their top rid­ers grad­u­ated to the Pro-Con­ti­nen­tal level in Europe and else­where for 2017, leav­ing room for the team to take on sev­eral promis­ing sta­gia­res. Re­turn­ing rid­ers in­clude all-rounder and team leader Roth, top field sprinter

Dahl, Gen­eral Clas­si­fi­ca­tion rider Nigel Ell­say, time-trial spe­cial­ist Émile Jean, rouleur Ni­co­las Mas­bourian and climber Julien Gagné. New faces in­clude Pier-An­dré Coté, Alex Cowan, Dan­ick Van­dale, Adam Roberge, Nick­o­las Zukowsky and Amer­i­can Stephen Bas­sett.

Garneau-Que­becor re­turns as well, an­chored by Que­bec leg­end and Cana­dian Na­tional road cham­pion Bruno Langlois. Marc-An­toine Soucy and Olivier Brise­bois have also re­newed with Garneau, while new ad­di­tions in­clude sprinter Elliot Doyle, Jean-Simon D’An­jou, Félix Cote-Bou­vette and Jean-François Soucy. The team will fo­cus on UCI races in North Amer­ica, with the first big race of the sea­son be­ing the Joe Martin Stage Race in April. Other ma­jor ob­jec­tives on their cal­en­dar in­clude the Tour de Beauce and the Cana­dian Road Cham­pi­onships.

In 2014, the M1 Project was an­nounced, and in 2017, H&R Block Pro Cy­cling con­tin­ues to de­velop U23 rid­ers and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to race at higher lev­els. Re­turn­ing rid­ers in­clude all-rounder Chris Pren­der­gast, MTB-cross­over Peter Dis­era, break­away artist Travis Sa­muel and Slo­vakian Jure Rup­nik. New sign­ings in­clude rouleur Alexis Cartier, Conor O’Brien, Jean-De­nis Thibault, MTB-crossovers Marc-An­toine Nadon and Quin­ton Dis­era (Peter’s brother), Matthew Sta­ples and Oliver Evans. Look for H&R Block at the up­com­ing Tour of Gila, as well as the Tour de Beauce, the BC Su­per­week events and the Na­tional Road Cham­pi­onships.

New to the scene is Toronto Hus­tle, a jack-of-all-trades squad aim­ing to com­pete in all types of road races across North Amer­ica. Toronto Hus­tle’s team is a won­der­ful mix of de­vel­op­ing ju­niors/U23s (Gray­don Sta­ples, Noah Simms and Trevor O’Don­nell), jour­ney­men rac­ers An­ton Varabei, Evan Mur­phy and Yuri Hrycaj, for­mer Univer­sity-of-Guelph-track-ath­letes-turned-work­ing-professionals-turned-cy­clists Kyle Boorsma and Benoit Boulay and team an­chor/racer/lo­gis­ti­cian Brad Brad­ford.

NCCH p/b DEC Ex­press and many oth­ers con­tinue to de­velop rid­ers at the cadet/ju­nior/U23 lev­els, cre­at­ing a feed­ing sys­tem for larger teams. The de­vel­op­ment pipe­line has been im­prov­ing over the past cou­ple of years, cre­at­ing ex­cite­ment about the fu­ture of the sport in Canada.

On that front, Team RaceClean con­tin­ues to make gains, and for 2017 con­sists of a 10-rider ros­ter that will be pri­mar­ily based in Europe for train­ing and rac­ing, al­though a North Amer­i­can cam­paign is on their cal­en­dar as well.

Other reg­is­tered trade teams in­clude St­ingray-Trek par Ul­time Vélo, Trans­port La­combe/Devinci, Low­est­Rates and Smart Savvy+ Garneau U23.

Women

SAS-Maco­gep has been awarded a UCI Con­ti­nen­tal li­cense for 2017, mak­ing it the only Pro­fes­sional women’s squad based in Canada. The team aims to com­pete in 35 to 45 races this com­ing sea­son, pri­mar­ily in Europe and North Amer­ica. Cana­di­ans rid­ing for SAS-Maco­gep in­clude Chris­tel Fer­rier-Bruneau, Adri­ane Provost, Sarah-Anne Ras­mussen, Frédérique Larose-Gin­gras, Véronique Bilodeau and Emma Bé­dard.

Within Canada, there are three reg­is­tered women’s trade teams: NCCH p/b DEC Ex­press, Cy­clery-4iiii-Opus and St­ingray-Trek par Ul­time Vélo. These teams re­ceive en­try into many of the larger races in North Amer­ica, in­clud­ing San Di­mas, Red­lands Clas­sic, Joe Martin Stage Race and the Cas­cade Clas­sic. These squads aim to pro­vide a bridge across the gap be­tween na­tional Am­a­teur and in­ter­na­tional Pro­fes­sional rac­ing by ex­pos­ing new rid­ers to higher lev­els of rac­ing.

SAS-Maco­gep is Canada’s only UCI Con­ti­nen­tal women’s squad.

Garneau-Que­becor ready for 2017

The Cy­clery-4iiii set to kick butt.

Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling is al­ways a threat on any start line.

H&R Block Pro Cy­cling are all smiles for 2017.

Team RaceClean Canada

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