Argon 18 Partners with Cycling Canada
New European Offices and First World Tour Win
In mid-summer, Argon 18 became the official bike supplier to Cycling Canada as a multi-year partnership was announced. The Montreal-based bike manufacturer will support the association’s track, road and para-cycling programs through to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, along with providing frames to Team Race Clean, the NextGen road and track endurance program. Argon 18 also joins Cycling Canada’s Podium 2020 committee to develop specific elements on their bikes for the Tokyo Games.
With distribution in over 70 countries and cutting-edge smart bike technologies, Argon 18 is proud to come full circle and partner with Cycling Canada. “We’ve grown into a worldwide company but our roots remain Canadian,” said Gervais Rioux, founder and CEO. “It is a natural collaboration to join forces with Cycling Canada and encourage the next generation of cyclists with the same pride I had when I was riding, now as the bike manufacturer.”
Pierre Lafontaine, CEO of Cycling Canada, shared the federation’s excitement regarding the partnership adding, “We are very pleased to be able to partner with Argon 18 for this upcoming Olympic and Paralympic cycle. ‘Made in Canada’ is central to our identity and Argon 18 manufactures some of the top-performing bikes in the world to help us achieve our goals and reach the podium.”
Earlier, Argon 18 announced a multi-year partnership with Astana Pro Team as part of the UCI World Tour and opened a new international sales office in Busnago, Italy, to establish a larger base and presence in Europe. The Canadian high-end bike manufacturer also celebrated its first World Tour victory courtesy of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang, who won the overall at the Criterium du Dauphine stage race on Argon 18’s Gallium Pro model that features their 3D system. For the full range of Argon 18 bikes including the Nitrogen Pro, E-118 and much more, visit argon18bike.com. — JC
Top Canadian track riders (l-r) Hugo Houle, Stefan Ritter, Amelia Walsh, Kate O’Brien, Tegan Cochrane