Road Teams 2017
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.
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.
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