Canada MTB Cup 2017
Abitibi, GP Gatineau, Beauce, Road Nationals
Tour de l’Abitibi
Canadian junior men delivered some strong performances at the 49th edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi, which ran July 18-23 in Amos, Que. and the surrounding region.
Team Canada’s Kurt Penno took the invitational Challenge Sprint victory to kick things off, also winning Stage One ahead of teammate Nicholas Diniz (Team Ontario) for a 1-2 Canadian finish. On Stage Two, Noah Simms from Team Ontario claimed sixth, as Mexico’s Emiliano Mirafuentes Resendez took the win. Ben Katerberg
(Cycling BC) led the Canadian charge on Stage Three, placing ninth in the 10km ITT. Mexico topped the podium again.
Charles-Étienne Chrétien (Team Canada), the newly crowned National junior road-race champion, was the top Canuck on Stage Four, placing sixth behind winner Richard Holec (LUX/Stradling p/b Specialized) of the Czech Republic, who also claimed Stage Five. Chrétien was on the podium in third on Stage Six, while Canada’s Gabriel Drapeau Zgoralski (Novo Nordisk) finished fourth on the final Stage Seven.
Penno was the top Canadian overall in seventh, with Robin Plamondon (Team Quebec) finishing 10th. The overall final GC was won by American Riley Sheehan (Etats-Unis), who took the lead following the Stage Three time trial and never looked back.
Gatineau Grand Prix
Canada put five riders in the top 10 at the eighth annual 21km Chrono Gatineau UCI 1.1 time trial on May 19, with Team Canada’s Karol-Ann Canuel finishing second. American Lauren Stephens (Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) held off two world champions to win the competition. Stephens, who finished fourth last year, finished 3.64 seconds ahead of Canuel and 11.15 seconds in front of American rider Amber Neben (VeloConcept), the reigning Individual time-trial champion.
The next day, Team Canada went 1-2 in the 104km UCI 1.1 Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau road race with Leah Kirchmann (Team Canada/Sunweb) and Kirsti Lay (Team Canada/Rally Cycling) taking first and second, respectively. American Kendall Ryan (TIBCOSilicon Valley Bank) rounded out the podium in third. After finishing third last year, Kirchmann timed her final kick to the line perfectly with Lay in tow for a stunning display of Canadian prowess in the closing metres. Other Canadians inside the top 10 included twotime podium finisher Joelle Numainville (Équipe du Québec/Cylance Pro Cycling) in fourth and Karlee Gendron (Rise Racing) in ninth.
Tour de Beauce
Canada’s Jordan Cheyne (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) finished third overall at the 32nd annual Tour de Beauce on June 14-18 as Latvia’s Andzs Flaksis (Holowesko-Citade p/b Hincapie Racing) took a surprise victory on the final stage.
Fellow Canuck Jack Burke (Aevolo) was close behind in fourth, while 2016 National road champion Bruno Langlois (GarneauQuébecor) also finished inside the top 10, claiming eighth on the final General Classification.
Canadians factored heavily in this year’s race with Émile Jean (Silber Pro Cycling) taking the victory and the leader’s jersey on Stage One, winning the bunch sprint. On Stage Two, it was fellow Canuck Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally Cycling) who scored a strong solo victory on the grueling slopes of Mont-Megantic, taking the Queen Stage in style.
Next up was young rising Canadian star Alexander Cowan (Silber Pro Cycling), who won the Stage 3a Individual time trial to take over the leader’s jersey as well. Then at the 77km Stage 3b Criterium in downtown Saint-Georges, Olivier Brisebois (Garneau-Québecor) was the top Canadian in seventh, followed by Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Cycling) in eighth, as Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Berman) of Britain took the win.
Dal-Cin grabbed another podium by finishing third on Stage Four, won by American Ian Garrison (Axeon) over countryman Robin Carpenter (Holowesko), as Cowan held on to the lead. Canadian veteran Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) took his first UCI stage win at Beauce in style with a solo victory on the final Stage Five. His attack created havoc in the chasing peloton as Cowan was not able to maintain the pace and Flaksis emerged to take the overall GC victory as another Tour de Beauce came to a close.
The Canadian Elite, U23 and Junior Road National Championships took place in the National Capital Region again this summer on
June 24-28, with exciting racing unfolding on the streets ahead of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
Laurie Jussaume of Équipe du Québec took home her first National title, winning the 70km junior women’s road race over defending champion Erin J. Attwell of Cycling BC, while Chrétien of Équipe du Québec took the 120km junior men’s road-race title.
In the Elite/U23 women’s race, Allison Beverage of Rally Cycling emerged as the winner of the 120km road race, while Catherine Ouellette of The Cyclery-4iiii finished eighth overall and won her first U23 women’s title.
The Elite/U23 men’s race saw torrential downpours and heavy winds plague the field, but this did not stop Rally Cycling’s Dal-Cin from taking his first Elite men’s title. Marc-Antoine Soucy of Garneau-Québecor finished second to Dal-Cin, securing him the U23 men’s title. Soucy has since joined Silber Pro Cycling for the remainder of the 2017 season.
The Individual Time Trial Championships took place in Gatineau Park on June 27, and saw Dana Gilligan of Team Ontario/ Maverix Racing win the junior women’s title and Graydon Staples of Team Ontario/Toronto Hustle take home the junior men’s title.
Sara Poidevin of Rally Cycling took the women’s U23 crown, while Canuel of Boels Dolmans Cycling won the Elite women’s National Championship jersey. Adam Roberge led a Silber Pro Cycling sweep of the U23 men’s podium, and in the Elite men’s event, legendary Canadian hardman Svein Tuft of Orica-Scott captured his record 10th Elite men’s National ITT title.
On the final day of racing during this year’s National Championships, racers took to the streets of Aylmer, Que. to contest the National Criterium title. Maggie Coles-Lyster of TaG Cycling Team took the victory in the junior women’s race, while the junior men’s Criterium was won by Penno of Trek Red Truck Racing.
The Elite women’s Criterium event saw Team Sunweb’s Kirchmann power to victory to reclaim the National jersey, while the final event witnessed Pier-André Coté of Silber Pro Cycling capture the Elite men’s Criterium for a fitting end to the Championships.
Kurt Penno was the top Canadian overall in 7th at the 49th edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi.
Final GC podium at the 32nd Tour de Beauce (l-r) Clement Russo, Andzs Flaksis, Jordan Cheyne.
Women’s final podium at GP Gatineau road race (l-r) Kirsti Lay, Leah Kirchmann, Kendall Ryan.
Matteo Dal-Cin claimed the biggest win of his career in horrific rainy conditions to win the Elite Men’s road race title at Nationals.