2018 Road Na­tion­als

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Tim O’Con­nor

New Na­tional cham­pi­ons donned the Maple Leaf jersey at the 2018 Global Re­lay Cana­dian Road Cham­pi­onships p/b Que­becor on June 21-24 in Sague­nay, Que.

Orig­i­nally awarded to the city of Kam­loops, B.C., fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties re­sulted in the Cham­pi­onships be­ing moved to the amal­ga­mated city of Sague­nay, lo­cated two hours north of Que­bec City.

With the late can­cel­la­tion of the Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Sague­nay this year due to its tim­ing con­flict with the G7 Sum­mit in Que­bec, or­ga­niz­ers of the Grand Prix Sague­nay were ea­ger to take on the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the host­ing of the Na­tional Road Cham­pi­onships.

Elite/U-23 Men

IIn the Elite/U-23 men’s road race, it was Sague­nay’s own An­toine Dusch­ene (Groupama-FDJ) who was the vic­tor in the 12-lap, 180km con­test to claim his first Na­tional road-race jersey ti­tle. With ex­tremely hot tem­per­a­tures, many rid­ers strug­gled in the op­pres­sive con­di­tions, re­sult­ing in only 28 of the 128 starters fin­ish­ing the race. In the U-23 cat­e­gory, Ed­ward Walsh (T-Palm PCW) of Nova Sco­tia took home the ti­tle as the first in his cat­e­gory to take the Maple Leaf jersey, plac­ing 10th over­all.

Rac­ing with­out any team­mates, Dusch­ene was un­der pres­sure, but was up to the chal­lenge. “The plan was to al­ways be ahead, to never put my­self in a po­si­tion where I would have to chase. That’s what I did, and I was feel­ing re­ally great to­day,” he said post-race in an in­ter­view with Pedal.

Elite/U-23 Women

Ot­tawa’s Kather­ine Maine (Rally) pulled the dou­ble in the Elite/U-23 road race, claim­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in both the Elite and U-23 cat­e­gories when she crossed the line ahead of Kin­ley Gib­son (The Cy­clery Rac­ing) and Rally team­mate Sara Ber­gen.

The 20-year-old Maine was one of the early es­capees in the 120km road race. When the break was reeled in, Maine was once again part of a new front group that quickly formed. Maine at­tacked the group along with Gib­son and the two quickly built a gap of a minute. As the fin­ish line ap­proached, Maine jumped to claim the vic­tory over Gib­son, with Ber­gen tak­ing the bunch sprint for third.

“My whole team just laid it all out there, and we raced re­ally well to­gether and trusted each other. I think that’s what was most im­por­tant in the end,” com­mented a smil­ing Maine post-race as she cred­ited her Rally team­mates for mak­ing it hap­pen.

Ju­nior Women and Men

In the ju­nior women’s 75.5km race, cadet rider Adele Des­gagnes (Vélo Club Métropoli­tain-Que­becor) took the win, with Kait­lyn Rauw­erda (NCCH Elite p/b MGCC) in sec­ond and El­iz­a­beth Gin (Cy­cling BC) in third round­ing out the podium.

The 120km ju­nior men’s race mir­rored the Elite men’s con­test in that it was a race of at­tri­tion, with a se­lec­tion of eight rid­ers emerg­ing with three laps to go. Over the fol­low­ing 1.5 laps, this group was whit­tled down to four, and the se­lec­tion con­tin­ued. Fi­nally, two rid­ers emerged to con­test the fi­nal, with Ben Kater­berg (TaG Cy­cling) out­sprint­ing Robin Pla­m­on­don (Équipe du Québec) for the vic­tory, with Alexan­dre Poirier (Équipe du Québec) claim­ing the bronze.

Time Trial Cham­pi­onships

In the Elite women’s time trial, Win­nipeg’s Leah Kirch­mann (Sun­web) mas­tered the 25km out-and-back course to take her first Elite women’s ti­tle since 2014, edg­ing out Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels-Dol­mans) by eight sec­onds and Kirsti Lay (Rally), who came in 39 sec­onds down for the bronze.

Rally Cy­cling dom­i­nated the U-23 women’s test, sweep­ing the podium, with Sara Poidevin claim­ing the ti­tle, Gil­lian El­say in sec­ond and Maine in third.

Over on the men’s side, con­tre-le-mon­tre leg­end Svein Tuft (Mitchel­ton-Scott) claimed his 11th Na­tional time-trial ti­tle, win­ning by 36 sec­onds over Rob Brit­ton (Rally). The two dom­i­nated the field, with Unit­edHealth­care’s Alex Cataford stand­ing on the bot­tom step at the end of the day, hav­ing fin­ished a dis­tant 1:43 be­hind Tuft.

As with the U-23 women’s time trial, one team swept the podium in the U-23 men’s con­test. Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling’s Adam Roberge took the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, with team­mates Nick­o­las Zukowsky and Adam Jamieson plac­ing sec­ond and third.

Cri­terium Re­sults

Sil­ber Pro Cy­cling swept the podium again in the Elite/U-23 men’s Cri­terium. Zukowsky crossed the fin­ish line first to claim both the Elite and U-23 Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, while Ryan Roth took the sil­ver at six sec­onds be­hind, with Pier-An­dré Côté in third.

On the women’s side, Rally’s Ber­gen im­proved upon her bronze in the road race, solo’ing to the fin­ish for the gold in the Cri­terium with more than a minute lead. Maine stood on the podium for her third time dur­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships week, out­sprint­ing Kirch­mann (Sun­web) for sec­ond over­all, but also as cham­pion in the U-23 cat­e­gory.

Para-cy­cling Cham­pi­ons

The Para-cy­cling Cham­pi­onships were also con­tested on Day Two. In the men’s tan­dem race, Daniel Chal­i­four and his pi­lot Jean Michel Lachance claimed the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, while in the women’s tan­dem, Rob­bie Wel­don and Au­drey Lemieux (Maco­gep Ar­gon 18 Girondins p/b Mazda) emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

In hand­cy­cle com­pe­ti­tion, Holly Dapp (Team On­tario) won the women’s H1-2, Kara Dou­ville (Team Al­berta) won the com­bined women’s H3-5 and men’s H1-2 cat­e­gory and Charles Moreau (Équipe du Québec) won the men’s H3-5 cat­e­gory.

Marie-Eve Croteau (Équipe du Québec) took the women’s T1-2 tri­cy­cle ti­tle, while Mike Shetler (Équipe du Québec) won the men’s T1-2. The com­bined women’s and men’s C4-5 ti­tle was won by Marie-Claude Mol­nar (Équipe du Québec).

Elite men’s ITT podium (l-r):Rob Brit­ton, Svein Tuft, Alex Cataford

An­toine Duch­esne cap­tures the Elite men’s road ti­tle.

U-23 men’s RR podium (l-r):Ben Perry, An­toine Duch­esne, Nigel Ell­say

Kather­ine Maine claimed her first Elite women’s road ti­tle.

U-23 women’s ITT podium (l-r):Gil­lian Ell­say, Sara Poidevin, Kather­ine Maine

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