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Canada Fields World Class Squad for Gatineau

release by Cycling Canada

May 19, 2017 (Gatineau, QC) – Team Canada will field a world championship level squad for the women’s only Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau this weekend.  The squad will include four Rio Olympians and two Olympic medalists.

Leah Kirchmann  ©  Chris Auld

The Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau, now in its eighth year, is the highest level internationally UCI sanctioned road event for women in Eastern Canada, and will attract teams and competitors from more than a dozen nations.

Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) competes at the Richmond 2015 World Championships  ©  Cor Vos
The GPCG consists of an individual time trial (Chrono) on Friday, followed by a road race through the Gatineau Parc on Saturday. Over the years the race has boasted entries by World and Olympic champions and has been a showcase for the region and the historic park.

Kirsti Lay  ©  Ivan Rupes

Racing for Canada will be many of our country’s top professional riders, including Rio bronze medalists Allison Beveridge and Kirsti Lay.  Joining them will be Karol-Ann Canuel, a three time member of the world champion team time trial squad, and Leah Kirchmann, second overall in the Women’s World Tour last season.  Two young riders who have already shown their mettle will also race in Canadian colours – Sara Poidevin and Katherine Maine.

Katherine Maine  ©  Peter Kraiker
The Chrono Gatineau is held on Friday on a 21 kilometre closed circuit.  The out-and-back course will take the riders through the Gatineau national park outside of Ottawa, opening with a long rolling climb to the turnaround point and then a fast descent back to the finish.  Competitors are sent off one at a time at one-minute intervals.

Alison Beveridge  ©  Andrew Rogers
On Saturday afternoon the field will face a 104.4 kilometre race on a circuit in Gatineau national park.

Sara Poidevin  ©  Pasquale Stalteri

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