September 10, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – Ten Canadian para-cyclists are currently in Pietermaritzburg, Africa to compete at the 2015 UCI Road Para-Cycling World Cup Finals. The event will take place September 11 to 13 and will showcase road and time trial races.
Reigning World Champion in both the time trial and road race, Shelley Gautier of Toronto will be vying to win the coveted White Jersey, awarded to the best overall cyclist for the entire season.
Currently, Gautier sits second in the World Cup ranking with 112 points, trailing current leader Yulia Sibagatova of Russia by 52 points. Gautier skipped the third World Cup event, missing out on important points toward the coveted White Jersey.
Nicole Clermont of St-Denis de Brompton, QC currently sits in third place of the C5 ranking with 88 points thanks to three podium finishes in four races this season. The top spot is, however, inaccessible to her with a point differential larger than the points available at the event.
Marie-Claude Molnar of St-Hubert, QC, is also close to the overall top-3 of her class, sitting in fourth place. With good performances in both the road race and time trial in South Africa, the 31-year old athlete could jump to the second place in the rankings.
All ten members of the team will be racing both the time trial race and road race.
In addition to hosting this World Cup event, Pietermaritzburg is confirmed to host a World Cup event in 2016 prior to hosting the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in 2017.
Team Canada – 2015 UCI Para-Cycling Road world Cup – Pietermaritzburg, RSA
– Marie-Eve Croteau (35, Québec, QC)
– Shelley Gautier (46, Toronto, ON)
– Marie-Claude Molnar (31, St Hubert, QC)
– Nicole Clermont (53, St Denis de Brompton, QC)
– Robbi Weldon (39, Thunder-Bay, ON)
– Audrey Lemieux (30, Montréal, QC)
– Michael Sametz (19, Calgary, AB)
– Charles Moreau (33, Trois-Rivieres, QC)
– Alexandre Carrier (26, Bromont, QC)
– Aroussen Laflamme (37. St Augustin Desmaures, QC)