November 10, 2015 (Beauce, Que.) – The Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes (FQSC) held its year-end awards ceremony on Sunday, November 8, symbolically marking the end of the 2015 cycling season. One week earlier saw the Quebec Cyclocross Championships, the last event included on the 2015 calendar.
To mark the culmination of another successful year, the Quebec Federation held its traditional closing brunch. Awards were given out to worthy members of the Quebec cycling community. Various stakeholders in the cycling world were also rewarded for their contribution to the sport. The venue this year was Le Georgesville Hotel in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce.
Quebec Stars of Cycling
In virtue of their brilliant performances, Méghane Bélanger (BMX), Karol-Ann Canuel (road and track), Nicole Clermont (Para), Raphaël Gagné (mountain biking), Hugo Houle (road and track), Gaby Malenfant (BMX) Charles Moreau (Para) and Frédérique Trudel (mountain bike) were honored as outstanding athletes in the competitive category.
Note: Canuel (Specialized-Lululemon in 2014, became the 1st Canadian rider to win gold at the Road Worlds with her performance in the TTT which she repeated in 2015)
La Belle Province in the Spotlight
Of some 340 events on the Quebec cycling calendar, three have won a prize in the category NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL EVENT. The three events crowned were:
- Canadian Championships in Drumondville (BMX)
- XCO National Championships in Saint-Félicien (mountain biking)
- Grand Prix Gatineau and Chrono Gatineau (road cycling)
Other Categories rewarded:
- Development Club
- High Performance Club
- Interprovincial / Provincial / Regional Event
- Master Athlete
- U23 Athlete
- U18 Athlete
- Award of Distinction
For the complete list of all recipients of the 2015 edition of the Quebec cycling Merit click here.
Tribute to the Ambassadors of the Sport
On the occasion of its 29th anniversary, the Quebec Cycling Hall of Fame welcomed three new inductees. In the Athlete category, both Czeslaw Lukaszewicz and Jacques Naubert were honour will return to Messrs, while Martin Demers was recognized in the Builder category.
For more information on the three new inductees find their profiles in the Official Souvenir Program here
Once again the Quebec Maple Products affirms its commitment to support the development of cyclists, all categories and disciplines, launching the program Road to Rio with maple products from Quebec.
Three cyclists will be supported under this program – Karol-Ann Canuel, Rémi Pelletier-Roy and Raphael Gagné – who are among Quebec hopefuls for medals at the Rio Olympics to be held from August 5-21, 2016.
The virtues of maple products are to benefit athletic performance before, during and after exercise.