June 20, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – It is less than one week to the start of the Global Relay Canadian Road Championships p/b Lexus for Elite, Under-23 and Junior aged riders, to be held in the Capital Region on June 24-28. The Road Championships are the most prestigious event on the domestic racing calendar, with the winners of each event awarded a maple leaf jersey to wear in competition around the world for the next year, identifying them as the Canadian champion.
© Cycling Canada
“We are very excited to once again welcome the Global Relay Canadian Road Championships p/b Lexus back to the Capital Region in 2017,” said Josh Peacock, Competitions Coordinator at Cycling Canada. “Organizers have been hard at work to build on the success of the 2016 event, and look forward to complementing the energy of Canada 150 celebrations throughout the region during event week. Each of the exciting venues will once again offer athletes unique challenges and showcase Canada’s top road cycling talent. Spectators and athletes alike should expect a week full of action packed racing in front of some of the region’s most iconic backdrops.”
Svein Tuft © Cor Vos
The Championships will feature some of Canada’s top professional riders, who rarely have the opportunity to race on home soil. Among the riders registered are Svein Tuft, a 2008 Olympian and former holder of the Pink Jersey of the Giro d’Italia, two-time Olympic bronze medalist Jasmin Duehring, 2012 Olympian and former national champion Joelle Numainville, 2016 Olympians and former national champions Leah Kirchmann and Karol-Ann Canuel.
Jasmin Duehring © Sho-Air TWENTY20
Defending women’s road champ Annie Forman-Mackey, men’s defending time trial champion Ryan Roth, along with men’s defending road race national champion, Bruno Langlois will also be on the start line.
Annie Foreman-Mackey © Pasquale Stalteri
The Championships begin on Saturday, June 24th, with the Road Race competition for Junior Men (120 kilometres) and Women (70 kilometres), and Elite and Under-23 Women (both 120 kilometres). All races take place on a ten kilometre circuit at Tunney’s Pasture, along the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, with the Ottawa River as a backdrop. On Sunday, the Elite and Under-23 Men will race 160 kilometres on the same circuit.
Leah Kirchmann © Cor Vos
After a rest day on Monday, racing resumes with the Individual Time Trial competition on Tuesday, June 27th, for the same categories. The time trials all take place across the river from Ottawa at the Gatineau Park, with distances ranging from 16 kilometres to 36 kilometres.
Bruno Langlois © Pasquale Stalteri
The Championships conclude on Wednesday, June 28th, in Aylmer, Quebec, with the Criterium Championships taking place in the downtown area. Races will last between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on the category.
Ryan Roth TT Nationals © Pasquale Stalteri
Event organizer John Large says, “The Ottawa/Outaouais cycling commmunity is grateful to have had the push of Canada’s 150 Celebrations to bring the Canadian Championships to the region. Our community spans both sides of the Ottawa River and we are proud to make use of the best of the region to showcase Canada’s top cyclists. The athletes will be challenged in all three events and the champions will have earned their titles.”
For more information on locations and times for the Global Relay Canadian Road Championships p/b Lexus, click here.