April 30, 2006 – The village of Bromont, Quebec in the Eastern Townships may well be the site of the first annual Canadian Cycling Games in mid July 2007, according to the Quebec newspaper, La Voix de l’Est.
“There have been some discussions with the Canadian Cycling Association who have wanted for some time now to gather together all the cycling disciplines for a Canadian Championship under the name of ‘Jeux Cycliste Canadiens – Canadian Cycling Games’,” Richard Deslandes, Director of the National Cycling Centre in Bromont (CNCB) said in a recent interview with La Voix de l’Est.
This event would surely have a positive impact on cycling’s image and marketability, as well as increasing the visibility of Bromont’s National Cycling Centre. “It certain that the best Canadian athletes will be available to compete; the Union Cycliste International (UCI) has already freed up some dates in mid-July for National championships where a rider’s participation is obligatory,” Deslandes added in the interview.
The Village of Bromont has already hosted several high-profile cycling events for road, cross-country mountain biking and track. “The only infrastructure we would have to invest in would be the BMX track,” noted Deslandes.
The CCA’s discussions regarding the 2007 Canadian Cycling Championships will continue over the next few weeks and should conclude with an agreement and plan regarding the new Games.