February 02, 2016 (Bromont, QC) – Fat bike fans were present at Bromont National Cycling Centre (CNCB) this weekend for the first edition of the Quebec discipline Championships. Some 91 riders took the start with hopes of picking up the first Quebec title in their respective categories. In the end, the honors went to Raphaël Gagné and Laurence Harvey among elites. There were also Italian racers present.
“So much fun at the @mahikanrace Fat bike world championship of Québec,” tweeted Gagné. “First win onboard @ridecannondale with my Fat CAAD. And I won a trip to Italy in October.” As per earlier postings on Gagné, he just announced Saturday that he will be riding for Cannondale in 2016.
The women’s race was actually won by Italian Serena Tasca; Harvey was the first Quebecer to cross the line and thus is the Quebec champion. Laurence Harvey is the daughter of former Olympic skier and cyclist, Pierre Harvey and brother of Alex Harvey.
Fabien Blot, technical coordinator of the Off-Road sector added that,”It was a success, especially considering it was a first edition. On the site, people were smiling and the atmosphere was festive, The event attracted mainly mountain bikers. For many, fat bike, it is a way to extend the season,”
The Quebec Championships were held Sunday; Saturday, saw a portion of the Mahikan Race series, which will also conduct a stop in Roberval, QC, next weekend (February 6 and 7).