May 6, 2009 (Montreal, QC) – Sylvain Richard, a familiar face within Quebec’s cycling scene will be leaving the FÃ©dÃ©ration quÃ©bÃ©coise des sports cyclistes (FQSC) at the end of this season. Richard currently serves as the provincial coordinator for road, track and paracycling at the FQSC where he has worked since 2002. He has acquired considerable expertise in photo finishes and in timing races, having worked with events such as Track World Cups, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the 2007 Pan-American Paracycling Championships.
Richard, highly regarded by the FQSC, will remain in his current position until September 1, and a job posting to hire a replacement is forthcoming. Richard indicated that he will continue to be involved with cycling after his departure most notably as a race commissaire.
His new position is with Omega and timing the curling competitions at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. Reached by Pedal, Richard explained that Olympic curling demands electronic timing even if the sport otherwise does not require it. Omega is known as is a leading innovator in /sports timing/ technology.
“I hope to make it to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. My first passion remains the timing and photo finishes of track racing. If an indoor velodrome opens in Quebec, I would be the first to apply for a job there!”