August 25, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The seventh edition of the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et Montréal (GPCQM) will build on the tradition of road cycling in North America, welcoming the world’s elite racers to the challenging courses in Quebec City and Montreal on September 9 and 11. Since their inception in 2010, the race organizers have invited the national men’s road racing team to these events, allowing the riders to experience a competition of the highest calibre and perform under the eyes of the UCI WorldTour Teams. Once again this year, Cycling Canada has selected an eight-man national team roster for the races, which are the only two UCI World Tour events in the Americas.
Bruno Langlois © Greg Descantes
Ryan Roth, wins the Tour de White Rock Peace Arch News Road Race © Greg Descantes
The team is comprised of Bruno Langlois
of Quebec, QC (Garneau-Quebecor Cycling Team), Ryan Roth
of Cambridge, ON (Silber Pro Cycling), Guillaume Boivin
of Longueuil, QC (Cycling Academy), Alex Cataford
of Ottawa, ON (Silber Pro Cycling), Matteo Dal-Cin
of Ottawa, ON (Silber Pro Cycling), Nigel Ellsay
of Victoria, BC (Silber Pro Cycling), Nicolas Masbourain
of Montreal, QC (Silber Pro Cycling) and Ben Perry
of St-Catharines, ON (Silber Pro Cycling).
Guillaume Boivin - UCI Road World Championships RR © Ethan Glading
Alex Cataford - UCI Road World Championships TT © Ethan Glading
These 8 riders have all performed well this season, amassing 21 UCI race podiums and 5 National Championships titles between them in 2016. Langlois took the Canadian Road Championships title in June. Boivin was the Road Champion in 2015. Roth has four major UCI victories this season – including the Canadian National Time Trial Championship, Tour de Delta, Winston-Salem Classic and GP Saguenay. Perry won his third straight U23 Road Championship in June, while his teammate, Masbourain, joined him on the U23 podium in third place. Ellsay and Cataford had breakthrough seasons coming 2nd on General Classification of the Joe Martin Stage race and Tour of the Gila respectively. Dal-Cin made history in April becoming the first Canadian in 32 years to win the prestigious Redlands Bicycle Classic in California, part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour.
Matteo Dal-Cin - Tour de Beauce Stage 3a TT © Pasquale Stalteri
Nigel Ellsay - ITT 2016 Global Relay p/b Lexus Road Nationals © Pasquale Stalteri
Kevin Field, Cycling Canada’s Men’s Road Manager, will be the directeur sportif for the two races. “We’ll be looking to repeat our KOM win at the Quebec City race, and will be aggressive in Montreal,” he says. “These races are a key preparation tool for Cycling Canada’s UCI Road World Championships team. All eight Canadian riders have qualified for the selection pool for this event. These races are especially important for Nic (Masbourain), Ben (Perry) and Nigel (Ellsay). It’s a fantastic advantage for Canada to have the unique opportunity to expose our best U23 riders to World Tour competition this close to the World Championships. We are indebted to Serge Arsenault and the entire GPCQM organization for providing us with this opportunity.”
Ben Perry wins Criterium at the 2016 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships © Pasqale Stalteri
“The Grands Prix Cyclistes have always been committed to supporting the development of road racing in this country and encouraging the next generation of local cyclists. A few of our initiatives include inviting Team Canada as well as various Pro Continental squads to our events as wild-card entries since 2010, the creation of the Critérium National de Montréal last year, or our recent partnership with the Quebec Cycling Federation to financially support the Coupe du Québec Espoirs road race series,” notes Marcel Leblanc, Vice-President, Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal.