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June 3, 2014 (ISN) – Ottawa – Cycling Canada and Commonwealth Games Canada today confirmed the
sixteen cyclists who will compete at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,
Scotland, from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

 

Cycling Canada has selected a mix of established performers and young
up-and-comers with the potential to win as many as 10 medals in track,
mountain bike and road events.

These Games also mark the international debut of Canada’s new men’s team
pursuit and team sprint programs, which are expected to vie for places in
their medal finals and will form the foundation for future Olympic and world
championship success.

“These Games are a huge opportunity for us to bring these new track programs
to the next level,” said Cycling Canada High Performance Director Jacques
Landry. “We have done a careful performance analysis of our athletes and are
confident they will be competitive in Glasgow, and this will help us hit the
ground running when we move into the new Pan American Games Velodrome in
Milton, ON, later this year. We expect the track team events to be the
breeding ground for our future medal contenders and, thanks to the support
of Commonwealth Games Canada and Own the Podium, we have the tools in place
to make that a reality.

“At the same time, we are travelling to Glasgow with seven Olympic, World
Championship and World Cup medallists. We have high hopes for these Games,
and the future looks bright for Canadian cycling in general.”

The Road Races and Time Trial will be held July 31st and August 3rd at the
Glasgow City Road and Time Trial Courses, while the Track events will be
held July 24-27th at Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the
Mountain Bike races July 29th at the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails.

“Cycling has been a Commonwealth Games sport since the inaugural edition of
the event’s precursor, the 1930 British Empire Games”, said Chantal
Petitclerc, Chef de Mission of the Canadian Team in Glasgow. “This sport has
a huge tradition both at the Commonwealth Games and within the Canadian
sport community. With the cycling team being one of our larger sports at the
Glasgow Games, I am sure we will be treated to many exciting moments on the
track, road and trails.”

Athletes nominated by Cycling Canada to Team Canada for the 2014
Commonwealth Games are:

Track Cycling

Jasmin Glaesser (Coquitlam BC), Laura Brown (Vancouver BC) and Steph Roorda
(Vancouver BC) have all won medals in the women’s track endurance events at
the Olympic Games or World Championships in the last two years. While their
specialty event, the women’s team pursuit, isn’t on the program in Glasgow,
we can expect them to be in the hunt in the women’s Scratch Race, the
women’s Individual Pursuit and the women’s Points Race.

On the men’s side, Canada will be represented in both the sprint and
endurance events. Sprinters Joseph Veloce (Fonthill ON) and Hugo Barrette
(Sherbrooke QC) are both Pan Am championship medallists, and they will be
joined by speed-skating Olympian Vincent De Haître (Cumberland ON) for the
Team Sprint, where they are expected to vie for a place in the medal finals.
These athletes will also compete in the kilometre time trial, sprint and
keirin events.

The new men’s Team Pursuit program will face their first big test in
Glasgow. Two-time Olympian Zach Bell (Watson Lake YK), Rémi Pelletier-Roy
(Quebec City QC), Nic Hamilton (Victoria BC), Ed Veal (Toronto ON) and Aidan
Caves (Vancouver BC) have been preparing meticulously for these Games, and
are expected to reach the medal finals.

Mountain Bike

Canada’s Mountain Bike team is made up of four medal contenders. Former
world champion Catharine Pendrel (Kamloops BC) and World Cup medalist Emily
Batty (Brooklin ON) both contested the women’s event at the 2012 London
Olympics and will be among the fastest riders on the start line. Fellow
Olympian Max Plaxton (Victoria BC) and Canada’s top World Cup performer so
far this year, Raphaël Gagné (Quebec City QC), will face a stronger men’s
field but are expected to be in the hunt for medals as well.

Road

The one remaining spot on Canada’s 16-athlete quota will go to road
specialist Leah Kirchmann (Winnipeg MB), who has been having a breakout
season with a string of top placings in international events, including the
recent Women’s Tour in the U.K. Kirchmann will contest the Individual Time
Trial alongside track endurance athletes Glaesser and Brown. These three
will be joined by Roorda for the road race to make a four-rider team with a
legitimate chance of a medal.

The men’s road events will be contested by the track endurance riders. Bell,
Hamilton and Veal will race the Individual Time Trial. All five riders will
do the Road Race where Bell, who is 2013 Canadian Road Champion, has a shot
at a podium finish on the technical course, which includes several short
climbs that suit Bell’s profile.

Non-travelling alternates

The following athletes will be entered in the Games in the event that one or
more of the athletes named above withdraws. Please note that substitutions
can be made within each individual event only, they must be made before July
22, and the total team size is limited to 16 athletes.

* Men’s team pursuit: Sean MacKinnon (Hamilton ON)
* Men’s team sprint: Joakim Albert (St-Augustin-des-Desmaures QC)
* Women’s Cross-Country: Mikaela Kofman (Toronto ON), Sandra Walter
(Coquitlam BC)
* Women’s road: Joëlle Numainville (Montreal QC), Lex Albrecht
(Montreal QC)
* Men’s road: Svein Tuft (Langley BC), Will Routley (Whistler BC)

“We are proud of those who have been selected for the Commonwealth Games
cycling team,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).
“Our athletes will demonstrate their skill while racing at top speed,
leaving Canada breathless with their performances. Congratulations to all
the selected athletes, and good luck!”

A team of 265 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in
Glasgow, Canada’s largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games. The
entire Canadian Team, as well as the team’s flag bearer, will be officially
announced by Commonwealth Games in July 2014.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23 to Aug. 3,
2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil.

ABOUT CYCLING CANADA

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Founded in 1882, Cycling Canada aims to create and sustain an effective
system that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve Olympic,
Paralympic and World Championship medal performances. With the vision of be
a leading competitive cycling nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced
international success, increased national participation and world class
event hosting, Cycling Canada manages the High Performance team, hosts
national and international events, and administers community programs to
promote Cycling in Canada. For more information, please visit:
www.cyclingcanada.ca

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