Emily Flynn, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Ellen Watters on the sprint challenge podium.
The Stevens-The Cyclery women’s campaign took in the Canadian Championships in Lac-Mégantic, Que., this past weekend, and the girls brought back the top three podium spots in the inaugural women’s Sprint Challenge on Sunday. The podium sweep capped a solid three days of racing that saw the women in the thick of the action, as Emily Flynn reports.
This past weekend marked a key event for many of the riders on the Stevens-The Cyclery team: the Canadian championships.
This year’s nationals headed back to magnificent Lac-Mégantic, following the devastating 2013 train accident that saw much of the main street destroyed.
For myself, having been there in 2012 and now, seeing the damage was hard, but at the same time the town has come back stronger. So thank you to the town, volunteers and spectators for coming out and I hope this was a further step towards rebuilding. Continue reading
This past week saw the Stevens women racing under a number of different umbrellas — both for Stevens and for their respective provincial teams. Both Adriane Provost and Évelyne Gagnon were riding for the Équipe du Quebec, while Annie Foreman-Mackey was in attendance with the Ontario Canada Games team. Directeur Sportif Jenny Trew was also doing double duty as the women’s coach for the Ontario team.
The week started off with the time trial — a goal event for many of the Stevens riders. Continue reading
Matteo Dal-Cin, left, on the U23 time trial podium at the national championships.
The national championships always make for some very tough, intense racing. The Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery men’s team headed to the Beauce region of Quebec knowing it would be one of the hardest weekends of the year, and that made the results all the sweeter.
Matteo Dal-Cin — racing for the Ontario team since he’s been selected for the Canada Summer Games — opened up the string of podiums on Thursday with third place in the U23 time trial behind fellow Ottawa boy Alex Cataford (Garneau-Quebecor) and Antoine Duchesne (Bontrager-Trek). [click here for the complete results]
Jean-Sébastien Perron takes up the story with the men’s road race: