Cyclers vie for Paralympic spots at 2016 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships

Canada’s top para-cycling talent have one last chance to impress before the Paralympic team is named on Wednesday.

They will partake in a road race and individual time trial to complete the 2016 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships, an event being hosted in both Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec from June 25-29.

Cycling road races at the Toronto 2015 ParaPan Am Games

The road races begin at 151 Tunney’s Pasture Drive in Ottawa, on Saturday starting at 11:15 a.m. EST. The seven athletes riding standard cycles (classification C) will tackle the course first, the 10 hand-cyclists (classification H) will go second, the five tricycle riders will go third, and the 18 contestants (nine entries) in the tandem races will go last.

Here are the road race start times for all para-categories:

  • 11:15 a.m: C4-5 M, C1-3 M, C5 M – 50km; C1-3 W -30km.
  • 11:18 a.m: H 3-4M – 30km; H1‐2 M, H W – 20km.
  • 11:20 a.m: M / W Tricycle -20km.
  • 1:30 p.m: Para Tandem M -70km;               Para Tandem W ‐ 60km

Medal ceremonies are scheduled to take place within 15 minutes of the end of each race. The tandem races are expected to conclude by 3:30 p.m.

The time trials for para-athletes will be hosted at Gatineau Park on Tuesday, June 28 starting at 8 a.m. Here are the time trial start times for all para-categories:

  • 8 a.m. – Para T1-2 M and W, H1-2 M, H1-5 W – 12km
  • 9:10 a.m.- Para H3-5 M, C1-3 M, C1-5 W – 16km
  • 10:30 a.m. – Para C4-5 M, Tandem M and W – 26km

After the first rider departs the start line, the start interval for each rider will either be 30 seconds or one minute, depending on the race category.

Canada’s Paralympic cycling team will be announced in conjunction with the Canadian Olympic team at 71 Rue Principale (The British Hotel, Restaurant, Pub and Cafe) in Gatineau at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

            Photo by Dan Gailbraith/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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