Canada’s elite para-cyclists were back in competition mode on Tuesday — a day before the naming of the 2016 Paralympic team — to battle for Canadian time trial titles at the 2016 Global Relay Canadian Road Championships in Gatineau Park, Que.
Shelley Gautier (Toronto,Ont.) a 12-time tricycling world champion, prevailed in the 12km combined tricycling time trial with a time of 32:32.61. The Toronto, Ont. native, who competes in the female T1 class, will likely receive her second invitation to complete at the Paralympic Games on Wednesday afternoon. She finished 11th in the time trial and 14th in the road race in London.
World number one C2 cyclist Tristen Chernove (Cranbrook, B.C.) won the combined (men’s C 1-5 and women’s C 4-5) cycling time trial, by finishing the 16km course in 23:50.48. Chernove — expected to be named to the Canadian Paralympic cycling team for the first time on Wednesday— also won a road race title at this competition on Saturday.
Charles Moreau (Victoriaville, Que.) , ranked as the world’s 7th best H3 handcyclist, won the men’s hand-cycling trial. It took him 27:23.88 to finish the 16km course. The two-time Parapan Ams bronze medalist also won a road race title at this year’s Canadian Road Championships. He has never competed at the Paralympics.
Myriam Adam (Saguenay, Que.), a hand-cycling gold-medalist at the Parapan American Games at Guadalajara in 2011, won the combined tricycling time trial event (men’s H 1-2 and women’s H 1-5) to earn her a time trial title to pair with the road race title she won on Saturday. Adam breezed through the 12km time trial course in 32:23.37. She has not appeared at a Paralympic games before.
Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, Ont.), and her guide Audrey Lemieux, won the 26km combined para-tandem race (for blind or visually impaired riders) with a time of 42:28.75. Weldon joins Chernove, Moreau and Adam as the four athletes that won both road race and time trial titles at the 2016 championships. Weldon will be named to her her fourth Paralympic team (two summer, two winter) on Wednesday. She won a gold medal in the cycling road race at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Photo: Dan Galbraith/Canadian Paralympic Committee